What are the basics that you need to know before you buy a Smartphone?

Smartphones, just like computers, are crammed with more features and technology. People no longer only use their phones to make calls and send text messages but to e-mail , for video-conferencing , for social networking, take pictures, shoot videos, play video games and watch high-definition videos on the move.

Smartphones are getting more complex and increasingly mimic computers. It reaches a point that what’s inside them matters more than design or looks. Here’s what you should look out for when you are buying a Smartphone:

(1) The processor is the heart of a Smartphone.  A faster processor means a more responsive phone. Snapdragon’s Qualcomm’s 1Ghz processor would be the ideal candidate. Samsung’s Hummingbird is one of the best too. We are seeing more Smartphones equipped with dual core processors and you may think that it must be “much” faster since it has two processors now. Honest speaking, the answer is no because you will never fully utilize the power of both processors. Unless you are holding your phone and playing games or watching movies every minute when you are out. Otherwise, one processor is good enough. Plus, phones with one processor tend to be reasonably priced.

(2) RAM is important as it allows better multi-tasking . All high-end smartphones now come with at least 512MB RAM. Some Smartphones offer 1GB RAM and this will become the standard of the market sooner or later.

(3) Most OLED and AMOLED screens produce vibrant colours and fantastic brightness indoors but give a washed out picture in sunlight. However, the rise of SuperAMOLED has corrected this issue, to an extent. TFTLCD screens have poor viewing angle , washed out blacks and poor brightness level so try to stay away from it.

(4) Apple’s iOS seems to be considered as the gold standard for user experience. Google’s Android is more like an open and free platform that can be used by any cellphone company. Android can be customized by anyone and cellphone companies like to give their own special touch to the user interface. For example, HTC has Sense UI, Samsung has its TouchWiz and Motorola offers MotoBlur . Each one of them has pros and cons. In general, I would say both Android and iPhone are great platforms for devices that can give good multimedia, web-browsing and social networking experience.