Smart­phones

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That choos­ing a smart­phone is to­day noth­ing short of a dilemma is as deep an un­der­state­ment as any. Thank­fully there is no short­age of in­for­ma­tion and re­views out there but then, sift­ing through the reams of writ­ing and re­view­ing (and shout­ing) de­mands skill too, apart from pa­tience. Per­sonal pref­er­ences play a huge role of course. Over­all, get­ting ob­jec­tive is eas­ier said than done and hence we have in this re­port tried to sim­plify the choos­ing task by ze­ro­ing in on the at­tributes that com­monly mat­ter.

It is worth dis­cussing the main fea­tures that one nor­mally checks be­fore de­cid­ing on a par­tic­u­lar de­vice.

• Dis­play size and res­o­lu­tion: Dis­play has two di­men­sions – size and res­o­lu­tion. If you are a reg­u­lar user, you need a smart­phone for check­ing emails as well as chat­ting and brows­ing so­cial me­dia, in which case any­thing from a 12.7 cm to 13.9 cm (5 inches to 5.5 inches) HD or full-HD dis­play hand­sets are per­fect for you. Oth­er­wise you can opt for a tablet.

• Pro­cess­ing power: The pro­ces­sor is the key char­ac­ter­is­tic that en­ables real smart us­age of the mo­bile phone/tablet. The pro­cess­ing power varies from one de­vice to an­other, depend­ing on sev­eral fac­tors such as the OS ver­sion, UI, bloat­ware and more.

• Cam­era: Most users want to know how many megapix­els the cam­era has. But just hav­ing a higher num­ber of megapix­els does not mean that the cam­era is bet­ter. Sev­eral other spec­i­fi­ca­tions – such as cam­era aper­ture, ISO lev­els, pixel size, auto-fo­cus and more – are also im­por­tant.

• Bat­tery: It is im­por­tant to have a bat­tery with longer stay­ing power. If you are a heavy user and work on in­ter­net/apps, play games, stream videos and more, then go for a smart­phone with at least a 3,500 mAh bat­tery or above. If you are an av­er­age or light user, a hand­set with a 3,000 mAh bat­tery would be good enough to run for a full day.

• The build: The build is di­rectly linked with the dura­bil­ity of a smart­phone. The en­tire hand­set mar­ket is broadly di­vided into two types of builds – metal and plas­tic. Which op­tion you se­lect should be based on how you eval­u­ate your own us­age pat­tern – do you tend to be very care­ful with your de­vices or are you clumsy and rough? Metal built would be more durable and ro­bust but more ex­pen­sive. • User in­ter­face: The user in­ter­face and OS ver­sion are key fac­tors to choos­ing the best de­vices. The in­ter­face is that part of the phone that you in­ter­act with each time you ac­cess any func­tion, so it should be easy and sim­ple. • Stor­age: Nowa­days stor­age is avail­able in op­tions of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB or more. Higher stor­age vol­umes are mainly re­quired by users who store movies or play heavy games. It is ad­vis­able to go for a min­i­mum of 32 GB stor­age, else you will have to deal with the prob­lem of hang­ing/ func­tions slow­ing down when closer to reach­ing full stor­age.

• Se­cu­rity: Our smart­phone con­tains pri­vate data and pic­tures that we don’t want to share with any­one. So, se­cu­rity fea­tures are im­por­tant and can in­clude fin­ger­print sen­sors or even iris sen­sors. • Ser­vice: An­other fac­tor to con­sider is whether or not the phone sup­ports the newer, high-speed 4G net­works. • De­sign: A very im­por­tant fea­ture is the look and feel of a de­vice. If the de­vice fits in your hand, then it is easy to ac­cess its fea­tures.

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