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5 things to check before buying a smartphone

5 things to check before buying a smartphone

By  Goraud Mazanec 2019-06-29 728 0

There are hundreds of different smartphones on the market produced by dozens of more or less well-known companies. It is sometimes difficult to find your brands, especially since some manufacturers offer their terminals at extremely attractive prices. If you are having trouble finding your way around, then this guide should be very useful.

It is a long time ago when manufacturers had one or two smartphones in their catalog. Most companies in the sector have expanded their offerings to reach the widest possible audience.

This is the case of Samsung, HTC or even LG, but the list is obviously far from exhaustive.

Behind it, we also have to count on all the Chinese manufacturers, manufacturers who are flooding the market with mobile phones offered at extremely attractive prices. Huawei and Redmi are the best known but they are not the only ones. Meizu is more and more present in the sector too, as well as for Oukitel, Elephone or even Lenovo.

Before launching and taking out the credit card, it is therefore imperative to start by making some usual checks to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Screen resolution

It is a long time ago when 720p slabs were reserved for high-end terminals. 1080p has spread quite a bit in the market in recent years and so has the QHD.

At the moment, it is preferable to avoid phones with a definition lower than 720p, and therefore lower than 1280 x 720p. Why? Simply because these slabs are deeply dusty. And if a manufacturer is looking to save money on that, then you can be pretty sure that the rest won't follow either.

Be careful, however, because this does not mean that it is imperative to switch to the QHD. In reality, it all depends on your use. 720p is sufficient in most cases and 1080p is only justified for those who consume a lot of media.

The QHD is particularly suitable for virtual reality as it reduces the screening effect on the screen.

RAM memory

iOS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile are not very heavy, that's a fact, but they still need a minimum of RAM to work properly.

In this context, buying a phone with less than 1 GB of RAM is simply suicidal, and even more so if you use an Android device. Google's mobile platform is quite resource-intensive and it will be preferable to rely on at least 2 GB of RAM to ensure peace of mind.

Especially if you tend to juggle with many applications on a daily basis.

Storage space

The same goes for the storage space. Going below 16 GB seems very risky to me at the moment.

It is important to remember that the internal memory indicated on the product sheet does not correspond to reality. It does not take into account the space occupied by the platform. A phone with 8GB of storage usually has no more than 4GB of free space.

Moreover, when you buy a phone, it is not to change it every year. Android and iOS unfortunately tend to gain weight over the years and if you want to be able to take advantage of future versions of these platforms, it will be better to think big.

Watch out for the battery!

Most people focus on the design, display and RAM of smartphones, but these are not the only criteria to consider when making a purchase.

No, and if there is one point on which no compromise should be made, it is the battery. There, everything will obviously depend on the configuration of the phone but it is preferable not to go below the 2,300 mAh bar. Not if you want to last at least the day with a full charge.

In addition, it may also be advisable to check whether the terminal offered to you is equipped with fast charging technology. They can be very practical on a daily basis.

The version of the platform (CPU)

A salesperson is trying to provide you with a terminal running on Ice Cream Sandwich? Run now and don't turn around! No matter which phone you use, it is essential that it is powered by the latest version of its mobile platform.

Why? Quite simply so that you can enjoy the latest innovations introduced by its publisher.

In addition, it is also better to check if your phone manufacturer provides updates, especially if you are buying a device under Android. On this point, not all companies in the sector are necessarily equal.

So much for my basic advice. I didn't raise the issue of the processor or even the photo sensor because these points don't usually speak to neophytes. In addition, if you buy a phone with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, there is a good chance that the chip will follow behind.

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