Planning your new smartphone? Here are eight things to consider

Published: June 26, 2019 11:31:34 PM

The best phone in the world is no good, if it is not designed solidly.

Planning your new smartphone? Here are eight things to considerThis is the era of tall, high resolution displays. And you should not settle for anything lesser.

There is no shortage of smartphones in the market today. Mention your budget and your requirements, and it is a fair chance that you will be flooded with a number of options. However, no matter which phone you go for, there are some features you ignore at your peril. And if you are looking for a smartphone that delivers a flagship level performance then their importance increases ever so much. So if you are looking for a phone that delivers a top notch performance, here are eight features that you should look out for:

Design

The best phone in the world is no good, if it is not designed solidly. And of course, it is a massive bonus if it looks good as well – everyone likes a phone that can turn heads. The current trend is to go with glass on front and back, with metal in between. While this sounds very good paper, the challenge is to find phones that look good and yet are tough enough to survive the rough and tumble of everyday life. You can see this in the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7. Both devices come with glass bodies with a metal frame. What’s more, the glass on the back comes in different colours and special finishes that reflect light in different shades depending on the angle. They are not fragile either – the glass used in them is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front as well as back), making the phones resilient to smudges and scratches.

Display

This is the era of tall, high resolution displays. And you should not settle for anything lesser. We would suggest opting for an AMOLED display whenever possible, as these handle colours much better than their LCD counterparts. Both the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 pro have AMOLED displays (6.67 inches on the OnePlus 7 Pro and 6.41 inches on the OnePlus 7) and the OnePlus 7 Pro actually has one that goes over the edges, making the phone look as if it is one massive display. If you do a lot of graphics and gaming, then opt for a display with a high refresh rate – most displays come with a 60 Hz refresh rate, but the OnePlus 7 Pro has a staggering 90 Hz refresh rate, resulting in much smoother visuals. A final word about the resolution – nothing less than full HD+ (as seen on the OnePlus 7) and quad HD whenever possible (as seen on the OnePlus 7 Pro). The displays double up as fingerprint scanners too – you can just press on them to unlock your phone (both have face unlock as well).

Processor

The processor is the hardware heart of the smartphone. And the faster and more powerful it is, the better your phone will perform. And when it comes to power and speed, it is almost impossible to look behind the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which sets the benchmark for high-end smartphones. It is the processor that is seen in almost every high end phone, and delivers a staggering performance, be it in terms of handling high-end games like PUBG and Asphalt or even editing high definition video on the phone itself, all while ensuring the phone does not misbehave or even consume too much battery. It is the processor, incidentally, which powers both the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro.

RAM and storage

When it comes to RAM and storage, the rule is simple – the more the merrier. While RAM ensures that you can run multiple apps and processes without any slow down or lags in performance, more storage means that you can save lots of information on your phone itself, without having to worry about logging into the cloud or fiddling with memory cards. Yes, a phone can run on 4 GB RAM and manage with about 64 GB of storage, if you really want a great performance, you will have to look at something well beyond those figures. The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, for instance, offer 6 GB and 8 GB RAM variants and have storage variants of 128 GB and 256 GB, making them even future proof in these departments.

Cameras

The era of phones having single cameras is well and truly over. In these days, it is common for phones to have two, three and in some cases, even four cameras. However, more than the number of cameras, it is their quality that really matters. You should opt for devices that have a high quality main sensor, like the latest OnePlus 7 devices, both of which come with a 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 main sensor, which is considered to be the best of its kind, capable of delivering stunning images in normal as well as low light. The secondary cameras can be either present to deliver great bokeh (background blur) as in the case of the OnePlus 7, or to add a wide new dimension to photography by adding zoom and extra width to a shot. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with an 8 megapixel telephoto sensor that lets you zoom in 3x without losing any detail at all and also with a 16 megapixel ultra-wide lens that lets you get a 117 degree field of view – perfect for those stunning landscapes. Another point to keep in mind is Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which ensures that images do not get blurred, no matter how much your hands shake. Both the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro come with OIS. Both phones score on the selfie department too, coming with 16 megapixel sensors, with the Pro’s sliding out from behind the display in pop up style.

Software

It might not attract as much attention on the spec sheet, but software is the fuel that keeps a smartphone functioning smoothly. And in this regard, if you are looking for really efficient and effective software, then you should opt for one that is the easiest to use, has the least bloatware (leaving you with more space on your device), and is regularly updated. One of the best options out there in the Android world is OnePlus’ Oxygen OS. Seen on all OnePlus devices (including the latest OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro), it is not only based on the latest edition of Android, but is almost like stock Android in appearance, has very few apps to clutter the experience and has an excellent track record when it comes to being updated – the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro are expected to be among the first devices to receive the next edition of Android, Q!

Sound

Sound quality is one of the most underrated features of a smartphone, even though it can make or break not just your gaming or movie watching experience, but even something as basic as a phone call. It is remarkable how few phones out there come with really good audio. An exception is the OnePlus 7 series – both the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7 come with dual, stereo speakers and also have support for Dolby Atmos. You are unlikely to hit a false note with either of these.

Battery

There is no point having a great phone if you have to keep worrying about it running out of power. And well, a big battery is also not always the perfect solution because it can take time to charge. The perfect solution is a blend of both worlds – large batteries that charge fast. Look no further than the OnePlus 7 Pro in this regard. It comes with a large 4000 mAh battery that can easily last a day of heavy usage. Not just that, thanks to its special Warp Charge technology, it gives you enough battery to keep going for hours in just twenty minutes of charging. The OnePlus 7 is another great example of big battery with fast charging – it has a 3700 mAh battery and comes with OnePlus’ Dash Charge, that again gives you plenty of usage with just a few minutes of charging. Both phones also come with special chargers in the box itself!

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