Smartphone is an essential of the modern life and everyone seems to be dependent on this not-so-simple handheld device. Though, every one of us need a smartphone but selecting the right one to buy is a big task. With so many brand, models, configurations, and whatnot; a smartphone is a web of technological terms like megapixel, RAM, ROM, processor, resolution, PPI, size, display et al. Knowing, understanding, and then seeing through these terms to assess whether a particular device meets your requirements or not is time-consuming and confusing. On top of that, endless deals on purchase, family, friends, and pseudo tech expert acquaintances make it near impossible to decide which device one should by.

Nevertheless, if you are planning to buy a smartphone and still pondering over the model and brand, there here are the 6 basic things that you must look into before making a choice:

1. Screen Size:

Smartphones come in three screen sizes, the small size screen which is less than 4.5 inches, medium size screen which is 4.5 inches to 5.4 inches, and finally the large size screen also called phablet which is 5.5 inches and above.

Small screen:

This screen size is a compact design that makes the smartphones easy to carry and operate. But, this size is not too suitable for multimedia operations. In fact, the smartphone manufacturers also moving away from this size as the buyers prefer bigger screen size.

Medium screen:

This is a popular size among the manufactures and users. The market has many models falling within this size which is considered comfortable and can be used by one hand easily.

Large screen:

Basically, this size is good for reading ebooks, watching videos, and for doing other multimedia works. Due to the big size of these smartphones, they are not too convenient to carry and needs to be used with both hands.

As compared to small and large screen size smartphones, the market has more models of medium screen size smartphones.

2. Display Quality:

Apart from the screen size the display quality depends on couple of other factors that includes brightness, resolution, pixel density (PPI), and colour quality. Check the brightness so that the phone can be used indoors as well as outdoors and also check the colour accuracy of the smartphone before making the purchase.

3. Processor:

Processor is what ensures the performance and efficiency of the device. A better processor means better processing speed resulting in high performance of the device. Though, processor is the main component of a phone to decide its efficiency but there are a couple of other factors that also works as catalyst to enhance the performance of the device. This means that it is not necessary that a higher version or a latter version of processor means better performance. Battery support, multi tasking ability and other couple of other factors also affect the performance of the processor and of the phone. So, while buying the device do not pay more for a higher processor thinking that the device will work faster.

4. RAM And Storage:

RAM and storage depend upon the usage of the buyer. RAM enhances the multitasking capability of the smartphone. The various apps that run on the smartphone need the support of RAM. In fact, heavier or bigger apps need bigger part of RAM support. Means, RAM size totally depends upon the users need and how he or she uses the device.

The size of internal and external memory again depends of the user. Let’s say a particular user wants to run heavy and multiple apps on the device then it is better to have a phone which has bigger internal memory. On the other hand, for someone who needs music, stores photos, and videos, and runs light apps on the phone expandable memory will also do a good job.

5. Camera:

One of the main selling factors of any smartphone is the camera quality. But, here is a catch, the increased number of megapixel does not mean better camera in smartphones. Rather focus on sensors, image quality, speed, and other features of the camera phone. Flash and low-light image quality, are other things that also helps to determine the camera quality of the phone. Do not just go by the megapixel on the smartphone, but try to click photos on the display model of the phone in the showroom to get better idea of the phone quality.

6. Battery:

Battery life also depends upon the usage, screen size, operating system, and processor of the smartphone. Irrespective of the user’s individual usage, the battery life of a smartphone with standard usage should run for two days.

These days, a lot of smartphone models do not offer removable battery option. But, if you wish to use a smartphone for longer period of time which might need you to replace the battery in future then go for a smartphone with removable battery.

Apart from these basic features, operating system, overall design, weight, thickness, and connectivity are other things that a buyer needs to check before making the purchase. And, these factors vary from user to user and depend upon their personal preferences. But, the above 6 are the very basic things that one should consider closely before making the purchase.