How to buy a smartphone? #thespecs

Before buying a smartphone you should make a list of things that are essential to you. Firstly I recommend you just check which design you like and what features the new phones have. Then – go deep into specs. Here is a short list of things that are essential for smartphone in 2019. It’s based on the research I did. And remember – the main cause of buying a new smartphone is that – it needs to be different – it needs to have more functions than your previous one. You need to see the difference – to be satisfied with your purchase. 

Number 1: Dual rear camera. Powered by AI software. With this you get really cool and professional pictures. I recommend you go with much megapixels your budget handles, but let’s say 13 MP is a must.

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Xiaomi Redmi 7 with AI Dual Camera, Source: https://www.mi.com/in/redmi-7/

Number 2: NFC or VOLTE is a plus. Brief history… NFC (Near Field Communication) was standardized in 2003 by ISO/IEC. It’s communication protocol which works on short-range wireless technologies. It typically requires separation of 10 cm or less. NFC operates at 13.56 MHz on ISO/IEC 18000-3 air interface and at rates ranging from 106 kbit/s to 424 kbit/s. NFC always involves an initiator and a target; the initiator actively generates an RF field that can power a passive target. This standard is used for contact-less credit cards. OK I actually found this out of this world Mastercard commercial for mobile payment from 2013: https://youtu.be/kgaBrp0-Qfg

VOLTE (Voice over LTE) is option inside LTE (Long-Term Evolution). The idea for VOLTE is that your connection between your device and base station is LTE, so you can manage mobile data on the same network connection. Before VOLTE your call was being on HSPA+ and when you were surfing on the internet on LTE, the connection was dropped so phone could process the call. This function is enabled in all newer smartphones, but the problem is – this also needs to be enabled by your carrier.

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VOLTE function enabled on Samsung S10, photo: https://www.androidcentral.com/how-enable-volte-galaxy-s10

There is really cool explenation about VOLTE on Verizons website: https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/hd-voice-faqs/

Number 3: OK, enough about communications, let’s focus on hardware a bit. How much RAM does your new smartphone need? Well… From my point of view – 3 GB is great, 4 GB is mandatory if you use a lot of different apps. The problem with numbers like 6 GB or more… Is that it uses a lot of battery. If you are on the go – you should really go with smartphone with a bit more less RAM – to get better battery life. Otherwise you will be one of those people that constantly carry around power banks. You should only carry power bank when you travel.

Number 4: Processor, chip-set.  When it comes to smartphones it goes the same as for computers. Go with the know names: Snapdragon, Kirin, Bionic. If you are gamer – you should really do a research. If you plan to do a lot of videos – you should also check the chip-set and camera test from other You Tubers. More about You Tubers on next post.

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AD from Huawei P30, photo: https://consumer.huawei.com/uk/phones/p30/

I recommend you check the tech-ranking websites: https://www.techcenturion.com/smartphone-processors-ranking

Number 5: The display. OK, what people see and what eyes like could be really subjective thing based on user experience. If you are sensitive on bright colors or you use smartphone a lot – you should focus on display quality. OLED is premium smartphones standard, but from my user experience LG has really nice colors and algorithms to regulate display brightness.

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iPhone 11, display specs, photo: https://www.apple.com/iphone-11/specs/

Where can you check the specs and user feedback?

GSM ARENA

GSM Arena is go-to website to check smartphone specs. They have the best specs and also smartphone ranking points.

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Photo: https://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_redmi_7-9498.php

AMAZON & ALI EXPRESS

Beside GSM arena you should have eyes on Amazon and AliExpress reviews. Feedback of real people is precious when it comes to decision making and it could also be a lot of fun.

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Reviews aka costumer feedback on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Xiaomi-Pocophone-Graphite-Unlocked-Warranty/dp/B07H41NB46?th=1
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Feedback on AliExpress: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32991927831.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.3f7fce5a0MYU68&algo_pvid=4fcf8a49-5264-4e4d-802d-693ed46a1bb5&algo_expid=4fcf8a49-5264-4e4d-802d-693ed46a1bb5-0&btsid=d43d7781-124b-49a8-828a-dc4a24a4dec0&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_52

In conclusion – if you don’t feel like spending time on research – just buy a random smartphone from one of the leading vendors – and pick a different color of the phone – that it’s different from your previous one. Because all the phones that are on the market are pretty good.

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