They say necessity is the mother of invention. But now it seems to have changed to invention is the mother of necessity. Earlier, mobile phones were used for calls, at the most text messages. But in recent times, a mobile phone has turned from a black and white piece of luxury to an item of indispensable necessity.
Phones can now perform a number of functions that could once be done only on a laptop or computer, and the prices vary from Rs.5000-50000 and more. It’s crucial to know which handset to buy so as to fulfil all our requirements.
This is for all those people who need help for selecting a new mobile phone, and don’t speak “thephonelanguage”.
Before you make the purchase, make a small note of the things you need most in a phone, then proceed to add those things which would be nice to have, but stay optional. Decide what’s your type- a tab size, normal or small screen. Are you a shutterbug or a sound geek? Or you just need the bare basics?
Then go on to decide your budget. Now mobile phone companies are trying to introduce low priced handsets that still pack a lot of power.
There are three most commonly used operating systems available. They decide the functions and applications you phone has. They are:
Android : An android is for a range of applications for almost everything of day to day use.
Iphone iOS: It has many useful applications and other general ones, as also iPhone specific apps.
Windows: Windows is for games, Microsoft office and other general applications.
Your selection depends on what you use most. Popular apps like Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook and the like are available on all three systems.
Important pointers for further specifications are:
1. Battery power
A phone must have good battery power. Before buying a phone, look how much the battery power is. A good way to do this is, select a high-end phone like the iPhone or Nexus, then compare your phone’s battery to one of these phones’ batteries. The closer it is to it, the better the battery life.
2. Screen size: If you prefer bigger screens, remember they use more battery power, but are extremely convenient. Small sized screens fit inside the pocket more snugly.
3. Screen resolution: No matter how big the screen, it can still spoil the fun if the resolution and colours are compromised.
4. Touch sensitivity: This means how well the screen responds to touch. This can be determined when you use it only, a lot of stores now have live pieces, so you can use it and see for yourself.
5. RAM and processor: A bigger RAM means your phone will work faster, and multitask faster. Many mobile phones offer bigger RAMs now, do not take a phone with a RAM smaller than 512 mb.
6. Camera: A good camera is a must for everyone. Nowadays all college notes, notifications are not written or even typed, but clicked and the picture is circulated. Low budget phones offer 2mp cameras which aren’t great, but nevertheless, acceptable. 5mp would be appropriate, if not more than that.
7. Company: NEVER buy an unbranded mobile phone. They do not come with guarantee or warrantee, or proper service centres.
Nokia, Samsung, Apple, Motorola are good companies. Sony seems to have lost its good services after the separation from Ericsson, so I wouldn’t recommend it. As goes for Micromax and Karbonn, some handsets work while others don’t survive long.
8. SIM card: GSM basically means a phone in which other SIMs can be put, whereas CDMA comes with a SIM card inside. A CDMA phone does not accommodate any other SIM card other than the one it originally came with.
Currently, a few good phones for all budgets as per my judgement would be-
Nokia Lumia 525, 620, 625: They come with Nokia Glam me for you selfie lovers, Onenote and Office365 for you workaholics, Skydrive and NokiaMixRadio for music download.
Samsung galaxy Core, Grand Quattro, Grand 2, S5: They are very convenient with the notification bar, Dropbox and android Kitkat in the latest models.
IPhone 5s and 5c: They have Siri, zero shutter lag (time taken for the phone to take a picture), and itunes.
Nexus 4, 5: Good battery life, touch sensitivity, and android OS.
Also, always remember to buy a good phone cover and a scratch guard to protect your phone. Read reviews and ask around about any phone that you are interested in. Buy from trusted shops and always take the bill.
It’s going to stay with you for quite some time, so choose wisely 🙂 😉