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Smartphone Shopping Guide

08 October 2016  

Choosing a smartphone?

We use our phones every day for a wide variety of tasks. From sending that report into the office to playing a game waiting for a doctor's appointment, smartphones are essential our lives.

Technology changes quickly and phones are adapting faster than ever before. If you're in the market for a new device let us help do some of the heavy-lifting for you.

Firstly is the smartphone operating system. Right now, there are four heavy hitters in this department: Android, iOS, Windows 10, and BlackBerry. (Due to the low market share on the latter two, in this article we will be only focusing on devices running Android and iOS.)

A few things to keep an eye out for when choosing a smartphone are battery life, the amount of storage, and the amount of RAM. The battery life of a device is measured in milliamp hours (mAh). In this case, it is best to look for devices with a higher number. Storage, in most cases, is measured in gigabytes (GB). The more gigabytes of storage a device contains, the more apps, photos, music, etc. you can store on the smartphone. Typically, for the average user, between 16-32 GBs should suffice. The RAM (random access memory) dictates how many system processes the smartphone can handle at once. A system process can be anything from playing a song to running an app, to sending a text message. Anywhere north of 2 GB should fit well with the average user. For more powerful smartphone users, 3-4 GB should be your target.

Below are a few quick recommendations to get you started on the right track.

The HTC 10 is a powerful device with 4 GB of RAM. It has 32 GB of storage and a 2,000+ milliamp battery. This smartphone comes standard with a fingerprint scanner, excellent camera, and crystal clear 4K display.

The iPhone 7 comes configured with 3 GB of RAM and multiple storage options to meet just about anyone's needs. The new camera excellent at stills and video alike and the operating system is very user friendly.

The LG G5, like the HTC 10, also has 4 GB of RAM. This phone comes in 32 GB and 64 GB storage variants. LGs are known for their unique backplane button placement and a crisp aluminum body build.

Editor’s Note: The image above is a composite of images provided by the manufacturers and a rendering by Rafael Fernandez. Some of the images shown here may be published under the Creative Commons licensing.


Ryan Scissons

Ryan is an Arizona native, and has lived in Prescott since he was 4. He is a 2015 graduate from Prescott High School.