11 Android Specifications To Look Out For Before Buying A New Phone (2016)

This is a very important aspect of phone
pre- purchase tips. Let it be known to you
that its very dangerous not checking out if a
phone fits the bill before purchase, this
mistake could go a long way to haunt you.
So here’s my advice for you, before buying a
phone make sure you’ve checked for its
specifications to ensure they actually comply
with what am about to uncover below.
1. Screen Size/Resolution
This is the size of the device’s screen. It is
most likely measured in inches or cm/mm.
Are you a fan of large screen phone, then
you should be looking at a device in the
range or larger than 5.5/6.0 Inches.
2. Android OS
Make sure it’s running on the most recent
version of Android OS. As at the time of this
writing, Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) should be
your minimum target though Lollipop ain’t bad
either, just make sure it has OTA update to
receive latest Android updates.
3. Camera Pixels (Front & Rear)
We are all about the power of our cameras,
taking high definition selfies. So make sure
your front facing camera is up to the task,
the rear should also be a monster.
You should be looking at a device in the
range of-(Minimum: Front=5MP & Rear=8MP)
If you so love snapping pictures at night
then consider buying a phone with dual lead
light, going for double lead rear camera light
is perfect even though some single lead
camera phone could appear brighter.
4. Battery Capacity
In a country like Nigeria with rapid
decadence in electricity, it’s very paramount
you don’t overlook this.
The capacity of your phone should be
nothing less than 4000mAh unless you want
to go about carrying a power bank. 3000mAh
battery capacity is manageable though.
5. Network Type
This is optional but important if you’re
looking to the future of Naija
telecommunication providers.
Our mobile network providers can only
provide max 3.75G internet speed. Having a
device that can power 4G connection is way
cooler and a plus considering the fact that it
will in future cover for incoming 4G LTE
With Ntel about to roll out its 4G connection
in selected states , don’t be left behind.
6. Processor Speed
This covers the response behaviour of your
phone apps and services.
If you’re the type that enjoys playing high
graphics games then you should endeavour
to go for a minimum of 1.4GHz. (Hexacore
or Octacore).
Don’t hesitate to get a device with minimum
of 2GB Ram.
With that, you can run more apps & services
at once without experiencing a crash or
your phone hanging unnecessarily.
8. Storage Capacity
Internal storage capacity of your phone
should be at least 16GB and expandable
with SD card. With this you can install more
apps plus save more pictures, documents,
videos and music.
9. Quick Charging Feature (Flash Charge)
Phones are recently built with ‘Quick
Charge’, this features allows you to be able
to charge your phone quicker and faster
using a ‘Quick Charge’ charger.
In addition to the specs above, your desired
Android phone will be much more complete
with such feature. I’m really enjoying it here,
writing from experience.
10. OTA Update
Why get a device without OTA updates? It
can be very frustrating seeing you friend
get firmware updates on his/her device and
you not getting, don’t make the mistake.
Make sure you confirm that phone will
constantly receive updates to firmware,
services and functionality before making a
11. Weight
The larger its screen, the heavier. The larger
its battery capacity, the heavier.
I can’t be specific about this, however, make
sure you variedly compare all properties
before buying. Some devices can be
annoyingly heavy so ensure to check its
weight before buying.
These are just written based on what the
market looks like at the time of writing.
There are so many other basic
functionalities your Android phone must
poses of which I don’t want to take too
much time to emphasize on.
Don’t make silly mistakes, go for devices that
can stand the test of time, go for devices
that can at least not fade off easily in a
year or more.
Don’t forget to share this article on your
social media, it could help someone out there
in picking the right device.

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