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How to Choose a Great Smartphone for 2020

Technology changes so quickly these days that it can be difficult to keep up with the latest smartphone features, functions, bells and whistles. With so many options, how do you choose the right smartphone for your needs? Here are some of the latest features you should consider and how to weigh these features to select a great smartphone for new year, new you! 

The first thing you want to look at is the smartphone’s specs, which might be one of the more difficult parts of the process to decipher. Specs include the phone’s size, ratio (taller vs. wider), weight, storage, RAM, network capabilities, display and processor. But what does all this mean? When it comes to size, one of the latest technological trends is the foldable phone, which gives you the benefit of a larger screen but the ability to fold and go, whether you keep your phone in your pocket or bag. Whether that interests you or not, it’s always a good idea to actually hold the phone you’re considering to feel how it fits in your hand. A large screen doesn’t matter as much if it’s too big for you to hold. 

Storage is less of a concern these days now that you can keep much of your data in online cloud services. But if you plan on gaming, then the display and processor are probably going to be extremely important. If you’re using your phone for business, network capabilities will matter more to you.

One of the most popular feature on a smartphone is typically the camera, which includes video, camera arrays (triple or quad), telephoto or wide-angle lenses and zoom. These are important considerations, especially if you don’t have another camera. Many people rely solely on their smartphones now that camera quality has improved. What types of photos will you be taking? What time of day? How will you be using the photos? Will they be printed or digital only? These are all good questions to ask before you choose your smartphone camera.

Battery life is also a big factor and now there are more options—wireless charging, fast/warp charging and longer battery life—than ever before. You may also want to consider picking up an extra charging cord for your vehicle or office, so it is worthwhile costing out additional accessories before committing. Will you need a headphone jack? Some phones no longer include these with the advent of Bluetooth headphones. Additional features to consider are stylus pens, audio quality, gesture controls, 3D facial security and fingerprint scanners.

Ultimately, you need to consider the functions that matter the most to you when picking a smartphone. Once you have done that and narrowed your list down to two or three top contenders, go and check them out in person to make sure that you have the right fit. A Mobilist can provide you with unbiased advice to help you find the right phone or plan to suit your individual needs.

The final factor is cost. You can either start with a price in mind and only include appropriate options in your comparison list or you can conduct your investigation first and then choose the option that aligns with your budget. Costs can vary based on what plans you choose to go with. Either way, with this list you’re well on your way to choosing the right smartphone for you for 2020!

The above content is provided for your reference and interest only. It is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest and is not a substitute for, and should not be construed as, the advice of an experienced professional. Loblaws Inc. or its affiliates do not guarantee the currency, accuracy, applicability or completeness of this content.

Mobilist women on chair smiling with a phone in hand
Mobilist women on chair smiling with a phone in hand
Mobilist women on chair smiling with a phone in hand

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