COM­PAR­A­TIVE TEST

How Smart Are They?

Consumer Voice - - Contents -

A Com­par­a­tive Anal­y­sis of 16 GSM Mo­bile Hand­sets

WSome of you could be read­ing this on your phone. Hence, there is lit­tle point in re­peat­ing clichéd lines like smart­phones are the ‘in’ thing and they are im­por­tant be­cause you can use so many ap­pli­ca­tions. The dilemma in your mind to­day is not about should you buy a smart­phone; the ques­tion is which one you should buy – as per needs as well as budget. With this in fo­cus, here we re­pro­duce In­ter­na­tional Con­sumer Re­search and Test­ing’s (ICRT) test re­port on 16 mod­els of GSM smart­phones from six pop­u­lar brands and leave it to you to de­cide which one works best for you.

e have not given rank­ings to the tested phones and can­not rate any one the best or the worst – a par­tic­u­lar fea­ture or qual­ity of one may be the best, while it may also have an­other fea­ture that is be­low par. The com­par­a­tive anal­y­sis in this re­port has been made on pa­ram­e­ters that mat­ter to most of us – and these in­clude ef­fi­ciency, bat­tery life, stor­age ca­pac­ity, de­sign and dura­bil­ity.

The OS

Once upon a time, the mo­bile hand­sets space was dom­i­nated by Nokia phones that ran on Sym­bian op­er­at­ing sys­tems (OS). At that time only the techies knew what Sym­bian meant; for the rest of the world it was just soft­ware.

To­day, phones run on sev­eral op­er­at­ing sys­tems and most people know what’s run­ning their de­vices – An­droid, Win­dows, Black­berry, or iOS. Be­fore buy­ing a smart­phone, it is im­por­tant to know which op­er­at­ing

sys­tem runs it – it not only lets you un­der­stand the over­all dy­nam­ics of the de­vice, but also runs the apps. Not all apps are com­pat­i­ble with all OS; in fact Ap­ple has the largest app store fol­lowed by An­droid, while Win­dows is catch­ing up with the max­i­mum ad­di­tions on a daily ba­sis.

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