Tips on Buying Your First Smartphone

CPWSmartstoreIts always a great moment when you’re buying your first phone and even bigger when you are buying your first smartphone.

Some people make this decision easily (and happily) but others aren’t so lucky and after the purchase they realize that they chose the wrong path.

If you are one of those then you MUST keep following points in mind before buying your first phone:

1. Keep the OS in mind. If you want to go through the ‘old way’ then symbian is for you. iOS is still the most smooth OS however, Android is not far behind either and considering the fact that Android phones offer even more features and are considerably cheaper, the decision really depends on you.

2. Keep the design and company in mind. A lot of people love Nokia’s design and even their Symbian OS. A lot of people want to have a phone with a good build quality. If you are that 2nd kind of person, you should stay away from Samsung and their plastic build quality. Maybe, HTC will suit your needs a little. iPhone and a lot of Nokia phones (like the N8, N9, Lumia 800) offer outstanding build qualities.

3. DON’T FORGET THE APPLICATIONS! Applications are one of the biggest reasons people buy smartphones. iPhone OS (iOS) currently offers the most applications on any mobile platform but Android isn’t very far behind either. And don’t forget, Android offers a large number of free applications (including Angry Birds). The Application library of Windows Phone 7 is growing too. If you don’t want apps, then Palm OS and Symbian will fare you well too.

4. The screen. Make sure you know the size of screen you want. Currently most people like 3.5 and 4 inch screens. Also don’t forget about the pixel density. iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Nexus are the phones that currently offer the most pixel densities (some others have the same resolution as well but they are not so common). If you want, you can make the screen size even bigger, to 5 or even 7 inches through Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

5. The camera. A lot of people (including me) left their cameras on getting their first camera-phone. If you want a phone for taking snaps, then it must have at least 5mp camera and HD video too if you make videos as well. Its recommended that the camera should be autofocus too. Phones such as Nokia 603 are not only cheap but also have good cameras (but without autofocus).

6. The processor and RAM. Every good Android phone must have at least 1 Ghz processor with at least 512 Mb RAM to run smoothly. Windows Phone 7 and iOS don’t have these limitations as they run smoothly due to Microsoft’s and Apple’s restrictions. Take a phone with better processor and RAM if you want it to be the fastest in the crowd (i.e works faster than other phones).

7. Memory and Sim card. Keep in mind how much memory you’ll need on your phone as a lot of manufacturers produce several versions of their phones which have different amounts of memory (e.g iPhone comes in 16, 32 and 64Gb models). And don’t forget about sim card slot. In Pakistan, there are only a few people who know about micro-sims which work with some phones, such as iPhones. A micro-sim is a sim card which is quite smaller than the traditional sim cards available. So to make it work on your phone, you’ll have to cut it.

8. The color. Believe me, the color of your phone reflects your personality! For example, if you are a guy with a pink Nokia N8, you know what people will think about you… Make this decision carefully.

9. Battery Life. There are some dual-core phones with extremely high-end specs and completely poor battery life. It might not seem a big deal but your phone is nothing more than curved, beautiful brick without good battery life. There are some phones such as Motorola Droid Razr that come with a huge 3300mAH battery which are ideal for you if you use your phone a lot.

10. Most important, the budget. If you’re on a tight budget, then you might have to make some sacrifices. Symbian phones might help here as a lot of Symbian devices come quite cheaper than the ones with Android OS. If you don’t know, let me tell you, it is not recommended to buy an Android phone with weak processor and less RAM because Android is a processor-consuming OS and Android devices do grow a bit slower with time. However, if you have an unlimited budget, then there aren’t any boundaries.


  • imran

    thanks for article. commenters please help mme here, i am confused about to purchase or not phone with resistive touchscreen sony ericson vivaz.

    my main choice of mobile is on camera pixel which would be most economic and provide best camera (at least 5 mp) anyone please comment JazakAllah khair

    • Xahid

      Don’t even think about resistive touchscreen its obsolete technology, Only Nokia is using it for their cheap models.
      if you tell us your budget, we might give some suggestions :)

    • Azeemullah Hassan

      No. Don’t buy the vivaz. Its old, runs symbian s60 and has resistive touchscreen. Only buy it if you desperately want a cameraphone, because vivaz is considerably cheaper than other phones with a camera like this. Nokia 603 is a good alternative as well.

      • imran

        thanks v much, appreciate your help :)

  • waqas

    @Admin:
    Also give comments on Meego OS in Nokia N9

    • Azeemullah Hassan

      N9 is a brilliant phone (4th best Nokia phone if you ask me). But it won’t be supported by Nokia. You should buy the Lumia 800 instead… or the N9 if you don’t use apps.

  • If you have used Nokia and Sonyericsson phones
    then iphone is like nokia phones: expensive, less features, most of good apps are not free, good quality phones
    android is like sonyericsson phones: a lot of features, cheap, free apps, not as stable as iphone.

  • ahmadnowaz

    I need a fast, good music phone alongwith good pixel density n 16M colours, upto 25K, any HTC, Nokia meeting these requirements? don’t care applications.

  • M. Rafay

    Nicely written. But you should have mentioned something about touchscreens (resistive and capacitive) and some introductory lines on NFC technology wouldn’t have done any harm.

  • Common Sense

    This is very basic info. Shud have mentioned more handsets as examples (at least)

  • Azhar

    Thanks for the guide. What is the best smartphone for a university student.

  • TALHA PAKISTANI

    A NICE READ..

    BUT CAN YOU SUGGEST PHONES THAT ARE GOOD TO BUY UNDER CERTAIN BUDGET
    LIKE
    20,000 TO 25,000
    XYZ PHONE IS A BEST BUY
    REASONS:****

    THANKS

  • umer daraz

    What is the best smartphone for a university student.BUT CAN YOU SUGGEST PHONES THAT ARE GOOD TO BUY UNDER CERTAIN BUDGET

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  • i m going to buy samsung galaxy W smart phone.is this my good decision to buy samung galaxy W?is this a good choice or any replacement.i will wait ur reply before buying it

  • Anas Saleem

    truly a waste of time
    the writer clearly has no idea what a newbee would be looking for in the phone and i seriously doubt he is someone who ever took a risk of buying anything rather then the shaky poor performing iphones just for the sake of his fake pride

    i suggest admins to choose better articles or atleast edit em bfre printing such junk

    • Arham

      the guy who wrote it clearly does not know much about smartphones . i wont be surprised to learn that he thinks 3gs is better then any android . samsung’s build quality is not shoddy.

      ios is not the most smooth os now.

      • Guys chill. I never said anything about 3GS in this post. 3GS wasn’t better than a lot of phones of its time. I was talking about TODAY’S iOS devices(4S and Ipad 2). And then I said that Android has got more features and are quite cheaper. So where did you got that ‘3GS is better than Android and buying anything rather then the shaky poor performing iphones just for the sake of his fake pride’ theory’?

  • Shahid

    Salam
    I want to buy smartphone for reading ebooks as well as for using diff. applications. My range is approx. 15,000/-
    Pls guide.

    • Shafaq

      Go for Samsung Galaxy Y

    • Or for HTC Explorer. Its a bit above the line but better in some ways…

  • Gr8 Article…Bookmarked.. :)