The definition of a perfect smartphone may vary depending on your preferences and situations. There are hundreds of smartphone models to choose from. It is important for you to avoid the likely pitfalls and you should try to make the best possible buying decision. With a myriad of price points and countless options, falling into common traps is easy and if that happens, what you get will be far from perfect. Here are things you should do to ensure that you get the best handsets:
Choose a value model
Spending a lot of money doesn’t guarantee that you will get a perfect handset. It can be hard to resist the allure of expensive handsets with their rich features and amazing designs. It is also likely that you have been bombarded with so much advertisement. Before buying a smartphone, you should make sure that you actually use most, if not all the features. Premium smartphones have impressive performance, but often, you can already do casual mobile-based tasks properly with mid-range performance. What’s considered as high performance a couple of years ago may already be in the mid-range category today. You may still use roughly the same type of apps, so you may not get a noticeable performance increase with latest devices. These days, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a nice camera, smooth social media experience, fluid gameplay and responsive 4G LTE connection.
Choose a durable model
Smartphones are tougher these days, but they are still quite delicate. The slim glass surface may break easily after a single drop. It’s a good idea that the phone has a good water resistance features. You may not plan to have a shower while accessing Facebook, but this feature is useful when you are drenched by rainwater or the phone accidentally takes a plunge to the sink. The screen is still the most vulnerable part of the phone. It may resist scratches quite well, but it still cracks quite easily. You should make sure that the device can withstand every occasional drop and bump. The cost of replacing the screen can be quite expensive and in some cases, the repair costs can be the same as the price of an entry-level device.
Try a different brand
In some cases, a perfect smartphone model for you is currently being offered by a different brand. People can be remarkably loyal to a specific brand. They are always looking for deals from Samsung and Apple. In reality, high-performance hardware could be found in cheaper, less popular models as well. OnePlus 5 is sold at half the price of Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but both have the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. There’s nothing wrong about sticking with a single brand, but other brands can often offer something better.
Don’t confuse high-end camera specs with real-life quality
It’s easy to assume that 13Mp rear-facing camera is better than an 8Mp one. The 13Mp camera certainly packs more pixels in each image, but there are also other factors that determine quality level. Other features to consider are optical image stabilization, dual lens configuration, wide angle and good low-light sensitivity. Check reviews to see the actual photography performance of a smartphone.