With so many mobile phones in the market, it can be a daunting task selecting what device to buy for your use. Here are a few tips:
1. Display And Size
How large a display do you need? The size of modern phones is usually directly proportional to the size of their displays. What type of tasks do you want to carry out with your phone? You will need a large screen if you intend reading documents or watching videos. For videos, you do need more than just size. You require a sharp, crisp screen.
2. What Connectivity Options?
If you require internet on the move, don’t settle for anything that does not have at least 3G. And if you require superfast access, a HSDPA/3.5G phone is a must.
If you hang around hotspots a lot, you should be looking at a device with a Wi-Fi radio too. No point ignoring those high-speed WLAN networks around you!
As for local connectivity, if you will be transferring files from one device to another, a phone with Bluetooth and/or USB connectivity is a must.
3. Preferred Text Input
If you need to input a fairly good amount of text, you certainly require a device with a QWERTY keyboard. You won’t get laptop speeds, but it is way better than the multi-typing on regular phone keypads.
Modern touchscreen phones also have very good on-screen keyboard options. You can look in that direction as well. Just beware of the menace of autocorrect, or you could end up typing out a disastrous email.
4. Battery Life
In many parts of the world and in certain working scenarios, a very good battery performance is important. If it is critical to you, be sure to ask about it.
You may have other criteria that you need to ask about, depending on your specific needs. The summary is that you should ask questions before you spend your hard-earned money on that new smartphone. All the best! Do share this post with your network. Thanks.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.