Would you like to buy a new smartphone? Today, there are a variety of smartphone benchmarks available in the market. This obviously makes it difficult to choose whether you are a beginner or a seasoned user, familiar with new technologies or not. There are, however, many criteria on which you can base your choice when buying a new smartphone. Discover in this article some useful tips that will help you make the best choice of smartphone.
Need a new smartphone for what purpose?
For what purposes will my smartphone serve me: only for calls? To watch videos? To go on social networks and connect to the Internet? To play ? To work ? These are the important questions to ask yourself when buying a smartphone. It is by answering these questions that you will actually know what type of smartphone you need for your needs. This will also allow you to target the type of smartphone you need.
What budget should I plan to buy a new smartphone?
Today, there are a variety of smartphones whose prices vary according to their features. If the need is simply to call, check emails, browse the Internet, a low-end smartphone with a good quality/price ratio is sufficient. You can find smartphone models with these types of features for under $200.
On the other hand, if you need a smartphone with advanced features such as multimedia, taking quality photos and having a good storage capacity, you must turn to a complete smartphone. A mid-range model would suit such a need. You can plan between 200 and 400 €.
Finally, for more intense use such as playing or installing important applications, you must refer to a premium smartphone, that is to say high-end. Brands such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi are part of this list. For these types of models, count between 800 and 1000 €.
The technical criteria to take into account when buying a new smartphone
Apart from the criteria related to use and budget, there are technical criteria on which you should base yourself when choosing a smartphone. Among which we have:
1- The type of operating system: Android or iOS?
After the disappearance of the BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone operating systems, only Android (the best-selling in the world) and iOS systems for iPhones remain on the market. The choice of the type of operating system is important, because it depends on the catalog of mobile applications available. These two systems offer the widest catalogs possible.
On the other hand, it should be noted that the iOS operating system is a bit restricted. Indeed, you cannot import movies or music without having purchased them directly from the App Store. In addition, this system does not offer a memory card slot. Thus, you will not be able to increase the storage memory.
2- 4G or 5G compatibility?
After the question related to the type of operating system, you must answer the one related to the technology used. The 4th generation or 4G is compatible with all smartphones, which is not the case with the 5th generation, 5G. The 4G network covers the entire French territory. On the other hand, 5 G only covers a few large cities and large agglomerations despite the fact that it has been in France since November 2020.
5G uses a 3.5 GHz frequency band, but not all smartphones are configured for such a band. In addition, 5G-enabled smartphones are more expensive than other smartphone models. Apart from these drawbacks, it should be noted that 5G smartphones allow you to take advantage of a speed of up to 1 Gbit / s. If you are in these big cities, you can opt for this kind of smartphone.
3- The size, resolution and definition of the screen
The size and type of screen or resolution is one of the important criteria to consider when buying a new smartphone. Indeed, between a 4.7 inch smartphone and a 6.3 inch model, there is a big difference. A smartphone with a large screen offers more visual comfort, especially if you are a video game lover or if you like to watch movies on your phone. In the market, you can find smartphones with 5.2 inches (13.2 cm diagonal), 6 inches (15.24 cm diagonal), etc.
Apart from screen size, you also need to consider screen quality. Indeed, a smartphone screen has pixels that vary according to the size of the screen. This is the screen resolution on which the display quality depends. On the smartphone market, there are 3 types of screen definitions:
- HD with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels;
- Full HD and FHD+ for a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels;
- QHD and QHD+ for a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.
It must be said that a Full HD and FHD + resolution with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels offers good readability. If it is for virtual reality, you will need a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, that is to say a QHD and QHD+.
4- The type of processor
The processor is an important element for a smartphone, but difficult to understand for novices. Indeed, the smartphone processor is like the computer processor. It is thanks to the latter that the user manages to perform several tasks at the same time. For smartphones, there are dual core, quad core or octo-core processors. Of all these, quad-core is the most common.
5- RAM and storage capacity
The capacity of the random access memory (RAM) is also important in choosing a smartphone. Indeed, it is the memory available to accommodate the applications. Thus, to use your smartphone like celYou must, you must turn to a smartphone with at least 6 GB of Ram.
The internal memory is also of great importance. It is what allows you to store your content and files such as videos, photos, music or applications. If you intend to install several applications on your smartphone and store several contents, you should choose a smartphone with at least 16 GB of internal memory.
6- The camera
The camera or camera has now become a determining element in the choice of a new smartphone. Indeed, smartphones are now used as a camera to capture the best moments. To choose well, you have to check the definition, that is to say the number of megapixels, the photo sensor(s) which can vary from 8 to 23 Megapixels.
In addition, it is important to check the size and aperture of the photo sensors. Indeed, a smartphone with a large aperture of the photo sensors makes it possible to capture more light. Also, the larger the size of the sensor, the more the smartphone will be able to capture light and information.
7- Battery life
One cannot choose a smartphone without taking into account the autonomy of its battery. Indeed, the battery is very stressed depending on the use made of the smartphone. Thus, to know its autonomy, you have to look at the battery power indicator which is often in mAh. So you understand that the higher the indicator, the longer the smartphone will have a battery life. Note that a battery of at least 3000 mAh is suitable for a day of handling without charging.