7 common myths about smartphones and tablets

7 распространенных мифов о смартфонах и планшетах

Myth 1. The more megapixels the camera of the smartphone, the better it shoots.

And in fact:

It was not until some time as the cameras in smartphones have not reached the “average hospital rate of 8 megapixels. Now everything depends on three parameters: sufficient power of a smartphone to process images, camera module with its characteristics (sensor size, aperture, back-illumination module) and processing algorithms. Those, in turn, depend on how “straight-arm” the programmers worked on the software and how powerful the hardware platform (processor, RAM, and all that). That is, the smartphone with the best camera can’t be cheap because he needs the power, a large team of developers and wide experience of the company in the segment. How many megapixels did not have camera another nameless creation from the factory uncle Liao, she will shoot much worse than the camera of the mobile device brand.

7 распространенных мифов о смартфонах и планшетах

Where to find the truth:

Related on the Internet. You need to choose what’s best shoots on auto settings, because in this mode, any smartphone user takes most of the time. Beautiful and great to heighten the drama will help you to choose Instagram. Therefore, reading reviews, pay attention not to how well you can adjust the camera manually, and the fact that she is able to do automatically using the native software.

What to look for:

There are several widely known brands of manufacturers of smartphones (and tablets, usually they release something, and something). Known magically coincides with the market experience and the quality of the cameras. This is a Samsung (older line S, and A Note), Apple, LG, Motorola (now Lenovo’s Moto). Good achievements from Microsoft, although the platform itself is not very popular. Unexpectedly good in the photographic abilities of top-end smartphones Huawei latest flagship and HTC. Most other manufacturers, unfortunately, still have to work and work on algorithms. And in most cases, regardless of the specified in the table definition camera, the result will be equally mediocre.

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Myth 2. The larger the battery capacity, the longer it will work the smartphone.

And in fact:

Has the value of a combination of factors: the capacity of the battery, the diagonal (the smaller the screen the less one eats the battery) and screen resolution (this is the opposite, the higher it is, the greater the load on the CPU and battery as a result), the processor power and the technical process (the smaller the nanometer, the more energy-efficient processor), optimization of the operating system manufacturer. There is a pattern, the more you pay for the brand, the better the smartphone will be “finished” software. But there are some Chinese manufacturers (widely known in narrow circles), which are also a lot and effectively working on the software. It is also important how much you have apps that are constantly updated and send notifications.

7 распространенных мифов о смартфонах и планшетах

Where to find the truth:

First, in the same reviews. Secondly, knowing those things that are written above, you have you will be able to predict the behavior of the device. Yes, and here too applies the principle that branded smartphones, by optimising the software will work longer.

What to look for:

There is no two-three parameters that determine how high the result will be. Definitely need to look at battery capacity, and on the diagonal, and OS version if we are talking about Android (Android 5.0 or above there are more options to power saver settings, and the OS itself more energy efficient), on the resolution of the display (a smartphone with 1920×1080 pixels and above will hold a charge worse), brand (best at this point optimization software for a long life of smartphones from Sony, but other brands also do a good job). It is also very important after purchase the device to go to its settings and power saving to disable the notifications work in the background for apps. This will help a drop, but to improve the running time of the device.

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There’s another secret. If you buy a little-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, gray (that is unofficially imported to Ukraine), remember that according to Chinese law, a manufacturer can install on the accumulator marking corresponding to its maximum capacity. It will be different from what is on the way out. Plus, the device can be restored to use or a defective battery. That is, even a smartphone with a battery capacity of 5000 mA-h can run a little longer or even the same as the solution from trusted manufacturer with battery 3000-35000 mA-h at the same conditions.

Myth 3. The more cores in the processor, the more powerful the smartphone (tablet).

And in fact:

It used to be. Today all lumped together, and we understand it is not necessary, just head will spin. If you don’t play resource-intensive games on the smartphone, in most cases, the number of cores will not care, because even the device for $ 200-300 will be submissive to fulfil all that was required of him.

Top processors in the most expensive smartphones today don’t use their half of the resource. And even device in the middle price range will work quickly and without problems. More it is necessary only to those who are chasing numbers, and those who play very demanding mobile games. If you’re one of these, you already know that you need to buy.

It is very important that the amount of RAM in the new device was not less than 1 GB, and preferably not less than 2 GB. All modern versions of operating systems are very gluttonous (though their developers all the time about optimization), because it is very intelligent and a lot of know how. It will be a guarantee of adequate performance in the long term.

7 распространенных мифов о смартфонах и планшетах

Where to find the truth:

To compare the same reviews. Just do not take these figures too seriously, is passionate about technology most people are too far from reality to understand the needs of the mass user. Most reviews on the Internet are written so that’s divorced from reality people.

Second place is an electronics store. Even if you plan to make a purchase online, you may go to an offline point of sale, to describe their needs to the seller and listen to his advice. If it is sensible specialist, he will guide you on what you can expect within your budget.

On that note:

In the first place, of how a modern CPU (older than two years is not an option at all, look for 64-bit, if we are talking about Android or iOS) and amount of RAM. The more – the better, but more expensive.

