So your are in the market for a new Android phone?? Even though you’ve got a set budget that you can’t decide which phone to buy because of vast number of great options out there. Now for those of you who keep themselves updated with the latest technology updates, i am sure it will be an easy decision for them but if you are someone who doesn’t follow everything going on in the Android smartphone space the number of options available at each price segment could be a bit overwhelming so in order to help you make an informed choice.
But don’t worry in this article I will be talking about a couple of things you should keep in mind while purchasing a new android phone. Following are the some of the key parameters that you should be focusing on:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon series who has high silicon Kirin series.
- Samsung’s Exynos series.
- Media Tek
These four brands have their processors ranging from basic budget chips to all the up to their high range flagship chips. For e.g. budget chips like Snapdragon 430 or the exynos 788 to all the way upto flagship chips like the Snapdragon 855 or the kirin 990. Now again depending on your use case. You can choose the processors that fits your bill/budget, for e.g. if you are just looking for a phone to do basic things like making calls, whatsapp then you would be pretty much satisfied with the chip like Snapdragon 430 but if you want to play high graphic games then you have to stick to the flagship phones.
Now talking about which matters the most is the display, I know I sound funny as there are other important things i mentioned above but what we can see is the combined functionality and performance of apps via display only.
There are two varieties of display namely LCD and AMOLED. Here the distinction is quite clear if you want a premium experience then you should go with an AMOLED display as it looks lot more rich and colorful with deep blacks and amazing viewing angles. AMOLED screens are more commonly found on high-end devices but the technology is slowly making its way to a few mid-range and budget phones.
For instance Samsung now offers a number of mid-range devices with an AMOLED display like the M series which look far better than the LCD screens available in the devices in the same price segment and it’s not just the quality that’s different. AMOLED displays also result in better battery life because they don’t use a back light like an LCD display , each pixel on an AMOLED panel is lighten up individually so if you use a black wallpaper then the phone won’t use as much battery to display the wallpaper as it would do with the LCD.
There’s an another factor which matters the most is the battery life. What’s matter of buying a phone which can’t even last a day? So whether a phone is packed with high end processor, UFS 3.0 storage and 8gb of ram, if its battery don’t last a day then you will have a regret of spending high amout for that.
Majority of devices these days pack in at least 3500 mAh which should be good enough to last your day. Anything more is always an added benefit but anything less than 3000 mAh and you might start facing issues getting your phone to last a full day and it’s not just the battery capacity that matters you should also pay attention to the charging speed supported by the device and whether it comes with a fast charger in the box or not in the budget segment support for a 15 watt fast charging is a must-have while that number bumps up to at least 18 watts for mid-range devices. When it comes to flagships anything above 20 watts is a good figure but if you want blazing fast charging speeds then there are a handful of smart phones that support charging speeds of 30 watts.
So in the nutshell you don’t need to worry about the battery because these days even the low budget devices comes with at least 4000 mah battery.
Let’s talk about the cameras now. I’m not sure if you’re aware but phones have significantly improved in quality in the last couple of years. The number of budget and mid-range phones posting a 48 megapixel or even 64 megapixel primary shooters. But does the megapixel count really matter? Well the answer is both yes and no. So with the high megapixel count you will be able to capture large size photos that you can use for prints but that doesn’t necessarily mean that phones with bigger megapixel count will deliver better photos.
Take Google’s pixel 3 series for an example, it’s widely accepted as the best smartphonein the camera department and it just packs in a single 12.2 megapixel sensor while most of its competitors back in offers triple or quad camera models. So insteadof focusing on the megapixel count you should be better checking out the aperture and pixel size for these metrics. There’s an easy rule of thumb you can use, a good camera module will have a small aperture value and a larger a pixel size, smaller the aperture value the better it is and vice versa for pixel size.
If you are confused between the two same spec options but one has an aperture of f1.1 and the other offers f2.2 then you should go with the first and if you plan on capturing video on your phone then you should also check if the camera modules include support for optical or electronic image stabilization. Though manufacturers often skip adding these features in the budget phones you’ll still find a couple of devices in the mid-range segment that offer at least is on the primary lens.
7. Software updates
8. Widevine L1 support
Let’s through more light by talking about widevine L1 support which has fast become a must-have feature on most android devices over the last year and you will definitely need it if you’re going to be streaming HD content from apps like Netflix on your phone. This is essentially a security measure implemented by streaming services to prevent piracy and if your phone doesn’t have white vinyl one support you’ll only be able to stream video at 480p. Now this isn’t something you should worry about if you’re purchasing a device that was launched within the last couple of months but if you are going for a phone that is over a year old that’s definitely worth checking out before making a purchase.
9. Brand value
So these are the things which you have to keep in mind while buying any phone. If you find this article helpful then share it with your friends.