TECHNOSMART: even on April 1
- IWB Post
- April 1, 2014
Men think women lack in awareness & capability to buy cell phones & are fools in this genre. So read on how to buy a cell phone adding the trait of technical knowledge to your personality. These are the significant things you need to know at first:
Android is an open OS, which means it’s easy to customize with widgets, launchers, your choice of keyboard and more. Some Android phone makers, such as Samsung and LG, trick out the software with additional enhancements, such as more robust multitasking and easier access to settings.
With the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, the OS offers smoother performance, easier access to Google Voice Search and the ability to search for businesses right within the Phone app. Plus, Android offers the largest number of apps in its Google Play store. However, some may find the interface on certain Android phones to be too busy or cluttered.
Smart-phones are becoming more like PCs in terms of processing power, but you don’t have to pay as much attention to clock speed. Instead, look for the chip name, which will give you a good idea about the given handset’s speed and capabilities. For instance, as of this writing, Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (found on the Galaxy Note 3 and Lumia 1520) offers the fastest performance for Android and Windows Phones. Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip delivers equal, if not better, speeds on most tasks.
The Snapdragon 600 CPU (for Android and Windows Phone) is still a quad-core CPU, but it represents a step down in terms of speed. Dual-core processors (like the Qualcomm S4) tend to be less powerful, and are mostly relegated to entry-level smart-phones.
Here’s an easy way to look at RAM on smart-phones. Try to avoid handsets with just 512MB of system memory. 2GB is good and standard on higher-end devices. But 3GB (found on devices like the Galaxy Note 3) is even better. You can get away with 1GB on entry-level smart-phones.
Given that some games can easily take up more than 2GB — not to mention how many high-res photos and videos smart-phone owners are capturing — we highly recommend opting for as much bigger internal storage as possible. The minimum on most handsets is 16GB, but some phones (such as the HTC One) come standard with 32GB. We recommend 32GB, or at least a phone with expandable memory via a microSD Card.
A lot of factors determine how long a smart-phone lasts on a charge, from screen size and the processor to the operating system. However, those looking for the longest battery life possible should aim for devices that have a battery capacity of 3,000 mAh (milliamp hours) or more. You should expect all-day endurance from smart-phones like these.
Removable batteries seem to be falling out of favor with most smart-phone makers. But there are some benefits to this kind of design. Manufacturers such as Mugen Power, make high-capacity replacement batteries that offer more endurance than the original. Also, if you carry a spare battery, you’ll be able to swap in a new battery to keep your phone going longer. More important, once your existing battery stops holding a charge for as long as it did when it was fresh; you can just buy a new one without having to pay for a whole new phone.
Don’t be fooled by megapixel counts, as this is just one way to measure smart-phone camera quality. Instead, pay attention to image quality, shutter speed and features. Try the phone out for yourself in the store, or look at photo samples online before you buy. There are some exceptions to the megapixel rule, however; for instance, the 41-MP sensor inside the Lumia 1020 lets you reframe your shot after you take it.
When purchasing a smart-phone, many people consider the phone carrier they intend to use. However, it is also important to consider the number and type of connection tools available to the user through the phone. Many smart-phones have ample features when it comes to connectivity.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
A Bluetooth smart-phone allows individuals to connect to any device featuring Bluetooth Technology. Wi-Fi smart-phones allow the user to switch off mobile data, such as 3G or 4G networks, and to use in-house Internet-connectivity. This can reduce costs.
Other Connection Options
Some smart-phones connect through USB ports. For a user who travels internationally, a Global System for Mobile Communications , also known as a GSM smart-phone, is ideal. It is important for users to consider usability with their preferred carrier, too.
As far as camera features, look for optical image stabilization to reduce blur, and the ability to erase would-be photo bombers from your images. Samsung Galaxy phones, the HTC One series and Nokia Lumia devices offer this perk. Also pay close attention to low-light photo quality. You should be able to get a decent shot indoors without using the flash.
Double check if you are comfortable with the keypad of the handset which you are going to buy. A QWERTY keyboard pulls out from the phone and allows the user to type on keys, much like a traditional computer keyboard. Many people purchase touch screen smart-phones. We suggest you to prefer touch screen only when you have already tried it before & felt comfortable while using it. Don’t buy a particular model on the basis of sleek looks, check if it is user-friendly.
When we choose to the screens of the phone, there are basically 3 types of screens considered-
- Small screen (Less than 4.5inches)
- Medium Screens (4.5to5.2inches)
- Large Screens/Phablets (More than 5.2inches)
You can choose the screen size as per your usage & convenience.
The size of the screen is only one consideration. Pay close attention to a smart-phone’s resolution. The sharpest displays have 1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p), while 1280 x 720 pixels (720p) can result in lost detail in text or movies. In general, it’s best to stay away from phones with resolutions any lower than this, such as those with 800 x 480 pixels.
Two other factors that determine display quality are brightness and viewing angles. Make sure that the smart-phone you’re shopping for has a panel that’s bright enough to read outdoors in direct sunlight. Having a wide viewing angle is important, too, because you’ll want to be able to share what’s on your screen with others and play games without the screen washing out when you tilt the device.
As for whether LCD or AMOLED screens are better, the former tends to offer more accurate colors, while the latter technology delivers more saturated hues and deeper blacks. It’s largely a matter of personal preference.
When you buy a new phone you have the basic consumer right to a phone of acceptable quality. If your new phone is faulty or doesn’t work, you have the right to get it repaired or replaced, or to get a refund, depending on the situation. Keep your receipts and network service connection agreement as proof of purchase.
Do check out the price of a particular phone at web portals like Flickr, Best Buy or Skweezer.
And, before you make the final decision, check out various features of the phone by operating it. Make a call, take a photo, lock and unlock the screen. If the phone is faulty in some way, it will show up eventually.