Mobile Phones: Modern Choices for Modern Times

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For better or for worse, all of us rely upon smartphones to complete our day to day activities. Checking email, playing games, discovering the weather forecast and chatting with friends are only a handful of the numerous functions attributed to these modern marvels. Indeed, the sheer variety of makes and models currently on the market is dizzying and it can be tough to know what steps are required to make an informed choice when the time is right. If you are stuck at an impasse or you cannot decide between two different brands, this article should prove to be very useful. Let's take a closer look and the chances are high that you will find the information below very useful.

Smartphones 101: What to Look for and What to Avoid

Mobile phones come in all shapes and sizes. This is the first main point. Some models are notoriously large (often referred to as phablets) and they are not the easiest to transport. Consider the size of the display screen, as this tends to define the dimensions of the phone itself. Larger displays are great for watching HD videos or playing games, but they might not be the best if you have to make calls on a regular basis. The type of display (such as modern OLED designs) is also critical, as this determines the sharpness as well as the overall responsiveness.

The style of the phone is also wise to examine, as these units should always be pleasing to the eye. Keep an eye out for brushed metallic finishes, bezels around the display and durable screens such as those comprised of sapphire glass. These all tend to be indicative of a quality phone. There are many colours available although many modern suppliers tend to stick with muted hues such as rose, gold, grey or silver. Of course, this last preference involves your own desires.

Processing power is another key factor. This defines the performance and speed of the phone. Unfortunately, he topic can also be quite confusing; many online reviews utilising terms such as "quad-core Snapdragon" and similar technical phrases. Try to ignore these metrics and instead focus upon the available on-board memory (usually measured in gigabytes) as well as the ability to add more if needed. Memory can be correlated to processing power and this is particularly important if you are planning to download many applications.

Battery life is an additional variable to examine. Most phones can run for at least 18 hours with few issues and some of the best models (to be discussed below) are known for capacities associated with 24 hours or more. In the same respect, take a look at how much time is required before the unit will become fully charged. It can be quite inconvenient to be forced to wait for as long as an hour before the phone has regained its capacity.

If you are a fan of digital photography or you are prone to take selfies on a regular basis, the quality of the built-in camera is also critical. Take a look at how many megapixels are offered as well as if the phone is equipped with two cameras (one in the rear and another facing the front). The price of many mobile phones is often partially attributable to the type of camera, so this subject should always be addressed well in advance.

Finding the Best Deals

While price is always a factor and comparing the top providers is key, there are some other suggestions to keep in mind. Many phones come with a contractual plan. This could often be a great way to go; especially if you are sticking with the same provider. Examine the associated warranty and see what it covers (parts and labour should always be included). Lastly, read user reviews. These are invaluable if you hope to obtain objective opinions as opposed to sales pitches from the companies themselves. Having said this, let's summarise with a list of some of the top upcoming models for 2020:

Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Moto Edge/Moto One 2020
Nokia 8.2 5G
Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro
Sony Xperia 5 Plus/Next Xperia phone
LG G9 ThinQ
Apple iPhone SE 2/iPhone 9
Oppo Find X2
Huawei P40 & P40 Pro
Huawei Mate Xs
OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro
OnePlus 8 Lite
Google Pixel 4a
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2
Apple iPhone 12 5G
Nokia 9.2 PureView