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Things to Consider When Choosing Your Next Smartphone

Do you need help in choosing your next smartphone? Our top tip is an obvious one: Stick to what you know. If you have a Samsung Galaxy and love it, it makes sense to get the latest model because you’ll be familiar with how it works and generally be more comfortable with your new phone.

If you fancy a change, however, it’s important to look out for a few things. Here are some handy tips to consider before you upgrade.

 

What’s the difference between iOS and Android?

Android and Apple icons right next to each other.

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A smartphone’s operating system (OS) is probably the most important spec as it is responsible for determining the features and functions available on your device. The two most popular operating systems are iOS and Android.

iOS is created by Apple and is found on all its products, including iPhones and iPads. It’s praised for having a clean, clear and user-friendly interface. Android, on the other hand, is developed by Google and is more widely used because it gives its users the freedom to change how their interface looks and alter settings according to their preferences. It also has the biggest app store.

 

What do I look for if I want great picture quality?

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A great camera phone has a lot more going for it than just a high megapixel count. You need to look for high-quality, branded lenses, optical image stabilizers, great camera sensors, and powerful image processors.

 

What do I look for if I want to watch loads of videos?

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Make sure you get a phone with a big, high-resolution screen. We recommend a screen size that’s over 5 inches for watching movies, while a Quad HD or 4K resolution is a must if you want to see and enjoy every detail.

 

What do I look for if I want to play lots of games?

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In order to play games in high detail and without annoying lag times, look for processors with more cores – 4 or 8 is ideal. You’ll also want a processor speed between 1.5 GHz and 2.0 GHz. A RAM of at least 2 GB is also important as it ensures you can open games quicker.

 

What do I look for if I want a reliable battery?

Girl holding her smartphone that is low on battery.

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Look at the mAh of a phone’s battery. This is a measure of how large the battery is and how much power it stores. Generally, the higher the mAh figure, the longer a phone’s battery will last. However, remember that a bigger, higher resolution screen and a more powerful processor will drain your battery faster. To give you an idea, a decent smartphone's battery is usually between 2,000 and 3,000 mAh, while tablets are more around the 5,000 mAh mark.

 

We hope these tips will help you find a device that is right for your lifestyle. Whatever smartphone you choose to buy, remember to give it the damage protection it deserves so you can keep it safe and flawless for years to come.