Buyers Guide Finding A Smartphone To Fit Your Needs
The Difference Between A Smartphone And A Standard Cellphone
Although there’s no real textbook definition, Smartphones are the “smarter” sibling which allows you to directly connect to the Internet to browse the Web or manage your email. They also allow you to run software which are known as apps, while also having powerful multimedia capabilities allowing you to play videos, games and music, while allowing you to take more vivid photos and record breathtaking videos.
What Is A Mobile Platform
A platform refers to the mobile phone’s operating system, similar to Windows, which is the operating system for desktop PCs and laptops. Popular operating systems for smartphones include Google’s Android, and Apple’s iOS exclusive for the iPhone.
The platforms determine which features that the mobile phone has, as well as what apps it runs. Since Apple controls both the OS as well as the production of the entire hardware of their mobile phone which houses it, upgrading the iPhone to the latest updated version of the iOS is easier, provided that the hardware is still fast enough to support it.
Google and their Android OS is a little different since the various smartphone manufacturers who uses the Android are able to modify the core operating system. They also may not always provide updates of the latest version of the Android OS, and make it available to their customers for that particular model of smartphone.
Hardware Specifications You Should Be Aware Of
The easiest solution is not to be that concerned about the specific specifications of the mobile device, and more instead about finding a mobile phone which is capable of doing what you want it to do.
Does the mobile phone allow you to send and receive email, while being able to run all the programs which you’re wanting to use. Is it able to integrate with all of the existing services which you use, such as Netflix.
Is the mobile available from a carrier which provides excellent coverage in your area. Does it offer adequate battery life for what your planning to use it for. If the smartphone doesn’t do what you’re wanting it to do, it doesn’t matter if it’s the fastest or the sleekest mobile on the market, it will be useless to you.
That being said, you should be looking at smartphones with a minimum of 1GB of RAM since that’s able to run multiple programs simultaneously while running a lot more smoother than phones with less RAM.
Also, it’s recommended that you look for a dual-core processor, as they’re capable of dramatically boosting the speed of the apps which are designed to take full advantage of the speed.
Finally, for smartphones, 16GB of storage is usually plenty of space for the majority of users, who has no plans of loading enormous amounts of music or download large video libraries, and pack them around.
Obviously, a smartphone that’s equipped with 32GB or even more capacity is a lot more convenient, especially if you’re planning to load tons of movies and use a lot of apps.
The Difference Between 3G and 4G Networks
3G and 4G refers to the speed of the mobile carrier’s wireless data network. What 3G means is it complies to the third-generation standards, while 4G is the newer and quicker fourth-generation standards.
Depending on the carrier, they will implement these two standards in different ways, resulting in the maximum speeds to vary. Generally, 4G networks will allow you to download data at least 10X times quicker than what 3G networks will.
This faster downloading speed comes in handy when you’re wanting to grab larger files or when streaming HQ better definition videos. The battery life however will often take a bit of a hit when 4G is activated.
Cloud Backups For Mobiles
What the cloud refers to is storing your data on a remote site that’s accessible only from the Internet, instead of storing the data locally on your home computer or mobile device.
For mobiles, backing up all your data to the cloud can be convenient since you’re able to access the information from anywhere that has an Internet connection.
Also, for security purposes, most of the cloud providers will employ some type of encryption as well as backup redundancy which fully protects your sensitive data.
If you don’t currently have an unlimited data plan with your mobile provider, then it’s probably ideal to set up a cloud backup to operate only when the mobile device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, you’ll risk eating up your data plan without hardly doing anything at all with the smartphone.