Buying a phone? Keep this in mind

The value of smartphones in terms of specifications


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Photo: iStock

We tend to measure the value of smartphones in terms of specifications, on the assumption that powerful ones make for a better phone. But that is not entirely true. We take a look at what each specification means for the overall user experience—and when “more is better” isn’t always true.

Processor

On this measure, the more powerful, the better. For example, you have the Xiaomi Mi 5 (Rs22,999) with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which is better for future-proofing than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 that powers the Moto Z Play (Rs24,999), in the same price band.

Display

You do not necessarily need an ultra HD resolution screen. The more pixels there are in a phone’s screen, the more battery it will consume. A Full HD (1,920x1,080 resolution) screen is more than enough for gaming and watching videos.

Battery

A bigger battery does not mean the charge will last longer. We have seen enough examples of phones with 3,400 mAh batteries lasting just as long as those with 3,000 mAh batteries. A lot depends on the apps you are using, how much you multitask, and the operating system itself.

Camera

More megapixels don’t mean better camera performance. The 12-megapixel Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera is the best smartphone camera right now, and most 20-megapixel rivals don’t come close.

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