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Smartphones are unarguably an important part of our lives as they help us to accomplish a lot of tasks ranging from communication, internet browsing, social media, gaming etc.  Knowing the right smartphone to buy is very important as many are misled to buying the only popular brands, expensive flagships or trending phones. I often get asked "What is the best smartphone to buy?", but that can only be answered by you. Many people fail to realize that the smartphone industry is like any other industry - They are seeking to make a profit. The fact that Ford makes pick-up trucks, Toyota makes SUVs, Lamborghini makes fast cars, etcetera, does not make one the better than the other, the best depends on what you need, but smartphones today are trying to put all the functionalities be it important or not just to give you the impression that they are selling you something better each year.

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Various parameters are required in determining the best phone for you. These include:
  • Pricing
  • Purpose of gadget
  • Security
  • Aesthetic Preferences
Pricing
Based on pricing we classify mobile phones into three categories - Flagship, Mid-range and Low-budget phones. This is the number one deciding factor for most people in choosing phones. Flagship phones are the premium offers of tech companies, they cost about $800 and above. They offer the best quality of that company,  new technological add-ons and provide aesthetic pleasure. The drawback to flagships could be that; in trying out new tech add-ons companies might fail in some aspect of production as we have seen in cases like the Samsung Galaxy S7 explosion and Samsung Galaxy Fold screen breaking a few days after use, nonetheless, flagships are awesome as expected of any premium product. Mid-range phones are classic phones ranging from $150 to $800. They are made of standard and up-to-date technology. Tech companies are economical in the manufacturing of mid-range phones; so unnecessary features in flagships might not be included in them. Mid-range phones do well and serve their purpose, they would do for any basic smartphone user. Mid-ranges target functionality and efficiency, cutting down cost at the expense of premium features. Low-Budget phones target cutting down costs to the barest minimum, their prices below $150. Low-budget phone can also do what a smartphone should do but you will most likely be disadvantaged in processor speed, storage, or camera quality.

Purpose of Gadget
In this 21st century, we have seen a lot of specialization in various things and smartphones are not any different.  Categories of smartphones based on purpose include general-purpose phones, gaming phones, and photography phones. Specific-purpose phones offer quality for a specific purpose, therefore they are cheaper than general-purpose smartphones. If you are looking for high-quality specs in a specific area, but you do not really need other high specs, it would be profitable to look up specific purpose phones. For example, someone who loves taking pictures might need a high-quality camera and not necessarily a fast processor to run heavy apps.

Security
We always want security in everything we make use of. As we have easier access to the internet and have easy in sharing files, the probability of getting malicious software is high and we need to be secure with the smartphone we use. In this aspect, many consider the IOS devices to be a better option over android devices, as Apple® makes both the software and hardware of apple devices. The IOS devices also have some restrictions when it comes to sharing and downloading, as a means of protection, although many have accused it as a scheme to sell other products, like in the case of iTunes.

Aesthetic Preferences
This basically has to do with what you personally want and what you enjoy. These include things like colour and beauty, screen quality, fingerprint sensor (and its position), operating system(IOS/Android), and many others.

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