When was the last time you bought a new phone? Perhaps it was a year or two ago when you took out a new phone plan with your network provider, or maybe it was even further back. Honestly it was so long ago for me I have lost track. If your phone has been working fine then like me you’re probably not in a hurry to replace it, but there are many practical advantages that come with upgrading your mobile phone.
New Phones Don’t Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg
Let’s face it, Samsung and Apple phones are incredibly expensive. Other brands such as HTC and Sony also make fantastic phones, but they’re again, incredibly pricey offerings. Despite all the wonderful advantages they offer and their ready availability there’s a niche in the smartphone market that you have to take advantage of if you want the best quality for your money: the Chinese smartphone market.
Don’t worry, you’re not going to get a phone that only has Chinese as a language or a horrible interface. You’re also not going to get a Samsung or Apple copy either (as is stereotypical with Chinese brands). Many people assume that buying a Chinese product is going to give you a bad time but that’s only because they’re looking at the wrong things. Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei, OnePlus and Xiaomi have been releasing smartphone after smartphone into the market shaking up the industry and various price points, offering people some enticing deals for their money which is great as a little healthy competition is a good thing for the consumer.
But even at such low price points it doesn’t mean that these manufacturers are conning you or releasing sub par products. Simply take a look at review websites such as YourPhoneReviews.com and you’ll see that many of these phones are actually direct competitors to popular models from well-known companies like Samsung and Apple. In fact, the OnePlus 3T was perhaps one of the most popular phones of 2016, sporting incredible specs such as 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a choice of a 64GB or 128GB model. The 5.5” display was also incredible for its modest starting price and OnePlus won the hearts of many smartphone enthusiasts around the world.
In short, buying a phone doesn’t mean you have to go for popular brands. If you’re willing to do some research (such as reading this article) then you’ll find plenty of fantastic information on budget phones that won’t cost ludicrous amounts.
Upgrading Your Phone’s Specs
Many people look at a phone and buy it based on the price or brand. However, for anyone that’s savvy with phones it’s not as simple as just relating price to quality. It’s all about the specs. For instance, there’s a lot of talk about the new Samsung Galaxy S8’s specs in comparison to its main rival, the iPhone 7. The first major comparison people talk about is screen size. While the iPhone 7 sports a 4.7-inch display with 326 PPI, the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch widescreen display that offers far sharper image quality at a staggering 567 PPI. To learn more about PPI (pixels per inch) check out this informative article from KnowYourMobile.com. This is one of the main selling points of the Galaxy S8 and a major deal-maker for some people. The other major difference is in the RAM used. While the iPhone 7 only has 2GB of RAM, the Galaxy S8 sports double at 4GB. While these specs all sound very nice, let’s take a look at some of the cheaper offerings such as last year’s phenomenally priced OnePlus 3T.
The OnePlus 3T’s screen is a whopping 5.5-inch screen with 401 PPI meaning that while it’s still overshadowed by the Galaxy S8, it hands down beats the iPhone 7 in that department. In terms of RAM, the OnePlus 3T actually has 6GB of RAM which is triple the amount that the iPhone 7 offers and slightly more than the Galaxy S8. In addition, the OnePlus 3T offers a 3400mAh battery compared to the Galaxy S8 which only has 3000mAh and the iPhone 7 which sports just 1960mAh. This large battery means that you’re less likely to have to carry around a portable battery bank to keep your devices charged up thus freeing up space as well as making your handbag lighter!
And finally, on to the price. Currently, the 64B storage variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8 retails for roughly £689.99 and the iPhone 7 goes slightly higher at £699.99 for the same storage. The OnePlus 3T, on the other hand, retails for roughly £399.99. As you can see, despite their difference in price the OnePlus 3T is a clear winner in terms of value for money. Sure, there might be a couple of differences here and there that will put you off buying a lower cost phone (such as the Galaxy S8’s water resistance) but when it comes down to raw performance and power there are better phones that offer more value.
In conclusion it is always a good idea to look at the specs of a phone and determine if what you’re buying is worth the money. Make sure you read plenty of reviews and if you find that your phone is simply too outdated for today’s standards take advantage of the great brands available with great specs at competitive prices.
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