Tuesday, March 26, 2013, AM | 10 Comments
So, you’re in the market for a new smartphone. Whether you’re moving from an old mobile, – remember the Nokia 3210 anyone? – your contract is up for renewal, or your last one ended up down the pan, use this guide to make sure your next mobile phone is right for you.
These days the specification of mobile phone is as long as your arm due to the huge range of features that are available. To choose the smartphone that’s right for you, you’ll need to know your superAMOLED from LCD and 3G from 4G.
The cost of a high-end smartphone can be outrageous, so before you upgrade, sell Nokia E5 handsets or other outdated mobiles you have lying around to raise some funds.
The OS is the lifeblood of all smartphones. It decides how easy the phone is to use, how you navigate around it, what apps you can download and so on.
The two main smartphone operating systems on the market today are Apple iOS and Google Android, but Windows Phone and BlackBerry are still kicking around too.
As well as choosing between the operating systems, you’ll want to ensure that you are buying a phone with the latest version.
Your main decision will be to choose between AMOLED (or OLED) and LCD. LCD screens are also used for computer screens, they provide realistic colours, but aren’t as good as AMOLED at hitting bright and dark colours.
Some people simply can’t tell the difference between the two, so you will only have a preference if you’re a bit of phone geek (like me). You will also want to be looking for a resolution of at least 800×480 pixels.
Most top-end smartphones now feature at least a dual-core processor, so watch out if you are going for a single-core. Some devices even have whopping quad-core processors – just remember the bigger the better.
Some people think that they don’t need a great camera on their phone because they can take pictures with their compact. They’re wrong. The camera on your smartphone will be used for video calling and trust me, photos. You won’t always have your digital camera with you. Check out the megapixels and whether it has a flash.
Smartphones drain batteries – that’s a fact. It’s unlikely that your phone will last for more than 36 hours if you use it regularly and it could be as little as just 12. Where possible, choose a phone with a removable battery so you can carry a spare.
A few years ago mobile phones just kept getting smaller and smaller, but these days smartphones are getting bigger. You will want a smartphone that’s comfortable for you to hold and carry, but big enough for you to use properly.
Try a compromise of around 4 inches, as I’m pretty sure you’ll be fed up of an oversized phablet in a few months’ time.
In my opinion, expandable storage is always preferable. Not only is it much easier to transfer files to your computer and other devices, but your stuff is less likely to get lost.
Due to all the apps you’re likely to download, you will want at least 8GB storage, but remember that you can never have too much.
June Williams is a smartphone fanatic but also a keen personal finance blogger. By combining these two passions, she is able to provide excellent advice on keeping costs down. Consider trying to sell Nokia E5 handsets to raise cash for your next upgrade.