Your mobile experience can be determined on your initial purchase of the product. Either you prefer your SIM network to be unlocked originally or with a pin, it will still fall down to what particular product would satisfy your mobile experience.
Now that a point has been given, how do you maximize your overall smartphone experience?
Start off with this list, and all else will follow.
- Determine your needs for the smartphone you’re opting to buy
Of course, your purchase should go according to your needs. Perhaps a full screen, great keyboard display, high quality touch sensitivity, and great camera specs? Maybe you should opt for a Sony, Samsung, or Apple product. If you’re looking for an affordable yet intermediate level smartphone, then you can try Chinese brands Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo.
- Choose what operating system will suit your needs best
The phone’s operating system will play a major role in your mobile experience. Not only will it determine the experience itself, but how you can make use of it for almost everything you’d want to do. Primarily, there are three major operating systems: iOS, Android, and Windows.
iOS is mainly known for its firm, smooth, and simple yet direct to the point user interface. More so, it assures users the best security when it comes to their personal information, and quality photos through its breakthrough camera lens.
On the other hand, Android allows a wide variety of customization options for its users. Thanks to Google. If you love tweaking your phone into your preference, you may opt for Android smartphones. You’ll do well with them.
Lastly, there’s Windows. While Windows may have been a tad bit late when it comes to innovation, it is still a good option for most business individuals. If you’re a Windows user, it would not be difficult for you to navigate the mobile version. Furthermore, Microsoft also assures high-quality camera lenses in their mobile products.
- Pick the carrier that would work best for your lifestyle
In the United States, the carrier of your phone will determine the limitations of your phone usage. These include Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.
- Sprint is a big carrier, however, it can’t be denied that the company has been struggling with keeping up with its rival competitors AT&T and Verizon. The recent successful deployment of 4G networks by the said competitors has caused difficult times for the company. But of course, Sprint is making efforts with LTE. Hence, if you want a variety of options with regards to Android and iPhone products, then you can try Sprint.
- AT&T. The carrier has a wide variety, if not the largest among all carriers, of phone units available for consumers. They can offer you almost every iPhone, Android, and Windows phone available in the market. As of writing, it can be said that AT&T plays the second best in the market next to Verizon when it comes to LTE network deployment.
- While Verizon may be the best carrier among these four, it’s also the most expensive one. However, this can be justified given that the carrier leads the 4G LTE network deployment in the United States, thereby allowing faster connection speed among people. Though it may likewise offer a variety of options with phone brands, it is a bit lacking with regards to Windows units.
- T-Mobile. T-Mobile is a flexi carrier, given that it can cater to almost all the needs of consumers. From Windows to Android to Blackberry units that is offered along with just the right prices and generous plans. It can be said that while T-Mobile may be the least performing carrier when it comes to fast LTE network, it can still cater to the primary needs of other people.
- Check the features that you’d want in your smartphone
You wouldn’t run out of choices when it comes to smartphones. So, how do you filter them? Here’s where units’ special features enter the scene.
- Among all other things, you should put the processor on your top priority. Unless it’s quad- or octa-core, then don’t go for it. The processor will determine your mobile experience most, the way your apps will run, and how you can avoid frustrating app crashes. But if you’re the casual type of user, who can live without a few more heavy apps, then you can opt for a dual-core.
- Either it’s AMOLED or LCD, both are still great options when it comes to display. More so, you should also check the resolution given for an HD viewing experience, where the least you can go for should be 720p.
- Today, it’s best to look for a carrier or an unlocked phone that supports a 4G LTE connection. That is if you’re opting for fast connection. Among wireless carriers, AT&T and Verizon provides the best network experience given their impressive LTE network deployment.
- Of course, camera. Who doesn’t love taking photos? Whether you’re the selfie-type of person or the user who just love taking photos from behind the camera. Most likely, the best camera experience can be expected from smartphone brands such as Samsung, Apple, Nokia, Sony, HTC, and Huawei.
- Moving on to battery life, if you need your phone for the most part of the day, then opt for at least a 2000mAh. But if you’re the gamer type, you wouldn’t probably the idea of plugging your phone to extend your battery life. With this said, it may be best to opt for a 3000mAh. Also, battery varies in two types: a built-in or a removable one. While built-in batteries are becoming the trend nowadays, there are still those that offers removable battery. Either way, choose what best fits your preference.
- Okay, we cannot deny that memory is a huge factor in a smartphone. Otherwise, your smartphone wouldn’t satisfy you. Hence, opt for at least a 16GB internal memory, along with a 2GB of RAM. This is due to the fact that most apps that are recently developed eats a huge chunk of your phone’s memory and may affect its performance. Not to mention the bloatware that comes with your phone, courtesy of your chosen carrier.
- Choose the plan that would fit your budget
While there may be a variety of choices that you can come across with in your search for a great mobile experience, you should also be wise especially with the service plan. This should be based on your call, SMS, and data consumption. Hence, if you don’t talk 24/7 on the phone or chat people through messaging apps, or even the ever present type of user in social media platforms, then avoid going beyond your budget range for the sake of a great plan.
- Narrow down your choices
If you have your options listed, then it’s time to settle with your choice. While this may be tricky, the ultimate way to go from here is to experience the phone itself. Maybe a demo when you are in the store, or from someone you know. You can also ask a tech-savvy friend to help you out. Most importantly, make sure you really want it without going overboard or limiting yourself too much.
Truth be told that there’s a variety of options when it comes to smartphones, from entry-levels to midrange to high-end units that a well-established or a growing phone manufacturer may have produced in the market. However, your mobile experience can still vary with the choice you make in your initial purchase as it determines the maximum capacity of your phone.
If you’re not comfortable with your first choice, then don’t hesitate to find an alternative. Only then will you be able to maximize your mobile experience.