How to buy a superphone

Superphones catch everyone’s attention, and when they offer this potent blend of quality, power and usability, why wouldn’t you want one?

The big phone is definitely still king in 2019, and having such a high level of pixel power in your (slightly baggy) pocket always wins out over the convenience of the small phone, regardless of how cute those little ones are.

Yet size is not everything. You must be able to back it up with a full house of top tech.

Naturally, in a larger chassis, you get more of everything: more battery, more storage, more cameras, more screen, and each of the phones featured here delivers on all those counts. Modern phones don’t want for power, and these beefy processors are capable of handling anything you throw at them.

HOW TO BUY A SUPERPHONE IN SOUTH AFRICA

SCREEN

All superphones use basically the same power-efficient screen technology (AMOLED). How many pixels they pack into that space, measured in pixels per inch (PPI) determines the crispness of the screen image. Although Apple lags behind in PPI, its screens still look great.

BATTERY

The size of the battery is not as important as how well your phone manages its processing power and screen lighting. The latest version of Android (called Pie) uses artificial intelligence to prioritise your most used apps, and limits battery power to less important apps running in the background.

CAMERAS

More megapixels don’t always produce a better photo. That’s because the size of the pixels and the software processing image data now matters much more. All superphones will use AI to optimise your camera set-up for each photo, usually by recognising your scene, or by figuring out what you’re trying to achieve.

RAM

More is usually better. All superphones have at least 6 GB of RAM, which is often more than your office PC, and this is the main component that makes your phone seem ‘fast’ or ‘smooth’. iPhones only have 4 GB of RAM, but they use it very efficiently.

BUILD

All superphones have glass backs. Although it makes the phones look glossy and premium, it also makes them much more fragile. But the glass backing is necessary for wireless charging and also greatly improves radio-wave performance for calls and data. Of course, most superphones end up in a cheap-looking cover anyway.

SECURITY

Phones are the new favourite target of hackers and criminals. Fortunately, most phones now store your unlock data, such as facial imprint, fingerprint or retina scan in a secure area of the phone’s memory that’s very hard to crack. However, you need to update your Android OS regularly as well, which is challenging if your phone maker is lax.

 

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