How To Choose A Cell Phone - Everything You Need To Know

What Phone Should I Get?

 

How do you know which phone will work best for you? Well, you need to determine exactly what you plan on using the phone for. Do you plan on using the phone mainly for talking and texting? Or would you like to use all the latest features and functionalities that a premium cell phone possesses?

A Guide On Choosing A Cell Phone

Never Settle For The Cheapest Phone

Don’t settle for the cheapest phone you can find

In most cases when you buy a new phone, it’s likely that you will have it for a while maybe one or two years. So it would be in your best interest to buy the best phone that you can afford.

If you plan on buying an inexpensive phone you will need the processor and the battery to work efficiently until it’s time to upgrade your phone again.

We all know that the battery becomes less efficient as the phone ages, so it’s imperative to choose a phone with a long-lasting battery.

One of the main benefits of choosing a premium phone such as the latest Samsung Galaxy phone or the latest iPhone is that they have a great resale value.

 

The premium phones may be costly but they will age more gracefully than the cheaper phones.

 

Choosing A Cell Phone Based On Features:

 

OnePlus 7T - Choosing A Cell Phone Based On Features:
OnePlus 7T

Before choosing the phone if you know exactly what features you want, it will help you to make a better decision. If you know what features you want you can get a phone with all the latest features and functionalities if that’s what you’re looking for.

 

Or if you’re looking for a basic cell phone knowing what features you want ahead of time will help you to avoid spending too much money. It will prevent you from buying a more expensive phone which has lots of features that you don’t want.

 

Things To Consider Before Buying A Phone:

 

The design of the phone and the overall look and feel of the phone is very important. You should be comfortable with the way the phone looks and feels when you hold it in your hand.

 

For example, if you have small hands and you decided to buy a phone such as the latest Samsung Galaxy Note phone which is a phablet, it would be difficult to use it with one hand. It would be better for you to get a smaller phone.

 

Operating System:

 

The operating system that powers your phone plays a huge role in the features and functionality that the phone possesses. If you buy an iPhone, you will get the latest version of the iOS.

 

However, if you buy an Android phone, you may or may not get the latest Android operating system. This is due to the fact that some Android smartphone manufacturers put their own skin (user interface) on top of the Android operating system.

 

As a result of this, it may take more time to get the latest updates, you may or may not get updates in the future if the manufacturer decides that they are not going to update.

 

Nevertheless, stock Android phones, such as the latest Google Pixel phones normally receive consistent updates. You should always try to get a phone with the latest operating system.

 

Durability:

 

There are some great phones on the market that are made predominantly of glass. If you end up buying one of these phones you should strongly consider getting a case to protect it.

 

Whether the phone is made of tempered glass or corning gorilla glass, it’s still glass and these phones are not the most durable phones on the market. Thus the reason why you should consider getting a phone case to protect it.

 

Bloatware:

 

There are some Android phones that come with lots of bloatware. This is due to the fact that some smartphone manufacturers and carriers add lots of unnecessary apps to the phone, sometimes it’s very difficult to uninstall these apps.

 

Storage:

 

In general, most of the latest smartphones come with sufficient storage for the average user. Today there are some smartphones that come equipped with 32, 64, and 128GB of internal storage.

 

If you shoot lots of photos and videos with your phone and you store lots of MP3 music files. Then you should consider getting a phone with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

 

However, if that’s not enough internal storage, then you should make sure the phone has a MicroSD card slot which will allow you to expand the storage capacity.

 

However, if you plan on buying an iPhone you must know that iPhones do not have MicroSD card slots, so make sure you buy one with sufficient internal storage.

 

Display Screen:

 

OnePlus 7 - Display Screen
OnePlus 7

LCD

The LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen on cell phones has gotten better over the years.

 

The LCD screen on many of the phones today offer HD resolutions up to 1440 x 2560 pixels. The LCD uses an external backlight for illumination, this allows more shallow viewing angles and a lower contrast.

 

AMOLED

AMOLED is an acronym that stands for active-matrix organic light-emitting diode displays.

 

The AMOLED screen works by using organic chemicals to generate light. When the AMOLED screen is exposed to an electric current it uses OLEDs to create light.

 

As a result of this AMOLED screens offer a higher contrast with more vibrant colors than the LCD screens. All the latest Samsung phones that are currently on the market have AMOLED screens.

Cameras:

 

Google Pixel 4 XL Cameras

 

A phone with a decent camera is important because at some point you may want to take photos or record a video with your phone. There are quite a few different variables which determine the quality of the camera.

 

If a camera has lots of megapixels you should not assume that it’s better than a camera with fewer megapixels.

 

The quality of the lens and the size of the aperture will play a big role in the picture quality. A camera with a bigger aperture will allow more light to get into the photo which will result in a better picture.

 

The camera may have fewer pixels, however, it may be more sensitive to illumination, which will result in better pictures in a darker setting.  Optical image stabilization also plays an important role in the quality of the photos.

