Buying a smartphone can be a complicated process these days. Even five or six years ago, it was easy. You would go into a store and you would look at the latest smartphones. There would be a few models and you choose between them. Now you have thirty, forty or more smartphones being released every single year. And all of them have impressive specs, looks, screens and cameras. How are you to choose?
Finding the Best Smartphone – Tips
- Choose an Operating System
The first step is to decide whether you want to go with the Apple iOS or Android interface. These are the two major options, as Windows Phone has gone downhill the past couple years.
If you go with iOS, you have a more limited choice in phones, as the iPhone is the only type of smartphone that runs this operating system. But if you go with Android, you have many choices, as phones by companies such as Samsung, LG, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi and HTC are all running one version of Android or another.
- Identify Important Features
Modern smartphones have so many features, but there will always be devices that do a better job than others in certain areas. Decide on the top few features you care about. For instance, you may care a lot about camera quality, battery life, screen size and aesthetics.
You want a phone that takes great pictures, gives you at least five hours of on screen time in a single charge, has a big screen and looks cool. That means you can narrow down your search.
If that is your criteria, we would recommend looking at flagship phones. That means you are looking at the very best phones released in the past three years. The Samsung Galaxy line, iPhones, LG’s top phones and the OnePlus line of smartphones. These will give you the features you need.
- Are Budget Phones an Option?
There are many phones in the budget category nowadays. For instance, you can look at iPhones that are a few years old if you want a budget phone. If you go back three or four generations, you can see iPhones on the market for $300 or a little more. They are much older than the latest iPhones, but they still have solid features.
Android will give you many budget options. You can easily get an Android released in the current year between $200 and $300. You will get a good processor, screen and operating system experience. The only downside with midrange or budget phones is that camera quality is worse.
We would say that if you care about photo and video quality, get a flagship phone from this year or the past year. Even a used flagship from one or two years ago is a great choice.
But if you do not care about camera quality that much, a budget or midrange phone will serve you very well!