How to Buy a Smartphone in 2015

In this day and age when mobile phones are considered necessities more than luxuries, buying a mobile phone has become a serious business. It's no longer enough to pick the most gorgeous looking cellphone you've first set your eyes on. With the latest cellphones becoming more expensive each year, you wouldn't want to spend money on one you cannot fully maximize.
To make sure you're going to get your money's worth in the long run, here are key things you need to know about mobile phones before finalizing your buying decision:

Operating System (OS)

A phone's operating system is very important if you want a seamless mobile experience.  There are currently three popular choices in the market today: Android, iPhone's iOS and Windows Phone. There is no one best OS for everyone, which is why it's important to take a closer look at each option's pros and cons.

  • Android offers a wider range of hardware options. It's also less strict as Apple so developers have more freedom to innovate new software and applications. Currently, Google Play has over 1 million apps you can choose from. Remember though that Android's interface is not always easy to navigate
  • Apple's latest iOS 8 offers a much more improved look and multitasking capabilities. The new Control Center certainly makes navigating from setting to setting even more seamless. In other words, iOS remains an intuitive interface only that there are some aspects that may be confusing to some.
  • Windows Phone may not be as widely popular as Android and iOS but it is sure gaining track. This is all in part because of the positive reception for the Lumia phones. The OS has a dynamic interface and currently has over 200,000 apps you can choose from.

Size

The next key thing to consider when buying a new phone this 2015 is the size. Should you go for the 4-inch phone, 5.7-inch or the phablet featuring a 6-inch screen?
Mobile users in recent years have developed a new affection to big screen phones. Phablets, in fact, have gained a significant part of the market, 25% of all smartphones to be exact. While iPhone's smaller phones remain a bestseller, you might want to consider all available sizes before sealing the deal.

Specifications

Other than the phone's OS, you must also consider important phone specifications when buying a phone in 2015. Some of the most important specs to consider include the processor, RAM, screen and storage.

If you want your phone opening apps quickly and smoothly, choosing a good processor is the key. As the brain of your phone, you cannot settle for something mediocre especially if you're willing to spend top bucks anyway. Another important spec is the RAM which is basically the amount of system memory packed in your handset. RAM choices today start from 1GB up to 3GB.
When it comes to your phone's screen, it's not only the size that matters. You also have to consider brightness, color and sharpness among other things. And last but not the least spec to consider is storage. Phone prices become more expensive as storage increases. You have to pick whether you want 16GB or 32GB.

Camera

Smartphones are not just for calling and texting anymore. It has continually become the go to gadget to snap pics and selfies everywhere. If you plan to use your phone mainly for its picture-taking capabilities then you need to choose the best available camera possible in the market. When comparing cams, megapixels are usually the deciding factor. But you must also consider other features that you'll likely use along the way. Features such as Eraser mode may come handy later on.

Battery

With people relying on their mobile phones practically 24/7, choosing one with excellent battery life is the only best option to go. Always investigate battery capacity when you're comparing your options. If you're looking for a phone that can last you a day or two even after heavy use, you might want to look for phones with 3,000mAH or above battery capacities.

Carrier

Finally, the last key thing to consider when buying a new phone in 2015 is your carrier. Getting the best phone in the market is not going to mean a lot if you happen to get stuck in a lengthy contract with the wrong carrier. Make sure you do your research and compare your options thoroughly. Try to consider factors such as coverage, bundles, price and data speeds. While you're at it, you might also want to seek recommendations from family and friends or you can read customer reviews just so you have a clearer picture of which carriers have the best services offered to their customers.