Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Guide on Choosing the Smartphone Right for You: Hardware Edition

Smartphones literally come in all shapes and sizes. With a lot of choices available on the market, it’s just so difficult to make a perfect pick. The possibility of dreading over your phone choice is always there. Nowadays, we don’t get to see diverse hardware differentiation anymore with nearly every smart device being a compact slab with touchscreen input method. But implanted in the innards of those phones are pieces of electronic components that make the smartphone a cut above the rest. Without further ado, take a look at the most common hardware considerations on choosing a smartphone.

Screen size. Mobile computing these days has become more focused into convergence. People with their fast-paced lifestyles opt to do their personal and business-related stuff through their smartphones. Definitely, a phone with a bigger display makes a better contraption for multitasking. But bigger isn’t always better; when it gets too big, it becomes difficult to handle. Specifically in the Asian markets, a device with close to a 5-inch display is preferred. It flashes a big-enough, clear display that still fits in one hand and in one’s pocket. So, if screen size is your primary consideration, then you certainly can’t count on Apple because the largest iPhone it has ever created only measures 4 inches diagonally. Prospective devices are those from Samsung, HTC, or Motorola that runs on Android.

Camera. The camera is one of the most useful and sought after features in a smartphone. With it, more innovative functionalities can be incorporated into the phone. Furthermore, snapping images with the same device that you use for connecting to social media makes uploading more convenient. Of all brands, Apple and Nokia (with its mobile phone division recently purchased by Microsoft) have their own collection of phones with absolutely commendable camera. Nokia pushed itself in coming up with a 41-megapixel camera that is capable to capture even the minutest detail. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5 has received various acclaims with its camera, and now that its successor the iPhone 5s is equipped with more camera enhancements, like the True Tone flash, it has become the perfect tool in capturing real-life images.

Extra features. This is certainly a case of last but not the least because it is found out that the “extra,” innovative features are what drive sales the most. Take for example the Touch ID in the iPhone 5s; its unprecedented presence in the device—together with its other features—made it one of the fastest-selling iPhone models to date. In a nutshell, if something is new, it will be an attention catcher for sure.

These factors are the most important among the aspects that make a smartphone. But perhaps, we tend to look past loyalty. There are people who have developed a sense of affinity to a particular brand, and for as long as that brand understands you personally even though it is not the best there is, you just might want to stick to your comfort zone for as long as it can deliver within your expectations. Be that as it may, the decision is still yours to make; get the smartphone that suits you just right.

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