Every year, new major smartphones are released. Next month, Mobile World Congress will be held in Barcelona. It is common for major manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC to announce their new flagships this time of year while Apple generally waits until Fall.

With so many phones to choose from, it can be hard to make a decision on what device you want to spend the next year or two with.

You might not have an understanding of technical specifications and you might not have an understanding of megapixels. You only want to have a phone that is “awesome,” and a phone that works for you.

I cannot tell you which phone to purchase, but I can help you make a better informed decision. You can use this information next time you are looking for a phone.

When making a smartphone purchase, consider that you will be spending a significant amount of time with the device. More than likely, it will be in your pocket every single day. It could also be in your hand for hours at a time.

With that said, the first thing you have to find when searching for a phone is one that feels good in your hand. Visit your local retailer and find out how a phone feels in your hand before you even give it a serious consideration. Some people love large phones, others require something more compact.

As previously mentioned, your phone is the one device that you are most likely to carry with you. Smartphones are used to receive messages, browse the Internet, get directions, listen to music, watch videos and of course make phone calls.

However, when your phone is dead none of these features work. Battery life is a very large concern. Being tethered to a wall is just no fun, and it is nice to be able to forget to charge every now and then.

Websites such as GSM Arena do battery tests for smartphones and can be an excellent resource for finding out how long your prospective phones might last compared to one another.

Next up, we have app compatibility. While for the most part, apps that work on one phone will also work on another, but that is not always the case.

Some apps are iOS exclusive, others are Windows or Android exclusive. It is important to find a device that works with the apps you already have, or the apps that you wish to have.

It can be extremely frustrating when you want to use a specific app or service only to find that it does not work on your device.

Storage space can also be a major issue. Because of data caps, you cannot always stream your content, so you may want to keep some files locally on your device. The size requirements will vary from user to user, but it is very important that you give yourself more than you think you need.

Fortunately, most phones that are released now are reasonably fast. Processor speeds and number of cores can make a difference, but it is not nearly as important as it was in the past.

If you are looking to purchase smartphone in the near future, it may be wise to wait until after Mobile World Congress in March. Generally, this leads to a price drop in current models as new models will soon be on the way.

Myron Jones
Staff Writer

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