Upgrading your smartphone can be quite a pain these days. Not only do you have to invest a lot of money, but you have to through the agony of choosing from the endless number of available options. But often while buying a smartphone, we’re easily tempted by useless gimmicks that we’ll never use, and ignore the core characteristics that a smartphone should have. Our buying guide won’t tell you what smartphone to buy, but it’ll tell you what kind of smartphone you should buy.
When looking for a smartphone upgrade, always keep in mind the usable performance factor. It’s easy to be impressed by an octa-core smartphone with 3 gigabytes of RAM. But let’s be honest here, you’re not going to be running engineering applications on the poor thing. It’ll be mostly used for IM, Facebook, web browsing, audio, gaming and the occasional video. And all of that can be done on a Snapdragon 400 without any major hiccups. Don’t buy a smartphone with a MediaTek processor but also don’t buy a smartphone whose performance will go to waste.
This is a factor that’s the easiest to ignore when buying a new smartphone. With powerful components come greater power needs, and you have to make sure that the smartphone has a battery to cope with the extra power. Remember, a dead smartphone is a useless smartphone. If you can use its incredible abilities for just 3 or 4 hours between charges, you’ll have some serious troubles while travelling. A smartphone is still a cellphone, it needs to be on all the time.
Most smartphones come with good displays these days, so you shouldn’t be too worried. But still, sneaky companies like Sony manage to couple their flagships with mediocre displays. Although the displays are full HD panels, they have terrible viewing angles and serious issues with contrast. Always make sure the display has good viewing angles, i.e., when you tilt the display horizontally or vertically, the colors shouldn’t wash out. Another factor to consider is the contrast. Check the black levels of the display, if the blacks are actually gray, then the display’s likely to be no good.
Smart devices like the Galaxy Note 3 are exceptionally tempting because of their impressive size. But don’t be tricked into buying these because they have serious usability problems when it comes to ergonomics. Make sure that you’re capable of operating the smartphone you’re buying using just one hand. Also, because you’ll surely spend some time messaging while in the bed as well, make sure the smartphone’s light enough that it won’t cause fatigue to your hands.