10 things to consider while buying a smart phone in 2020.

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:

1.Processor

Like it said if kernel is the heart then processor is the backbone of the software. Now again it varies on usage of the person he/she does in his day to day life. A normal user who uses whatapp, instagram, listens to music may require a normal or mid range processor while a person like me who loves to play heavy games like pubg, asphalt 9 or any other high end game definitely need a strong processor.
There are four main brands of processor being used in the android phones. These days there’s
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon series who has high silicon Kirin series.
  • Samsung’s Exynos series.
  • Media Tek
  • 6HiSilicon

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.

2. Storage

Again a question arises here what type of user you are? Are you a person who loves to watch tv series on their phone? Are you a hard core gamer? Or you are just a simple person who only loves to call and text and flood their social media accounts with their clicks?
Storage chips on phone differs from ram in the way that they can persist or say store the data(images, music, songs) on your device even when your phone is off.
 
It is not only the storage but a Universal Flash Storage called UFS. There are various version of UFS which again differ in their speeds i.e. how it interact with the system. UFS 1.0 was announced back in 2011, and 2013 brought us version 2.0 of the standard, which was up to 4 times faster than the previous. Then UFS 2.1 was introduced which could be seen in Onplus 5. Now the lates version is UFS 3.0  which can be seen in Oneplus 7/7T , Oneplus 8 and 8 pro, samsung galaxy s20, s20 ultra and many other flagship devices. However the mid range devices comes with at least UFS 2.1.
 
So in the nutshell i will not recommend you to spend more money just because of UFS different versions, just look at your budget and the amount storage you want either 64gb/128gb or 256 gb.😊
 

3. RAM

Well the RAM known as Random Access memory do play important role in smartphones. If you are a heavy user that love to do multi tasking like playing game and texting at the same time then i would recommend you to go for a device with at least 6gb ram. And to have a inner satisfaction for not letting your device to kill the background process if you are running multiple games at the same time, then you can go for 8gb variant too😎. But going for more than 8gb is just useless and required only when you want to play GTA V on your phone😁😁.
 

4. Display

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.

5.Battery

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. 

6. Camera

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

Well this is a little exciting thing which gives us a hope that are device is not yet out dated. Software updates not only updates the android version but with that provide us some additional features and security updates. No doubt the manufacturers provide support for updates for their flagship devices but sometimes it give updates to their most sold phone too. 
Moreover once the device gets 2-3 years old then there are no new software updates. All we left is having the dependency on the xda developers for custom roms with new android version.
 

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

Now lets talk about the brand. Should you consider it while buying it? The answer is yes. With good brand comes the good quality hardware and customer service.
 
Although the brand thing mattered a lot 2-3 years ago when there were companies like LAVA, Micromax, Karbonn which do provide cheap phone but they had poor customer service  and cheap hardware. Now days the Chinese brands like Mi, Xiomi, Poco are doing amazing job by providing android phones having good hardware and better performance.
 

10. Budget

Here the budget depends upon you. The more you pay, the more you get in terms of quality. There are different price ranges of phone available world wide.
 

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.

About Deepak Parmar 10 Articles
Deepak Parmar is the founder of androidifyme.com. He is a web developer and a computer geek by passion. Apart from that a tech lover and fitness freak. Finding ways to make life easy.

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