Top 3 key points in choosing a smartphone
When it comes to smartphones it is very important to take into consideration three main factors:
The type and size of the display, the CPU speed and the operating system. The display matters to those that are into the entertainment component of this type of devices.
For those that want to watch YouTube videos, play games, look at photos of their friends on Facebook, read (although for this category I recommend E-book readers or tablets) then a 5 inch display is more than suitable. The CPU or chipset power is as relevant to the above categories.
Fortunately 5 inch phones have at least HD resolution, if not even Full HD, and the chipset is also a good one, but not in all cases. There are also examples of bigger phones though they may not be very powerful/efficient –even the ones made by Samsung, the manufacturer of the moment. The size of the Samsung Grand model doesn’t unfortunately come with hardware equipment to match.
How to choose a smartphone by CPU
Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in smartphones that have a powerful CPU (minimum dual-core 1, 2 GHz) and more storage space.
There are phones with a 1 GHz dual-core CPU that can successfully cope with these requirements.
There is no need for a 1, 8 GHz or a 2 GHz one unless multiple complex apps and games are regularly used and the smartphone is overworked.
There is still a lot of content that can put strain on the smartphone.
Only games or specialized apps can be more demanding but a real gamer usually prefers dedicated, classical gaming platforms and specialists can afford last generation models.
The right OS for your smartphone
The operating system is a delicate subject and currently the best is iOS followed by Android which still has some weak points even if it promises to reach “maturity” soon.
Ubuntu OS was recently launched, the mobile version of Linux the famous operating system, as well as Mozilla OS – both are trying to bring a new approach to the market.
If you are able to test the gadgets you set your sights on in a store, showroom or small retailer’s stands I advise you to take advantage of this opportunity as much as you can.
That way you can determine which apps are suitable for you: the ones from Appstore or Google Play.
Check if the menu navigation is done easily and the time it takes to go to a setting. If the navigation is done smoothly, shortly, in high quality and without glitches then the software has been optimized properly.
Do not just read the specifications !
The proper functioning of the operating system depends on the hardware equipment, but the software doesn’t necessarily run smoothly on a CPU terminal and big RAM memory.
That’s because there are manufacturers who can perfectly improve the operating system with a hardware device component.
From personal experience, I have seen very good optimizations on HTC, Apple and Samsung phones. As for the other manufacturers they are all missing something.
As is the case of the two terminals by the same manufacturer and the more modest phone (Xperia U) had a much better optimized software than the top model at that time (Xperia S).