I am thinking of changing the mobile. Until now I have worked wonderfully with my beloved Elephone P8 Mini, but the truth is that I have given him so much bullshit that the poor man does not give much more. It has been hit from all sides, and apart from having several rates all over the screen, the camera has stopped working.

It's time to retire the little P8, but what should be his substitute? There are several requirements that I am clear about, and others that I don't really care too much about. Today, we review some of those essential factors, which, if we do not take into account, can ruin an acquisition as important as the purchase of a mobile phone. Here if your phones gets damaged or something you can simply contact ifixitright

5 essential requirements that will help us choose the perfect phone
Here I have tried to be as neutral as possible. If we are fans of mobile photography, obviously we will try to have the best camera phone on the market that we can afford. But it is not about that. Here what we are going to talk about are those types of features that can make us be forced to replace a newly acquired mobile, simply because it does not work for us!

Compatible networks and bands
This is one of the characteristics that my readers often ask me when I post a review on Facebook. "Is it compatible with the networks in Peru?", "And those in Mexico?" Although today's mobiles –especially the Chinese ones- support the majority of networks offered by the main Spanish telemarketers, this is not the case in the rest of the world.

Mobile phones support certain types of frequency bands. If our operator is not compatible with any of these bands, we will not be able to use the SIM to make calls or consume mobile data.

In the next post on the GearBest blog you have a very useful compatibility guide for bands, countries, and operators. If we already have an eye on a specific phone we can also see its file on the Kimovil website, where the network compatibility offered by each phone in our country is shown.

The type of SIM card
It may seem silly, but you know there are several types of SIM cards, right? I am the first who does not tend to pay too much attention to these things. But considering that we have micro SIMs, nano SIMs, and others, it may be the case that we get home with the newly purchased mobile and that the card simply does not fit in the slot. What a slump.

If we have a micro SIM and we need to make the transfer to nano-SIM, we will have to contact our operator, and normally these types of actions usually carry a surcharge that is easily around 5 to 10 euros.

Phone weight
It is not the first time that I emphasize the importance of weight within the basic characteristics of a terminal. The weight of a mobile phone is important for many factors. If we do not calculate well we can get a real brick and not realize it until it is too late.

Personally, I would not recommend buying any mobile phone that weighs more than 200 grams unless we always carry it in our bag or backpack. I think the ideal weight would be between 165 and 185 grams : easy to handle and comfortable, even if we carry it in our pants pocket. Attentive, because normally mobiles with large batteries are the least likely to notice these types of factors.

Performance (RAM + CPU)
For some, if you don't have a top-of-the-line Snapdragon, your mobile is crap. Logically it is an absurd reasoning, since today, more than ever, the hardware that is manufactured offers a fairly good user experience in general, even in the lower ranges.

We do not need a 900 euro mobile if all we are going to do is browse, upload photos to Instagram and talk on WhatsApp. But that does not mean that the whole mountain is oregano and that we should settle for anything. There are also a few minimums.

You don't understand why your new '97 folding phone takes so long to upload files to Google Drive. And we didn't even talk about wassap ... Let's make a call to the Android SAT!
In 2018, and after having had several medium and low-range phones in my hands, these are the minimums that, I think, we should demand from a smartphone to ensure good and fluid performance :

Android version
Online stores increasingly have a larger stock. Hundreds and hundreds of terminals are crowded in the product lists, and inevitably, phones that are already a couple of years old or 3 behind them always sneak in.

Design cannot always make us see the age of a mobile. In fact, that's not even a bad thing. A mobile with a couple of years old may be more powerful than another that just came out 3 days ago.

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The Le 2 Pro is still a great mobile after 2 years on the market, but its Android version is beginning to be a bit dated
What unfortunately we cannot avoid is that an old mobile phone has a version of Android (or iOS) according to its release date . As users, a recent version of the current operating system will always benefit us the most. Not anymore because the device will be more fluid, safer and with better functions. If we have an Android 4.0 or 5.0, to give an example, some applications will simply not be compatible, and we won't even be able to install them. Anything sadder than that?

Be careful, because the Chinese mobile stores and other sites like Amazon, are still full of Android 4.4 and similar phones. They grow like mushrooms and tend to attract a lot of attention thanks to a really low price.

In short, take a good look at all the features of the phone so you won't get any unpleasant surprises
After this we already have other factors such as the ease of rooting that the terminal offers, the quality of the screen, the battery, the camera, or the budget that we have.

Luckily, none of these is essential to get a decent mobile average - unless our cap is less than 100 euros: there we will begin to have problems, of course.

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