Four Key Factors to Consider when Buying a Phone 

We often buy phones from stores especially in the present time when we have all sorts of mobile phones models in the market.

But pause a bit and ask yourself, what actually do you consider while buying a mobile phone? Many who are not so much exposed to technology fall victims to fake or cloned phones. Buying a mobile phone is a process rather than instantaneous act and requires some technological knowledge.

One who wants to buy a phone can do so by engaging someone with knowledge in this line, say friend. But should the case be that you are to buy yourself, it would be important to consider the following key features to look for in a phone.All in all, the perfect choice of a phone comes from the question, “Why am I buying this phone?”

All in all, the perfect choice of a phone comes from the question, “Why am I buying this phone?”

> Storage capacity

> Random Access Memory (RAM)

> Speed of the phone(in GHz)

> Operating system e.g Android

> Price

> Battery life

> Accessories

>Ability to handle the tasks

> Size of the screen

> Colour

> Popularity

> User friendliness

The list is not exhaustive. Depending on the individual, especially ladies, elements like style, look, fashion, weight etc may play a role.

In this post, I would like to address the first four factors of consideration.

(a) Storage Capacity

Why is it important anyway? Many people today would love to have a phone that can help them carry data such as music, videos, photos, documents etc. For this reason, having a phone that can meet this need is highly preferred. Thanks to modern technology that has this feature in handy. If you are taking this in as a factor, then the following storage sizes can be of help to you:

4 Gigabytes (GB)

8 Gigabytes (GB)

16 Gigabytes (GB)

32 Gigabytes (GB)

These are the common storage sizes available in the market today. Other larger storage phones are also there.

(b) Random Access Memory

If your phone hangs often especially when you open some applications, in 9/10 cases, it is usually a memory problem.

When buying a phone, consider checking this and you can easily locate it on the phone package, may be a box etc.

You can also check it depending on the phone, by going to Settings the to About Phone.

For a good phone, choose the one that has 1GB, 2GB, 4GB etc. They go in multiples of two.

(C) Speed

It’s important to note that speed is essential for a good working phone. A slow phone may limit your operations and waste your precious time. Many smartphones come relatively with high speed feature.

Recommended speeds for a modern phone that would serve you well are: 1GHz and above.

(d) Operating System

Most phones I know today in the market are Android based smartphones which has swept the world of technology, and its still advancing. Other Operating Systems available in the market are Java, Symbian, iOS among others.

Here is a complete list of Android versions since its first launch:

Code name Version numbers API level Release date

No codename 1.0 1 September 23, 2008

No codename 1.1 2 February 9, 2009

Cupcake 1.5 3 April 27, 2009

Donut 1.6 4 September 15, 2009

Eclair 2.0 – 2.1 5 7 October 26, 2009

Froyo 2.2 – 2.2.3 8 May 20, 2010

Gingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.7 9 – 10 December 6, 2010

Honeycomb 3.0 – 3.2.6 11 – 13 February 22, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 – 4.0.4 14 – 15 October 18, 2011

Jelly Bean 4.1 – 4.3.1 16 – 18 July 9, 2012

KitKat 4.4 – 4.4.4 19 – 20 October 31, 2013

Lollipop 5.0 – 5.1.1 21- 22 November 12, 2014

Marshmallow 6.0 – 6.0.1 23 October 5, 2015

Nougat 7.0 24 August 22, 2016

Nougat 7.1.0 – 7.1.2 25 October 4, 2016

Oreo 8.0 26 August 21, 2017

Oreo 8.1 27 December 5, 2017

Pie 9.0 28 August 6, 2018

Android 10 10.0 29 September 3, 2019

Check a detailed list of Android versions in my Android Technology post.

That’s all for now on what you need to consider when buying a mobile phone.

Success in phone purchase. Choose wisely. Avoid regrets.

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Cheruiyot Joshua
Cheruiyot Joshua
Joshua is a graduate from Maseno University with specialization in Print Media and IT. I currently teach Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Journalism at Bureti Technical. I am a consultant in technological matters in their varied aspects. I teach and practice programming and computer concepts.

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