1. Android vs Apple vs Windows
The first decision you will need to make is what operating system (OS) your mobile will use – and the two main contenders are Google Android and Apple iOS – with Windows becoming increasingly popular. While Apple iOS is only available on iPhones, you can pick up Android-based devices from various manufacturers. Android phones have surged in popularity due to the wide range of styles and screen sizes available and also the high level of customisation the Android system offers.
2. Mobile Phone Features
There are so many different features on modern phones, you could be forgiven for being a little lost when it comes to deciding on which ones are most important. Here are just some of the features that you may want to consider when buying a mobile phone:
- Display (Size and Resolution)
- Screen size
- Phablets - This type of Mobile phone is in between a smart phone and tablet in size.
3. Consider a Case
Some smartphones can be prone to cracks, dents and chips due to their large glass touch screens and lightweight design. If durability is an important factor for you, there are a number of coverings that can help protect your phone from unforeseen accidents and spillages. Whether it is rubber, leather or another material, a case may well be worth the investment if you’re prone to dropping your phone!
4. Battery Life
Modern smartphones have got large screens and more powerful processors, thankfully they are also equipped with higher capacity batteries. Most smartphones will allow a full day of heavy usage before a recharge is required. If you are a very heavy user, you may want to consider a portable powerbank to charge on the go.
Apps are one of the most popular features of smartphones, with users able to access games, workplace tools, lifestyle tips and a range of other useful programs, as well as allowing users to stream TV shows and movies at home or on the go.
Different apps are available on each operating system, and while developers previously favoured Apple’s iOS over Android, this gap is narrowing. As such, there is now a lot of crossover between the most popular apps, making it easier to find the same – or very similar – programs on whichever mobile phone you purchase.
6. Video and Photography
Most mobile phones now have a camera and video recorder, although the quality can vary significantly. Resolutions are on the rise, with typical smartphones now being more than 5 megapixels. Most modern smartphones have a much higher megapixel count and with added features like image stabilisation, they now rival the quality taken from a standard digital camera. Similarly, video recorder capabilities can be dramatically different, however premium models can record footage in full HD quality.