The smartphone market has expanded dramatically in recent years, and considering the massive variety that’s available, upgrading to a new phone can be a bit of a daunting or confusing prospect. Depending on what you need your smartphone to do, there are a few key things to take into account before you take the plunge – and we’re going to dive into those in more detail.
Mobile Operating System
Ah, the debate for the ages, and one that often splits the smartphone user base into two camps: iOS and Android. In reality and in terms of their functions, there’s really very little that separates them; what you can do with the one, you’ll mostly be able to do with the other. There are relevant things to pay attention to when making the decision, though. The first consideration is the other devices that you use, like your laptop, television, home media system, etc. If you have other Apple products, then an iPhone makes sense to integrate with those devices. On the other hand, Android devices, like Samsung devices, are generally far more customisable than their iOS counterparts, so if you’d like to have full control over the features of your phone, an Android might be more up your alley.
Mobile Screen Size
The screen size you go for should largely be dictated by what you plan to use your smartphone for most frequently. If it’s going to be the device you use to browse YouTube with a lot, or download the Netflix App onto, then prioritising screen size makes sense. Anything from a 5.9-inch or larger screen will improve the phone’s ability to be used somewhat like a tablet. If a large screen is absolutely vital, you may even want to consider the larger (or XL) sized phones, often identified by the ‘Ultra’, ‘Plus’, or ‘Max’ monikers between the Samsung and Apple brands. If your phone won’t be used to watch movies or series, or screen size just isn’t that important to you, there are still well-equipped phones with screens below the 6-inch threshold to consider.
One of the most marketed features of a smartphone is undoubtedly the camera. In this age of imagery, and considering the viral popularity of apps like Instagram and TikTok, being able to take good photos and videos is pretty much a prerequisite for a smartphone. Luckily, these days, even average phone cameras are surprisingly good. Almost every phone will come equipped with something that’ll make your Instagram account stand out, but you’ll need to pay closer attention to the camera specs if you plan on using your pics for something professional. Some companies (like Xiaomi with Leica) have teamed up with brands in the photography arena to give their cameras an extra edge in terms of quality.
This is an unfortunate thing to have to think about, but it’s quite relevant all the same. Smartphones are improved so rapidly that companies can arguably be accused of implementing planned obsolescence deliberately. Operating systems update at a rapid pace too, and if the hardware of a phone is taxed too much by newer OS features, the performance of the smartphone can deteriorate quite quickly. Getting a phone that’s up to date with the important tech (a good processor, large enough storage space, and decent RAM — key performance-related specs) will be important if you’re planning to use a smartphone beyond the accepted two-year life cycle of phones.
The good news regarding the rapid development of smartphone technology is that there are a host of brands that offer good value for money when it comes to their phones. That being said, flagship smartphone prices are also increasing notably quickly because of how many features companies are packing into ever-thinner devices. You can find great deals on smartphones through Mobitronics, with more affordable pre-owned phones also available.
Ultimately, considering these factors can help you find the best phone for your needs and budget, and help you get the best bang for your buck!