Nowadays, it’s quite hard to find and buy a good mobile phone. There are several manufacturers; Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, RIM, HTC, Motorola, etc. who are making mobile phones that are based on different operating systems. Thankfully, the stiff competition turned everything in favor of customers. With the introduction of Android OS, mobile phones with good features are now available at lower costs. At the same time, those who are willing to invest more on a premium hardware unduly have better choices. Thinking which mobile is good to buy? Here in this article we will discuss some aspects that you could consider while choosing your next smartphone.
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Phone manufacturer: As of 2012, Samsung is the global number one in terms of the total number of mobile phone sales. Nokia, Apple, LG, Sony, HTC and Motorola trail behind with moderately impressive numbers. In India, we’ve the MicroMax, Karbonn, Spice, Videocon mobile brands with budget range devices. Under 10000 INR, we recommend Nokia, Micromax, Samsung devices, and in 10000-150000 range Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Sony, LG devices are preferred. Always think about the after sales support, warranty, etc. while deciding on the brand.
Phone OS: Android, iOS, Windows Phone OS, Nokia Symbian Belle, Symbian with S60 40 UI, Blackberry, Bada, are the most prominently used smartphone operating system. The latest 2012 release of Android, Jelly Bean 4.1 is considered as the best mobile OS in the world right now. Apple iOS is equally impressive, but the devices are costly and some features (e.g.: Maps) are not useful in India. Android OS is not recommended for a phone priced under 8000 INR- choose any Symbian device instead. Another important factor that you should assess is whether the OS version of the phone is up to date, upgradable or not. Upgrade to new OS version is almost sure if you buy an iPhone or Google branded smartphones in Nexus series.
Mobile Screen technology: Capacitive Touch screen with a rubber band like scrolling (iPhone like) is the most popular choice now. Low end mobile devices come with resistive touch technology, and the touch feel in such a phone isn’t that impressive. Another matter of concern is the screen clarity which is defined by the number of pixel per inch- more pixels mean more vivid and clear images and text. Apple’s Retina and Samsung AMOLED are two widely praised mobile displays in the industry.
Phone memory: Except Apple iPhone and Windows phone devices( e.g.: Nokia Lumia) most of the mobile phones come with external SD card storage option. If you are a kind of person who wants to store a lot of photos, videos and music in a phone go for some other device.
Phone Processor and RAM: : The latest mobile phone processors offer PC like performance. Mainly based on the ARM architecture, QUALCOMM , NVIDIA, Samsung, TI made chips ranges from 800HMz to dual core, or even quad—core 1.5 GHz with inbuilt graphics unit. Some of the recent game releases and applications are specially configured for high end devices that come with such quad-core processors, dedicated graphic and more than 1GB of RAM. A 800 MHz processor and at least 512MB of RAM is required good enough for an entry level android smartphone.
Camera: Nokia is still the best camera mobile phone manufacturer. They now have camera phones starting from .3 MP, to 44 MP Nokia 808 Pure view. In 2012, most of the high end smartphones released in the market have at least 8 MP camera. The mega pixel is not what defines the quality of a camera phone. You’ve to check the lens properties, video quality, and software enhancements included as a part of camera software to sort out best.
Network: There is single SIM, dual even triple SIM phones that support CDMA/GSM network or both in one device. 4G and 3G enabled handsets to let you access high speed mobile broadband service if provided by the network operator.
Battery : Battery backup is a common specification that everyone ignores while buying a new mobile phone. It should be actually a major concern in this new-age smartphone era. Check the battery mAh rating (higher the better), talk time and stand by time provided.
External build and appearance: Mobile Phones come in different form factors and designs. HTC and Apple are known for producing high-quality externals for their smartphones. Samsung and LG use mostly plastic filled casing for their devices.
Mobile Price: Last, but not the least price of a mobile device and the specs it has is the major benchmark for most of us, and a decision maker. Don’t buy newly launched products, wait for 2-3 months before they get enough reviews from the public. If possible, buy from trusted online shops where you might get some discount on the retail price.
Biraj dutta says
X2 camera is nt good.image quality looks like 2mp pixel camera..sound is very clear..
hey, i want to buy a android phone in 14000 which phone do i buy plz tell me