Pick Your Smartphone Smartly

Smartphone world is expanding day by day with so many innovations. Whether it’s in-display fingerprint scanning, wireless charging or even high-quality cameras, there’s always a fantastic feature you “can’t live without”. On the other side, some people do not have a better idea about the features that they want in their smartphones therefore, it is important to have at least some idea about the latest brands and latest smartphone features so that picking out a new phone is easier.

Whether it’s in-display fingerprint scanning, wireless charging or even high-quality cameras, there’s always a fantastic feature you “can’t live without”

There are many national and international brands that are now available in the market offering some amazing products.

Here are the top five brands in the market:

Samsung

Android-based smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, is the leading brand that stands first in the global smartphone shipment with 23.1 % market share as per IDC’s 2019 first-quarter report. Samsung is famous for its variety of lower price to high-end flagship devices.

Samsung is the leading brand that stands first in the global smartphone shipment with 23.1 % market share as per IDC’s 2019 first-quarter report

Its recent Galaxy A and Galaxy M series got enormous popularity because of the high-end specs at an affordable price. If you do not worry about your budget and want a true flagship device then its Galaxy S and Note series are most appropriate.

Huawei

An Android-based Chinese brand, Huawei, is globally known for its variety of smartphones with amazing specs. Huawei gets the second position in the top Global smartphone shipments brands as per IDC’s 2019 first-quarter report with the market share of 19% in no time. Although the company got banned in the U.S. However, the company is quite optimistic about the future of the company.

Huawei is globally known for its variety of smartphones with amazing specs

The company got famous because of its sub-brand Honor, Mate, and P- series. Recently announced, Huawei P30 was a real hit which helps the company to retain its second position in the global smartphone shipments.

Apple

If you have a bigger budget and want a fashionable and modern phone than Apple’s iPhones are the best option for you.

According to the IDC 2019 first-quarter report, Apple stands third in the global smartphone shipment with 11.7% market share. iPhones are secure and easy-to-use. However, prices are high. Not everyone can afford it.

iPhones are secure and easy-to-use. However, prices are high. Not everyone can afford it

Xiaomi

Another Chinese brand, Xiaomi, is best known for its range of entry-level to high-end flagship devices. Xiaomi is famous for its sub-brand “Mi” that offers affordable smartphones.

Xiaomi is best known for its range of entry-level to high-end flagship devices

Vivo

Another Android-based Chinese brand, Vivo, is known for its variety of smartphones with amazing specs. Basically, all the Android-based smartphones offer inexpensive smartphones as compared to Apple.

Vivo is famous for its V-series smartphones with high-end specs including in-display scanner, pop-up selfie camera, and powerful battery

Vivo is famous for its V-series smartphones with high-end specs including in-display scanner, pop-up selfie camera, and powerful battery. Its V-series contain all the specs mentioned above. IF you want a Vivo phone then its V-series is the best option to avail.

With excellent new flagships from Apple, Google and Samsung all vying for your attention, plus dozens of high-quality options for those on a budget, choosing the right smartphone has never been more challenging. But we’re here to help.

Pick Your Smartphone Smartly

Our Smartphone Buying Guide covers everything you need to know before you buy, including operating system, screen size, camera, processor and price. Use this advice to make sure you get the very best handset for your needs and budget.

Pick an Operating System

The most significant thing is to choose an operating system. There are three types of phone available in market-based on Operating system. iOS, Android, Window. iPhone, which has iOS is best known for security, ease of use and clean integration with other Apple products.

Then comes the Android OS, which is offered by most of the smartphones manufacturer, i.e. Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, OPPO, LG, HTC, and Motorola etc. The third one is Windows phones offered by Microsoft. However, there are very few people who are using windows phone in this era when they get more functionality and easy-to-use features in Android and iOS-based smartphones.

When you pick an OS, it will be quite easy for you to choose the smartphone. The latest smartphone with the iOS 11 was the last year’s iPhone 9. However, iOS 12.3 is the latest version which will be available in this year’s iPhone, as every year we see a new iPhone in September.

There are three types of phone available in market-based on Operating system

On the other hand, Android Q is the latest upcoming version for Android phones. Many smartphone manufacturers have updated their phones with the previous year’s Android Pie. Now Android Q Beta is available for various devices including Huawei Mate 20 Pro, OPPO Reno, Xiaomi X27, LG G8, Pixel 3 series and many others.

Set Your Price Range

Another important thing is to set your budget. If you are clear about your budget, it will reduce the number of smartphones to compare, and you can easily choose the smartphone as per your desire.

Now some Huawei ‘s Y-series smartphones i.e. Y5 Lite, Y6 Prime, Vivo’s Y-series phone including Y93, Y91c, Many of Infinix phones, Samsung’s J core series, are all low priced smartphones with great features.

Similarly, Huawei Mate series and P-series, Samsung’s M series i.e. M20 and A-series phones, OPPO F11, Vivo V11 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 are all mid-range phones. This year Huawei P30 gets immense popularity because of its high-end specs. Other phones also come with striking features. The price of all these phones lay under PKR 45,000.

