Things you should know before buying a smart phone

Posted: April 30, 2010 in Evolution, Technology and Gadgets
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It’s been an year since I’ve been looking for a smartphone which bundles every possible features of a phone and multimedia device with new cutting edge technology. But alas, I haven’t found a single one which promises to deliver all of them in a single bundle. Well I would prefer to wait for a perfect device than just go on for any device but I certainly have gained a lot on the hot tech.

Here I am compiling all the information that a possible buyer should keep in mind before spending their hard earned moolahs on such high end devices.

The very first point, that is subtle is what’s your need. High performance business profile mobile or entertainment mobile. Why I’m saying this is if you need a mobile for your specific purpose then this splitting can reduce your cost impressively. If only, you are a technology freak and really have yourself ready for the complete experience, you should buy an expensive smartphone.  Having said that now let’s have a detailed look on different features that you may want to have on your phone. ( In no particular order)

  1. Touch screen: The most sought after feature these days. The touch screen is In these days. Mostly there are two types of them: Resistive and Capacitive. You should really check the sensitivity of touch and the response time before buying.
  2. QWERTY Keyboard: It’s not mandatory, but its inclusion is always a delight. And if combined with a touch screen, there could be nothing else you would want. But due to the space crunch, the keys are very small and a speedy texting comes only after practice. Ergonomics is also considered here.
  3. Operating System: A lot of operating systems are coming and evolving these days. The good old symbian is no longer the show stopper. With the recent release of Android, Maemo, Bada and the prevalent Windows Mobile OS, the competition has become tough. Each one has a number of functionality that makes it stand uniquely in the crowd but it is a problem in itself. When everyone is unique in its own term, the “being special” feeling is lost. Moreover, they all have got a serious limitations of their own when it comes to mobile operations. For instance,  Android OS does not support video calling as of now. Now in this 3G era why would one look for a mobile without a secondary camera. Symbian OS has its limitation when its come to touch screen technology. Maemo is not fully developed. So it is good if you choose the operating system considering that it should always allow you to upgrade when required.
  4. Processor: Again these high end devices demand a heavy processor. Arm Cortex, Snapdragon and likes are favourite.
  5. Memory: A lot is required. SD cards in the range of 2-32 GB are supported. But the catch is mostly you’ll not be able to install any apps on these cards. The installation can only be done on internal memory which usually is under 1 GB. Nokia, Samsung, Apple do have come up with internal storage of upto 32 GB. But it’s not available in all the models. While for storage a decent 8-16 GB suffice all your needs, the real bugger is application installation. So keep in mind the limitation.
  6. Camera: Who would have thought that a normal device once used for talking could also serve as a moment catcher for you. Wherever you are, you can snap or record those moments of your life and relive them again and again. Though the mobile can’t serve as a replacement for professional photography, but I must say for the normal masses it is a great feature bundled in. A 5 MP camera can do all you can possibly expect from your device. Things you should look for is flash, the quality of lenses used and the stability of photographs. Video recording is also possible and the quality is more than Ok. Also look out for a secondary camera.
  7. GPS: GPS navigator is one cool application, a must have for today’s smartphone.
  8. Miscellaneous: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, JAVA compatible, flash support, codecs  supported and other  such applications and features.

I very much wanted to write in detail about all the specifications, but that’ll make the article lengthy and too technical. So I have just jotted down the main features in brief here. Would love to hear how you liked the article? Also if you have any query, you can ask me. I’ll try my best to give you a prompt and plausible answer.

  1. suhail says:

    oyee have you explored Nokia’s N97 mini… good deal at decent price range ..

  2. anu-mantra says:

    yes, I’ve seen it…But the thing is Symbian is not for me now…am waiting for MeeGo or Android….they are the future….

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