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The statistics says that we turn on the smartphone about 200 times a day: we check mail, we read Facebook, we photograph, we send and we accept messages, we watch video, we listen to music and we play games. To choose the correct model which will fully answer our inquiries and to look good — not such a simple task.

System and everything that depends on it

Until recently we had a wide choice of operating systems at which smartphones worked: BlackBerry, Symbian, Palm, Bada, MeeGo, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, Tizen … Today there were only three: Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Formally still there are alternatives, including the same BlackBerry, but such smartphones is issued less, and developers in case of release of applications practically don't pay attention to them.

Devices on the iOS system are released only by one company — Apple which has only several urgent iPhone models. They are rather expensive, are made most soundly and from the point of view of design are reference to what the best proof — a huge number of smartphones on Android copying design of iPhone. Developers release new versions of applications first of all under iOS which always work as it is conceived by the vendor. All basic functions act on iPhone faultlessly, for smartphones of Apple the huge number of accessories is released, and plus to everything the system is safer as it is exposed to the virus attacks much less, than Android.

Android gives in to customization better, the system can be enhanced and adjusted to own needs, and many actions causing difficulties or at all impossible in iPhone — for example, file transfer from the computer on the smartphone, record of telephone conversations or an output of the image to the TV set screen without involvement of additional devices — here are given with ease. At the same time because of a so-called fragmentariness (when in the market at the same time there is a set of versions of an operating system) Android is capable to cause many inconveniences both to users, and programmers — situations when application perfectly works at one smartphone on Android and badly are frequent or doesn't work at another at all. Besides, the system is continuously attacked by viruses therefore installation of anti-virus applications on Android is necessary today.

Of course, it is much more distinctions between these two systems, but the main thing that should be known — with iPhone at you won't be any problems with appendices, speed of work and additional accessories, and with smartphones on Android all these problems more than are possible, but the gadget for certain will cost you in half of or even a third of the price of iPhone, and he practically will do the same, each brand has plus small, but for someone, perhaps, crucially important features which iPhone don't have (we will talk about it separately slightly below).

The main advantage of smartphones on Windows Phone — at the low price comparable to devices of Android, you receive soundly collected and high-speed gadget of production of one of the most eminent companies in the world — Microsoft, and it is a certain quality assurance. Under system as well as in a case with iOS, there are practically no viruses. Besides, the Windows Phone system is most similar to the desktop Windows version which is established on computers because of what the user familiar with Windows quickly accustoms also to Windows Phone. However, the platform is worse supported by application developers because of what there are no many applications which are successfully working at iOS and Android for Windows Phone at all, and some exist in the truncated look.

The size of the screen matters

Long evolution of displays on smartphones came that the screen with diagonal about 5 inches became the standard today – the majority of models of smartphones are issued approximately such size. Except for a popular shape factor of so-called phablets (from phone and tablet) or in Russian "plafonds" (a pad + the smartphone) — smartphones with displays of the increased size, approximately on one inch.

Though some vendors, including Apple, still produce models with diagonal 4 inches (that well at least because messages on such smartphones can be typed easily the same hand in which there is a gadget), the main part of phones — 5-inch. This size is optimum for many tasks: the screen rather big that on it it was possible to read comfortably long texts, including on social networks and browsers, but also not too huge not to hold in a trouser pocket, a jacket or a jacket. Phablets are more convenient for games, video and e-book readers and logs.

Smartphones with the screen of 5 inches

If to speak about quality of the image and display resolution, then today at Apple Retina displays which have equipped all modern iPhones are urgent, and Android has displays in which IPS and AMOLED/Super AMOLED technologies with the following display resolutions are used: HD (1280x720), Full HD (1920x1080) and QHD (2560x1440). The permission, the better image is higher and the more expensive is of a gadget. Generally there is enough permission of HD for daily needs (that proves success of iPhone 6/6s), it practically is the standard for the Android smartphones of average price category. More expensive Android-smartphones, some Windows Phone and iPhone 6/6s Plus models have display resolution of Full HD. Leaders of Samsung and LG are equipped with displays with permission of QHD, they more expensive, but also the image in these smartphones are of more accurate.

Smartphones with permission of HD and FullHD

Of course, image quality depends not only on permission, but first of all on matrix manufacturing techniques. Today you shouldn't agree to anything the worst, than IPS or AMOLED — all iPhone and an overwhelming part of Android-smartphones of average and higher price categories are equipped by such.

The camera looks to the world

Many buy smartphones, only being interested what in them is mounted the camera and whether rather good self turn out on them. Under these needs even special models in which the front-facing camera isn't worse the main (so, HTC and Asus are made and other vendors release smartphones with the front-facing camera to 13 Megapixels). But also in other modern smartphones, thanks to a mode on self and vlog (video blogs), front-facing cameras take a photo and video of excellent quality.


Quality of pictures depends on several parameters: permissions of a matrix, its physical size, lenses, optical stabilizing and software. So, iPhones 6s/6s Plus are equipped with the main camera permission of 12 Megapixels (megapixels) and do at the same time fine pictures. Many Android smartphones with cameras 13 and even 16 Megapixels even close aren't comparable to the cameras iPhone — because remaining components (lenses, a software and so on) at them noticeably more poor quality. However, flagman (that is, the most expensive) smartphones of eminent brands — Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC, Microsoft, Asus, Meizu, Xiaomi and Huawei — have at the instruction at least high-quality cameras, than at iPhone, and even exceed them.

