πŸ“± How to choose the best smartphone – The ultimate shopping Guide 2021

https://images.pexels.com/photos/3183180/pexels-photo-3183180.jpegSmartphones are cellular computers that, alongside the classic telephone functions, add the typical functionalities of PCs, such as surfing the net.

For better or for worse we use the smartphone every day and all the day. that’s why it is important to buy the one that best suits our needs, but also the best on the market.

You don’t know which one to choose?

To choose the model that best suits your needs read our tips and check out our test to find out who won the challenge.

The operating system

The most characteristic element of a smartphone is the operating system: it determines the functions with which the smartphone is equipped and the programs that you can install. The Apple mobile phones run only with their specific operating system, i.e. iOS. On all other models (of all other manufacturers) is installed Android instead, the operating system designed by Google now used by 75% of manufacturers, although not all have installed the same version. Precisely for this you find Android smartphones of every price range, unlike iPhones.

The screen

Resolution

The screen resolution is calculated in pixels. With higher resolutions (some models even reach 4K) it is more pleasant to watch videos or photos and surf the internet. A too low resolution is not recommended if you use your smartphone a lot. For a comfortable use the larger the screen the higher the definition must be. The definition is calculated in dpi, that is, the number of pixels per inch: the higher it is, the better is.

Brightness

Make sure it’s easy to read in all conditions, such as when it’s too sunny.

Overall quality

In addition to brightness, it must also take into account:

contrast: with good contrast, the images do not become opaque;
viewing angle: allows you to share your screen view with another person, without having to move your smartphone;
color rendering: check that the colors are vivid.

Dimension

Do not neglect the screen size: check that it is convenient to use it every day. Big screens like phablet screens, for example, aren’t pocket-sized.

Available memory

You can store data (contacts, messages, photos, applications, etc.) in four types of memory: the SIM card, the internal memory of the mobile phone, external memory card and cloud (internet storage space).

Internal memory

Stores all smartphone information. If you intend to use it to take photos and videos, choose an internal memory of at least 32 GB. For HD, 4K videos, however, at least 64GB are needed because they take up a lot of space. Be careful, however, because the operating system and pre-installed applications take up space, so the available GB are always less than what was announced.

External memory

If the internal memory is low and you want to store a lot of information (applications and videos, for example), check that the smartphone has a reader to add a memory card (micro SD). The extension of the memory is not always possible, as for the iPhone. Be careful, however, because it is not always possible to transfer applications to external memory.

Cloud

Saved data can only be accessed via an internet connection.

Battery life

If you play, surf the internet and watch videos regularly, use GPS, the phone will be down in a few hours. Opt for a smartphone with high autonomy and follow our tips to not drain the battery quickly.

The sound

Voice and music need to be amplified and clear, but it often doesn’t happen for low-end devices. For calls, sound quality must be good, especially in ambient noise conditions. To listen to music, however, better to buy quality headphones.

The camera

The quality of the image obtained depends on many criteria: sensor size, definition, brightness, color reproduction, white balance, contrast, flash, autofocus, image stabilizer, face detection, etc. Too many megapixels do not always equate to a good result: beyond 12 megapixels, for example, we mostly talk about marketing, not a real advantage. All modern smartphones have at least a second camera on the front for selfies. In fact, the number of cameras, front or rear, that can be found on one phone is continuing to grow: we have now had 6 cameras on the same phone. These additional cameras are mainly used to simulate the behavior of a zoom, having lenses with a focal length similar to that of a wide angle and others with a similar to that of a telephoto lens.

Internet

Know that not all smartphones are compatible with the 4G network. When buying your smartphone make sure that not only 3G is available and choose the best rate to surf quickly and save. The first models that will support the new 5G network will soon appear: it will take some time for coverage to reach “usable” values, so there is no hurry in purchasing 5G compatible models.

Frequent questions

What is the best smartphone under AED 800?

On the market there are telephones that also abundantly exceed 1,000 Euros, but you can take home a well-functioning product with very low figures. For less than 100 euros, for example, you can find smartphones that, if used only to make calls or use WhatsApp and social media, can be fine, even if the camera will likely have poor quality and the performance will be just enough. Between 100 and 200 euros instead, you can find very good quality smartphones with some small compromises: the camera and the performance. If taking photos and operating speed are not among the priorities, buying a smartphone of this range could be a good choice. An example? The Oppo A5 2020: this smartphone has a good overall quality and is very convenient, it costs around 150 euros. The 6.5 “screen looks better than that of other models, it is very quick to react to commands and has excellent battery life. All in all it is definitely a good choice.

