10. 08. 2022
Android phones have never been better than they are now. There were separate models, but in general, the development of the direction of such devices is proceeding at a steady pace in the given direction. No matter how much or how little money you are willing to spend, you can go out and buy a phone that you are completely satisfied with. You can do it simply — go and buy the most expensive phone and assume that it is the best. In many ways, he really will not be equal, but such a monster has its drawbacks. Therefore, we decided to answer the most common questions that our readers ask us. Perhaps together we can choose a device that will be optimal for you.
There are many different things you have to consider when buying a new phone, and it all starts with the display. This is the component you interact with more than anything else, so you should get the one you like. It is important to keep in mind the resolution and refresh rate of the screen, but not least its size.
Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, and the biggest determining factor for this is the display. The larger screen size makes it easier to use, but adds to the complexity of carrying it in your pocket and using it on the go (with one hand).
Take, for example, the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It has one of the largest displays and is great for watching movies, playing games and browsing the web. Essentially, any content consumption looks better on a larger display because the more space you have, the larger and easier it is to view your media. It’s just that it’s not that convenient to use. Including due to the fact that phones with a large screen are also heavy.
There are more compact models, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and ASUS ZenFone 8. They are much easier to manage and can be used with one hand, but they are uncomfortable to watch movies.
And, of course, there are many phones that fall somewhere in between those two extremes. Therefore, it is worth going to the store and seeing the phone you are interested in personally before buying. You can do this in any communication store or electronics supermarket, which are more than enough even in not the largest cities.
It’s easy to compare displays, processors, and cameras, but it’s just as important to talk about software updates. Android is constantly evolving and getting better, but unfortunately only some phones will have software support for a few years. It is better to buy a phone with long-term support.
Currently, Google, Samsung and OnePlus are the best in the business. They support their phones for a long time and release appropriate Android updates. Most new mid-range and high-end models receive updates within three years of release. It is the release, not the purchase — there is such an opinion too.
Security updates for this trio are also released longer than the others. For example, Samsung promises 4 years of such updates for some models. And Google for its Pixel 6 promises as much as 6 years.
But there are manufacturers who release updates for only 1 year. This, as they say, is generally out of the way.
And how important is it that the phone receives software updates? Ultimately it depends on how much you want to have all the new Android features. Sooner or later support will stop, and let it be as late as possible.
Over the past couple of years, there has been a trend among some telephone companies to install cameras on their devices in a “bigger is better” fashion. There is an opinion that the more cameras, the better, but this is not the case if you want to buy a better phone.
For example, the OnePlus 9 has a 48MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP monochrome portrait camera. Compared to the smaller 12.2MP cameras on the Pixel 5a, one would assume that the OnePlus 9 takes better photos, but that’s not always the case.
Having these extra sensors is only good if they are of very high quality. But often additional modules are installed only for quantity. And in order to keep the price at an acceptable level, you have to do it at the expense of the quality of other modules, which are getting worse.
Same with mega pixels. Their number indicates the clarity of the picture, but only if these pixels are good. By itself, reducing the pixel (to accommodate more of them on the same sensor size) leads to an increase in noise, and if you also choose a low-quality model during production, then the pictures will definitely not be better.
Battery life is not the most interesting topic to talk about smartphones, but it is one of the most important components. Your phone may have the best display and processor, but if it doesn’t make it to the end of the day, then who needs all that?
Manufacturers choose a variety of batteries, but there is an opinion that the more the better. There is even an unspoken general rule. If you buy an Android phone, then the capacity must be at least 4000 mAh. As phones move to larger displays with faster refresh rates, they need more and more power.
The main thing to remember is that the more productive the phone, the bigger the battery it needs. But as the size of the battery increases, so does the size and weight of the case. After all, the battery is the heaviest part of the design. Also, smartphones with a large screen always have a larger battery, but you will not get a proportional gain in autonomy due to the greater consumption from the enlarged screen.
Last but not least, there are a few small features that can be easily overlooked when choosing a new smartphone if you’re looking to buy a good phone. For example, it could be NFC. It stands for Near Field Communication and most phones have such a chip. It allows you to pay with your smartphone and quickly establish a connection with gadgets that also have it. Keep in mind that even an expensive phone model may not have it, so check this point before buying.
Another specification to look out for is the IP67 or IP68 rating. This is a seal of protection that many phones carry and indicates that the device has been tested for water and dust resistance. But even if it is, and water gets inside the phone, you will most likely be denied warranty repairs. Remember this. You should not dip such a phone in water, but you should not worry about rain. Even if you fall into the water, most likely, nothing will happen, but you should not tempt fate.
We should also pay attention to a trend that has been observed in the world of smartphones for several years now — the death of the headphone jack. The vast majority of new phones coming out these days don’t have the port anymore, but there are still those dissenting manufacturers who keep offering it. Wireless headphones are not very expensive these days, but if the connector is important to you, keep that in mind.
Also, try to choose a phone with a USB Type-C port for charging. So it will be more versatile, and you can charge more devices with one cable.
Now I’m not talking about looking at the price, because you have probably already decided on it. Then it remains to choose within an acceptable price range. The main thing is to prioritize yourself correctly, and then you will make the right choice.