Make sure the smartphone you choose is loaded with these features before you actually buy it
5 FEATURES YOUR NEW SMARTPHONE MUST HAVE
Smartphones are constantly being innovated upon, with updated operating systems, never-before-seen hardware features, richer screens and better looks. Most phones have features you’ll barely use. So, when you decide to upgrade your handset, how do you choose? While talking to friends and consulting online forums is fine, there are a few basic and updated features you must look for in order to future-proof your phone. Most people use their phone for a couple of years. So, always buy something that offers you a bit more in terms of functionality than what you need at present. For example, newer apps use more of the phone’s processing power. Getting a powerful phone will enable heavy apps to run without slowing down the phone.
A powerful processor
You don’t have to be a tech wizard to know that a powerful phone processor is the difference between having a fast and a slow phone. When a phone is new, it will run fast and impressively so, no matter its model. But over time, as you load it with photographs, apps, games and so on, there will be a heavier burden on the processor as well as the RAM. Lock down on your shortlisted models, research online for the details of each processor and choose accordingly. Phones these days have dual-or-quad cores. This will become not the option, but the norm in the coming years.
If it’s a touchscreen, it has to come with Gorilla glass. If you’re the type who is always looking for scratches or marks on the phone screen and constantly wiping it, this kind of screen is a godsend, because it is resistant to scratches as well as (withing limits) drops. So, you can rest easy, knowing that the phone you have blown part of your monthly salary on, isn’t a delicate darling.
LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is definitely the next generation of wireless technology and there will be a time when it is as commonplace in phones, as most off-the counter smartphones have 3G today. With some blazing data transfer speeds (theoretically up to 299 mbps), LTE also has better cellular coverage and reduced latency — which means less dropped calls.
This stands for ‘Near Field Communication’. Something that iOS devices have ignored thus far, NFC is an electronic payment technology that turns your phone into a virtual wallet. A number of Android devices already support this feature. As NFC becomes more and more popular, people can use this as to quickly exchange data with a compatible handset, much faster than using Bluetooth.
Some smartphones offer a maximum of 16 GB storage space, out of which only about 12 GB is actually usable. Another popular phone model comes without a memory expansion slot. Some offer you a way to store your stuff on a ‘cloud’. If you store a lot of data, a MicroSD or USB On-the-Go facility must be available on your new smartphone. Also, it is desirable if the phone supports high speed USB 3.0 technology.
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