What were you looking for when you bought your phone? Someone might want a brilliant camera or a very nice browsing experience. So what should one look for in the reviews?
Sadly today everyone focuses only on misleading specifications. This leads to a really disappointing experience.
Specifications are blindly followed by both buyers and by ‘expert’ reviewers. And when they use the phones in real life, the experience turns out to be totally unsatisfying. We aim to make sure this does not happen to you – our readers at Mobile Jury.
Sometimes even manufacturers exploit this behaviour by selling sub-standard phones that have good specifications on paper. We are the ones who will call them out.
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These days, even the educated people go after the stupid technical specifications while choosing their next gadget.
Today, everyone, even an illiterate person (I mean no offense) will buy a smartphone only after knowing its specifications.
These specifications were safe to rely on a few years back but now the times have changed.
I am listing down some of the favourite specifications of your darling companies. I will also tell you how these manufacturers use these specifications to trick you into buying an otherwise cheap product.
Number of Processor Cores
It is general knowledge these days that greater number of processor cores mean higher computing performance.
The above statement is valid only while comparing 2 processors of the same architecture differing not much in clock frequency.
If you are not taking the architecture or the technology into consideration then it is like comparing a Hyundai i20 1.2L petrol with 1L petrol version of Ford Ecosport with EcoBoost engine.
If you do not know anything about the EcoBoost engine then you will say that i20 is a better performer. You know that you have derived your conclusion by comparing the engine displacement alone.
The table below will help you understand the importance of technology.
|Name||Power (bhp)||Torque (Nm)|
|Hyundai i20 1.2 L Petrol Manual||84||120 Nm|
|Ford EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost Petrol Titanium||123||170 Nm|
The thing is, in today’s world you can’t comment on two things just by comparing them via a single parameter. In the above table you’ll notice that i20 has 20% more engine displacement (1.2L vs 1L) than the Eco Sport but has 46% less power (84 vs 123) than the Eco Sport.
Technology is more important than the sheer numbers in the product brochure.
What does it mean anyway? Processors are different.
Yes, I know that they are different but for processors it’s all about architecture (generation).
I would advice that you take this benchmarks scores with a pinch of salt.
Camera Mega Pixels
Camera has now become a major factor in selecting smartphones. People prefer to buy a smartphone with higher mega pixel camera. They don’t even care to check the quality of the captured shots and hence are most of the times deceived by a manufacturer providing a phone with x MP camera.
They forget that 5-8 MP is more than sufficient for seeing the photos on a computer or uploading them to social networks. So, you should always check the quality of the image captured by the camera before getting biased towards some cheap camera with higher MP count.
What is more important to you? Mega Pixels count or the image quality?
Always compare the photos taken by different cameras on a same screen, say your computer monitor. This will ensure that the display clarity doesn’t have any role to play in making a photo look good or bad.
Battery capacity in mAh
In computers the speed of operation and power efficiency is directly proportional to the processor architecture. That’s why you simply just can’t compare the battery capacity of two smartphones and conclude which phone will last longer on a single charge.
Many a times I’ve noticed that a phone with bigger battery but poorly optimized firmware can’t beat a phone with comparatively smaller battery.
Battery backup depends more on firmware and processor architecture than on capacity in mAh
This metric is our personal favourite. Benchmarks tells us about the relative performance of software/hardware and not about the actual real-world performance.
A must read: The real meaning of benchmarks
We’re not against the use of benchmarks but we just can’t control our laughter when people actually prefer Phone A over Phone B just because it scores 10% more in benchmarks.
Never buy a smartphone only after checking its benchmarks scores.
You can ask us about the performance of the phone you want to buy or a friend who is using it for a long time. Please don’t take benchmark scores literally.
You should also know that many big manufacturers are optimizing the phone firmware to perform better while running benchmarking apps rather than the apps that you would use daily.
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