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8 things to know before you buy a smartphone or tablet

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Mobile devices including smartphone and tablet market are increasingly becoming popular all around the globe. Advances in technology such as processing power, aesthetic form factor, smart applications, net connectivity, more memory space and increased batter power is propelling smartphone and tablet market to new heights than ever. With so many options available, it is becoming more of a challenging job to buy the right mobile device that suits you. This article highlights 8 important features that you need to consider when buying a smartphone or tablet.

8 things to consider when buying a smartphone or tablet

Size of the Screen

Visual experience play a very important role in determining the quality of a product. This makes screen size a major feature to look for when buying either smartphone or a tablet. A perfect screen to some extend can overshadow the defects in a model. Screen is also the single most expensive and important hardware component in a smartphone and tablets.

  • Size
  • Resolution viewing angles
  • Viewing angles
  • coating

Thickness and Weight

Thickness and weight is another important factor to be considered when buying a smartphone or tablet. Thickness is more of an aesthetic concern than anything else. Thinner devices don’t always lead to a quality product. So it’s up to you to decide if you want to sacrifice quality over aesthetic value. Some smartphones and tablets come in a metallic casing, which gives a quality look to the device. So do check it out in a store, rather than getting disappointed after buying the device.

Operating System used by Smartphone or Tablet

OS that is used on a Smartphone or tablet is yet another major feature to be considered before you make a purchase. When it comes to OS that we use in our PC, we have the popular options to either go for Apple’s Macintosh, Microsoft Windows OS or the open source Linux. Windows OS is the winner here since it is very user friendly and got a huge choice of supporting applications and softwares to go with the OS. Similarly smartphones and tablets also runs on OS and the choices are Android OS, iOS, Microsoft Phone 7, Blackberry OS, webOS, Symbian etc. iOS is used only in Apple phones and tablets. Android OS is very popular and used in a wide range of models. Even though Windows phone is not as popular as Android, it is user friendliness and popularity is slowly capturing the smartphone and tablet os market.

Storage space available in a Smartphone or Tablet

Most smartphone and tablet manufacturers these days are offering 16 GB storage capacity which is enough space for storing pics, songs and videos. However some users like to add additional memory to increase the storage capacity. Devices like Apple don’t come with a memory slot, but other tablets and smartphone comes with memory slots to add additional memory.

Connection Specifications

All tablets and smartphones are portable devices which need wireless for communication. wireless devices and they offer Wi-Fi connectivity to let you wirelessly connect to home and public networks. However some models offer 3G, 4G connectivity which helps in having an internet connection enabled SIM. This versions are generally expensive than the normal models and in order to enable 3G OR 4G connectivity, you need to sign up a contract with the service providers. Fortunately, the prices are coming down and it is affordable now a days to have a 3G or 4G in your smartphone or tablet.

Apps Compatibility

One of the important feature of a smartphone or tablet is the presence of Apps. It is similar to using application software in your PC. Compatibility of apps is very important to be considered when you buy a smartphone or table. For eg, Apple App store have 300,000 free and premium apps available. Android also have 250,000 free and premium apps present. Other mobile OS also have apps available, but limited in numbers compared to iOS and Android. More the number of apps available, more options for you to find and install the right apps for your needs.

Camera Options

Almost all smartphones and all tablets come with an in built camera. Camera by default is a major feature that most customers check by default when buying mobile devices. It is a very useful feature especially when you are looking forward for recording memories and spur of the moment events. Its amazing to see the recent developments in mobile camera technology. Even cameras with 8MP are available with some tablet models. If you are not much of a capturing events on camera person, you can go for models without camera or camera with less MP to save some bucks.

TV and Video options

It is an increasing trend now a day to record high quality videos using smartphones or tablets and share it across different platforms. To see the real quality of the recorded video, one will definitely want to try it on a bigger screen connecting to display monitors or television. So the next time, you decide to buy a smartphone or tablets, you may want to see if it carries options for connecting to these devices.

Next time you buy a smartphone or tablet, remember these tips and act accordingly.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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  • venkataprasad Feb 18, 2017, 8:13 am

    Sir…! What about nokia upcoming android phones…and which is best under 20k…either nokia or other brands in India..Thank you..!

    • Anup Raman Feb 19, 2017, 2:06 pm

      The earliest release is by February 27 2017. Since not released, too early comment on how it perform. The specs for these phones are really amazing. I hope these phones will make it up to the top 10 phones.

      Nokia D1C and Nokia C1 might be a good pick.

  • MV Ramana Jun 11, 2016, 12:13 pm

    I would like to buy a SMARTPHONE within the range of Rs 15,000/=. Please advise me the best among all available in the Indian market OR next alternative and oblige. Thanks.

    • Anup Raman Jun 11, 2016, 1:23 pm

      This is my preference in the order

      1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
      2. Motorola Moto G4 Plus
      3. Samsung Galaxy J7
      4. Lenovo Zuk Z1
      5. Asus Zenfone
      6. Oppo F1
      7. YU Yunicorn

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