Nowadays it seems like everyone owns a smart phone. Over the past few years, smart phones have become increasingly popular and cheaper by the day. Unfortunately, the influx of newer and newer models of smart phones can make it difficult to identify what to look for in a smartphone.
What to look for in a smartphone:
- Phone’s processing ability
The processor within a smart phone act as the device’s brain, capable of handling the vital and sensitive processing functions of the phone on a single integrated circuit. Recent smart phones contain a 1GHz processor which can complete system tasks, hardware multimedia acceleration and high clock speeds with relatively low power consumption. These phones are useful if you intended to use your smart phone to download multimedia content, browse the web or to run complex apps for an extended period of time. For less demanding operations, smart phones with less than 1 GHz are useable.
- Display Type
There are two main types of LCD displays on smart phones: Thin-film transistor (TFT), in-plane-switching LCD (IPS-LCD) and recently active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED). TFT displays use a thin-film transistor which delivers sharp image quality; however viewing angles and clarity in direct light are poor. TFT displays also consume a lot of power and are typically found in cheaper phones. IPS-LCD displays are found in the iPhone4 & Motorola Droid X provide improved viewing angles and lower battery consumption than TFT LCD displays. AMOLED has recently gained popularity in high-end phones. Their displays are easier to view in natural light than their LCD counterparts.
- Noise Cancellation/Suppression
First and foremost, a smartphone IS a phone. “Noise cancellation’ in smartphones refers to the phone’s ability to isolate the sound of the speaker’s voice while suppressing any background noises. The phone’s noise suppression capabilities depend on microphone design and sound-shaping technology in the phone’s processor.
- Gyroscope & Accelerometer
Most smartphones come with either an accelerometer or a gyroscope. Both are used to keep track of the position the phone in relation to the user. Accelerometers will turn the screen from portrait to landscape if the phone is turned on its side. Gyroscopes, on the other hand, recognize movement in a 3D space and is used primarily in gaming. Presently there are few practical uses on a smartphone.
Outward appearance is an important factor when shopping for a smartphone but not the most vital attribute. Take careful consideration of the functions you want in a smartphone and select a phone which appeals to your individual personality and tastes.