What is the best smartphone for photos and videos?

In the era of “selfies” and, in general, of photos taken directly from a mobile phone, the quality of the images and the camera become one of the most important items when evaluating the purchase of a new smartphone.

The top of the range from Apple, in this sense, is the best available on the market. In particular, the iPhone 11 pro, a device that gives shots of excellent workmanship in any light condition thanks to the 3 rear cameras, telephoto, wide angle and Ultra-wide angle. And there is not only the quality of the photos: a further strength of this smartphone is represented by the simplicity, ergonomics and options of the camera function.

How to connect the smartphone to the TV?

When you want to watch a movie, the small screen of a smartphone proves to be rather annoying and limiting. The solution exists: connect the smartphone to the TV. Such as? There are several ways to connect the two devices, some simpler than others, some more suitable for one technology rather than another. Here’s how to replicate the contents of your phone big:

  • Connect smartphone and TV with HDMI or MHL cable. The MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) is among the first technologies to have made possible the connection between smartphone and TV, using the micro-USB connector to transmit the video signal (HDMI) to the TV. Before buying an HDMI cable, however, it is important to understand if your mobile phone can be connected to external devices in another way (wifi connection).
  • Connect smartphone and wireless TV. Specific devices are available on the market to connect smartphones and TVs without cables: among the most recent systems there is Google Cast, the old Chromecast, suitable and easy to use, especially if you have an Android smartphone. To project content on TV just touch the “Cast” button of the app. Before relying on a technology, of course, it is always essential to understand what the features and technical opportunities offered by TV and smartphones are.
  • Connect smartphone and TV with DLNA support. The latest generation TVs are equipped with an Internet connection with Wi-Fi and almost always have support for DLNA, a protocol that connects several devices connected to the same local network.
  • Connect smartphone and TV via applications. Both on Android and iOS devices there are specific apps that can make the phone communicate with the TV screen.

How to transfer photos from smartphone to PC?

Freeing the smartphone memory for better performance and faster speed is a topic that affects practically everyone. Much of the space is certainly occupied by photos which, however, can be easily transferred to the PC by lightening the smartphone. The operation is extremely simple: you can connect your phone to your PC via USB cable or you can take advantage of cloud services to download and synchronize photos via the Internet.

In order to print directly from the smartphone without necessarily having to turn on the computer, there are free services, in particular for the two main operating systems: Android and iOS.

  • Google Cloud Print. A Google account and an Android smartphone are enough to register the printer: the wifi ones can connect directly to the network while the non-wifi ones must be connected to a computer and configured by Google Chrome.
  • Apple AirPrint. It works only with wifi printers prepared for AirPrint: the printer and the device (Apple) must be connected to the same wifi network. It can be sent to print from all Apple applications (Safari, images, Mail, …) and also from some apps that support AirPrint (for example Adobe Reader) without having to configure the device.

How to activate internet on smartphone?

For some more experienced users, connecting the new smartphone to the internet is a breeze. But this is not the case for everyone, especially for those who come from an older generation mobile phone. Generally, the Internet connection is configured automatically once the SIM is inserted into the mobile phone, however sometimes it is necessary to set up the connection manually. 3G and 4G connections (now also 5G) are the technologies used for data traffic on smartphones and allow the download of data from the internet and the use of “voice” services. When you insert a SIM card with an internet subscription included in the smartphone, there will be an immediate connection to a data connection. Alternatively, you can connect to the internet using the Wi-Fi modem: the data connection is limited to a maximum number of GB of downloads while the connection to the WIFI network will allow you to use the internet on your mobile phone regardless of the amount of data downloaded. The connection to the Wi-Fi modem is very simple and intuitive: from the network settings you will have to activate the Wi-Fi mode on your smartphone which will bring up a list of possible Wi-Fi networks to connect to. More complicated instead, manually configure the smartphone for the data connection in case there is no automatic connection: it will therefore be necessary to enter some parameters that may be different depending on the operator. Among the parameters, the most important to insert is undoubtedly the APN access point that allows data transfer.

Not sure which smartphone to buy? Check out our test to find out which one is right for you.

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