With smartphone sales peaking at over 150 million units sold in just the third quarter of 2013, choosing a decent smartphone may end up becoming one of the most difficult choices that you can be forced to make, especially if you don’t consider yourself as “tech savvy”.
To perfectly spend your cash on a smartphone, there are a few things you need to have in mind:
1. What are your needs?
Not everyone has the same perspective on the advantages of smartphones. Whereas people aged above 40 might only be interested in a device that can make calls and receive texts, the same does not apply to people under the age of 25. Thus, some of the things to consider are:
- Size of the screen (large or small)
- Availability of a physical keyboard
- The quality of the camera lens of the smartphone.
2. What is your preferred OS?
This is yet another important decision that you have to make after reviewing the kinds of features that you wish your smartphone to have. Basically, there are four popular smartphone operating systems today. These are: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.
If, for instance, you are into mobile gaming, then Android and iOS should be your first two choices since they literary have the largest share of apps compared to any other mobile operating systems. Even though all these operating systems can be considered as “visually appealing”, it would still be wise to review which of them strikes you most.
3. Choose a cellular network
The carrier you settle on will most likely determine the phone that you end up with. In the U.S., every major carrier has a different set of phones that are available for purchase. However, if you wish to buy either an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy phone, these rules may not apply to you. On the other hand, one thing that you ought to be keen about is the kind of data service that your carrier offers. For blazing-fast internet speeds, you would be better off with LTE or HSPA+.
4. Additional cutting-edge features
There are several other features that different phone manufacturers have embedded in their phones to make your life easier. Some of them may be worthwhile in your day-to-day activities. These may include:
- Wireless charging
- NFC (Near-Field Communication) which allows things such as making Google Wallet Payments using your phone
- Extended battery life
- Availability of a microSD card slot