Sometimes it feels that the smartphone went from being a luxury item to becoming an absolute necessity in the blink of an eye. Today, it is hard to imagine being able to go on with your daily routine without your smartphone.
Whether it is for office or business-related work, online learning, staying in touch with family and friends, paying your bills, reading the news, or general entertainment purposes, the smartphone lets you do a multitude of tasks quickly and fluently. But with dozens of manufacturers making hundreds of phones, it can become quite a daunting task to choose the right smartphone. Whether you are looking to buy your very first smartphone or want to upgrade your existing phone, this handy checklist will help you choose the ideal phone for your needs.
- Operating System
It is often said in jest that the world is divided between Android OS and iOS users. These are two of the most popular platforms on which over 90% of the world’s smartphones operate. There is, of course, Windows OS as well but it makes for an extremely small market share. To simplify this aspect, if you prefer open-source flexibility, the ability to download and customize apps, and being able to exchange data across mediums then Android OS is the right choice for you.
On the other hand, if you like a simple, straightforward operating system that prioritizes security and firmware integrity (which may also be a limiting aspect), then choose iOS. One might add that the variety of styles and diversity of price range is far higher in the case of Android-based phones.
- Processor and RAM
The brain of the phone needs to be sharp and fast to support the kind of activities you generally indulge in. If your main requirement from the phone is basic entertainment, social media interaction and other forms of communication, then this may not be a significant criterion. However, those working from home or attending virtual online classes or using their phones for gaming would be advised to go for phones with Qualcomm or MediaTek processors. A corresponding RAM providing ample internal memory is essential to bring the best out of the processor. 4GB RAM mobile phones have become the norm these days and should be the bare minimum when you are choosing your new phone. 6 GB may be preferred in case of intensive workloads, such as moderate gaming or multitasking.
Not many users are known to keep a clutter-free phone. In other words, there are usually several forms of media like pictures, videos, GIFs, movies, dozens of apps and other such files which are on a typical smartphone. Not to mention the several forwarded media through apps like WhatsApp et al. Most budget-friendly phones come with a minimum of 64 GB of internal storage. One would be better advised to consider phones with 128 GB as they would be able to cater to your future needs as well. There are several premium phones which come with 128 GB or 256 GB, but then you need to consider your budget as well. Instead, you should identify phones which allow you to expand the storage through the use of microSD cards, as and when the need may arise.
Other than the size, one of the most important contributors to the portability of a smartphone is its battery life. It is a vital requirement for those who are regularly on-the-go. The standard of battery life in most smartphones is 6-8 hours of continuous screen-time. This is what you should consider at the very least. For the longevity of the phone, you may prefer to go for a battery life of 8-10 hours as well.
Prefer AMOLED displays over LCD, and go for Full HD devices with a standard resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This combination offers clearer and crisper visuals with less strain on the eyes.
One of the most commonly used aspects of a smartphone is the camera, and it should certainly feature in your checklist as well. Most of the popular phones come with a multi-camera setup with varying megapixels for the front and rear cameras. Moreover, there are several integrated features like a wide-angle lens, Google lens, Time of Flight sensors, card scanners and more, which can provide you with a far superior experience overall.
While we have described some of the key features worth considering while choosing your new phone, there are aspects that can make a difference such as connectivity options, phone size, dual SIM facility, fast charge support, etc. The Bajaj Finserv EMI Store is your one-stop shop for a variety of smartphones across features and price ranges. In fact, there are curated lists that can be accessed using the handy search filters, or you can directly type in the search box — for example, “Vivo phone under 10000 INR”. Make your choice and then enjoy the several deals and discounts applicable to the model. Furthermore, use the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card to purchase the device on No Cost EMI.