4 Specs You Should Look Out For When Buying Your Next Phone

Now that we're more tech savvy it's important to know as much as we can about our devices

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Most people don’t consider specs when buying a phone, only worrying about the megapixels of the camera and the size of the device. In this day and age, where most smartphones are pretty decent, audiences tend to choose their devices depending on their brand. You’re either Apple or Android.

Although most smartphones are capable of getting the job done, it’s good to know a little bit more about them before you commit, especially now that we’re all a little more tech savvy and smartphones are being designed with longer shelf lives. Gizmodo compiled a list of some specs that you should keep your eye on; check out a few of our favorites:

Your phone’s internal modem

While all phones can make calls and send and receive data, not all of them do it with the same speed, and this is due to the device’s modem and the amount of antennas it has. The modem in your device is responsible for download speeds, ease when connecting to wifi, the networks you can connect to when outside of the country, and more. The better your phone’s modem is, the less power they’ll use and the more your battery will last. By doing some research on smartphone modems you’ll get an endless list of perks that’ll improve your experience with your new device.

IP rating of phone

The Internal Protection rating of a phone (IP Rating) lets you know how well your device can cope against dust and water. The IP rating has two numbers, with the first one referring to your device’s protection against dust and the second number referring to your phone’s resistance to water. Dust protection is rated on a scale of 0 – 6 (with 0 referring to no protection and 6 referring to a lot of it), and water protection is rated on a scale of 0 to 8.

While some phones claim to be “waterproof” or “splashproof,” they don’t need to reveal their IP rating, so be sure to read the fine print since it can mean different things depending on the manufacturer.

Charging speed

The biggest complaint most people have about their smartphones is their battery life, which gets drained by all sorts of apps that we use on a day to day basis. Charging speed is an important factor nowadays, especially if you spend a lot of time on the go and can only charge your phone for a couple of minutes. In order to fast charge, you need a phone that’s compatible and a fast charging adapter. Understanding how fast charging works is worthy of its own independent article, so here’s an info graph that does all the work for you, comparing the fast charging standards of different phone manufactures.

HDR support

HDR provides a larger range of colors for your screen, giving you more details in the light and dark part of the display. This is an important factor to consider if you enjoy watching videos, Netflix, and more on your phone, seriously affecting the quality of the content. Nowadays, most phones come with HDR support, but it’s always important to check the specs since it’s a cool feature to have and enjoy.

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