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Be smart about smartphones

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If you are reading this, chances are you already have an old smartphone and will be upgrading it soon. Four factors to consider to get the most from your smartphone purchase are: 

Operating system – The three most popular smartphone OSs are Android, iOS and Windows Phone. When it comes to consumer experience, the competition is really between the first two. For Apple loyalists, the choice is a no-brainer. Google’s Android, however, is a more open platform leaving smart phone manufacturers a lot of room for innovation and customization, personalizing user experience. For work purposes, Blackberry, although struggling, continues to be the first choice. 

Processor – A fast processor means the smartphone user wastes little time waiting for programs to load, can play games without hiccups, and enjoy impressive graphics. The Snapdragon 805 is the latest processor available for Windows and Android, while the A7 is Apple’s newest offering for smartphones. 

Smart selfies – It is an actual word, and it is in the Oxford dictionary. But self-absorbed selfies or not, photographing with smartphones for various purposes has become more popular. Two things to keep in mind while researching on this option are the number of megapixels and the size of the sensor. Bigger is better. The Nokia Lumia 1020 continues to be the first choice among avid photographers for the range of options it provides.

Size – Phablets have screen sizes over 5 inches and need both hands to operate while their smaller counterparts can be used single-handedly.

Handy Hints
• Android, iOS, Windows Phone are popular OSs
• A fast and advanced phone processor saves time
• Nokia Lumia is an ideal option for photographers 




Source: Bushra Hameduddin, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer