Today, India is one of the major smart phone markets all over the world. By the passage of time, the importance of smart phones in our daily lives, have reached its epitome. Moreover, it is a compact world which we always carry in our pockets. It is very much available in the market with price ranging from Rs 5000/- to as high as Rs 1,00,000/-. As a matter of fact, it becomes very difficult to buy a smart phone amidst so many options.

So, here I am, to make this task a little easy for the buyers out there.

Here are some of the key factors that you should consider before buying a smart phone :-

  1. Built Quality

It is all about the durability of the smart phone. There are fundamentally two types of materials available in the market – (1) plastic or fibre, and (2) metal. There are glass covers as well, but those are usually very fragile. So it is better to choose a plastic or a metal one.

  2. Battery 

If you’re an extensive user of the smart phone like playing games, streaming videos on youtube or working on various apps, then it is better to buy a phone with 3500mAh battery or above. For the light users, a 3000mAh battery will do.

  3. Memory/Storage

This also depends on the user. We all know that smart phones which come up with an inbuilt memory of 8/16/32gb etc., actually provides lesser storage than the figures mentioned. So, a 64gb or a 128gb memory will satisfy a heavy user whereas, a smart phone with 32gb in-built memory is enough for a light user. A 16gb memory with an additional micro sd card is also recommended for the light users.

  4. Processor

The performance of the processor depends on several factors like the operating system(OS), UI etc. We should know that the speed of a processor is measured in GigaHertz(GHz). So, more the GHz, more is the speed and efficiency of the processor. Therefore, multi taskers should buy smart phones with high GHz processor like for example Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 or 820. Light users can buy anything lower in category to this.

  5. Operating System(OS) version

The Operating System (OS) is a very important factor. There are mainly two Operating Systems (OS) available in the market – Android and IOS. There are other systems also available with different User Interface like the Zen UI, Xperia UI etc. We should always look for that smart phone which has a simple and user friendly OS. Therefore, it is always suggested to choose between Android or the IOS (for IPhone users only)

  6. Display

Display depends on the smart phone’s usage. For heavy usage like video editing, streaming videos, playing games and so on, a display ranging from 5.5 to 6 inches HD or QHD is a very good choice. Display beyond 6 inches makes the phone oversized and difficult to carry. For casual usage like checking emails, social media etc. any HD display between 5 to 5.5 inches is good enough. An AmoLED or Super AmoLED display (usually in Samsung smartphones) is a great option for both heavy and light users.

  7. Speaker/Audio

The speaker or audio quality can be a very important factor for those who are engaged with heavy video streaming or conference calls. They should look for the smart phones which have both front and back side speakers. Others can use only the back side or bottom firing speakers.

8. Camera

The camera quality differs from one company to another. We should always know that there are several other essential factors apart from the megapixel that makes the camera performance better like aperture, autofocus etc. So, keeping these factors in mind, I would suggest that all photography enthusiasts can go for a 12 to 16 megapixel rear camera phone. Rest can easily rely on 8 to 12 megapixel cameras.

  9. Phone security

In case of security, fingerprint scanner is a recent development. It is a trendy feature nowadays, available in most of the smart phones in all price ranges. So, a smart phone with this feature is a good option to protect your important files, personal information etc. There is another feature, the iris scanner, but it is mostly found in high priced smart phones.

   10. The best pick

At last, you will have to look for that one particular smart phone within your budget that fulfills not all, but most of the factors mentioned above. And, that one will be your ideal choice.

Thank you!

                                                                                                                                – Amartya Chakraborty  

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