Android Phones are the most popular phones in the world. Android is one of the leading mobile operating system in the world. When Google acquired Android, there was a change in the operating system, especially the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). The number of top brands running on this hot mobile operating system is overwhelming. Even knew brands in the smartphone industry are producing mobile devices and gadgets to run on this OS. This operating system is simple and easy to operate. From time to time, Google release updates of the operating system in order to enhance the functionality and efficiency of your phones.
In a market where there are lots of mobile phones running on the android OS, choosing the right android phone can really be a drag considering the fact that one might keep reading different key features and specifications from different android phone brands. This can be made easy because there are some key features and specs that MUST be present in a good phone.
Determine what you want: You can check this off the list once you decide you would go for a phone that runs on the android mobile operating system rather than other operating system.
Brands: Most buyers like household brand names because they are the ones topping this industry over the years. Their products are tested, trusted and guaranteed. This maybe a great perk for the leading android phone brands but the new generation brands shouldn't be overlooked. Since several brands manufacture mobile phones that run on android, it is very necessary to decide which brand speaks to your personality.
Camera: Most phones come with rear cameras only while others come with front and rear cameras. It is advisable to go for the ones with both cameras. You just can't do without the cameras. What better way to take a snapshot of you and your friends having fun together, uploading it on your social media pages and getting all the likes you wish for. Or you quickly want to take a selfie, the front camera will definitely come in handy. Another important thing to note in the camera is the megapixels. The higher the MP, the better the image quality. You should go for phones with nothing less than 5MP front camera and 8MP rare camera. If you get anything above these two then that's awesome.
Processor: This is required for maximum performance in mobile phones. The processor carries out all necessary command and instructions on the phone. Most android phones come with 2 processors (dual core), 4 processors (quad core), and 8 processors (octa core). The higher the number of processors, the better the phone performance and efficiency. Asides the number of processors, the processor speed is also an important factor. It is measured in Gigahertz. If you want a phone with optimum level of performance then make sure the least processor speed you choose should be 1.3GHz.
RAM: This is the Random Access Memory of the mobile phone. It is where all programs are temporarily stored in order to be accessed by the processor easily. A good phone shouldn't have nothing less than a 2GB RAM. With this, you are assured of maximum performance and smooth running while using the phones.
ROM: This is the Read Only Memory. It is the non-volatile storage memory of the phone. Can also be called in-built memory. It is usually denoted in Gigabyte (GB). For a good android phone, nothing less than 16GB ROM is what you should go for.
External Memory Slot: This is where you can add an additional memory by using media cards. If you have so many files, pictures, and videos to store, it is safe to say the internal memory might not be enough hence the need for additional memory. Got for phones that can support up to 64GB memory card and above.
Display Screen: This is the screen dimension and resolution. Depending on what you want, the screen size for a good UX on android phones should range between 5" and 7". It doesn't really have to get to 7" because that will be considered as a tablet.
Software Version: Android OS keeps getting better with each new update. The latest version of the android OS is the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Other versions include Android 5.0 – 5.1.1 Lollipop, Android 4.4 – 4.4.4 KitKat, Android 4.1 – 4.3.1 Jelly Bean, Android 4.0 – 4.0.4 Ice cream Sandwich, and other older versions. Another important thing to note is, make sure you choose a phone that can be updated because most of these android phones get stuck on the OS they come with.
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