When it comes to buying a smartphone or tablet, manufacturers spoil customers for choice. With Apple, Samsung and Nokia being major players in the mobile device market, users can choose from iOS, Android or Windows devices.
With so many options, potential users can use a few tips.
- Choose a suitable operating system
Make your first consideration when choosing a smartphone or tablet one with an operating system that suits your needs. Those who choose phones and tablets that are compatible with Google’s operating system have more hardware choices. Motorola, Samsung, LTE, LG and HTC offer consumers exciting hardware platforms and designs. Google’s operating system will give them the ability to use its Play Store, which has more application options. However, iPhones and iPads have more organized interfaces than Android devices. While Android interfaces are customizable, they are sometimes difficult to navigate.
- Choose a smartphone of the right size
Then, it is time to choose a phone of a suitable size. The right size is, ultimately, a matter of preference. Users are now drawn to phones with large screens. The iPhone 6 and 6+ constantly grow in popularity. Phablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, have larger screens, but are difficult to cradle. However, small screens enable manufacturers to create more compact designs. If you want a phone that is less bulky, older models such as the iPhone 5s will suit you.
- It should have a powerful processor
The smartphone or tablet you choose should have a dynamic processor. This facilitates the opening of applications and allows you to use the phone’s functions. The more powerful it is, the faster applications open. Engineers fit Android phones with highly functional dual-core processors.
Those who choose phones and tablets that are compatible with Google’s operating system have more hardware choices. Motorola, Samsung, LTE, LG and HTC offer consumers exciting hardware platforms and designs. Google’s operating system will give them the ability to use its Play Store, which has more application options.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800, available for phones that run on Android and Windows operating systems, allows users to multi-task efficiently. The M7 processors and A7 co-processors Apple puts in its iPad Minis are extremely functional as well, to the delight of those who prefer Apple’s devices. Dual processors are a feature of many Android devices.
- The phone or tablet should have enough memory.
Further, think about the phone or tablet’s memory. More powerful smartphones have between 2 to 3 GB of RAM, while those on the lower end have a memory performance of between 1 to 1.5. Memory affects how fast applications load.
- It should have a reliable cameras/screens
Phones and tablets should have capable cameras and screens. Most of them come with front and rear cameras. The iPad Mini 3 has a 5 megapixel isight camera in the front for capturing eye-catching photos and a Facetime HD Camera behind for users to record quality videos
- Choose one with enough battery life.
For those constantly on the go, a phone with extended battery life is essential. The Sony Xperia passes the Laptop Battery Test at an amazing 12 hours. iPhone 6’s battery has an amazing 35 hours of battery life. Apple’s iPad Mini can go longer without a charge as well. The battery lasts for 11 hours.
- It should have features and applications that suit your lifestyle.
A phone or tablet should have functions that suit your lifestyle. If the entire family shares a tablet, it should come with child lock features to allow parents to prevent children from viewing objectionable content.
There is nothing more bothersome than a heavy phone or tablet. Smaller-sized people may want to choose one that is light and sleek. Newer phones and phablets like the iPhone are more functional, but have more bulk. In contrast, the iPhone 5s weighs only 3.9 ounces.
- Consider style and durability
Of course, there is style and design to consider. The iPad Mini 3 comes with a gold option for those who want elegance and chic. Consider its aesthetics and durability as well. For sleek phones made of durable material such as anodized aluminium and polycarbonate, the iPhone 6 and Nokia Lumia phones are the one to look at.
You need to decide what kind of connectivity you need. You need 3G or ideally 4G if you rely in the internet, but can get away with a 2G phone and wi-fi connectivity if not. Bluetooth is also a consider for some smaller peripherals or hands free kits.
Well, there you have our brief guide through the minefield of buying a smartphone or tablet. Now read this article again until you get a grasp of what to look for. Then go forth and conquer! Good luck!