See Tips for Buying Your Smartphone this Christmas

Screen, processor and memory are items to be evaluated

Smartphones have all to be among the most popular products this Christmas. A recent IDC study points that smartphone sales grew 17% in one year in Brazil .

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For still being a relatively new products category, the smartphone evolves quickly, and that was excellent in 2013 has become average this year. Choosing a smartphone involves several factors, such as screen, processor and system. And the best combination varies greatly from one person to another. The guide below, the iG shows the main criteria used to choose a smartphone. Check out.

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Price

The basic Android smartphones usually have prices between R $300 and R $500. In that range are machines with 3 to 4-inch screen, 4 GB of internal memory and 512 MB of RAM. Some of these still smartphones run Android 2.3 version, currently behind.

In the range between R $500 and R $1,000 found the smarphones intermediaries with Android 4.0 or higher and Windows Phone. With screens between 4 and 5 inches and at least 8 GB of internal memory and 1 GB of RAM, these smartphones are models with better relationship between cost and benefit. Some good choices of devices in this range are Bike G, 5 Zenfone and Lumia 730.

Who has a little more to spend can make a good deal buying a device between R and R $1,000 $1,500. This category brings smartphones with very good setting and more affordable price and includes models that were launched in 2013, but still have firewood. These devices are the Moto X, the Galaxy S4 and the LG G2.

In the R $2,000 or more are the most sophisticated devices. In common, they all have great screens and powerful configuration. It is in this category that are the LG G3, the Bike Maxx, the Galaxy Note 4, the Xperia Z3 and the iPhone 6.

System

Asha-Asha system is present in some low-cost phones from Microsoft with prices in the range of R $300 or less. The system has some features of smartphones, as app store and touch screen. Battery life is also good, for several days. But Asha appliances have many limitations. A few applications and some of the devices do not have 3 g or GPS. So worth spending a little more to get a cell phone with another system.

Android-present in over 90% of the smartphones sold in Brazil, according to data from IDC, the Google Android system, is the most suitable option for most users. Android is a modern system, easy to use and with excellent offer of applications. And is in all price ranges and various manufacturers.

The single most serious problem among Android’s security. As Google does a basic Google applications only Play, there are many programs that spread viruses or perform other actions without the user’s consent. Therefore, it is necessary to be careful at the time of download.

There are still some basic smartphones with the 2.3 version of Android on the market. But the purchase of these devices is not worth it. Look for a device with Android 4.1 or higher. The 5.0 version of Android was released a few months ago and some appliances, like the G and the Zenfone 5 Bike, will receive the update.

iPhone-Another excellent option is the iOS, iPhone. The iOS is another modern system with excellent application and offer good music and video stores. The iPhone app store is meticulously managed by Apple. This is one of the reasons why, in General, the quality of iPhone apps tend to be better.

The only drawback of the “Apple” is the price. The iPhone 6, Apple’s latest model, retails for $3,200 R. For those who don’t have the money and want to have an iPhone yet, the first option is to buy in the United States.

If this is not possible, the most appropriate device is the iPhone 5 c (R $1,500), who still has a relatively parruda configuration. The iPhone 4S (R $1,000) is still sold, but the configuration is already old and has trouble running latest iOS (version 8).

Windows Phone-A third option that is gaining space in Brazil is the Windows Phone, Lumia, appliances system from Microsoft. Windows Phone is a modern system with sleek, but lags behind competitors in variety of applications. This situation is improving slowly, but the variety of games and applications for local services (banks, public services, and others) is still smaller than the iPhone and Android.

BlackBerry-BlackBerry practically abandoned the cellular segment for the domestic consumer, so it is not an option for the majority of people. The company’s newest smartphone, the Passport , has square format, physical keyboard and is only suitable for corporate users that need to use e-mail very much practical and safe.

Screen

After the iPhone eliminated the physical buttons of smartphones, the screen became the most important physical characteristic when buying a cell phone. Basic smartphones usually have between 3 and 4-inch screens. This size can reach over 6 inches, as in the case of Galaxy Mega 6.3.

In general, smartphones with 4-inch screens or a little more often provide good balance between screen space and practicality.

Devices with screens from 5 inches or more bring more comfort to surf the web and, mainly, watch videos and play games. On the other hand, are more difficult to operate with one hand and may not fit in small pockets.

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In the end, the screen size is a matter of personal taste. So, to make the best choice the best is to go to a store and try different sized phones.

Besides the size, a question relevant is the resolution. The most basic handsets usually come with a resolution of 320 x 240 or near it. For devices with screens between 4 and 5 inches, the resolution recommended is found and more HD (1,280 x 720).

The most cutting-edge smartphones have Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080). A few phones, like Moto Maxx, G3 and Galaxy Note 4, have Quad HD resolution (2,560 x 1,440). But in practice you can’t tell the difference between this resolution and Full HD.

