Every company launches dozens of mobile phones and θήκες κινητών every year, and especially in the middle and lower class there is a loss. Fortunately, there are very specific things to look out for before making a choice, depending on the use we intend to make. In this guide we will see all the basic criteria that we must take into account in order to choose the device that suits us.
We set the budget
The first and most important thing we can do to greatly reduce the options available on mobile phones is to set a specific budget.
Whether this is at € 100 or € 500, it does not matter. What matters is to decide from the beginning how much money we are willing to spend.
In general, companies produce devices divided into three monetary categories.
The most expensive of the three is the so-called “flagship” category.
These are the best mobile phones of any company, which use the fastest processors, enough RAM, about fifteen cameras, and in general, the latest in the field of mobile technology.
Depending on the company, a flagship can cost from € 500, up to over € 1000. Take for example Xiaomi’s latest Mi Note 10 Pro. It is the newest flagship of the company and we find it at € 500.
Respectively, the Galaxy S20 + is the newest flagship of Samsung, and costs close to 1000 €.
Going down from € 200 to € 400, we will find mid-range mobile phones.
Here’s usually the best value for money. In other words, we get very good performance and features, without spending a fortune.
Without a doubt, very expensive phones, such as the Samsung mentioned above or Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max, are top devices. But think about it, is it worth giving so much money for a cell phone?
What more can it offer us in the experience of using a mid-range mobile phone?
From personal experience, the difference between such an expensive flagship and a half-money cell phone is infinitesimal. We are talking about differences in fine print.
In the experience of using the mobile for everyday tasks such as internet, YouTube, social media, phones, games, photos, or whatever else we think, there is no difference. Or at least, no difference justifying double the money.
In other words, we can find quite a few remarkable mobile phones in the middle class, or at the lower end of the flagships, without missing anything.
Finally, there is the low category for mobile phones under 200 €, where we find the most economical devices.
Here mobile phones are made from the cheapest materials, have the smallest processors, mediocre cameras, and so on. But that does not mean that this category is a bad choice.
We will have to sacrifice features like NFC, fast charging, and photo quality. However, here too we will find high quality devices that can fully meet our needs.
On the other hand, it is good not to be tempted to buy a smartphone for less than 100 €. The quality of construction will be unacceptable, the operating system will be stuck, and in general the user experience will be one of the worst.
Android VS iOS
One of the biggest controversies in human history is the dilemma between iOS and Android. In other words, Apple vs. all other devices. Which of the two is better?
The answer is “no”. IOS is no better than Android, and Android is no better than iOS. In some respects Android is superior, in others iOS is inferior.
Google is constantly releasing security updates to ensure that its operating system is secure. But beyond that it is up to each manufacturer to pass these updates on each model.
Another huge marketing trap in today’s mobile phones are the cameras. Users compare them based on megapixels, which is completely wrong.
The only thing that counts in a camera is the sensor and how well the software uses it. Neither the megapixels nor the number of cameras matter. The only way to compare which phone has the best camera is to look at the photos and videos they take.
So we can search online for presentations of the models we are interested in, and compare their photos.
In general, even low-end mobiles take decent photos in good lighting conditions, with little difference between them. So if we are moving on this money, it is not worth paying much attention to the features of the camera.
Where cheap cell phones suffer, however, is in low light conditions. So, leveling up to the middle class, we will see a huge improvement in the field of cameras. Of course, flagship phones have the best sensors, and therefore take the best photos.
If we are primarily interested in videos, we need to make sure that the device we have selected has optical image stabilization and can capture video at at least 30fps in high resolution.
Admittedly, the battery is a big issue. And here, unfortunately, things are not simple. We can not compare the battery life of two phones, just looking at the capacity in mAh.
This is because depending on the chipset and the software of the mobile, a device with less mAh can last longer than a device with more.
Of course, things here are not as bad as the megapixels on the cameras. The mAh shows us at least approximately how long our battery will last.
Next feature to look out for is the size. The mobile phone is a device that we will hold in our hands every day. So we make sure it has dimensions that are convenient.
For example, if we often watch videos or play games, a larger screen will be more useful. But if we want a more compact device to fit in our pocket, we choose something smaller.
Storage and RAM
For storage, it’s not worth compromising on anything less than 64GB. Also, some models accept a micro SD card to expand their storage space, but others do not. Depending on the use we make of the mobile, this feature may be necessary or completely indifferent.
For RAM, we consider 3GB to be the minimum, and this with great difficulty for the absolutely cheaper devices. 4GB is a safer option.
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