 

If you’re taking a picture and your hand isn’t steady you will get a clear photo if the phone has optical image stabilization. But if it doesn’t, then you will end up with a blurry, distorted photo.

 

Processor:

 

A phone with a fast and efficient processor is a must, the processor or CPU provides the power to work through different tasks.   For example, when you open an app on your phone or if you already have a few apps open and you decide to open another app.

 

The speed of the processor will determine how fast everything happens. The processor is important because it plays a big role in the overall performance of the phone.   The power of a phone’s processor is measured by the clock speed, the unit of measurement is gigahertz (GHz).

 

The number of cores in the chipsets today provides a great way to measure the power that the processor possess.

 

Battery:

 

A great phone with lots of cool features is no good if it has a poor battery life. The vast majority of cell phone manufacturers understand the importance of battery life.

 

As a result of this, they try to increase the capacity of the battery in their phones and make the phones more efficient so they will have a better battery life.

 

However, it doesn’t always work out the way it was supposed to. The system of measurement for a phone battery is mAh, batteries start around 1,700mAh and they can go up to 4,000mAh.

 

The battery’s mAh will give you an idea of the battery life. However, the phone’s battery life isn’t determined solely by the battery’s mAh.

 

A phone’s battery life is determined by the size of the display screen, the resolution, the refresh rate, and the apps on the phone, in conjunction with the battery’s mAh.

 

Battery performance is determined by standby time, talk time, and the amount of time you can expect the battery to last when multi-tasking.

 

Various Types Of Phones:

 

Basic Cell Phone

If you’re someone who doesn’t care about having a decent camera, surfing the net, playing video games and all the other features and functionalities of a modern smartphone. Then you will be content with a basic cell phone, they’re smaller, cheaper, and much more simple than your typical smartphone.

 

Messaging Phone

A messaging phone is a bit more advanced in its capabilities than a basic cell phone. A messaging phone is a step down from a smartphone, a messaging phone does not run on a popular mobile operating system.

 

It runs on software which was designed by the manufacturer of the phone. These phones are made primarily for sending and receiving text messages and emails, some of these phones have physical keyboards and some of them don’t.

 

Smartphone

A smartphone is a cell phone which possesses much more features and functionalities than the basic cell phone or messaging phone. These phones run on mobile operating systems such as Android Nougat and Apple iOS.

 

They have Wi-Fi internet capabilities, a fast processor, lots of internal storage, and a higher image resolution.   Smartphones also support downloadable applications through virtual stores such as Google Play Stores.

 

Due to all the added capabilities that a smartphone possess, they are a bit more costly than the other phones.

 

Choose A Cell Phone Carrier:

Verizon Wireless

It’s very important that you choose a carrier that provides good coverage in your neighborhood to ensure that you have great reception.

 

For best results, I would recommend that you do some research at Open Signal to find complete coverage maps for different areas for different carriers.

 

If you enjoy playing video games and watching movies via mobile data, you should make sure that the carrier you plan on choosing provides good 4G coverage in your neighborhood.

 

Some of the latest Samsung Galaxy S phones and latest iPhones have 5G capabilities. However, the 5G infrastructure is still being developed, while there are some neighborhoods in which you can get great 5G coverage. There are many neighborhoods in which you cannot get 5G coverage.

 

Phones with 5G capabilities cost more money, however, if you plan on holding on to your phone for a while then you should consider getting a 5G phone.

 

The main carriers in the US are Verizon, Sprint/T-Mobile, and AT&T, but there are a number of other carriers that you can choose from such as, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Boost Mobile, and more.

 

It’s best to buy an unlocked phone because it will give you the ability to change carriers in the future. However, if you prefer to buy a phone from a carrier along with a service plan, then you should make sure they’re offering the phone that you would like to get.

 

Choose A Cell Phone Service Plan:

 

At the moment, there are many different service plans to choose from. As a result of this, you should spend some quality time shopping around to find the best deal you can find.

 

If you found a better deal but you’re not quite ready to make the switch you can contact your current provider and try to negotiate if it’s possible.

 

If you plan on negotiating, you should find out if there’s a customer retention department. If there is, then you should ask to speak with a representative from that department because this is the person who has the ability to give you discounts in an effort to keep you as a customer.

 

You should be aware that most service providers will try to persuade you to buy the most expensive plan they can get you to buy.

 

You must decide what features you need from your service plan, the most expensive part of the bill is normally the data coverage.

 

You must determine how much data you need on a monthly basis, then use this when negotiating your new plan.

 

Now You Know How To Choose A Cell Phone:

 

The cell phone industry is in a great place right now and it continues to evolve on a regular basis. You should use the information that I have provided in this guide to help you to make a smart shopping decision.

 

There are some great phones that are currently on the market you can refer to my cell phone reviews page to find your next phone. Or refer to what’s the best time to buy a cell phone to find the best time to buy your next phone.

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