How powerful must the smartphone we want to buy be?
Well it depends on what we want. I’m sure that if you want to purchase a new smartphone the choice will be extremely difficult – what brand to choose, what CPU, how much RAM memory and so on? Not to mention the price which should be as low as possible.
Now let’s briefly see if you actually need all those specs found on the datasheet of mobile phones, which most of the time trick you into buying a product without having any real benefits.
So what is the best smartphone choice?
The screen – it is probably the most important component of a smartphone, the screen (comprising the glass and touchscreen) is the first thing we interact with when we use a smartphone. Here you can read about the types of smartphone screens there are (IPS, Amoled, etc.) constructively speaking, but now we will discuss size.
For the regular user who accesses the internet rarely, and uses his smartphone to occasionally read an e-mail, or view some photos on Facebook or Google Plus at the week-end, then a 4-4,5 inch screen is a perfect match.
For those who like watching videos on the smartphone, accessing web pages frequently, editing documents and sending e-mails straight from your phone – a 4,7 to 5,5 inch display is more than necessary although it has its disadvantages – not many pockets are big enough to fit a smartphone this size and using it with one hand becomes a difficult task.
Last but not least for those who don’t want to be inconvenienced by a large smartphone in their pockets, and only want something practical to use more as a phone and rarely as a smartphone, there are also 3,5 -4 inch smartphones.
The CPU of the smartphone
Do we really need a Quad-Core or an Octa-core? Why not a Dual-Core?
Certainly, our intention is to buy a smartphone with a powerful CPU. At first sight it may seem like a good choice but in fact a more powerful CPU may never be used at its full capacity. Moreover, many apps aren’t optimized to work with a performant CPU and runs apps the same way if we have 8 or 2 cores on the CPU.
The Android operating system is a clear proof of this problem – apps which on Apple or Windows phone devices run perfectly with a Dual-Core need a Quad-Core for Android because their structure and coding weren’t properly optimized.
However, there are some advantages – certain Quad-Core or Octa-Core CPUs can reduce battery consumption when only one core of the CPU is working at low voltage. Though, for the regular Internet or YouTube user an Android smartphone with a Dual-Core or a Quad-Core is more than enough.
Be sure to always also weigh the price of a smartphone with a more powerful CPU and consider if you really need it.
The RAM memory of the smartphone
This is another important aspect because the storage space can make a difference between a smartphone which runs perfectly and one that crashes or has delays when launching certain processes when we have more apps open in the background. Currently, most smartphones come with 1GB of RAM and the most performant ones with 2 GB or 3GB RAM. You have to know that the more RAM we have the more will be used in order to run any application perfectly.
Lastly the operating system
For example the last version of Android is excellently optimized and uses less of the smartphone’s memory. You should preferably have an Android 4.4 smartphone and 1 GB of RAM because it will run better and more content than another Android 4.1 smartphone with the same storage capacity.
The more we use complex apps which use a lot of resources (games, video editing, etc.) or if we are used to open many apps which we forget to turn off the more RAM memory we’ll need. And if we also think about the future, better specs will allow our smartphone to behave better for a longer period of time even if more complex games and apps will be released.
What can we mention about the battery?
Not much. Although most smartphone components have tremendously evolved, the battery still seems to be a major problem for most smartphone owners. Although the autonomy has increased and many apps have been developed in order to try to control the way in which the battery is used, I don’t think a good solution has been found yet for this issue. Most smartphones, whether we are talking about high-end models or low-cost ones ensure 1 to 2 day use maximum if we use the phone’s features (Wi-Fi, 3 G, etc.).
What do we want to use our smartphone ?
Well if we want to use it as a GPS navigator, for example, then we need to make sure it has such a chip. If we want to render video content from the smartphone directly on our TV without cables then we’d better make sure our smartphone has such a feature. If necessary it should have NFC, a good front camera if we like taking selfies or chat on Skype and so on and so forth…
If you weigh all these, you will probably get a smartphone based on your intuition or your friends’ recommendations and hopefully it will be a phone which is centred on your needs.