What to look for when buying a smart phone: 4 good value-for-money smart phones


asian_girl_using_smartphoneWhen you are choosing a new smart phone, there are a number of qualities that you should look for; not all phones are created equal and you should ensure that you know what you should be looking for before you buy your next smart phone.

Below is a list of the qualities that your smart phone should definitely have.

A Powerful Processor

The processor is the engine of your smart phone and the more powerful the processor, the more functions the phone will be able to perform, and the faster it will do it. A processor with a speed of 1GHz (gigahertz) to 1.5GHz is ideal to get any job done.

A Good Operating System

There are a number of different operating systems for Smart Phones and each phone manufacturer and phone brand has their own operating system for their phones. The most popular is Google’s Android operating system for mobile devices, which is an open source system that allows anyone to access the source code and manipulate or even improve the operating system.

This means that anyone can use it on their phones without the necessity of lengthy, expensive and time consuming legal contracts. Because of this there has been a proliferation of Android phones and they have become one off the most popular Smart Phone operating systems on the market.

Screen Size

The size of the smart phone’s screen is of the utmost importance to you, the user. There is an optimal size for every person and you have to select this carefully. A large and ungainly phone can be as much of a problem as an extremely small one. The optimal size for the average person is anywhere from 4.5 inches to 5 inches.

Screen Type

There are two types of smart phone screens currently on the market. The first is a resistive screen, where you have to touch the screen with your fingers, and the second type is a capacitive screen that does not need the screen to be touched. There are advantages and drawbacks to both of these types of screens.

Resistive screens can be operated with gloves on but the constant touching of the screen can lead to early damage.

Capacitive screens are currently the most popular due to the lack of physical contact with the screen making the phone much more durable.

Screen Resolution

The clarity of the pictures on your screen will depend on the resolution of the screen; in other words, the amount of pixels that can be squeezed onto a screen. The higher the screen resolution, the more pixels are on the screen and the clearer your picture will be.


You are gong to need plenty of space to store your pictures, music and videos and to perform many of the other functions that you will use your smart phone for. A smart phone has many different types of memory that it uses to operate. There is Read-only memory (ROM), Random-access memory (RAM) and external memory (which you can increase manually with an external TF card). You don’t need to know what they are all for, but as a general rule the more of it you have on your phone, the better. A good number to aim for is 1 gigabyte or more of RAM, 4 gigabytes of ROM and external memory that can be increased to 32 gigabytes with a TF card. When it comes to Smart Phone memory, then more is always better.


Dual cameras on board have become normal for smart phones and you should insist that your new smart phone has two cameras; a back camera and a front camera. The back camera (facing away from you) is usually the most powerful and the front camera (facing you) is less powerful as it is usually used for video calls. These are some of the most expensive components of a smart phone and, as a general rule, the better the cameras, the better the quality of the phone.

Which smart phone Should I Buy?

Having covered the most essential requirements of a smart phone, you are now left with making the decision. If you are still undecided, here is a list of the 4 best value for money 5 Inch smart phones on the market today.

Choosing from this list will guarantee that you got yourself a great deal at a great price.

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  1. The 5 inch Dapeng T94 Android 4.2 3G Smart Phone is one of the best smart phones available.

It runs Android 4.2 on a 1.2 GHz processor and has a Capacitive touch 5 inch screen with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720. It has 3.62 gigabytes of internal memory and external memory can be increased up to 32 gigabytes with a TF card. It has 1 gigabyte of RAM and 4 gigabytes of ROM. It also has dual cameras with the back camera an 8 megapixel camera and the front camera 0.3 megapixels. It is able to video record as well. It supports all the popular media formats and is Wi-fi enabled and supports 3G and Bluetooth.

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  1. Next on the list is the Iocean X7 Android 4.2 3G Smart Phone.

This Android 4.2 smart phone has 1.2 GHz CPU with a capacitive 5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has two cameras; an 8 megapixel back camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. It includes video recording. It has 1 gigabyte of RAM and 4 gigabytes of ROM. External memory can be increased to 32 gigabytes with a TF card. It is Wi-fi and 3G enabled and includes GPS and Bluetooth and it supports all the popular media formats for pictures, video, music and Microsoft Office.

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  1. The 5 inch Tianhe H920+ Android 4.2 3G Phablet needs to be seen to be believed.

This black touch screen phone operates Android 4.2 on a massive 1.5 GHz processor. It has a capacitive 5 inch screen with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has 1 gigabyte of RAM, 4 gigabytes of ROM and external memory that can be upped to 32 gigabytes with a TF card and has dual SIM slots. It is Wi-fi enabled and 3G is supported. And best of all it has an absolutely amazing 12 megapixel back camera and a 2 megapixel front camera and it is able to video record.

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  1. Last but not least is the 4.5 inch CUBOT GT99 Android 4.2 3G Smart  Phone.

This 3G smart phone runs on Android 4.2 on a 1.2GHz processor, with a 4.5 in capacitive screen and has a screen resolution of 1280 x 720. It has 1 gigabyte of RAM and 4 gigabytes of ROM. The external memory can be increased to 32 gigs with a TF card. This camera has an awesome dual camera system with a 12 megapixel back camera and a 5 megapixel front camera and comes with 2 SIM slots.

Now that you know what to look for, buying a smart phone should be easy. And with the 4 smart phones listed above you know that no matter which one you choose you will be left smiling.

Author Bio: Jiahao Tu has many years of experience in writing across a variety of platforms and subject areas. He loves to do research because he is curious and he likes to give articles that are fact based, and not fluff pieces. He also writes for Everbuying.

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