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Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Operating Systems, SmartPhones | 0 comments

What should I look for when buying an Android phone?

What should I look for when buying an Android phone?

When we think buy a smartphone with we have a wide range to choose from, so wide that we may be overwhelmed by the extensive catalog of terminals of all sizes and prices available to us.

To make you easier to choose something, here we bring you a small guide to these essential points on which we have to fix before you buy.

What do you want?

It seems obvious, but it is not. Before even thinking to start to see terminal must be clear what use we will give. If you only want to play occasionally (simple games, “casual” while we are waiting for the bus), chat, use WhatsApp, surf the internet, read your mail and use the typical applications for Android (Maps, etc.), certainly not us lack buy a very latest model with Quad-core “no-gigahertz know-how”, leaving a fortune in the process.

Nor must we go to the cheapest, but a mid-range phone is more than enough for most of us. With a normal processor, the phone will work in an entirely fluid.

Obviously, if we play games and 3D art, we will need more powerful processors.

Android Froyo, ICS … 2.3, 4.0 … What to choose?

Very important issue, the OS version. Android, like all operating systems, is modernized as time passes and they go out to market new versions with more and better features.

While it is true that the latest version is is also true that is not yet available for any phone. The version of Android majority current is 2.3, Gingerbread, which has a time.

And is that an issue to consider is that of updates: Not all manufacturers are going to upgrade all terminals, either because they do not care (if upgraded our smartphone would not want buy another) or because the hardware does not allow it (the phone low-end can not always upgrade to the next version).

We must ensure that the phone to buy is at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread, although ideally already have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or at least have secured the update. (Note: Versions of 2.3 to 4.0 pass because the 3.0 was an exclusive version for tablets).

In this aspect have to give high-end devices: The more expensive, is more likely to be well treated by the manufacturer and, therefore, to update it.

The battery

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Although very important, we have few options. Currently smartphones are one of the biggest problems in the battery life, but little can do. With all the use we make every day (check email, surf, play …) and, above all, due to the screen, we can not expect our next phone without recharging as long as we do normal phones. Rare is the battery, after continued use, lasts a full day.

Here are better midrange terminals and low in two aspects: First, typically have smaller screen, so you spend less. Second, high-end terminals, processors demanding, they need much more energy. So we must be aware of what we buy.

The price

This is what we look at all first. Faced with such number of smartphones with Android phones can find high quality, medium quality, and even devices that virtually infumables only serve to call us and play Parcheesi.

The latter are those that normally we “give away” in different media (newspapers, etc.) or we try to place our operator. The solution: Mid-range, the best result for money we can find.


Think carefully before you buy (or renew) your phone. Perhaps the next generation processor do not need it, but with a good sized screen is always good (for internet, watching videos), but consume more.

Not the most expensive is always best for everyone, nor the cheapest is the worst (there are brands such as Huawei and ZTE cheap but good terminals). But above all, look at the OS version, if you want to stay out of date quickly.

Tell us what you want. Without pretending to answer all questions (each person is different), we will help where we can.

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