One of the questions we ask ourselves the most when it comes to changing the phone is the question: what mobile do I buy? The phone market encompasses a huge number of brands, models, and manufacturers that are continually renewing their devices, improving their specifications, and adapting to consumer demand. Therefore, it is often more than difficult to answer the question: What mobile do I buy? If this question is on your mind, you’d better keep reading this 2020 buying guide.
At Phone Service Center we explain what you have to take into account when choosing a new mobile, without losing sight of your particular needs. Read on and find out which mobile is the best for you!
1. What screen do I need? What screen size will I be most comfortable with?
The screen of your smartphone is a feature that you must take into account and that will help you rule out many models when asking yourself the question of which mobile I buy. Large phones of about 5.5 inches and up are increasingly prevalent, while devices with screens below 5” are becoming less common. In fact, the best phablets on the market, mostly, bet on screens larger than 6 inches.
The main thing to keep in mind when choosing the size you want for your mobile screen will be your personal tastes and the size with which you feel most comfortable when using the phone. Concerning comfort, screens larger than 6 inches have been shown to be less functional and more difficult for users to use. Although it is also true that they allow a much wider field of vision, a characteristic that can convince many people of their suitability for them.
Generally, women tend to opt for smaller screens than men. This is due only to a biological characteristic, since women’s hands are usually smaller than men’s. Thus, they encounter greater difficulties in handling an excessively large screen than those encountered by men. Therefore, the best way to know which screen best suits your needs, and in your hands, is to try different models to see which one you handle best.
What types of screens do mobiles currently have?
LCD Panel: They are the most common screens and have different types:
TFT: They have a transistor for each pixel that appears on the screen that can be controlled individually. Its response time is much faster than any other panel. Also, it has a good contrast ratio. These types of panels need a lot of energy consumption, so they spend a lot of autonomy.
Super LCD: these panels manage to eliminate the air between the external glass and the rest of the layers that make up the screen. This reduces power consumption and improves screen visibility.
IPS: They are the most widely used today. Its images are very sharp, in addition to having good levels of brightness, contrast and consistent colors from different viewing angles. Its energy consumption is very contained.
OLED, AMOLED and Super AMOLED panel: They are the other type of panels that you can usually find on mobile devices. They are made of organic polymer that lights up when charged with electricity. It is much more efficient, brighter, and thinner than LCD panels. Its main advantage is that they do not waste energy when they reproduce the black color, which allows you to save battery power. Also, they show more clarity, brightness level and contrast. Sometimes they can oversaturate the colors.
- qHD (quarter of a Full HD) 960 x 540 pixels: This is a standard resolution. Do not confuse it with the QHD (Quad HD): 2560 x 1440 pixels (only change the first letter to uppercase).
- HD: 1280×720. It is a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and although it seems incredible, it is the one that the iPhone 7 has.
- FHD: 1920×1080 – We find it in the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 7 Plus, Moto G4 or Galaxy A7.
- QHD: Also called 2K, it is capable of displaying 2560 x 1440 pixels. We find it on mobiles like the Samsung Galaxy S9.
- 4K: This is the highest resolution to date on mobile and can be found in the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Huawei P Smart Plus or the Lg G6.
2. What processor do I need? And how much RAM?
What is RAM Memory for? As technology advances, mobiles are able to do much more. In order for it not to lag behind and to function quickly and smoothly, you will need to have the adequate RAM. If not, your mobile will not be able to process the applications you use correctly.
If you intend to give it a very basic use (Facebook, WhatsApp or applications of this type), a simple processor (2 Gb minimum recommended) will suffice.
However, if you intend to play video games or use more complex applications, we recommend that you opt for a higher processing (from 3 Gb).
Today you can find mobiles with 8GB of RAM as is the case with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or 6GB of RAM as all the great mobiles of the moment have (see the Oppo RX 17 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Note 8).
As for the processor of your phone, think of it as if it were the brain of your mobile. If you are not only looking for your mobile to go like lightning, but you also want it to use little energy, we recommend you look for a high-end processor. The number of cores it has is not as important as its configuration.
Here is a list of processors ranked from best to worst performance you can currently find on the market:
- A13 Bionic (7nm) Neural Engine (iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon855 (Google Pixel 4)
- Exinos 9825 (Samsung Galaxy Note 10)
- Apple A12
- Exynos 9820 (Samsung Galaxy S10)
- Kirin 980 (Huawei P30)
- Snapdragon 855 (Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, Xiaomi Mi 9)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Apple A11 Bionic
- Samsung Exynos 9810 Octa
- HiSilicon Kirin 970
- HiSilicon Kirin 960
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa
- Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
- HiSilicon Kirin 955
- HiSilicon Kirin 950
- Apple A10 Fusion
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
- Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
3. What operating system do I want for my mobile?
Think that the operating system is very important for the performance of the mobile:
iOS: Apple’s operating system for your iPhone has the great advantage that being made to measure for hardware, it achieves great performance without having hardware as powerful as you would need on an Android.
Android: being personalized with a different layer depending on each manufacturer can sometimes be very heavy affected by its performance. The purest versions of Android are the ones that are prepared for faster updates and flow more.
4. How much internal memory do I need for my mobile?
This is an aspect to take into account since, sometimes, the lack of space forces us to change the phone.
You should bear in mind that the simple fact of updating the applications already takes up your space, so we recommend that you choose a mobile with decent storage (32 GB and 32 will already fall short many times).
If you also have the option of being able to expand memory using microSD cards, better than better. Keep in mind that if you buy an iPhone, you can already forget about expanding the internal memory … But you have to be smart! You can use the cloud when you have WiFi and leave your mobile clean of photos, videos, etc. This way you will have the internal memory for what you really need.