Buying a new mobile phone can be a confusing process for many people. There are so many models to choose from, and there’s so much technical jargon, that making a decision can be tough. However, mobiles are a necessity for many of us, and it’s important that we get something that we’re satisfied with and that can perform in the way we want it to. Plus, a mobile is a big investment, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money and then regret your purchase. So today we’re telling you how to decide which mobile is best for you. Before you buy that new phone, you might want to read this first.
The Best Mobile Phones
There really isn’t one phone that’s better than all of the others. The best mobile phones are those that fulfill your needs and fall within your budget. Expensive, top of the line mobiles might be tempting, but if you’re not going to use all of those high end features, then why pay for them? Similarly, the low price tag on a budget model might persuade you to buy, but if you’re an advanced phone user then you’re not going to be satisfied with the performance of a budget model. When you’re looking for the best mobile phones for you, you need to look at the spec sheet. This lists the specifications of a phone, and will help you decide whether a phone is good for you or not. We’ll go into important specs in a little more detail below.
Mobiles can be broadly divided into three groups based on budget. Top end phones are those that retail for over five hundred pounds. They really are most suitable for advanced phone users, or business users, who are going to take advantage of all the features that they contain. The average user will probably be satisfied with a mid-range phone, which will retail for between two hundred and three hundred and fifty pounds. Finally, light phone users might want to look at budget smart phones, which should have price tags below a hundred and fifty pounds.
Screens and Specs
Obviously, the screen on a smart phone is extremely important. The most important spec is going to be the size of the screen. Not only does a decently sized screen make watching videos better, but it also makes typing on an on screen keyboard easier and reading emails and web pages more comfortable. Top end devices should get screens of around four and a half to five inches, mid-range phones four to four and a half inches, and budget models should be over three and a half inches. Other screen specs aren’t terribly important to you. But if you watch a lot of HD video or enjoy taking photos on your phone you might want to look for an AMOLED or Retina display, rather than the traditional LCD screen.
Processors and Power
The processor in your phone is what drives it, like the engine in a car, and the more powerful it is, the faster your phone will be. Top end phones tend to get quad core processors that are around 1.5 GHz, whilst mid-range phones get dual or quad core processors of around 1 GHz, or maybe a little more. Budget phones shouldn’t go below 800 MHz, since this will generally mean that your phone won’t be able to run recent programs , software and games, and will seem noticeably slow to complete tasks and open programs.
All Kinds of Memory
There are two kinds of memory specs that should concern you. The first is RAM, which is the amount of memory your phone keeps in reserve for performing everyday tasks. The more RAM you have, the more responsive your mobile will be, it will be better able to multi task, and there’ll be less chance of lagging, freezing and crashing. On a budget model, don’t let RAM fall below 512 MB, whilst both mid range and top end phones tend to get 1 GB of RAM or more. Secondly, you’ll want to look at internal memory, which will determine how much data (music, photos, games) you can store on your phone. This is somewhat subjective, since how much memory you need depends on how much data you plan on storing. But general specs for internal memory look like this: a budget phone gets anything over 2 GB, a mid range gets between 8 GB and 16 GB, and a top end device gets 16 GB or more.
There are a couple of other things that you may be interested in. If you’re a keen photographer then you’ll be looking at camera specs. Budget phones tend not to have great cameras. But a mid-range or top end phone should get at least an 8 MP cam, and some top end devices are getting 13 MP cameras these days. If you’re interested in fast speed internet, then you may want to look for 4G capability in your new phone, which will allow you to connect to faster 4G networks with a special data plan from your operator.
Your new phone will have an operating system, just like your home computer. All iPhone run iOS from Apple, the most recent version of the system being on both the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S. All Blackberry run RIM, with the most recent version being run by the Blackberry Z10. Other than that your choices are going to be Windows or Android. One system isn’t really better than the other, but most people find that they have a personal preference. If you don’t know which to go for, it’s a good idea to try them both out in an electronics store to get a feel for them. What is important is that you get the most recent system version that you can afford, since it will give you more speed and reliability. For Windows either the 7.5 or the 8 version will be fine, and for Android 4.0 and up should be satisfactory.