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The Ultimate Gadget Buying Guide

Published onSep 06, 2023
The Ultimate Gadget Buying Guide

We live in a digitally driven world. Technology is advancing at lightening pace which means staying ahead of the gadget game can get pretty confusing. Whether you're eyeing the latest smartphone, a powerful laptop or TV show-stopper – use this guide to help you confidently navigate the world of gadget shopping.

Sizing up smartphones

Use it or lose it

Start by thinking about how you’ll use your new smartphone. Whether it's for photography, gaming, work or just social – your current usage patterns will help you decide the features you truly need. (As opposed to add-ons that just look cool).

The great debate

The choice between iOS and Android is a big one. People usually sit on either side of the fence and argue fiercely for their preference. Apple iOS is famous for simplicity and security. Android phones are often higher spec, for less money, but with more powerful capabilities they can be tricky to get used to. If you’ve used either before, decide if you’d like a smooth transition or want to try something new. 

Picture perfect

Camera matters. Especially if photography is your passion or you simply love snapping away – taking shots your daily life, friends and even your food. Compare each smartphones’ advanced camera features like higher megapixels, multiple lenses, image stabilisation and specialist modes.

Powerful performance

We accept our computers and games consoles lagging occasionally, but our phones? Nobody wants a sluggish device that slows you down with it. Pay attention to the specs – flicking from app to app needs plenty of RAM and processing power.

Storage that suits you

There’s nothing worse than getting a notification that your phone is out of storage. It can stop you taking photos, receiving emails or messages, downloading documents and more. you can afford a phone with larger built-in storage, go for it. Or look at devices where you can expand the memory with external cards or cloud storage.

What’s the use?

Even more so than smartphones, laptops cater to different needs. From casual browsing to demanding tasks. Clarify whether your laptop is for basic everyday use, creative pursuits, gaming or work. Then tailor your search to match that. You can even hunt down deals which include the programmes you need pre-installed.

Sort out sizing

Once you know what you need the laptop for, it should be easier to decide on size. If you use it for simple tasks like writing and want something portable – choose a small and lightweight device. If you need a big screen for immersive gaming or art, go for one with an expansive, high-res screen. 

Prioritise performance

If you’re completing tasks that demand a lot – designing on Adobe, gaming all night or analysing huge data sets – you need power. Look for a laptop which has a capable processor and ample RAM. These are the things which influence application speed, multitasking and overall efficiency.

Better battery life

Does your laptop usually stay in one place – at your office or on a desk at home? If it’s plugged in for long periods, battery life shouldn’t be your number one priority. If you’re an on-the-go user, you’ll need more staying power. A longer-lasting battery means there’s less need for constant charging so you’ll be uninterrupted and more productive.

Tackling the TV world

Big screen, little screen, telly box

Larger TV screens are easier to see, more immersive and give you clear details, colours that pop and smooth movements. But usually, the bigger the screen, the more expensive the telly. So consider your budget first and foremost. If you need something low-cost, try tv rental deals where you hire the set-up for a manageable weekly cost. If money is no object, think about the size of your room and where you’ll sit. Go for a screen size that gives you a great experience, without straining.

Dazzling display

Higher resolution means a better display. But for some people, Full HD (or 1080p), is enough to enjoy their time in front of the box. If you’re desperate for stunning visuals, exceptional clarity and a future-proof gadget, go all out with Ultra HD (or 4K). There’s also LED, OLED and QLED. The jargon can be daunting so research the pros and cons to find the one that suits your viewing habits.

Get smart

Nowadays, most of us can’t live without streaming and catch-up services. For that, there’s nothing better than a Smart TV. They connect to the internet, already have built-in platforms or apps and can easily link up with other devices. This means there’s unlimited entertainment options with no need to buy an external box or package.

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