Today we choose not so much the OS as the ecosystem. A set of built-in applications and services depends on it.
Google Android is an open and the most massive platform. Most brands today produce smartphones with this OS – from cheap to flagships. The interface looks and works differently depending on the manufacturer. Try it and see what suits you before you buy.
All iPhones run iOS. Top performance and price to match. Entry-level models in the line of Apple phones. Ideal for users of other Apple devices such as iPads, Macbooks, or Mac desktops.
Stable and reliable smartphone. Compatible with a large number of devices. macOS for Apple computers has become similar to iOS. So you don’t have to learn something new.
A smartphone is a pocket computer for work, entertainment and communication. Start from your real tasks.
What you need to know about the phone processor
The processor is the brain of a smartphone. It is more correct to call it a chipset, hardware platform or SoC (system on a chip). But the “processor” is more familiar.
The chipset of a smartphone is not only a processor
The chipset of the phone contains not only the central processing unit, but also the graphics one. As well as components to support the main functions of the phone, including:
- Mobile network – 5g, 4g lte, 3g
Handles everything you do on the phone. The most productive chips are in the top expensive flagships. If the processor is powerful enough for your applications, the operation is smooth and without delays like HONOR 50.
Cores, clock speed, process technology
The raw performance of a processor depends mainly on the number of cores and clock speed.
The kernel is designed to process and execute tasks. More cores – more applications can run simultaneously and more “heavy” tasks can be solved. The most common CPUs have 8 and 4 cores. Today – more often eight-core. 6 are rare.
The clock speed determines the speed at which each of the cores performs calculations. It is measured in gigahertz (GHz). Less often in megahertz (MHz), more precisely thousands of MHz – in fact the same gigahertz.
Not all tasks squeeze the maximum out of the processor. High-performance cores are usually provided, the clock speed of which is higher. Needed for games and heavy applications. Plus, they are energy efficient with reduced power consumption for basic applications.
Technological process: the smaller the number, the better. With smaller sizes and reduced power consumption, performance is not affected. Today, the most advanced of the current ones are 5 nm and 4 nm.
Autonomy – battery life without recharging.
Well, if enough for the whole day with a margin. So that after work you don’t immediately put it on charge, but listen to songs, read a book or watch a video.
Battery capacity is measured in mAh (milliamp-hours). How much capacity of the phone battery is enough? Depends on the use case (numbers are indicative, the main tasks are highlighted):
- 2500-3000 mAh – voice communication, instant messengers, email (moderately).
- 3500-4000 mAh – social networks, reading books, listening to music, surfing the web. Such batteries are in most current models.
- 5000 mAh and more – advanced mobile gaming, tourism, travel.
Autonomy depends on the battery capacity, but not rigidly. The discharge rate is affected by the characteristics of the phone and the scenario of its use.
What speeds up the discharge of the phone (main):
- Screen size, resolution and refresh rate.
- 5G increases energy consumption by about 20%.
- Intensive load on the processor – games, movies, heavy graphics.
It is also important to optimize software and hardware, energy-saving functionality. Examples:
- Adaptive brightness, which adapts to ambient light.
- Dynamic frequency – 120 hz or 90 hz is turned on if necessary and turned off for basic tasks.
Specifications and reviews often allocate battery life for different tasks. Including – with the screen on, listening to music.
More powerful hardware, higher brightness and display resolution – the battery runs out faster. Sometimes devices of the middle and budget class have an advantage in autonomy even over flagships.
It is convenient when the phone supports fast charging. Discharged – not a problem
How much RAM does an Android smartphone need
The typical amount of RAM in a modern smartphone is between 4 GB and 16 GB.
For an entry-level Android phone today, the comfortable minimum phone RAM is 2 GB.
If you play, 4 gigabytes or more is better. Or the game may crash at the most interesting place. Optimal – 6 GB or 8 GB. Complex games can take up 1-1.5 GB of RAM. The most advanced even more.
These qualities are important for any phone – from the flagship to the budget. They help you choose from the best models in your price segment.