5 things to always consider before buying a new smartphone

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The ideal time of the year to upgrade your Android smartphone is right now, as two months of sales and promotions began this week with Black Friday. When purchasing a new device, you must consider additional factors besides the cost, albeit these differ from person to person.

For this reason, I’m here today to share with you the 5 considerations I always make before purchasing a new mobile.

  • The battery and the charging speed
  • The cameras
  • The refresh rate of the screen
  • Software updates
  • The storage

The 5 things you should always keep in mind before buying a new mobile

The Battery and the charging speed

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The first feature I typically consider before buying a new smartphone is its battery. Because, for me, having good autonomy is crucial in my daily life because my smartphone is an additional work tool.

The purchase of a smartphone with a battery capacity of less than 4,000 mAh does not deserve my consideration. Instead, I would suggest a smartphone with a 4,500 or 5,000 mAh battery. In this regard, there are a lot of Android phones with large batteries if you want a device with long battery life.

A fast charging system that enables you to fully charge a device in under an hour is another feature I highly value because I frequently need to give my device a quick battery boost before leaving the house.

The camera

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Even though I don’t take many photos, I do like having a smartphone that allows me to take high-quality pictures, especially during the day. This is another feature that I typically consider before purchasing a smartphone.

When selecting a mobile device, I typically consider if it has a decent main sensor and a good ultra-wide-angle sensor, both of which should have a good resolution and a good focal aperture.

Additionally, I hardly never take selfies, and these days, any mid-range smartphone has a fine front sensor, so I rarely consider the front camera when choosing a smartphone.

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The screen refresh rate


Before replacing my personal smartphone, I always check that the potential replacement has a fluid screen. With a refresh rate of 90 or 120 hertz.

After testing a number of devices throughout the year, I can confidently state that, by the middle of 2022, it is not necessary to purchase a mobile with a 60 Hz panel because the majority of smartphones on the market today have a high refresh rate, which does not negatively affect their autonomy. In addition, the user experience offered by a mobile with a fluid screen is an advantage that you will appreciate.

Software updates

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I always search for how many years of updates each manufacturer provides before buying a smartphone. For instance, Samsung offers 5 years of system updates and 4 years of security updates. While Google offers 4 years of system updates and 3 years of security updates.

Other companies, like Xiaomi or Realme, only guarantee you two years of operating system updates. And three years of security updates, in contrast.

This is a crucial point for me. Because it enables me to increase the lifespan of my device. Since receiving updates for a longer period of time results in less performance degradation. And better defense against external threats like viruses and malware.


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Due to the high quality of smartphone cameras today, which takes pictures and videos in high quality and therefore requires a large storage space in addition to the high storage space requirement by modern applications and games, we do not recommend buying a smartphone in 2022 with a storage space less than 128 GB at all, and the recommended space is 256 GB and above.

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