Tech Tuesday: Android Basics – Buyers Advice

Last time we talked about downloading apps. Today we’re going to explore what kind of Android devices are available and what you should look for!

Before jumping in to “what’s best” there are a number of considerations to take into account like budget, whether you need a phone plan, what the device will be used for, likelihood that it sustains a fall. There’s no such thing as a best smartphone or tablet, you’ll have to determine what qualities you want. Budget will guide much of that decision.

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone you might be able to get something bundled with a phone plan. Monthly payments may be easier to work into a budget but keep in mind that phone companies are not charities. You’ll be paying the full cost of the phone one way or another. Before buying anything new consider whether or not it’s necessary. If your device is still receiving security updates and there’s no physical damage it’s probably best to hang on to it.

If you’re going to be spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on a device it’s a good idea to do a bit of reading. Here are a bunch of reviews from reputable sites:

Wirecutter – best smartphones

Digital Trends – best smartphones

The Verge – best budget smartphone

Toms Guide – best phones

Tech Rader – best phone

T3 – best smartphone

This website has in-depth information on different smartphones and tablets:


When reviews describe the “best” device they’re usually referring to the fastest processor, highest amount of RAM, sharpest camera lenses, etc. For the same reason that you don’t need a $5000 gaming computer to compose emails, connect with people on social media, and shop online, the latest and greatest phones might not be necessary. Cameras tend to see the most improvement year-over-year but getting a better camera won’t help you take better pictures if you don’t know anything about composition.

Most smartphone users will find budget and mid-range phones entirely adequate for the lifecycle of their device.

Android tablets are somewhat easier to purchase. The market has shrunk massively in the past few years to the point where there aren’t that many options. If you’re dedicated to getting an Android tablet the Samsung Galaxy or Lenovo are offering some of the only options. Most people are better off purchasing an iPad unless they have a good reason to buy and Android tablet.

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