First Aid To Android Smartphone Problems - Part 1

The article "First aid to android smartphone problems" talks about the problems android smartphone users face in day to day usage of the phone. It brings out the common causes of such problems and gives recommendations on how to solve them and avoid similar problems in the future. Its all about educating android phone users on the best practices of using the phone if they must ensure a seamless experience on their device.

This article is divided into 3 parts:

Part 1:  Understanding what a smartphone is, and what to consider before buying one,
Part 2: Setting up a smartphone for use,
Part 3: Making efficient use of a smartphone.

 Understanding what a smartphone is

In understanding a smartphone, we are going to ask ourselves what a smartphone is. Here is a definition from Wikipedia that will be explined line wise:
A smartphone is a mobile personal computer with a mobile operating system with features useful for mobile or handheld use. 
This smeans that you can perform just about any form of computing with a smartphone like you would do with a personal computer and you could do this "on the go". Saying that a smartphone has a mobile operting system means that the the phone, just like the computer has a software that enables the hardware to perform its functions.
Smartphones, which are typically pocket-sized (as opposed to tablets, which are much larger in measurement), have the ability to place and receive voice/video calls and create and receive text messages, have personal digital assistants (such as Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, Cortana, or Bixby), an event calendar, a media player, video games, GPS navigation, digital camera and digital video camera. 
 This means that a smartphone is made for the pocket and should typically be small else judging from the size (if big) we may give it the name of a tablet. It can perform all the functions of a feature or color screen phone and other additional features which are placing and receiving video calls, having the phone talk to you and in return understand what you are saying to the extend of making some decisions and taking some actions. The phone is able to keep track of your calendar and events such that it manages your time from a high level perspective. The phone permits you play video games, locate and keep track of your position on the globe, and take videos and high quality photos.
Smartphones can access the Internet through cellular or Wi-Fi and can run a variety of third-party software components ("apps" from places like Google Play Store or Apple App Store). 
With a smartphone, you are able to access the internet either directly from the phone (learn how to configure your smartphone for internet access) or by using internet connection provided by a third party. You are able to modify the software of the phone by downloading and installing other features enhancing applications from smartphone operating system development entities like Google Play Store, Apple App Store, Windows. 
They typically have a color display with a graphical user interface that covers more than 76% of the front surface. The display is almost always a touchscreen.
Now that we have covered the question of what is a smartphone, lets move on to how to buy a smartphone.

What should I consider before buying a smartphone

Before buying a smartphone the set of questions you should get ansers to are similar to those you would ask if you wanted to buy a personal computer. I suggest you write down the list of things you want to do with the smart phone and you would better manage your budget buy obtaining just what you need. Also, be mindful of future releases and your attitude towards fancy features. Its not all about the color or the size of the screen or the pixel definition of the camera.

So before buying a smartphone, after checking and choosing from the aesthetics and design, your final decison should boil down to the following features:
  1. Choose a phone with a high CPU speed. I recommend you go for nothing less than a CPU speed of 1.2 GHZ
  2. Choose a phone with a high RAM memory. You should  go for nothing less than 1GB RAM
  3. Choose a phone with at least 8GB of internal storage. Although this storage space can on a latter date be extended via an SD Card, you should consider having a high internal storage space to allow for system stability, for at time your phone may have to do trashing of this memory. 
  4. Even those who dont like pictures would want the very least of their pictures to be clear and visible. So go for a phone with a camera spec of at least 5MP. 
  5. We are in mid 2017 and so you should not be using a smartphone with an android version of less than 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). You risk having a limited set of apps that can run on your phone or you may not have full features of some apps. 
  6. In terms of manufacturers, you may find it wise to give preference to HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Sony. This is where battery life and security comes into play.
Go to part 2: Setting up an android smartphone for first use

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