There are hundreds of different smartphones on the market produced by dozens of more or less well-known companies. It is sometimes difficult to find its brands, especially as some manufacturers offer their terminals at extremely attractive prices. If you are having a hard time navigating it, then this guide should be very helpful.
Gone are the days when manufacturers had one or two smartphones in their catalog. Most of the companies in the sector have expanded their offering in order to reach the widest possible audience.
This is particularly the case of Samsung, HTC or even LG, but the list is obviously far from exhaustive.
Behind, we must also reckon with all the Chinese manufacturers, manufacturers who flood the market with mobile phones offered at extremely attractive prices. Huawei and Redmi are the best known, but they are not the only ones. Meizu is also more and more present in the sector, as is Oukitel, Elephone or even Lenovo.
Before getting started and taking out the credit card, it is therefore imperative to start by doing some usual checks to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Gone are the days when 720p panels were reserved for terminals positioned on the high end. 1080p has taken off quite a bit in the market in recent years, and so has QHD.
At the present time, it is better to avoid phones offering a definition lower than 720p, and therefore lower than 1280 x 720. Why? Quite simply because these slabs are deeply sluggish. And if a builder is looking to cut corners on that, then you can be pretty sure the rest won't follow either.
Be careful, however, because that does not mean that it is imperative to switch to QHD either. In reality, it all depends on your use. 720p is sufficient in most cases, and 1080p is only justified for those who consume a lot of media.
QHD is particularly suited to virtual reality since it reduces the effect of screening on the screen.
iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile aren't very heavy, that's a fact, but they still require minimal RAM to function properly.
In this context, buying a phone with less than 1 GB of RAM is quite simply suicidal, and even more if you take an Android terminal. Google's mobile platform is quite resource intensive and it will be better to rely on at least 2 GB of RAM to be quiet.
Especially if you tend to juggle a lot of apps on a daily basis.
The same goes for storage space. Going below 16 GB seems very risky to me at the moment.
It should also be borne in mind that the internal memory indicated on the product sheet does not correspond to reality. It does not actually take into account the space occupied by the platform. A phone with 8 GB of storage therefore usually does not have more than 4 GB of free space.
Also, when you buy a phone, it's not to change it every year. Android and iOS unfortunately tend to gain weight over the years and if you want to be able to take advantage of the next versions of these platforms, it will be better to go big.
Watch out for the battery!
Most people focus on the design, screen, and RAM of smartphones, but those aren't the only criteria to consider when making a purchase.
No, and if there is one point on which you should not compromise, it is the battery. There, everything will obviously depend on the configuration of the phone but it is preferable not to go below the 2,300 mAh bar. Not if you want to last at least the day on a full charge.
In addition, it may also be wise to check whether the terminal offered to you is equipped with fast-charging technology. Casually, they can be very practical on a daily basis.
The platform version
A salesperson trying to hand you over a terminal running Ice Cream Sandwich? Run away immediately and don't look back! No matter which phone you take, it is imperative that it is powered by the latest version of its mobile platform.
Why ? Quite simply so that you can take advantage of the latest news introduced by its publisher.
In addition, it is also better to check if the manufacturer of your phone provides updates, especially if you buy an Android terminal. On this, all companies in the sector are not necessarily equal.
So much for my basic advice. I did not mention the issue of the processor or even that of the photo sensor because these points generally do not speak to neophytes. Also, if you buy a phone with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, chances are the chip will follow behind.
And you, what advice would you give to someone about to make their first purchase?