Processor, RAM, storage, operating system, camera, connectivity, so on and so forth. There are endless things for a smartphone buyer to compare. What does matter the most or the least for you, what extent of something is good, better or best, or what price is good for a smartphone?  – these and more similar questions might puzzle you when it comes to buying a new smartphone. Your concern expresses your curiosity and intention to invest in the right phone technology.

The same happens with the availability of makes and models of the phone in the market. All this leaves customers confused when it comes to buying a new smartphone.

IM Wireless, the leading Verizon Authorized Retailer headquartered in New Hampshire offers a solution to the problem with this smartphone buyer’s guide 2020.

Smartphone Performance

Processor and RAM are the power house of your smartphone. They collectively power up all the applications you launch and support their functionalities. Hence, it’s important you go for high-end processor equipped with AI capabilities that essentially make your smartphone SMART enough to help you stay, connected and productive. Processor and RAM complement the carrier network performance.

Compare the performance of processors available in the market from different makers. Some key processor specifications to watch out are Architecture (GHz), Cores (numeric – quadcore, hexa, octa, etc.), frequency (MHz), Memory type, and Connectivity (4G, 5G Support, download, upload speed, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Navigation). Snapdragon 865 Plus, Snapdragon 865, and A13 Bionic are a few of the top-rated processor chipsets that are used by top smartphone processor brands including Qualcomm, Apple, and Samsung.

Regarding RAM, we recommend you to go as per your usage and budget. Top smartphones with up to 16GB RAM, are available. If you have a normal use, a 4GB RAM would be sufficient.

Smartphone Storage

The storage is again a factor that depends upon your usage. There is little sense in paying more for a smartphone with 512GB storage when 50 percent or more of its space remain unused. A 64GB storage is enough for most of the smartphone users who have a normal use.  Your smartphone storage can go up to 512GB on flagship models. However, adequate storage is essential. It will give you enough breathing room to keep your data as well as download apps to your heart’s content. With most of the smartphones coming with expandable memory storage (microSD slot) options, flexibility remains with you even after the smartphone purchase.

Smartphone Battery Life

Try to have a decent battery life. Many technology review sites publish battery life testing results. There can be a breakup of the battery life evaluation by usage – talk time, web-browsing time, video-playback time.  A battery supporting 20 to 30 hours of talk-time, 15 to 30 hours of web-browsing, and 10 to 20 hours of video playback is ideal. Again mind the requirement and budget. If your occupation doesn’t demand extensive travel, sacrificing the battery life hours will help you to save a few bucks.

Smartphone Camera 

In 2020, multi-camera smartphone is the new normal. Camera is something that everyone needs and loves. However, the camera capability and quality selection, again depends on your budget. For example, iPhone 11 Pro (Triple camera, 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras) starts at $999 while iPhone 11 (Dual Camera, Dual 12MP Ultra-Wide and Wide cameras) starts from $699.

Smartphone Display

Display screens not just enhance the look and design of the smartphone but also contributes to its complete usability and user experience. Display size, display technologies (LCD, OLED, AMOLED, Super AMOLED, TFT, IPS), display resolution (Full HD, Full HD+ Quad HD) and display screen strength are the key factors when it comes to smartphone display. Display size 5 to 6 inches and Gorilla touchscreen 5 and 6 inches are common with most of the top makers.

Smartphone Operating System

Google Android and Apple iOS corners the lion’s share of the smartphone market. Then follows Windows Phone from Microsoft. All have a different user-interface. The OS software selection is critical. It not only makes a difference to the UI, but also to your phone budget. In Android, presence of third-party OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) makes the market highly competitive that works in your favour. You can pick from brands like Samsung, HTC, Sony, Xiaomi, Lenovo, etc. iOS is limited only to iPhone and iPad. In Windows, there are not many choices. Most of the high-end phone models are limited to Microsoft’s Lumia series.

Hope you found this smartphone buyer’s guide useful. Comment what else would you like to consider before buying the best phone to stay connected, entertained and productive.