Features to Look for in your Next Smartphone

Like many other purchasing preferences, you might also have many personal preferences in the parts of the smartphone – screen size, Internal storage, camera features, materials used, gaming options, and software features.

This helps smartphone manufacturing companies to make more personalized unique devices with amazing selling points. Do you know selecting any one of those choices alone can make or mar your buying decision of the device?

It is always preferred to look for some basic level of features and capabilities where you shouldn’t settle for less – particularly when the price tag is high i.e. more than $500!

Guide to Usability of Screen

usability of screen

Usually, we look for the screen features, which are of course important, but it does not make us aware of the usability of the phone and its user-friendliness. Make sure your phone screen is compatible with the sunny days. If it is not your camera is just useless, as you won’t be able to frame your shots.

Though mobiles have improved off late, and most can be used to acceptable levels in daylight but there are still some standouts. You must not forget to consider aspects like polarization, e.g. on the BlackBerry Key2, how the glass is used and the screen is personalized.

Best way to ascertain this is by reading the reviews of the phone and also the remarks and interactions specifically about daylight visibility.

Usability of Camera in Lighting Conditions



We aren’t usually satisfied with the smartphone camera quality ever. As a matter of fact, any $500+ phone should have a camera that can work well in bright daylight as in dimly lit spaces.

The primary motive of the camera is to capture a scene irrespective of the lighting conditions and without any obvious discoloration, graininess, blur, or visual disabilities. It may not be the best of image, but it should be above-average at this price range.

Water and Dust Resistant

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This should be expected from every single mobile device of today. The device in the range of $200+ should have some degree of water ingress protection, and higher-end devices should go much farther to be tested and certified to a certain point.

You might think you’re smart enough to know your phone specifications, but you’d be wrong. The fact is, your expensive handset should be able to stand some level of abuse. There are varying levels of protection that are usually rated as 57, 58, 67 or 68, wherein the first number relates to dust protection and the second number is about the level of water protection.

In a laymen language you just need to know that “splash proof” definitely isn’t a substitute for a right rating, rather it is a vague clarification.

Must have 64 GB or More Internal Storage

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In today’s growing world of technology, using a phone with 32GB or less of internal storage, even there is the option of SD card slot available to increase, is not the best fit and something you should settle with. 64GB should be a minimum requirement.

It’s ok if your phone isn’t having many options for storage size, after all, it’s an inventory management cost that might increase, but make it a point it is a base device with 64 GB storage as it’s either annoying or not possible to upgrade later. Every year’s files and apps are going to add and capturing more space, having storage something lesser may terminate your plan on keeping the phone for a few years.

Speakers Quality

Speakers Quality

Make sure for a flagship device, the speaker system must be in line with the other features of the phone. They may not have room-filling sound, but the sound should be loud should be able to maximize the volume out without any distortion or cracks.

Two Platform Updates

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When you’re spending $600+, it is reasonable to expect at least two major platform updates with is usually every year, which means 2 years.

Make sure your phone is offering updates in security and bug fixing. There are very few companies that release such updates on a monthly basis. Most do release quarterly updates, so stay tuned with the historical data from news articles. It will keep the health of your smartphone up to the mark and also the security.


These are some of the basic requirements in 2018 you must expect from your smartphone devices. Their ranking will, of course, depend on your own choice. Just make sure considering your usage and requirement what else you must look for in your smartphone apart from the above-listed features.