This smartphone buying guide covers everything you need to know before you buy, ranging from the device’s screen size and price to its camera and which carrier will provide the best service for your phone. Use this advice to make sure you get the very best handset for your needs and budget.
- For a phone’s display, color quality and brightness matter more than resolution.A 4K screen on a phone is nice to have but kind of overkill. Pay more attention to how bright the display is, so it will be easy to see outdoors, and how colorful the panel is (AMOLED is better than LCD in this regard). The very latest phones offer high dynamic range (HDR) for displaying even more colors.
- Ignore camera megapixels. Along with battery life, the camera has become the most important smartphone feature. Pay attention to specs such as aperture (lower numbers are better) and special features such as dual lenses. Ignore the megapixels. See the Best Camera Phones for our top picks.
- The processor matters less than it used to. Even midrange phones now offer good-enough performance for most users. But if you want the most power for games and virtual reality, buy an Android phone with a Snapdragon 821 chip or the very latest Snapdragon 835 mobile platform. A Snapdragon 600 series chip is fine for midtier Android phones. The A10 processor in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is very speedy.
- Don’t settle for a smartphone with a battery capacity of less than 3,000 mAh. See our list of the longest-running phones based on the Tom’s Guide Battery Test (web surfing over 4G LTE) to find out which devices will get you through the day on a single charge.
- Get at least 32GB of storage. Phones with 16GB are a rip-off, and thankfully, they’re becoming rarer among flagship phones, which generally start at 32GB of storage. If you plan to download lots of games or shoot 4K video, opt for 64GB or more. A microSD card slot is nice to have for expanding storage, but it’s only available on certain Android phones.
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