How To Shop For Smartphones Online


Who remembers pagers, “fridge” cell phones and one, single telecommunications provider?! In those days only top executives and business people had access to those technological advancements in communication. 

Nowadays, having two to three mobile phones from different carriers is the norm, with almost everyone from every echelon in society owning a cell phone. There are actually more active cell phones in Jamaica than our population count. Mobile phones have taken on, not just the functionality of communication, but also the power to access information from ANYWHERE with the invention of smartphones. In 2019, smartphones are seen as a necessity. Let’s explore some of the must-have features when shopping for a smartphone:

Camera Quality

We are in the era of selfies and camera quality is one of the most important features. The common misconception is that camera quality means the number of megapixels. Aperture (controls the exposure), dual-lens (allows for more diversity in images/videos captured) and optical image stabilizer are the features to pay the most attention as it relates to camera quality. Some of the phones with the best cameras to date are the iPhone XS and the Samsung S9 Plus.

Screen Size

Depending on your activities, screen size is an important factor to consider. Do you use your phone for watching movies? Do you engage in more text communication than anything else? Smartphones used for basic activities can be 5.5 inches or less and are easy to manage in one hand. For two hand texters and multimedia users, a bigger screen might be a better option. These are usually 5.8 inches and up and include phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 that have been praised for their comfortable palm fit. 


Luckily, most smartphones are built with pretty decent processors that can manage normal usage very well. However, if you’re a gamer or dabble in augmented reality, then you need to look for the best Android phone with Snapdragon 835 such as the Samsung S8 and Samsung S8 Plus or the A11 Bionic for Apple found in the iPhone 8 and newer models. These cutting edge processors are the core of your smartphone and allow you to do more with less energy. They run faster than previous processors, produce higher quality imaging and include cool features such as facial recognition. 

Battery Life

The average smartphone provides an estimated 5 hours talk time on 3G, up to 15 hours on 2G and 150 hours standby time. High-end phones, like the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy S9, on the other hand, typically have a battery life of 10 hours talk time and up to 300 hours on standby time. 


The standard and ideal amount of storage for normal use is 64GB. This gives you lots of storage and allows you to store apps, games, photos and video effortlessly. Comfortable storage size is 32GB and is a respectable downgrade if 64GB is out of reach at this time. Most Androids can have their storage capacity upgraded to 256GB with SD card, while iPhones allow you to buy Cloud space as needed. 

These are a few of the most important features and must-haves when shopping for your next smartphone. 

Have we left any important features off our list? Tell us in the comments below!

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