The world will never be the same again. The phenomenon that began only a decade ago has blown into a mind-boggling smartphone culture. The three billion smartphone users today are pampered by a never-ending list of features, functionalities and display designs. People want the best of the best, the fastest and the snazziest, a feather in the pocket and a daydream for the gamer. But lo! As soon as the average joe walks across the shop, he is plastered with a plethora of features that sound all but alien tech to him. The average joe then looks around confused, searching for a backdoor to earth.
That’s what makes reviews so important in today’s smartphone culture. Whether you wish to compare the camera quality between two phones, or learn about the upcoming OnePlus 8 series, smartphone reviews are a lifesaver for mobile enthusiasts and newbies alike.
But writing a smartphone review is not an easy task, nor is understanding one. The small device packs a complex array of features, and most often, reviewers find it tricky to distinguish the ones that really matter. This is comparable to the sports betting scene in India. Rookies end up making bad calls because they didn’t study the right things – the player’s temperament, pitch or climate among other things. The ace punter plunges into the nuts and bolts of his research, which could be as simple as reading a review of 10cric India.
In the same vein, a smartphone review should reveal the most important aspects of a phone.
The first thing that comes to a consumer’s mind is the phone’s display. While the average joe would limit his enquiry to the screen size (is it big enough to enjoy Netflix?), the tech devotee will want to know the display panel installed : Does the phone boast an AMOLED panel? Is it Gorilla Glass certified? A gaming nerd might even ask about the touch latency!
Display is a universally compelling factor and a must to incorporate in reviews.
There is a race amongst smartphone manufacturers to sport the sexiest camera – or rather a squadron of psychedelic sensors, and rightfully so. Smartphones have changed the dynamics of photography forever. Today, anyone can take DSLR-like shots in their voguish little devices. Portrait Mode, Night Vision and HDR are all subtle features that people can’t do without in their phone cameras, making it one of the most important things to consider in a review.
After all, nothing is as satisfying as a perfect selfie, isn’t it?
Let’s admit it : a dying phone sucks.
The most notorious gripe of smartphone users back in the day was the excruciating battery life. That was the age of power-hogging processors and feeble batteries. Thankfully, smartphones are way more powerful now-a-days. These sleek beasts can last countless hours of video playback and gaming. It’s perfect for entertainment junkies and a paradise for gamers. Refer to Black View BV9100, the monster gloating a 13,000 mAh battery.
More than the battery itself is the craze for fast charging, a technology that fills up your phone’s belly in a ridiculously short span of time. It’s perhaps the feature that matters the most in a world that stops for nobody.
The unstoppable world is also a very private one. Gone are the days of the entire neighbourhood sharing the same telephone. Now, people like to secure their phones in invisible patterns of labyrinthine zigzags. Fingerprint sensors and facial recognition hopped straight of sci-fi movies and became a household thing. How fast are these sensors? Where are they located? These questions make a compelling case in a smartphone review.
Chipset, RAM, GPU and Storage
The chipset and RAM eventually determines the fluidity and longevity of your phone. A fine processor and a surplus of RAM preserves the novelty of your software. The GPU decides the fate of graphic-intensive games, whether they can run or not. In other words, you need a strong GPU to play games like Asphalt 9 and Bright Ridge.
Having a large storage or ROM lets you treasure all the memories you’ve made with your 48MP quadruple camera. While these terms may be foreign to the average joe, remember a smart consumer will always keep them in the equation!
User Interface or UI is the way your phone software manifests itself to you. Every smartphone brand has a different UI with its own perks and cons – OneUI of Samsung, EMUI of Huawei, OxygenOS of OnePlus, MIUI of Xiaomi to name a few. It comes down to personal taste. Some people prefer the minimalist stock android, while others get turned on by the poppy, splashy colours of Asus’ ZenUI. User interface matters, for it ultimately determines the overall user experience.