Buying Guide: How to choose a ‘Smartphone’

These days, buying a smartphone is always difficult especially when so many options and choices are available to consumer.

One Question that I came across constantly is “How to choose a  smart phone ?”

How to choose a 'Smartphone'Till now I have advised many friends, office colleagues & some strangers also to make a right decision to buy a
Smartphone.

So I thought I should write a blog about this thing.
Some of the basic questions that can guide you for smart buying decisions are:

Ques 1. What is your budget for Smartphone?

This question is the deciding factor for any buying. It will show you how many options are available to you.
Below, I will suggest selection parameters for all budget range:

If your budget is below Rs 10k

Then smartphone options can be better in Tier-II brand segment. In Tier-II branded mobiles you can prefer Xiaomi, One Plus, Micromax.
You can get better hardware configuration & better value for money in these brands. Only problem with these brands is their software component.

These smartphone don’t get timely update from manufacturer company.
If you go for top branded mobiles in this range, you will have to compromise on hardware & screen quality.

I would like to highlight a good configuration you can get in this budget:

  • Android v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 5-inch TFT Capacitive Touch screen
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
  • Dual Standby SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 8 MP Primary Camera
  • 2 MP Secondary Camera
  • Wi-Fi Enabled

Good Phone to select: KarbonnTitanium S2, Lenovo Ideaphone A706, Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830i

If your budget is between Rs 10k to Rs 25k

In this range you can get good options from both Branded as well as non branded players.

Motorola, Samsung, Xiaomi, Nokia & Micromax has good presence in this segment. Choices are many to choose from,
but while choosing keep in mind some few things like: Serviceability, Hardware Configuration, Screen Quality & Size, and Operating System etc.

I would like to highlight a good configuration you can get in this budget:

  • Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Dual Core Processor
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • 1.9 MP Secondary Camera
  • 6.3-inch TFT Capacitive Touch screen
  • 8 MP Primary Camera

Good Phone to select : Moto G(3rd Gen), Samsung GalaxyMega 6.3 I9200, Samsung Galaxy S3,  Google Nexus 5, Apple iPhone Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9192, Nokia Lumia 920

How to choose a 'Smartphone'

If your budget is above Rs 25k to “Sky is the Limit”

In this range definitely look for only big branded players like Apple, Samsung, and Sony & LG.

Why I have written “Sky is the limit” because in Indian market the kind of recent mobile launches have proved that for Indian Consumer, nothing matters until you can win their hearts by Smartphone Technology.

I would like to highlight a good configuration you can get in this budget :

  • A6-chip for Fast Performance
  • iOS 8 New Features such as Smarter Multitasking;
  • AirDrop and Control Centre
  • Ultra-fast Wireless
  • Full HD Recording
  • 8 MP iSight Primary Camera with Aperture of f/2.4
  • 1.2 MP FaceTime HD Secondary Camera
  • Apple Apps: iPhoto; iMovie; Keynote; Pages and Numbers
  • 32 GB Internal Storage

Good Phone to select: Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9000, Nokia Lumia 1020, LG G2, Samsung
Galaxy S4 I9500, Google Nexus 6

Ques 2. How you will use the Smartphone?

This is the most important question is ‘Use’,How you will use your phone? Generally it depends on your age, profession & peer group.

If you are a college going guy, definitely you will like good screen size, awesome camera & long battery life.

If you are a business man, you will like, ease of operation, clear audible, long battery life.

If you are a home-maker, you will like, ease, durability, etc.

How to choose a 'Smartphone'So it’s better to analyze, what your needs & select the smart phone accordingly.
Always remember , every phone will not have all the qualities you are looking for, so it’s always better to priorities your expectations & focus on them while buying a smart phone

In the end, I would like to say that “Buying a mobile” is your personal choice, so if you like any mobile which suits your needs, go ahead and buy it !!

Prashant Raj

Prashant Raj

Founder at Techczar
Hey Guys, Welcome to TechCzar, and I'm Prashant Raj. I started TechCzar as a passion and now it's my full-time hobby. I'm a professional blogger based in Gurgaon. Here at TechCzar I write about Upcoming Technology & Gadgets and how to make people understand technology in simple ways.
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