With the wide variety of smartphones available in the market it is never easy to decide which one to pick. The sheer number of choices can often leave you confused. Hence, making a decision then becomes an exercise involving spending hours on the internet, researching various features and offers. Here are a few points to keep in mind before buying a brand new smartphone.
Choosing Brand is very important factor because it will play an important role in deciding whether your handset will get upgrades, services and good trade in options or not. Bigger the brand, more is the reachability to their customers providing better services, more are the chances that the handset will keep getting system updates for the next couple of year. The most famous brands in India includes:
- Samsung: The South Korean Samsung has one of the largest lower priced handsets market in India with record earnings and profit.
- Apple: The American multinational technology company expanded its products into the Indian market
- Xiaomi: Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics company and a leading smartphone manufacturer in the Indian market
- OnePlus: OnePlus is another Shenzhen-based Chinese company released numerous phones in India.
- Oppo: Oppo is a leading manufacturer of smartphones in India
- Vivo: Vivo Communication is one of the top 10 smartphone makers in the world and entered the Indian mobile market, also became the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League.
2.Budget : Determine your price range
iOS phones (iPhones) are typically more expensive than their Android counterparts. Smartphones are available at all price points starting from low-budget to high-end flagship smartphone. It all depends on your budget and requirements what you want. But if you are considering an all round performer in Android smartphones, it’s better to spend at least 15k INR and if you want to buy smartphone from any Chinese or Indian brand 10k to 20k INR is more than enough to spend.
3.Operating System : Platform
User interface and the OS version too are key factors to consider while choosing a smartphone. These are the interfaces that one would have to interact with each time to access anything, so it should be easy and simple. There are 2 major mobile platforms popular all around the world.
- Android: Android is all about Google’s vision towards smartphone world, it has nice integration of Google services, most of the services are free, it is less restricted in terms of sharing options, Play Store has most of the free apps available for download. Available in all budget of smartphones from an inexpensive model to a high-end flagship handset.
- iOS: Apple developed iOS and it is one of the most refined and restricted mobile platform. It has whole ecosystem of apps and services but for most of them, you will have to pay a price. It is only available on iPhones and iPads.
Each operating system has some proprietary features, while basic features like email, web browsing, and maps will be available on all systems.
- Android has Google Assistant and also allows third party app installation so, you can download Application from the internet and install them outside of the Play Store ecosystem. Most Android phones also have fingerprint sensors, cloud storage for pictures, and support the use of Google Drive for documents and cloud storage.
- iOS/iPhone has exclusive features like Siri, fingerprint scanning, FaceTime chat, and iCloud support.
5.Hardware and design
- screen size: Ultimately, screen size is a matter of preference. Smaller screen phones may fit better in your pocket and are often cheaper. Larger displays may be preferable if you plan to watch a lot of videos.
- camera quality: The best way to measure camera quality in a phone is to search for sample pictures online taken with that smartphone model or to demo the camera yourself.
- storage space: A phone’s storage (usually listed in gigabytes or GB) is a measure of how many files (photos, videos, apps) it can store at any one time. Storage space strongly affects the price of the smartphone so consider how much you’re likely to need before settling on a phone model.
- battery life: usage habits are what really dictate how long the battery lasts. Talking on the phone, gaming, and using phones outside of wi-fi range will all drain a battery more quickly. Battery technology is improving steadily so newer phones tend to have longer battery life
Make sure the handset has latest connectivity features like 4G or HSPDA+ options, Bluetooth 4.0 (latest version), Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac) dual band. NFC is an added advantage and instant pairing in almost all the handsets. IR blaster is now becoming common feature in handsets if you wish to control TV with handset.
7.Build Quality of Smartphone
Build Quality is all about durability of a smartphone. The entire handset market is largely divided in two types of builds — metal and plastic. There are some that even have glass-coated panels, but those are very limited. If you are one of those prone to dropping your smartphone, it’s advisable to go for a handset with metal build . Most smartphones are covered with Gorilla Glass, a glass made by Corning that’s been specifically engineered to protect against drops and other damage
When something goes wrong with our smartphone, we look for customer care and service centers, availability of service centers near your city is deciding factor if you think you don’t take care of your phone and something eventually might go wrong.
9.Online vs Retail stores
online stores are deal breakers, offering some interesting discounts or gifts occasionally while some retail stores continue to sell smartphone at the same MRP even after the price drop. Always insist on buying genuine products with original manufacturer warranty. Never rely on seller’s warranty because in case of faulty product, you will have to contact authorized service center for warranty. You should compare prices with both online and retail stores and select affordable option.
Most of the time online stores offer exchange of your old smartphone with new one at a discounted price, if you have smartphone that is old enough that you don’t want to use, you can exchange with new smartphone and get some discount on the MRP of the phone.
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