Overwhelming technical specs
Do you find it also so confusing finding a smartphone due to all the functions, features and the technical definitions and abbreviations used?
- LED-backlit LCD, Oled, Amoled, Super Amoled, Retina, TFT LCD, Super LCD 2, Super PLS LCD, IPS LCD2 (in-plane-switching LCD)
- Capacitive touch screen, resistive touch screen
- QVGA,WQVGA, HVGA, WVGA, FWVGA, SVGA, DVGA, WSVGA
- Single core, dual core, quad core
- Gingerbread, ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich), Froyo, IOS, Windows Phone 7
- Exynos, ARM Cortex A9 (Tegra3), NovaThor U8500 dual-core, Snapdragon 4 dual core, Cortex A9 quad core processor,…
- Adreno 205, Mali 400Mp, ULP GeForce, SGX 540 GPU (Graphic Unit Processor)
- MFLOPS on Linpack multithreaded, Antutu, Vellamo, Sunspider, Quadrant, GL Benchmark Egypt Offscreen, CF-Bench, Benchmark Pi, BrowserMark, NenaMark 2 benchmarks
- HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS, HSPA+
- 2G, 3G, 3.5G, 4G, 4G LTE (what happened to 1G and 5G ?)
- Tethering, Mobile Hotspot, push to talk
- Wi-Fi b/g/n, DLNA
- MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
Seems like the more exotic it sounds the better?
Do you understand any of these tech specs?
A phone is needed – not an engineering master piece
Do you know the differences between or advantages of all these technical items, specs and features?
Do you use all these features and functions ? Do you know how to use all these functions and features?
In the end you just want a well performing phone that allows you to receive and make calls, browse the Internet, send text messages, answer emails, take pictures, listen to music, maybe even watch video’s and play games.
All these technical terms which could be as well drivel doesn’t bring any real information.
It is not because of all the tech specs it will be a better smartphone.
Usability instead of tech specs, functions and features
What you want is to:
- Know the readability of the screen in sunlight
- How fast you can start a function
- How easy it is to use a feature
- How good you can type an SMS (texting) or email or MultiMediaMail
- How easy it is to retrieve an email or find a website
- How long can you use it before recharging (larger displays will consume more)
- How good is the camera (which is not defined by the pixels but mainly by the lens)
The underlying technology has no importance for the average user.
The iPhone was averse from technology – Smartphones compete on tech specs
In the beginning there was the iPhone from Apple that brought a usable device. Then due to competition more and more technical terms were promoted as marketing terms making it all too confusing. Now there is an overwhelming number of smartphones in different form factors and sizes with less or more or more more features at different price levels.
In order to differentiate they market all the technical functions, features and the stylishness.
Smartphone reviews as guide
Instead of staring at all the technical items and systems contained in a smartphone you should need to get your hands on and use it for several days. However that’s not possible.
Hence you need to rely upon reviews of third parties:
- Phone Arena
- PC Advisor
- Slash Gear
- Know your mobile
Usability and basic functionality
There are many factors which are more important than technical specs of a phone. Just the usability is one of the main requirements: if you can’t or don’t know or never use 75% of the nifty technical functions and features then they have no importance.
The phone should fit your needs.
And you should be able to make calls and receive calls without a hassle and your voice and their voice should be loud and clear. How the manufacturer achieves this is not of your worries.
Are you overwhelmed by the functions and features too ? Confused ?