Remember when phones came in different shapes and colors? It was so much easier to shop for one back then! Nowadays, choosing a smartphone can be an overwhelming—and at times stressful experience. Once you’re faced with a sea of black and gray rectangles, how can you be sure that you’ll be going home with the right model for you?
Since Mobileshop is home to the best electronic and mobile deals in UAE and we’re currently having a site-wide sale, we’d like to help you decide! We’ve come up with a list of the 5 most important factors you need to keep in mind.
Deciding whether you’re on Team Android or Team iOS will help narrow down your choices. With these two dominating the smartphone market, chances are you’ve already owned a few devices that run on either OS.
Both platforms have their pros and cons—for instance, the iOS user-friendliness comes at the expense of its full exclusivity, meaning you can’t transfer your movies and music to your new device if you decide to jump ship, so you’re better off sticking with an iPhone. If you’re keen on hardware, there are a lot more options with Android, and chances are they’re priced much lower too.
If you’re fond of taking photos for the ‘gram, it makes sense to look for a phone with a nice camera. Flagship models reign in this category, so you’re better off spending a bit more if you’re after features such as low light shooting capabilities, dual or more lenses, and low apertures. Keep in mind though that a higher megapixel count is not equal to better pictures!
How many hours do you spend playing games or streaming movie? These activities drain your smartphone’s battery the fastest, so you may want to consider getting one that’s fitted with a 5000mAh battery to last you the whole day without the need to charge. The newer Android phones also come with fast charging features that can juice up your phone in 30 minutes or less.
Insufficient memory space can slow your phone down over time, which is why today’s flagship models are fitted with not less than 64GB of internal memory. Although the budget-friendly options come with less than that, most of them have a microSD card slot that can expand your phone’s storage for up to 128GB. However, this shouldn’t be a major concern if you don’t keep a lot of music and video files in your phone or if you prefer storing them in the cloud.
Last but not least is your budget. Are you willing to blow some cash on a flagship or will you settle with a midrange model? If you’re only going to use your phone for basic functions such as texting, calling, and browsing, you can save money by choosing a cheaper or older model, instead of a high-end one whose specs you may not be able to maximize.