Technologies that improve the sharpness of the images are also important items. One of them is the IPS, which let the sharper images even with the appliance. More sophisticated Smartphones also tend to have AMOLED screens, with more vivid colors than LCD TFT screens included in basic equipment.

3 g or 4 g?

All smartphone comes, at least, with connection for 3 g networks. Some intermediate devices and all the sophisticated smartphones already support 4 g networks.

In practice, while 3 g networks support average speeds of around 3 Mbps (3.5 g networks of the HSPA + standard), 4 g networks can provide in house 20 Mbps speeds.

The problem is that, as anyone who has ever used 3 g knows, the connection quality still isn’t great.

In the case of 4 g, the area of coverage is even lower and the actual speed depends a lot on the site and the number of users connected, among other factors. For these reasons, the focus on a 4 g plan for the time being is worthwhile for those who really need very high speeds.

Other connections

All smartphone comes with support for wireless networks Wi-Fi standards b, g and n some modern smartphones are starting to come with standard Wi-Fi ac, the faster. It is worth noting that to take advantage of the ac connection the router manages a network this pattern

In addition to Wi-Fi, there’s the obligatory Bluetooth, mainly useful for connection to headphones and wireless speakers. Some devices bring NFC and DLNA connections yet, but these are only useful in very specific situations and should not be taken into account as a differential at the time of purchase.

Processor

Here the trick is simple: the more cores and increased speed, better. Very basic smartphones usually come with only two processor cores and 1 GHz speed. In the intermediate segment, the default is a quad-core chip with the House of 1.2 GHz.

Android and Windows Phone cellphones already from end rely on four or more cores processors and speed above 2 GHz. At the moment, the most powerful is the Snapdragon chip 805, with four cores and 2.7 GHz speed.

RAM

Basic devices usually come with 500 MB or less memory. You could run Android or Windows Phone with this value, but the system can present gagging, especially if there are many applications open. Thus, a value of 1 GB is a minimum for the smartphone works without slowdowns. More sophisticated devices come with 2 GB or 3 GB if the Galaxy Note 4.

Storage

Basic smartphones usually come with 4 GB of total memory, but the space actually available to the user is a minor, and may stay in the House of 3 GB. To compensate for this lack of space, most smartphones also comes with memory card slot. Thus, it is possible to obtain more space for music and videos.

Most modern versions of Android and Windows Phone to allow you to install applications on the memory card. But many apps end up storing information in system memory.

So, the ideal for those who use many applications or playing games (type of application that consumes more space) is to opt for a model with at least 8 GB of internal memory.

The memory card is in all basic appliances and also in many smartphones and sophisticated intermediaries. But the number of cell phones without that entry has increased, especially among more expensive models. Among the products that do not have card are the iPhone, the Nexus line appliances and Moto X.

Camera

Many people find that the amount of megapixels is the only criterion for setting the quality of the camera, but that’s not true. Features like sensor size, lens quality and the electronic components, the presence of optical stabilizer and flash type and quality are fundamental to take best picture. Therefore, direct comparison between cell phones taking into account only the megapixels is not possible.

For many people, the smartphone camera only serves to take pictures at the club or at family gatherings and publish on Facebook. If the idea is that even basic Smartphone cameras do the trick, although the picture quality is bad especially when there is little natural light.

Currently, however, even smartphones intermediaries can produce images of good quality primarily under good light conditions. But who really is a fan of perfect photos will have to invest in a more expensive smartphone. Among the devices with the best cameras on the market are the new iPhones 6 and 6 Plus the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, the Maxx, the G3, the Galaxy Note 4 and Lumia 1520.

Another device with excellent camera is the Galaxy K Zoom . He stands out for being the only one currently on the market with optical zoom feature present only in digital cameras.

See applications to enhance photos taken with smartphones

Carrier chips

Until a few years ago, only the famous mobiles “xing-ling” had more than one chip versions of operator. But the more traditional manufacturers realized the potential of this market and currently there is good supply of cell phones of well-known brands with two or even three carrier chips.

Change of cell phone? Keep an eye on the size of the chip

Another point to note about the chips is the size. Currently there are three sizes of chip on the market: Yes (used in basic smartphones), microSIM (most intermediate and advanced devices) and nanoSIM (in some intermediate and end devices). When buying your new appliance, it is important to check this information to see if you need to change or cut your chip.

Battery

Battery that lasts a week is a dream for those who use smartphones. But the reality is that, with the battery technologies currently used, the duration too. In practice, the batteries in your most last day of work and need to be recharged at night, but with heavy use may not even reach the end of the day.

A few stand out for smartphones have an above-average battery duration. Among them are the Xperia Z3 Compact and the absolute leader Bike Maxx . In tests of the iG, this smartphone from Motorola obtained a battery duration two times greater than the average.

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