Speed and spaciousness (processor and memory)

If to compare the speed with which the modern smartphones, work with that that was only 3 - 5 years ago we will see a notable difference: they became much quicker. Today vendors generally began to specify seldom the frequency of operation of the processor, but actually it also has no that value that — in any average and big-budget modern smartphone of productivity of the processor with interest is enough earlier for normal operation.

The world leader in production of mobile processors is Qualcomm today and if in characteristics of the smartphone you see the processor of this vendor (and kernels at least four), means with a productivity at it everything is all right. Intel catches up with Qualcomm — their last processors are very quite good too. Apple uses processors of own development, Samsung on the majority of models also sets the processors (Exynos). Remaining brands of processors is the second and third echelon, among them come across both to model of the acceptable quality, and frankly slow. Respectively, than the processor is better, it is more expensive to those that affects the finite price of the smartphone.

The quantity of a random access memory (RAM) also influences operation speed. Now the standard are 2 GB, and upon purchase of the smartphone it is better to be guided by this volume. In smartphones of the lowest and average price categories 1 GB of a random access memory is, as a rule, set, and it in most cases is enough for normal operation of standard applications. The most advanced models are supplied with 3 GB of memory — such smartphones work noticeably quicker.

Smartphones from 2 GB of random access memory

As for the user memory where appendices are stored, a photo, music, video and other user content, at the moment the minimum should be considered 16 GB, the standard — 32 GB. Everything that more — won't prevent, but will strongly affect the gadget price. Many modern smartphones contain only the built-in memory which can't be expanded and therefore to attend to a question how many it is required to you memory, it is necessary even before purchase. With models in which the slot for external modules of memory is provided (usually the microSD standard) such dilemma isn't necessary because memory can buy in addition then as much as necessary, but a problem that microSD flash cards quite often fail, carrying away on the next world together with itself all your invaluable photos. Therefore out of harm's way or make backup copies, or choose smartphones with the built-in memory.

Battery and operating time

In general almost all modern models work without recharge in case of average intensity of use about one luminous day. There are smartphones which can works also two days — normally it is gadgets of the Chinese production — but, as a rule, accumulators in them not really qualitative, and they fail quickly enough.

To prolong a smartphone operating time usually recommend for time to switch-off communication modules — Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC and the mobile Internet (3G/4G). But what sense in the smartphone, if it not all the time in touch? And saving will be not such essential — one-two hours a day. Nevertheless, it is any, but nevertheless a method to increase a little a gadget operating time. The accumulator is quicker charged when the smartphone is switched off — have it in a look if you have not enough time for charging.

Over time rechargeable batteries have property to lose capacity and if at the beginning of use they hold a charge the whole day, then in a year, and even earlier, capacity begins to fall. However, in any smartphone, even that seem non-demountable it is possible to replace the battery and as soon as you begin to feel discomfort from too great unwillingness of a gadget to work how many to it it is necessary, we recommend to change the accumulator. If a gadget for a warranty, it it is possible to do only in service center if the warranty quitted, then it is possible and by own efforts.

Design and other

For many the design is the main factor at the choice of the smartphone, and the fact that we have put this factor in the end, doesn't mean that we attach him the smallest significance. However, to regret to realize it, the design of the smartphone becomes less individual recently, seeking for the maximum unification. On the one hand it isn't so bad as unification means that the user can buy any model of any producer and at once begin is sure to use her. On the other hand identity of a gadget, and the only thing is lost, than the owner can cause a stir — to buy the smartphone a beautiful case or a back cover. Or to inlay the case with gold and diamonds.


Some exceptions, nevertheless are available: Samsung experiments with curved screens, Motorola offers, in the manner of some car makers, on the website to protyuningovat the standard Moto X model, having chosen for him color and the invoice of material, LG provides the choice of back panels of various look. There are models and the whole rulers of certain producers to which not only the design, but also additional functionality of the gadgets isn't indifferent. For example, Marshall releases the smartphone stylized under a guitar kombik, and Caterpillar — the protected jeeplike gadgets which aren't afraid of blows, waters and dirt.

Many vendors, to select the models from lump, equip them with additional functions, occasionally rather interesting. So Sony, HTC and some other vendors builds in the software capable to transfer the image from the screen to any modern TV sets self-produced smartphones, supporting the main formats of video that does the good video player of the smartphone.

Samsung sets modules of wireless charging of the Qi standard in the flagships (same I equipped once the Nokia smartphones). The idea consists to connecting the smartphone physically to the power supply network that, first, is convenient — phone on a rug just supposed, and it is loaded, and secondly, thus the connector for charging won't be loosened and won't break that often serves as the reason of failure of all smartphone. Rugs for charging it is possible to buy as much as necessary — home, on operation, in the machine (a question only in the price — they cost rather much), and in some especially advanced countries such wireless chargings are mounted directly in little tables in coffee houses and other public places.

The fingerprint scanner which is widely advertized by Apple in which smartphones it is used for user identification in case of switching on of the device, purchase of applications and access to bank accounts is present also at models of other vendors. For example, in smartphones of Samsung and Google Nexus the scanner also allows the user to enter on any password-protected websites and services on a fingerprint, and in the Huaiwei smartphones it is possible to disable certain applications that only the master could open them.

Posted: July 13, 2017
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