In this article I'll be highlighting two things that you should consider before purchasing an Android phone. 'Let's talk the talk'.
RAM - Random Access Memory
Random Access Memory, it is a common term but many do not really understand its concept. Even for old model type of phones such as those that ran on the Symbian OS, RAM is a thing of essential value as it has its crucial use in a phone mostly Androids for which it is indispensable for the now and can't be overlooked.
I'm not about to hit you with geeky terms that will only confuse your understanding about RAM already, but let's put it this way: LOW RAM, SLOW MOVEMENTS.
When that Android you intend to buy comes with attractive features but has has low ram, those features are as useless as 10kb of internet surfing data is to Instagram. RAM is temporary memory to which every app on your phone has access, they don't get to reside there or save their data there permanently but they can come have a stay there from time to time. Let's make out some instance. If you're editing a picture on your phone or you are making a video or an audio record, you are creating some data which is being handled by an app, however the app needs something to lean on to run effectively and that's where our dear RAM comes in, it will take up the responsibility of that for the app until the app is through with the process and saves the data generated on the phone' ROM or Micro Storage Disk and closes. So the more the data being handled by the app the more the RAM needed, Get it?
So RAM which helps the phone's movement has to come in a considerably okay quantity else movement gets hiccups easily 'cus if you buy that 'lovely' phone with like 512MB RAM, let me put it to you that once you open up to like 3 apps with even moderate size and they get to work, you'll start getting slow response from the device in no time, if you've been wondering why that Techno M3 of yours or that Alcatel One touch you own runs only a bit faster than tortoise, I believe now you know. With low ram even if that your phone was to come with Android 6.0 marshmallow, 5.5" screen, and it has 256 0r 512 MB RAM, you'll eventually hate it. It will limit your multitasking options unbearably, and you might be wondering how can 3 quite mid sized app just eat up a whole 512MB RAM, answer is: If the phone is said to come with that RAM size you'll probably have only 256-340 at your disposal as the rest will be taking toll of by system apps, those apps that aren't for your use but needed to keep the phone's system running. The least RAM size I'd advice you go for is 1GB, when system apps are done taking their share, you'd be having nothing less than about 700MB at your disposal and that's pretty okay for multitasking though not GREAT.
The second thing one should not miss looking out for is the Version of Android OS the phone runs on. I'm not going to be writing much like I did on RAM on this:
Android Operating System
Just like iPhones have their iOS which they run on so has Android phones. Version upgrades keep coming, and the old one is never better than the new one, they do make sure of that. Below is the list of android versions that has come into existence since they started getting confectionery code-names;
Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4)
Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3.1)
KitKat (4.4–4.4.4, 4.4W–4.4W.2)
The reason why I brought you the list is for you to take a very good look at the strata, if you go for Ice Cream Sandwich don't expect to enjoy all those features you've seen that attracted you to the Android brand. The least Version I'd advice you to go for is KitKat, when a new version comes it comes with cool features and will be able to run the latest apps, most apps that will be built from then hence forth will be compatible only with the latest version and maybe the immediately preceding one or two and that's it. So you sure won't want to end up with a good looking phone running a medieval OS. I believe I've made things lucid on that.
However, the above two are not the only things that are important for one to look out for, if you've got the legal tender, considerably much of it, it will be better you go for that with at least 16GB ROM or 8 but not 4, its processor should at least be dual core with both clocking at 1.2GHz, might be 1GHz though. But more processors means battery drains faster, 8MP camera with quality resolution is best for phones, greater MP is literally useless else you intend to print pics you take with the phones in large forms. And a host of others, permit me to give my fingers some rest now. Happy Droiding!
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