How to buy the Best Smartphone
The smartphone market is growing at a rapid pace, specially in India. Our country is the fastest growing nation in the world when it comes to smartphones and telecom industry. In the last couple of years, the roll out of 4G LTE network has propelled the smartphone market in India in a big way. There are too many models of smartphones in the market from a lot of smartphone manufacturers now. So how to buy the best smartphone? Specially when mobiles below Rs. 5000 also have 4G VoLTE support along with HD displays and 2GB RAM. First of all, you have to choose a specific budget for buying the best smartphone and then narrow down to the best few among them after considering the following parameters.
We have chosen the top 10 parameters for selecting the best smartphone. These factors will surely help you in choosing the best smartphone according to your requirements. Just keep one thing in mind that raw specifications do not matter much and real life usage matters more at the end of the day. So without any further ado, let’s get started.
If you’re looking to buy a low-end budget smartphone, you should definitely get an HD display, which has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels but if you’re buying a smartphone costing Rs. 10,000 or more, then definitely do not settle for a display less than Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). The second important factor is the display type. Most of the panels are IPS and they are good but AMOLED or Super AMOLED displays are better, however they are mostly seen in flagship smartphones.
Hence, you should choose a smartphone with either HD or Full HD display having good viewing angles, color saturation, brightness, sunlight legibility and high pixel density to buy the best smartphone.
When it comes to chipsets, usually quad-core and octa-core processors are being used to power smartphones now. However, an octa-core processor is not necessarily more powerful than quad-core processors. For example, Snapdragon 820 is a quad-core processor and Snapdragon 650 is octa-core but SD820 is a flagship processor whereas SD650 is a mid-ranged processor. Now, coming to the processor manufacturers, Qualcomm chipsets are usually better than MediaTek ones and offer more third-party support.
Another important factor is RAM. The low-end smartphones now come with 1GB or 2GB RAM easily and mid-rangers come with 3GB or 4GB RAM. Flagships boast of 4GB or 6GB RAM. However, most smartphone makers do not specify whether they are DDR2, DDR3 or DDR4. Thus, a 3GB DDR4 RAM is better than 4GB DDR3 RAM.
Hence, do not look at numbers and cores while choosing the best smartphone, look for the smaller things which will matter at the end of the day. A quad-core SD820 processor with 3GB DDR4 RAM will be more powerful than octa-core SD650 processor with 4GB DDR3 RAM any day.
Firstly, more the number of megapixel, better the quality of images is a myth. Smartphone cameras are more about lens quality and optics. A 8 megapixel camera will be better than a 13 megapixel camera if it has better lens and optics. Nowadays, we even get 13 megapixel cameras in mobiles under Rs. 5000 but obviously they are not as good as 8 megapixel cameras available in smartphones selling under Rs. 10000. Also, dual cameras are in trend now, both rear dual cameras and selfie dual cameras, specially in the mid-ranged and flagship smartphones but dual cameras are not necessarily better than single cameras. Our point is that a dual lens setup is not always superior than a single lens setup but the one which has better lens setup will win the battle.
Hence, always check out the camera review before purchasing a smartphone and do not blindly trust a camera because it has a lot of megapixel count.
Software is essential for a smartphone’s performance. You can have all the hardware you want but if the software is buggy, you’ll end up having a horrid smartphone experience. There are two kind of OS in Android smartphones. Custom ROM and stock Android. Custom ROMs are basically skins developed on top of Android with additional features. Stock Android is basically what Google build and are available on Nexus and Pixel smartphones. Most custom ROMs are not up to the mark but MIUI from Xiaomi and OxygenOS from OnePlus stand out among others with extra useful features. Stock Android is the most stable version of Android and thus Nexus and Pixel phones perform really well.
Hence, while choosing the best smartphone, do check if it comes with the latest version of Android. So if you’re purchasing a smartphone in 2017, do not buy a phone which has Android 5.1 Lollipop or lower. Always buy smartphones offering Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS or higher.
In the modern world, connectivity is the key to success. Thus, do not purchase a phone which does not have 4G VoLTE or 4G LTE connectivity. The 4G LTE network is successfully rolling out throughout India and tariff rates are at all time low, so it does not make sense to buy smartphone which do not offer 4G LTE connectivity.
Hence, do check if your smartphone has 4G LTE support, specially when you’re purchasing a low-end budget smartphone because other new smartphones usually have it.
Security may not be important for everyone but some of us like to have basic privacy when it comes to our smartphones. Thus, having a fingerprint scanner is essential for most of us now as it helps to secure our phones with the use of our fingers. Most smartphones under Rs. 10000 now come with fingerprint sensors while mid-ranger and flagships certainly do.
Hence, it is very important to purchase smartphones with fingerprint sensors.
Nowadays, big battery smartphones are not necessarily bulky and thick. Due to improvement in high density batteries, we now get slim and sleek phones with high-capacity batteries. So do not settle for low battery capacities which end up leaving your phone dead in half day. Also, choose smartphones which support fast charging. Time matters a lot and we do not enough of it. So you cannot waste time charging your battery.
Hence, buy smartphones with high battery capacity and fast charging support.
8. Build Quality
Nowadays, most smartphones have good build qualities compared to five years earlier when most smartphones came in bad and cheap plastic bodies. Today, most budget smartphones come in metal bodies and have great build quality.
Hence, do not buy a phone with plastic body and always go for metal bodies because they look awesome and sleek.
There are a lot new smartphone companies in India offering great value for money devices but they are not competent when it comes to service. Also, having a lot of service centers do not guarantee good service as parts are not available most of the times.
Hence, choose a smartphone whose manufacturer has a good reputation in terms of service and seriously avoid a smartphone whose manufacturer has a bad reputation in service.
10. Value For Money
VFM (Value For Money) is relative and varies for everyone. A smartphone might be a VFM product for you but it is not for me since my basics vary from yours. So, select the best VFM smartphone for you considering the above factors.
Thus, we come to the end of this article. We really hope that you have the answer for how to buy the best smartphone now. Just remember the above points and choose the best smartphone for yourself. In case you have any queries, do let us know in the comments section. Happy smartphone shopping!