In the 21st Century we have seen massive changes in technological innovations and achievements. These also became an integral part of our lives. So much so that living without a smartphone or a tablet almost seems impossible. Almost everyone has easy access to their preferred smartphone/tablet with all the bells and whistles attached. Luckily, we live in the aeon of devices such as Samsung Galaxy smartphones, Apple iPhones and the rest. Most smartphones have many integrated features including front & rear 12-megapixel cameras, 32-128 GB of ram, face and voice recognition just to name a few. So how does one choose the right smartphone where the industry is constantly coming up with new phones every 6 to 12 months.
I can help you select the right one with these 6 easy steps
1 – Choose an Operating System
When it comes to smartphones there are many operating systems available today.
- IOS: Apple’s iPhone also known as IOS is an easy to use a well known operating system, it has relatively good security features. IOS has a good reputation for its integration with other Apple products.
- Android: Android is associated with its integration of Google services, its ability to be customized, and a lower cost. Samsung is probably the best-known smartphone for using Android operating system.
- Windows: Windows Phones are less common, but emphasize integration with Microsoft products and offer higher end camera software on some of their models.
2 – Price Range
Smartphone prices can range anywhere from $399 to $1399. Flagship models with the highest specifications will be the most expensive. iOS phones (iPhones) are typically more expensive than their Android counterparts. Among phone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung are typically among the most expensive (with models ranging from $399-$700 retail), while HTC, LG, and Motorola tend to produce lower cost options (some low-end smartphones can be acquired for under $250).
- Phones are subsidized when purchased along with a phone carrier contract or sometimes even “free” upon signing. This usually commits you to a 2-year billing plan for the carrier and includes penalties for early cancellation.
- Some carriers also charge a monthly ‘device fee’ to make up for little or no upfront cost on your smartphone.
3 – Compatibility
People who rely heavily on their iPhone or Android phones for fetching music may consider purchasing headphones that have a built-in microphone and device-compatible controls such as buttons, knobs or touch functionalities to increase volume, bass, treble, et al. This can make the transition from listening to music to hands-free telephoning very sleek.
4 – Portability
Headphones are the backbone of the music industry business. Traditional studio buffs prefer to work with heavier closed-back circumaural that should be kept stationary. However, these days, laptop computers and audio interfaces are well decked to do on-location recording, thus fold-up & closed-back headphones are used with these devices. It’s wise to invest in a pair of portable and flexible headphones that can tolerate the sweat of a good workout. Make sure they also fit securely in your head, so they don’t slip while you take a jog down those bumpy roads.
5 – Awareness Of Surroundings
There are times when you must remain cognizant of your surroundings, while you are wearing your headphones for bicycling, jogging on a road, et al. to stay aware of the surrounding traffic. You may opt for moulded in-ear headphones that permit ambient noise to pass through, keeping you in a loop. However, in such situations, people mostly prefer single-ear headphones as a safer option because they transmit sound to only one ear.
6 – Form factor
Headphones come in a vast number of ad hoc styles that sound disparately from each other when you wear them. When deciding upon a pair of good headphones, the first thing you should narrow down is what form factor you want such as specifications, etc. This decision should be based on the environs where you will be using them, as well as the type of music you prefer listening to.
You get what you pay for when it comes down to choosing the right type of headphones. Once bought, test your headphones thoroughly as there is no alternative to listening critically and carefully for any impedances such as creaks. Lastly, consider making a plan that covers all that you want from your new headphones— this helps in weighing-in on the perfect model.