How To: Pick the Right Smartphone for You (Part 2)

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With all those smartphones on the market right now, people find it more and more difficult to choose the smartphone that is right for them. Last week I explained that the first step in choosing the right smartphone is choosing an operating system. There are however more features to take into account when buying a smartphone.

Is Bigger Better?

Once you have picked an operating system, you need to pick a size. This choice is partly determined by your budget. The larger they come, the more expensive they are. Phones with screens between 4 tot 4,5 inches are easy to use in one hand, but might not be as good for viewing webpages, watching videos or playing games. The phablet market has therefore exploded over the last couple of years. There are several smartphones now that have massive displays of 5,7 6,4 inches. Samsung was the first to introduce phablets and its Galaxy Note 4 is its most refined one. It has an improved S Pen stylus, super fast recharging (0 to 50% in 30 minutes) and an amazing pressure sensitive HD display. The iPhone 6 Plus is the Apple fans only choice. It has a 5,5 inch display and a longer battery life than the other iPhones. The camera has a dual-LED flash and a super fast autofocus that blows away the competition. Sony Xperia Z Ultra is with it 6,4 inch display blurring the line between phablet and tablet. The display produces bright, super-sharp images, it comes with a reinforced coating that lets you use a regular pen or pencil instead of a stylus for writing notes, and it is water resistant. The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the best phablet for Windows Phone fans. It has a large 6-inch screen and an epic 12 hour battery life in continuous use.

Choose The Right Screen.

The display is a very important asset, as we are looking at it all the time. Screens are either LCD or OLED-based. IPhone, Nexus, Sony and LG series come mostly with LCD screens. Samsung, Nokia and HTC series usually come with OLED-based displays. LCD screens are already around for a long time and produce some of the most realistic colours. OLED-based screens tend to be thinner and use less power, saving battery life. However, OLED-based screens can appear grainy or appear to be lower resolution.

How Important Is The Camera To You?

Smartphones replace more and more traditional cameras. Low budget phones however often compromise when it comes to the camera. They leave out the front camera and flash and some even don’t have autofocus. High-end smartphones are generally a better choice when you love to take pictures. The camera of the iPhone 6 plus has a superior camera with super fast phase-detection autofocus and perfect optical image stabilization. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has an amazing 16 megapixel sensor and 0,3 second autofocus time, making it possible to snap detailed images in the blink of an eye. Its water-resistant and shockproof case also makes it possible to take pictures underwater. HTC Desire Eye is the first phone that recognizes that images taken with the front camera are as important as those from the main back shooter. It has a 13-megapixel camera on both the back end front, making it the ideal phone to take selfies. The Nokia 1020, the most advanced cameraphone, cannot be missing in this list. It has a 41 mega pixel sensor, wonderful optical stabilization sensor and its xenon flash is one of a kind.

A Smartphone Is Only As Good As Its Battery Life.

How critical is the battery life for you? Manufacturers are continuously trying to improve the battery life of their phones by producing larger and stronger batteries, or by introducing saving mode feautures. Samsung started this saving mode trend in the Galaxy 5S. Their Ultra Power Saving Mode saves battery by allowing you to switch the screen to black-and-white mode from the standard colour mode. Other manufactures like HTC and Sony followed quickly. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is however the king when it comes to battery life. With its huge 3.900 mAh battery, this 6,1 inch phablet, lasts for 15 hours with continuous use. The battery even allows you to use the phone as a recharging station for other devices. The Sony Xperia Z3 does not only have a fantastic display and sharp camera, Sony’s flagship lasts for an amazing 12 hours in continuous use. If you are looking for a Windows Phone, then Nokia’s Lumia 1520, might be the best fit for you. It lasts for a full 12 hours in continuous use. Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is its longest lasting smartphone. The 2.915 mAh battery lasts for an impressive 10 hours.