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Myth 4. Exactly the same smartphone, only cheaper. And the same processor, and RAM, and a screen with some “gorilla”. Well-known manufacturers of tear money for nothing.

And in fact:

The cost of any thing is affected by several factors. This number and skill levels of people who worked on it, the resource intensity of production, high cost of components, the development or optimization of software, delivery to point of sale, motivation of sellers, the budgets for advertising, service after purchase, etc. (and this is just the tip of the iceberg). All this costs money, which ultimately result in the cost of the product. There is still some percentage that the manufacturer winds for your brand (if you have something to cheat) and reputation. As a guarantee that, well, nonsense is not doing.

If you pay for something with comparable characteristics only slightly smaller (a few percent) than asking competitors, it is likely that you save on the cost of the brand. If the difference is different by tens of percent, to be sure, the manufacturer or the seller saved on something more important. The most unpleasant can be saving on maintenance and used components. It may well be that a cheap analogue works one and a half times less, or he doesn’t have some important elements within that are responsible for, say, a peaceful transfer of power surges on the network during charging, or had set weak Wi-Fi-module, or the memory is defective. It all depends on how much cheaper the thing.

7 распространенных мифов о смартфонах и планшетах

Where to find the truth:

There is enough to appeal to your logic and study of market prices on similar proposals. Miracles do not happen, and save a lot of fail.

On that note:

When you pay less, in most cases, you get less. It’s one thing to save on the brand and the materials (for example, various well-known manufacturers have a different product with the same or almost the same hardware, but with plastic or metal housing. On the body you can save safely. But by refusing, for example, from official guarantees (“gray” smartphones are 20-30% cheaper) you run the risk of warranty failure to spend more than I saved on the purchase. Buying the cheapest device with impressive features – at risk of not only unstable or slow more work, but the defective components that will make the process of interaction with your smartphone or tablet into hell.

Myth 5. The store offers you best smartphone for your money.

And in fact:

With high probability it will match what you will get the best bonus. Or the fact that unsold stock and the risk of “die” of old age. And will convince you that this is exactly what you originally wanted. Nothing personal, just business: motivated sellers, good bonuses shop or network, other nice conditions.

7 распространенных мифов о смартфонах и планшетах

Where to find the truth:

To navigate is quite difficult, especially if with technics on “you”. If you have a small budget purchase, it is better not to hurry. Or it is possible to take with yourself in shop of a man who understands. When buying a product on the Internet, you can carefully review all the reviews and comparisons. There are resources that from time to time offer materials, where have handpicked the best device for your money under any criteria. For example, the best over a certain amount, the best options with the most long-playing battery, etc. we now Have many instruments to choose from, but for this we need to spend the time to figure out what exactly you want.

On that note:

When buying in a brick and mortar store, pay attention to its location. Shop in the city centre or in an area with a large number of business centers is likely to offer more expensive devices designed for solvent public. If you have a small budget, it’s not really your option. The shop on the same network in a residential area will be teeming with more practical suggestions. If you have time, go to several stores (of different networks) to see what to offer the sellers there.

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Myth 6. Film or additional protective glass glued on the screen of the smartphone, will save it from damage.

And in fact:

Will not save. But the income of the store will increase a fabulous way. Modern screens are sturdy enough by themselves, and if you manage your badly scratched, then the film on the screen would be able. From cracking when you drop the film does not protect the principle. But from minor scratches, Yes, it is a fact. So to glue the film or not – depends on how it is critical for you to maintain the perfect condition of the screen device for years.

Extra glass, on the contrary, may cause damage in cases when they could have been avoided. In the manufacture of screens for the smartphone manufacturer expects that if the unit is dropped, the load will be distributed one way, and an extra layer of unknown material will change the balance of power. If you worry that you will drop and break the device, better buy a special protective case. Though he will cost more, but the effect will be more.

7 распространенных мифов о смартфонах и планшетах

Myth 7. The speed of mobile Internet on mobile depends on the operator.

And in fact:

From him, of course, in the first place. But there is another important point – the characteristics of the device. What you need to look for in the specifications is the maximum speed of 3G (LTE in our country is not, so it is possible not to pay attention). The high today is 63.3 Mbps/s. But its support units. The more common options is to 21.1 Mbps or 42.2 Mbps/s. actually, and the first with the head missing. High speed in real life is needed only for Speedtest. Even 5-7 megabits per second (this is a common minimum which can be found in the sale in our country) is not enough and will suffice for most tasks. But if you start to measure the speed of 3G with the help of synthetic tests on the smartphone, which in itself does not support high speed, will surely be disappointed. But we should not throw sneakers in the operator.

7 распространенных мифов о смартфонах и планшетах

Where to find the truth:

In the table of specifications (not the fact that the sellers remember so subtle details).

On that note:

The desired item is called “speed HSPA”. It States the maximum speed settings supported for the hardware device. If it is not the cheapest or old, 3G Internet is fast. Basically, if you pay for the device $ 150 more than the equivalent of the local currency, and this is not last year’s “sketchy”, it is possible even not to check this option. If you have an old and inexpensive smartphone and you are having trouble with the speed of mobile Internet may not need to change provider, and the unit itself.

Angelina Avdeeva

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