Benefits and Features to Look For When Buying a Smartphone
Benefits and Features to Look For When Buying a Smartphone

by Heidi Raker

Smartphones have become indispensable and a complete necessity in our lives. They connect us to our family, friends, workplace and the world. Shopping for a smartphone can be daunting, simply because there are so many options out there.

It can be easy for you to get lost in all of the benefits that phone companies have to offer while trying to arrive at a decision. Here are the key smartphone features that you should focus on to narrow your search and help you come to the best decision for your needs.

Size and Design Preference

Phones come in all sizes, and the trend lately has been “bigger is better.”

Taking into account the size of the phone is very important because you are going to be holding and using your phone all the time, having to easily transport it from one location to the next. Do you prefer a phone that leans more towards being a tablet, or something smaller? Where will you store the device? What size phone will best fit where you will be storing it as you move about? Another design element to keep in mind is the outer appearance. Are you satisfied with a standard black phone, or do you prefer more color and flair for your device? Thinking about what you want your phone to look like will narrow your search.


Everyone has different camera needs.

A lot of people simply use their phones to take pictures and video for personal use. However, if you are someone who prefers a more cutting edge and high-definition camera, comparing the caliber of different lenses will be very useful to you.

Battery Life

Consider the battery life that the phone you are looking at comes with. Many phones have a less than ideal battery.

If you are someone who is always on the go and does not have extended time to be plugged into the wall recharging your phone battery, then battery life should be a major factor in deciding on a smartphone.


The importance of speed is something that most people can agree on.

No one wants to be held back by lagging internet pages and slow loading apps. Choose a phone that, along with your other preferences, possesses a speedy connection and doesn’t have the tendency to freeze up and buffer.

5) Storage

Knowing how much your phone will be able to store is going to be a huge benefit to you, especially when you start using up gigabytes. If you are someone who enjoys the benefits of having many apps on your phone as well as the ability to store thousands of pictures, consider storage when making your purchase. There are many options for storage on smartphones.  By selecting the phone with the storage capacity that is right for your needs, you will avoid the dreaded “storage full” message.

Buying a smartphone can be a tricky process because of the vast market of upgrades and features that we are exposed to everyday.

By focusing your search to design preferences, camera, battery life, speed and storage, your decision will be made much easier.

Good luck!

Heidi Raker, mother of three tech-obsessed teens, has written about lifestyle products and parenting for over 30 years. She has a no-cellphone-at-meals policy, which remains one of her biggest family challenges.

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