Buying a smartphone: Some things to consider

Smartphones these days have become an integral part of our lives. We use them for communication, taking pictures, saving documents on the cloud, internet browsing and even as a power bank to charge other smartphones.

But then, with the wide variety of smartphones available in the market, it is never easy to decide which one to pick. It is always tough selecting the one that may suit our needs best.

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The build is all about the durability of a Nokia mobile. The entire handset market remains primarily divided into two types of builds metal and plastic.

There are some that even have glass-coated panels, but those are very limited. If you are one of those prone to dropping your smartphone, it’s advisable to go for a metal or a plastic built handset.

The size and resolution of the display depending on how you use your smartphone. If you often stream videos, edit photos or videos, or download and view movies, then a smartphone display ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch, full-HD or QHD resolution should be good enough for you.

Anything more substantial than a 6-inch display not just makes the handset extra bulky, but also tricky.

The processing power of a smartphone varies from one device to another depending on several factors such as OS version, UI, bloatware and more.

If you are a heavy user who needs to edit images/videos/documents online, play massive games, stream videos or often use apps in split-screen mode, then smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 or Snapdragon 820/821 should make multitasking fluid for you.

Just having the raised value of megapixels does not mean that the smartphone camera is better. Several specifications such as camera aperture, ISO levels, pixel size, autofocus and more are essential as well. A 16MP rear camera does not necessarily be better than a 12MP camera. Same theory goes for the front-facing camera.

A Higher number of pixels mean that the size of the image is more prominent, which becomes sharper when seen on a small screen. A photographer enthusiast might want a camera with 12 or 16MP sensor under f/2.0 or lower aperture for quick shots even in little lights. A casual shooter can go by even with a 8MP 0r 12MP camera with f/2.0-f/2.2 aperture.

The battery usage differs from user to user depending on the way he/she uses the smartphone. If you are a heavy user and work on apps, play games, stream videos and more then go for a smartphone with at least 3500mAh battery or above. If you are an average or light user, a handset with 3000mAh battery would be kind enough to run for a full day.

User interface and the OS version too are vital factors to consider while choosing a smartphone. These are the interfaces that one would have to interact with each time to access anything, so it should be easy and straightforward.

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For the most basic and pure Android experience, you can buy Motorola handsets, Nexus/Pixel smartphones or even Android One devices. However different interfaces like ZenUI, Xperia UI, Samsung TouchWiz, EMUI and others offer more nifty features to sort applications and more options in styles the company thinks users would find more friendly.

However, smartphones by OEMs also come with bloatware and specific apps that you probably won’t use ever. So, we recommend trying the handset before you pick one.