Since we have many different types of smartphones — which come in a variety of styles, designs, sizes, shapes, specifications, and prices — buying a new mobile device phone can be a chore, especially for people that are not so tech-savvy.
In today’s digital era, smartphones have become our companions, always at our beck and call to perform various tasks, such as surfing the net, staying connected, playing games, buying and selling things, etc.
This is why it is essential to take the time to consider some factors when looking to buy a new phone. If you bungle this decision-making process of selecting the best smartphone that suits your needs perfectly, you could end up wasting effort, time, and money on a poor product.
To help you simplify the process, in this post, we discuss 7 things to check before getting a new smartphone in 2020.
Key Factors to Focus on When Shopping for a New Phone in 2020
Before you step a foot into the mall to purchase a new device, you need to make up your mind on the kind of processor you want, in addition to the RAM and storage, the operating system (OS), display (whether LCD or AMOLED), budget, and battery in the mobile.
Let’s explore each of these factors below:
One of the essential hardware components you need to consider when purchasing a smartphone is the processor. Apart from the normal requirements, such as opting for a processor that is of high-quality and is robust, you should always choose a mobile that is powered by a processor, which suits your needs.
For example, if you are getting a smartphone to carry out simple operations, such as making voice calls and using native applications such as Facebook and WhatsApp, a mid-range chip sounds like a good deal for you.
But if you are planning to multi-task smoothly or play high-demanding games, then you should go for one of the flagship processors.
Furthermore, while choosing a smartphone that houses a high-end processor, you need to also keep in mind its core performances, architecture design, battery efficiency, low-power cores as well as the clock speed. As of now, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, which is the newer model after the popular Snapdragon 855, is among the best processors on the market.
Additionally, one of the 1st smartphones to feature this flagship processor is the OnePlus 7T.
If you are gung-ho about 5G, the Snapdragon 865 is another powerful processor, which was launched last month with X55 5G Modem-RF System, for the next-gen flagship mobile devices. The first-ever smartphone to launch globally with this new processor is Samsung Galaxy S11 that will be introduced in the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event, billed to hold in San Francisco, US, on February 11.
However, if you prefer getting a budget processor, you can go for mid-range chips, such as the Exynos 9611 or the Snapdragon 712.
Unlike the flagship processors above, these chips don’t come at a high cost, and they also offer decent performances.
2. The Operating System (OS)
The operating system is another vital aspect you need to check when looking to buy a new mobile. As you may well be aware, Android, iOS, and Windows are the top three most popular OS.
Each of these mobile platforms has its own pros and cons different from the other, which you must take into account before you hit the Buy Now button.
Android provides a vast array of customizable options, and this is one key capability that is giving it an edge over its rivals today, making it the most popular mobile operating system with over 2.5 billion users worldwide.
Apart from customization possibilities, if you fancy a device with a sophisticated look and unique design, your best bet is iOS. Though Windows comes last in the pecking order, if you crave a powerful camera feature, a Windows phone could be your best choice.
Also, bear in mind that WhatsApp will be discontinued on older Windows, Android, and iOS phones by February 1, 2020. So, devices running Android versions 2.3.7 & older or iOS 8 & older will no longer receive WhatsApp support.
3. RAM And Storage
If you want your apps and games to launch at a blistering speed, regardless of when you last opened them, and you also want your phone to multi-task without a glitch, you will need a smartphone with at least 6GB of RAM.
Additionally, if you are keen on adding gaming to your list of needs, you can opt for a device that has 8GB of RAM. But considering the present situation of things, going for a mobile device with over 8GB of RAM will be a bit of an overkill.
Further, the storage space completely depends on the volume of data you will store on the device. If you are the kind of user that downloads a slew of movies, songs, and videos, then a phone with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage is okay for you.
But if you will be installing many high-end games, then you could choose a handset that has 128GB or more.
4. The Product & the Features It Brings
Another factor to check is the product, meaning what you want to buy and your reason for the purchase. All major mobile phone manufacturing companies around the globe are releasing new models with new features daily.
Thus, you’ve a variety of options to pick from. For instance, if you opt for iOS, then you must keep in mind that Apple now offers a number of new iPhone models, including iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.
Obviously, you have to shell out a lot more amount to get any of these newest iPhone versions in comparison with the older versions released.
The same assertion can be made about Samsung Galaxy and other phone brands. Therefore, you can start exploring the products, along with their features on the Internet, and then select the phone that best suits your needs and style.
Not forgetting to ensure it meets your specs, such as camera, storage space, battery life, and connectivity options.
5. Display: LCD OR AMOLED?
The next thing to check is the display type. Currently, you can either get a device sporting liquid crystal display (LCD) or active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED).
If you seek to enjoy a premium experience, the AMOLED display type is what you should opt for. This is because it delivers rich, colorful colors, and also helps you save battery life.
AMOLED screens were initially exclusively available on flagship smartphones. Fortunately, the tech is now offered on a number of mid-rangers and budget devices, too. For example, the Samsung Galaxy A30s sports an sAMOLED display (which means super AMOLED, a more advanced AMOLED version).
As stated earlier, the AMOLED displays also enhance your better battery life owing to the technique they use for managing a backlight, unlike LCD screens.
On an AMOLED panel, each pixel gets individually lit. Thus, if you make use of a black wallpaper, then the mobile will not consume as much battery to display this wallpaper as it’d if it were an LCD.
6. Your Budget
The budget you have for a phone is, of course, another important thing to put into consideration before making a buying decision. If you begin to search for a new smartphone blindly, you will find it quite easy to get lost for choice as many smartphone options are in front of you to pick from.
Thus, we recommend you determine the price range, which you will be able to afford.
It is a wise decision not to overspend while trying to own your favorite choice smartphone. Sometimes all you need do is light research, which will enable you to find the best deals for that mobile device of your choice.
Did you think we would leave this one out? We couldn’t, considering its importance.
Today, phone batteries have witnessed a lot of improvements, which are anchored on more sophisticated battery technology and fast charge support. A typical 3500mAh battery is now strong enough to last you an entire day (that is if you don’t spend the whole day streaming your favorite movie.)
However, with anything less than 3000mAh, you might need to have a battery pack handy.
Furthermore, you also need to check the phone’s charging speed. Ensure it has support for fast charging and also has a fast charger in the box.
If you can get 15-watt fast charging support in a budget phone, then you might have laid your hands on a sweet deal! However, 10W fast charging will do too.
If you want something premium, you can go for 20 watts charging or proprietary charging standards, such as VOOC Charge, Dash Charge, and others.
For the mid-rangers devices, you have a cool buy in a phone with 18 watts fast charging support.
In a Nutshell
The 7 things to check before getting a new smartphone in 2020 include the processor, RAM and storage, the OS, battery, budget, display type, and the particular product and its features. If you carry out your research focusing on these aspects, you will be able to get good value for your hard-earned money.
Deji is a web content developer and tech writer, who is passionate about tech-related topics and issues. A graduate of Physics from the University of Ibadan, he loves writing, conducting research, playing football, and meeting people of diverse backgrounds and interests.