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Top 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A New Phone

Buying a new phone can be a huge expense, and this is why you need to ask yourself if you really need it. However, most of us are dependent on our phones to get through the daily hubbub of life. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some important questions you need to ask yourself before buying a new phone.

1. Use and needs?

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The first question to ask yourself is the use. If you are looking for a phone to make phone calls, surf the Internet and check your emails, you do not necessarily need a high-end smartphone. Some smartphone models available for less than 200 dollars allow you to access this type of functionality.

On the market, we find this kind of smartphone with an excellent quality/price ratio with the brands Wiko, Oppo, or Honor. On the other hand, you need to go for a complete smartphone for more advanced functions such as taking photos, multimedia, or larger storage capacity. For this type of use, it is advisable to opt for a mid-range model between 200 and 400 dollars.

And finally, for the most intense uses, especially for gaming or for users who are fond of the latest technologies and features, you can choose a premium smartphone, that is, a high-end smartphone with the biggest brands on the market, such as Samsung, Apple or Xiaomi, and Huawei.

2. What is your budget?

In addition to the features you want to enjoy on your new smartphone, you should also ask yourself what budget to spend on your new mobile. Indeed, smartphone prices are getting higher and higher with more cutting-edge technologies and new features. Some models like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or the latest iPhone 11 Pro are available for purchase from 959 or 859 dollars, respectively.

3. Android or Apple?

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Another key point to consider when choosing a smartphone is the operating system. Just like a computer, the functioning of a phone is based on an operating system. There are two main systems on the smartphone market: Android and iOS.

To go into a little more detail, many smartphones (more than 80%) have the Android system developed by Google on this market. With a smartphone delivered under Android, you have access to the Google Play Store with over 1.5 million applications available. This operating system is also very popular with users for its customizability, with access to multiple settings to personalize the device.

Note, however, that the interface, menus, and features of Android-based smartphones differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. This operating system is available with many brands of smartphones such as Samsung, Wiko, Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony.

The iOS operating system is only available for Apple devices. To benefit from this powerful and easy-to-use operating system, you need to buy an iPhone. Just like with Android, with the iOS system, you have access to more than 1.3 million applications via the App Store. However, unlike a smartphone equipped with the Android system, the customization of your device is less pronounced with iOS.

4. New or second-hand smartphone?

If your budget is more limited, to buy a cheap smartphone and enjoy your favorite brands, such as Samsung or Apple, at a lower cost, you can also opt for the purchase of a used phone or a refurbished phone.

By choosing a refurbished phone, you can indeed save up to 50% on the price of a new smartphone. For information, a refurbished smartphone is a phone that has been checked, verified, and cleaned by specialized companies. Moreover, it has a minimum warranty of 6 months.

5. Screen size and resolution

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The size and quality of the screen are important aspects to consider when buying your new device. A large screen will indeed bring you more comfort if you watch videos on your smartphone very often, for example. On the other hand, a smartphone with a smaller screen will be easier to slip into your pocket. So you need to determine what you want in terms of size.

The current screen trend is towards ever-larger screens with almost no borders. Today, many smartphones offer screens of 5.2 inches or 13.2 cm diagonal, 5.5 inches or 13.9 cm diagonal, and even over 6 inches or 15.24 cm diagonal. So, are you more interested in a large screen with a phablet or a classic smartphone with a screen size between 4 and 5 inches?

Apart from the size of the screen, you should also pay special attention to the quality of the screen. A smartphone screen is composed of pixels whose density varies according to the size of the screen and the number of pixels; we talk about the resolution. This has an impact on the display quality.

The various manufacturers offer screen definitions HD with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, Full HD and FHD + with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, and QHD and QHD + with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels.

A Full HD definition with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels is sufficient to obtain good quality readability on your smartphone. However, today’s uses of virtual reality require you to move towards a screen with a QHD definition, that is, Quad HD with a resolution of 2560×1400 pixels.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about buying a new phone.

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An extensive review of the new Google Phone – Pixel 6 (part 1)

We’re currently experiencing the crazy time of the year. Samsung and Apple both released their new phones weeks ago, and we are now expecting the new Google Pixel 6 in a few days. Google started making phones in 2010, but the Pixel line didn’t show up until 2016, and in 2021, we are now expecting the new Pixel 6.

There was a lot of hype since its announcement months back, and after a long-awaited release, we will see the new phone soon. But before we get our hands on Google’s latest treasure, let’s see if it’s worth it or if it’s all just another load of hot air from the tech giants.

The Design

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The Google Pixel line has long been criticized for its looks – with the Pixel 5’s design being particularly infamous, but the juggernaut of technology has effectively learned from its past mistakes, as the new Google Pixel has a sleek look.

When I took a look at the new phone, I will not hide the fact that it reminds me of a Samsung phone; maybe Google took inspiration from one of its competitors? The camera bar reminds me of the Samsung s10 model, although the bar is much wider on the Google phone.