If you are clear about your budget, it will reduce the number of smartphones to compare, and you can easily choose the smartphone

Now as far as high-end expensive phones are concerned, you can buy iPhone XS, OPPO Find X, Vivo V11 Pro, Vivo V15 and V15 Pro, Note 9, Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, Huawei P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, etc. All these phones cost above PKR 55,000.

A Powerful, and long-lasting battery

Your smartphone could have a shrink-ray or turn lead into gold, and it would still be useless without juice. For a person who does most of his work on a smartphone, then a long-lasting battery is essential.

Your smartphone could have a shrink-ray or turn lead into gold, and it would still be useless without juice

Although there are ways to boost the battery life, at the end of the day, a massive battery is going to last you longer. So, choose a smartphone with a gigantic battery that could last longer.

All the smartphones with greater than 3500 mAh battery capacity are good enough to be used. There are many smartphones with 5000 mAh battery available in the market as well. Galaxy A9 Pro, Lenovo P2, Xiaomi Mi Max Prime, ZTE Blade A2 Plus are some of the phones that have 5000 mAh battery.

High-speed processing

Speed is still the ultimate goal in the smartphone arms race. You get irritated when apps lag or when swiping takes perpetuity. So, choose a smartphone with the latest SoC as numerous brands use different chipset. Along with chipset, there is a need for the larger RAM size. Smartphone with at least 4GB RAM is good to use.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Series, Xiaomi Mi 9, LG G8 ThinQ and Lenovo Z5 Pro GT are some smartphones that debuted with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 processor.

All smartphones with Snapdragon 855 processor have 5G-enabled technologies and are used in all high-end smartphones. Qualcomm has introduced another Snapdragon 730 processor for mid-range smartphones.

Crystal-clear Full HD display

Smartphones are as much about enjoying media as they are about communicating. You watch movies, play games and view photos on your mobile screen and you want the crunchiest display around.

Also, the notch-less display is quite preferable. If you have small hands, a smartphone with a screen size of fewer than 5.5 inches is also good. But small screen smartphones will not contain all the mentioned features.

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Nova 2i, Galaxy S10 Plus, Huawei P30 Pro, Note 9, Vivo V15 and V15 Pro are some of the smartphones that come with Full HD Display.

Smartphones are as much about enjoying media as they are about communicating

High-end Camera

Put more focus on specs like aperture (lower numbers are better.) and special features such as optical image stabilization and at least dual lenses. A great camera is essential not only for great photography but also for visual search.

Nowadays all companies are focusing more on triple camera setup i.e. wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto sensors, to make the photos more enriching.

A great camera is essential not only for great photography but also for visual search

There are plenty of smartphones with triple camera setup available in the market. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, OPPo Reno 10x, Vivo iQOO, Galaxy A80, are some latest phones that come with the triple camera setup.

Quad camera setup phones are also available in the market. Samsung Galaxy A9, Huawei P30 Pro, Lenovo Z6 Pro are some of the smartphones which have a quad camera set up. Quad camera set up means that the phone has four cameras at the back.

One Plus 7 Pro and Honor 20 Pro were launched with the biggest camera capability. OnePlus 7 Pro has a triple camera set up with 48 MP main sensor and Honor 20 Pro also has 48 MP camera but has a total of four cameras at the back.

Plenty of storage space

Most smartphones come with anywhere between 32 and 64 Gigabytes of storage. Extra space is a subtle luxury, but these days, people store their media in the cloud.

Many mid-range and low priced smartphones have at least 32/64 GB of storage. Readme Note 7 Pro, OPPO F11 Pro, Vivo V11 Pro, POCO F1 by Xiaomi, have 128GB of storage.

Fingerprint sensor

For the security of your phone, a fingerprint scanner is quite necessary. Although most of the phones also come with a face detection algorithm.

But I, personally, prefer a fingerprint scanner as it is more secure. Using PIN code or pattern is now old-fashioned, and also not everyone has time to type the code or to draw a pattern.

For the security of your phone, a fingerprint scanner is quite necessary

Now almost all the mid-range smartphones and some low-priced smartphones come with a fingerprint scanner. However, Galaxy S10, S9, Vivo V11 Pro, V15 Pro, Huawei P30, OnePlus 7, Xiaomi Mi 9 are some phones that come with the best in-display fingerprint scanner.

Wireless or Fast charging

As it is necessary to have a long-lasting battery, there is also a need for fast charging technology, so that the phone gets charged in lesser time.

As it is necessary to have a long-lasting battery, there is also a need for fast charging technology, so that the phone gets charged in lesser time

Nowadays, many smartphones come with fast charging technology. Wireless charging is a handy feature for those of you who don’t want to plug in your phone. Just set it down, and it’s charging.

Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Note 9, Google Pixel 3 series, Nokia 9 PureView, LG G7 and G8 ThinQ are some phones that come with wireless charging technology.

Onsa Mustafa

Onsa is a Software Engineer and a tech blogger focuses on innovation in technology. She likes music, photography, traveling and exploring nature.

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