Buying Smart Phones: 5 Important Things to Consider

Mobile smartphones. Frustrating to always see your kids on yet you can’t quite live without them yourself. Phone calls, messaging, emails, selfies, games, google, I mean these magical devices are able to keep 1-year-old babies from crying.

Every year, people around the world try to upgrade their phones so that they can have a better user interface, better camera, faster and smoother gameplay, and this list can go on. Most of the time though, people rely on buying the more popular phones to stay up to date since they’re unsure of what specifications they should be considering before buying. If you’re one of those people this is the article for you. Here’s a list of 5 important things you should consider before buying your next smartphone.

#1.) Battery Capacity

The better the battery capacity, the better the phone. Phone manufacturers normally measure battery capacity in milliampere-hours (mAh, yeah. I just learned what that meant too). It’s best for an average phone user who’s not that big on apps and games to get a phone with a battery capacity of around 2000mAh. Though, If you’re someone who prefers to jam Call of Duty Mobile or PUBG in your free time (like me), you’re gonna wanna add a thousand or two to that number.

#2.) The Operating System

I didn’t wanna have to drag you into this. I apologize but welcome to the war amongst wars, the fight amongst fights, Android VS IOS. Different users have been going at each other’s throats for years about which is better. There are meme wars, TikToks and YouTube videos of people discriminating against one another based on the phone they use. However, despite whichever you prefer, each operating system has its own list of benefits.  Here’s a comparison chart to help you decide what’s better for you.

CheapFast, smooth, performance
Customizable (widgets and skins)Easy to use
A Working File SystemNo bloatware
Available on a world-wide variety of phonesUsually the launch platform for the newest apps
Faster ChargersConstant IOS updates
Multiwindow support on all devicesStricter Security

#3.) RAM

If you’re the type of person that prefers multitasking by running multiple apps at once or you normally run really powerful apps, you’re gonna need a good amount of RAM on your phone. The worldwide standard amount of RAM a user should have on their phone is 2GB. Anything less and I can guarantee you, the experience will be anything BUT fun. RAM prevents your phone from moving slowly or freezing while running multiple apps. Normally, there are a lot of background apps and services that must run on your phone already occupying most of its RAM. That being said, If you’re someone who will additionally be running powerful or multiple apps it’s best to buy a phone with at least 4GB of RAM.

#4.) Internal Storage

Ahhh. See that image right there? With the warning message? Yeah. Everybody hates that. You’re really going to want to avoid seeing that and the best way to do it is to get a phone with a decent amount of storage. The amount of storage you need is entirely dependent on you. Keep in mind that system apps alone will take up about 5-10 GB of system storage so you never actually get the whole amount of storage as advertised. It’s because of that reason that I think an average user should get a phone with 32 GBs of Internal storage on it. If you’re the type of user who’s a bit more active with your phone, takes pictures and videos from time to time and saves music on your phone, 64 GBs should be enough. Now if you’re one of those pictures obsessed, music downloading gamers, it’s best to go with the 128 or 256 GB option.

#5.) The Camera

Thanks to social media, it’s one of the most important features of a phone. It’s very widely promoted to capture moments using a camera so that you can reflect on them later. That moment can either be left a blur or in high resolution. A few ways to know if a phone has a good camera is to ensure it has Bright Aperture, a decent amount of megapixels (at least  12-21) being at least 1.0 um in size, a large screen (the bigger the screen the more you will see), Optical Image Stabilisation (for my fellow good folks with them shaky hands. May God bless our hearts.), A decent lens and this list can go on. Read more about it in detail here.


While there are a couple of other things you may want to consider before making the big buy, these are a few of the important ones. Hopefully, this article gave you some insight on how to buy the right phone for you without having to overspend. Have fun shopping and may the phone that’s right for you be cheap.

This article submitted by Alysia Norales

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