The camera bar is much more than just a camera; it also plays an important role in the design. Google wanted to play a tri-tone for the colours, so the bar distinguishes between the other two colours.

The Pixel 6 stands out because the back is made of Gorilla Glass 6, compared to the Pixel 5, which had an aluminium back with a thin plastic layer called “bio-resin”.

Users who prefer small devices are unfortunately not well served by this phone. The Google phone is on the large side. The Pixel 6 has a 2400 x 1080 6.4-inch display with a 90Hz screen, and the Pixel 6 Pro has a 3120 x 1440 6.7-inch display with a 120Hz screen.

Performance

The first thing we look for in a phone is its sleek design, but we also look at its performance. We won’t go for a phone that looks pretty but is as slow as Internet Explorer (sorry, not sorry). People are very busy and very impatient these days, as I always say, we are a button-pushing generation.

The Google phone is equipped with a Tensor chip, one of the most powerful processors Google has ever included in its phones. The Google Tensor has two powerful cores, two medium cores, and four highly efficient cores.

Even without the most impressive benchmark numbers, both the Pixel 6 (with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of base storage) and Pixel 6 Pro (12GB of RAM and 128GB of base storage) launch apps and multitask as well as any other Android phone on the market.

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Software

Google is adding a plethora of mind-blowing new software. Google Calling Assistant is a gem when it comes to contacting major companies for customer support. It allows you to know when there is less traffic on the line, so you don’t have to wait and many other benefits that you need to experience.

With the new voice typing feature supported by Google Assistant, you can dictate your messages more coherently now. The new voice feature even allows you to reject calls or snooze an alarm! Isn’t that great?

Now let’s get to the best of the best, the Pixel 6‘s live translation feature. We have Google Translate, yes, but how useful would it be to enable live translation, which allows you to translate any audio or video in real-time? It’s a gem, and beyond that, you can also translate messages via Google Chat, Android Messages, and several other messaging apps.

For more information about the new Google phone such as pricing, read our part two. Let us know in the comments what do you think about the Pixel 6 so far…

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8 Tips to Choose Your Smartphone

8 Tips to Choose Your Smartphone

Contents

1. Smartphone screen: choosing it well

2. Choosing your smartphone according to input and navigation

3. Broadband to communicate your data

4. Synchronising your data

5. GPS on your smartphone

6. Multimedia functions: essential for choosing a smartphone

7. A powerful battery

8. The operating system

Choosing your smartphones

Smartphones offer more and more features, more or less essential. Here are the 8 key criteria to consider when choosing a smartphone.

1. Smartphone screen: choosing well

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A smartphone naturally has a larger screen than a simple mobile phone or a multimedia mobile phone. For better comfort, choose a screen that is large enough without becoming too bulky.

Most smartphones have a touch screen, which makes them easier and more pleasant to use.

But the display quality of the screen is also important. So choose a screen with the highest possible resolution (often referred to as an HD screen, as with televisions).

2. Choosing your smartphone based on input and navigation

Most smartphones have a touch screen, so input and navigation are simple with your fingers. However, it is possible to find 2 other types of input and navigation:

The stylus (for compatible touchscreens) allows fast navigation, but beware that it can be tricky to use when writing emails or messages.

For smartphones with a keyboard, navigation is often offered in a scroll wheel or mini-trackball.

The preferred input and navigation modes are, above all, a matter of taste. Choose the one you feel most comfortable with.

3. Broadband to communicate your data

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Smartphones are used for surfing the Internet, watching videos, listening to music and communicating data. The internet connection quality is crucial: you need a high-speed network to communicate a large amount of data.

To access the best broadband deals, choose a 4G or H+ compatible smartphone.

4. Synchronizing data

To reduce the risk of data loss, make sure your smartphone allows you to easily synchronize your data with the web, your computer or tablet. If you lose your device or it is stolen, you will be able to recover the data and encrypt your phone’s memory card.

5. GPS on your smartphone

A smartphone with built-in GPS will reduce the number of devices in your pocket. However, be sure to check which GPS tool is associated with your smartphone brand (Tom-Tom, Viamichelin, etc.) as they vary from one manufacturer to another.

6. Multimedia features: essential when choosing a smartphone

Smartphones have built-in cameras, video cameras, MP3 players, etc. However, the quality varies considerably from one model to another. Remember to check:

– the image capture resolution of the camera;

– whether or not it has a flash;

– the zoom capacity;

– audio and video formats supported;

– maximum resolution of the video sensor, etc.

7. A powerful battery

Battery life is a crucial factor when choosing a smartphone since surfing the Internet, playing videos or using the GPS for long periods are functions that consume a lot of energy. Please take a second look at this element before deciding: it is probably one of the most important!

8. The operating system

All smartphones are based on an OS (operating system). The main ones are:

– iOS;

– Android;

– Windows;

– Blackberry OS.

Each one has its specificities with paid or free applications. Do not hesitate to test smartphones with different OS and browse their application shops to define which environment suits you best, and remember to share your experience in the comments below.

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