As the world becomes increasingly connected, smartphones have become our lifelines. Apart from enabling us to stay in touch with loved ones, our Apple phones or Android devices help us keep up with the demands of modern life. From allowing us to work on the go to doubling up as a camera or a source of entertainment, they improve our lives in more ways than one. However, with the variety of attractive offerings in the market, such as the new iPhone 14 and 14 Pro family that sport a diverse range of trending colours and extensive capabilities, it can be easy to be spoilt for choice.

When narrowing down your options, a good starting point is to consider which aspects are crucial in contributing to an ideal user experience for you. For instance, with how deeply integrated our phones are with our daily life, whether your device is secure and has a robust architecture to keep up with your needs is critical. Certain phone features can also be crucial in your consideration if you often use your handset for specific purposes. Lastly, as society places greater value on speed, whether your phone offers 5G may also be a dealbreaker. To help you get started, here is a list of factors to consider when buying smartphones.

Factors to Consider When Buying Smartphones

1. Battery Life

Nothing is worse than having your phone shut down in the middle of a video call with your client or while you are just about to beat your opponent in a game. Stellar battery life gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you wouldn’t have to be tethered to a charger all day. For heavy users of entertainment apps, consider Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max, which offers up to 29 hours of video playback. If you often need to stay connected for work, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G, which affords 40 hours of talk time , can make an excellent choice.

2. Operating System

As an important software that manages program execution and provides an interface for your device, operating systems (OS) form the foundation upon which all phone functions are built. Thus, this is another crucial factor to consider.

3. Processor

The importance of speed cannot be understated in the modern world, where agility is one of the keys to capitalising on opportunities and staying ahead of others. This is where the smartphone processor or CPU comes into play. The strength of your CPU dictates your device’s speed and ability to handle demanding workloads efficiently and smoothly. Thus, if you often game or run multiple tasks on your phone and need it to be quick and responsive, the latest iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max can be an ideal option. Powered by the A16 Bionic chip that is 40% faster than competitors, a 5-core GPU boasting 50% more memory bandwidth , and 5G connectivity, you can unlock unrivalled performance and efficiency. On the Android side of things, the most powerful processor is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is used in phones such as Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 | Flip4 5G .

4. Clear Display

As anyone who has ever watched a video on their smartphone can attest, the screen is one of the most critical factors affecting your user experience. With a crystal-clear display, you can easily read any content. Images and videos can also be shown in sharp details and vivid colours, contributing to a more immersive entertainment experience. If you require a bigger screen with brilliant clarity, check out the 6.73-inch Xiaomi 12 Pro sporting an AMOLED display with AdaptiveSync Pro technology for optimal clarity and smoothness. For Apple fans, you will be thrilled with the iPhone 14 Plus and 14 Pro Max, designed with a 6.7-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display offering astounding colour accuracy and contrast.

5. Quality Camera

In the age where documenting life through photos and sharing with loved ones as a means to connect has become commonplace, the excellent phone camera in these devices ensures that you can capture all your life's greatest moments in stunning detail. For photography lovers or social media natives, the Vivo X80 Pro fitted with a 32 MP high-resolution front camera and image-enhancing technologies can be a good choice.

6. Fingerprint Sensing

Security features have become paramount with the rise in the use of phones for contactless payment. As fingerprints and facial features are unique to each individual, fingerprint sensing and face ID offer a higher level of security and should be a key feature to look out for.

7. Wireless Charging

As our dependence on our phones grows, having a device that supports wireless charging prevents us from being tied to a specific charging point. With phones like NOTHING Phone (1) or the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro family, users can charge on the fly while avoiding potential cable compatibility concerns of the commonly used USB-C connector

8. Look and Feel

Apart from phone capabilities, the look and feel of our devices can be equally important, since they serve as an extension of our personalities. If you are tired of the standard smartphone colours, Samsung’s handset and Apple’s iPhone 14 and 14 Pro family come in diverse hues ranging from sweet pastel purple to bold red tones.

Get a Powerful Android Smartphone or iPhone 14 from M1 Now

If you have decided to get a smartphone, look no further than M1 Singapore. We offer various affordable Bespoke phone plans with True 5G connectivity 10 times faster than the 4G network and twice more responsive, ensuring that your data speed can always keep up with your needs. By signing up for the Bespoke Flexi plan for iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, you can enjoy discounts of up to S$200 off or even trade up and get your device at S$0. As a plus, these plans enable you to access value-added services such as Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and Apple Music for free*. Whether you are looking for the newest Android phone or iPhone, you will be able to get an ideal device with all the capabilities you need at the best price and terms with M1. Subscribe to a plan today online or visit any M1 store to find out more!
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