Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Getting A Great New Mobile Phone

If you find the process of choosing and buying a new mobile phone a little overwhelming, then you're not alone. There are simply so many handsets on the market nowadays that choosing between them can be extremely difficult. On top of that, the spec lists that you see that are supposed to help you choose the best phone are full of technical jargon, and are hard to understand. Today we're talking about specs for new mobiles, what you should be looking for and what isn't so important. We're here to take the mystery out of getting a new mobile, so the choice will be simple...
Getting A Great New Mobile Phone

Specs on New Mobiles...

You might be wondering exactly what a spec list is. Below we'll talk about some specifics that you should be looking for, but as a general idea a spec list is kind of like a recipe for a mobile phone. Underneath all the technical talk, the jargon and abbreviations, all a spec list does is tell you what a phone can do, what it's capable of. The list will tell you what's inside the phone and therefore what kind of performance you can expect. Once you know what kind of specs you're looking for, then you can find a list of phones that fulfil your spec needs and choose from them based more simply on price or design.

Screens are Important...

One of the most important parts of your phone is the screen. This is particularly true if you're buying a touch screen smart phone. Whilst the screen on all new mobiles, smart phone or not, needs to be clear and bright, touch screen phones have special screen requirements. You want to have the biggest screen you can possibly find and conveniently carry around with you. Firstly this is because you'll spend a lot of time on your mobile reading internet pages and messages and watching videos, and you want to have a great viewing experience. But this is also because on a touch screen phone you need to type all your messages and emails on a keyboard that appears on the screen. The larger the screen is, the larger your keyboard will be, and the more comfortably you'll be able to type. Screen size on top of the range new phones is generally around the five inch mark. For a touch screen phone you'll want a screen size of no less than about four inches. For non-touchscreen phones screen size isn't quite as important, but you'll still want something that you can clearly read.

Along with screen size the other screen specs you often see have to do with material, resolution and PPI (pixels per inch). Material doesn't matter too much to you, although screens made from anything other than LCD will cost more, for an average user screen material won't make much difference. The same goes for resolution and PPI. These two things determine how crisp and bright your screen is, the higher the numbers the better the resolution and PPI. However, screens are so good nowadays that unless you spend your time making or watching high definition videos or games these numbers aren't particularly important.

It's All About Power...

The power, speed and responsiveness of your phone are determined by two specs, the processor (sometimes listed as CPU) and the RAM. The processor is basically your phone's brain, and the bigger and faster the processor the faster your phone will be, letting you watch videos with less buffering, access web pages faster and play high end games. On smart phones especially you should be looking for processing power of around at least 1.2 GHz (also written as 1200 MHz, it's the same thing). Anything more than that is great, but unnecessary for general use, and you'll pay more too. Processors that are dual core or quad core will be faster and more reliable than single core processors, but it's the speed that really matters rather than the number of processors. RAM is the memory that your phone keeps for performing everyday tasks (as opposed to the memory it uses for storing information). Every process on your phone requires that your device use some memory power to operate. The higher the RAM the faster and more responsive your phone will be. On smart phones the minimum amount of RAM that you can get away with nowadays is around 1 GB. More than that is great, and will just make your phone even faster and better at multi-tasking or running more than one process at the same time.

But Memory is Nice Too...

RAM is one kind of memory, but internal memory is another kind. Internal memory, or internal storage, is the memory that your phone uses to store information. The amount of internal memory your phone has will determine how many contact numbers you can save, how many photos you can store, how much music you can keep on your device. It's important that you have enough internal memory because as memory starts to fill up, your phone starts to run more slowly. If you don't have enough memory you can find yourself spending time deleting photos and music just so that your phone will run better. For the average smart phone user around 8 GB of memory should be fine. However, if you like taking pictures on your phone, or listening to music, then you might want to look for more memory than that. Mid-range mobiles usually come with around 16 GB, whilst high end phones will come with 32 GB or even 64 GB. The amount of internal memory is a big factor in the cost of devices, with those having more memory costing a lot more money. But it might not be necessary to shell out a lot of cash for a phone with a huge memory if you make sure that the device you're buying has a Micro SD card slot. This slot will allow you to purchase extra memory on a small card (these come quite cheaply from regular electronics shops) that you can fit into your phone for more storage.

Author Bio:
Sam Jones advises anyone looking for new mobiles to shop around before settling on any contract deal. Online price comparison websites like uSwitch are a great place to find a wide range of deals.
Posted By: Stuart Prada

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