Which Mobile Features Don’t You Need?

by Dan Forster - , Last Updated on May 20, 2015, Saving Money

Dropping hundreds of pounds on a mobile phone isn’t everyone’s idea of a wise investment, and in today’s troubled economy most of us are looking to slim down our budgets a little bit. Of course, a top end phone can be a lot of fun, but it can also make a serious dent in your bank balance. And a lot of that cash might be going towards features that not only you don’t need but that you won’t even use. So if you’re looking to save a few pounds, we’re taking a look at some of the features that you might want to skip when shopping for a new mobile…

Big MP Cameras

Mobile cameras just keep getting more and more megapixels, and it can be pretty tempting to go for a phone that’s got a big MP camera. However, you might be wasting cash doing things this way, and there are two good reasons why you should skip the big MP phone camera.

The first of these reasons is quite simply that many of us still carry a digital camera for serious pics and only use a mobile for quick snaps on the go or Facebook pictures. A simple 8 MP camera will more than do the job if all you want to do is post a picture on the internet or send it to your friend.

The second reason is that megapixels aren’t everything, even if you do want to use your phone to take great pictures. The quality of a camera phone’s pictures is determined not just by how many megapixels it has, but also by the size of the sensor the camera lens has, as well as the underlying software that the camera is using. A smaller MP camera with a better sensor and a decent camera software app will take way better pictures than a huge 20 MP camera without the great sensor and software app.

If you’re looking at camera specs don’t necessarily go for the big MP camera. You probably won’t be gaining much with more megapixels, and you’ll certainly be spending a lot more.

Big, Big Processors

We’ll be the first to agree that speed is important in a mobile phone. No one wants a device that’s slow to respond to input, or that takes forever to load a web page, or that won’t run certain apps and games. But there has to be a limit.

Whilst many top end phones are coming with quad and octo core processors that are over the 2.5 GHz mark, most of us simply don’t need those kinds of speeds- and probably won’t even notice the added speed if we have it. Plus, processor size isn’t the only thing that determines how fast and responsive your mobile is going to be- RAM plays its part too.

The average user is going to do fine with a quad core 2.0 GHz processor and around 2 GB of RAM. Sure, you could pay for more than that, but why bother? Skip the big processors in favour of a feature that you’ll really make use of, like more RAM or even more internal memory.

Big Screens

If you’re noticing a trend here with our use of the word big then you won’t be surprised that big display size is next on the list. Yes, some people want and need big screens. If you consistently use your phone for editing pictures, working on presentations, reading or watching films then a big screen could be a feature that you’re willing to pay for.

For most of us though, a big screen is not only a waste of money, but an unnecessary encumbrance too. If you use your mobile for a little light web surfing, calling, texting and emailing, then what’s the point of that large screen? You might get a better view of what you’re doing, but you’ll be spending a lot of money on something that you’re not spending that much time looking at.

Plus, big screens mean big phones. If you’re looking for something that you can use with one hand or that you can slide into your pocket, then a smaller sized display will suit you better. The lesson? Don’t opt for the pricey big screen unless you’re actually going to make good use out of it…

Silly Extras

When it comes to big name mobile manufacturers there’s not an awful lot to choose from between their high end mobiles. Basic specs are all very similar on the big models. That means that in order to lure you into buying a phone manufacturers add little twists, small features that they think will persuade customers to buy. Occasionally these are great, but for the most part they’re marketing.

What kinds of things are we talking about? Well, fingerprint scanners, for one. Do you really keep so much insecure personal data on your phone that a password won’t suffice? And those scanners don’t exactly have a great reputation for being accurate either…

And then there’s the “gestures” that so many manufacturers are adding (we’re looking at you, Samsung). Designed to make your phone easier and more convenient to use, these gestures are programmed in to allow you to perform certain actions automatically when you complete the given gesture. Some of these are second nature to us now, like pinching to zoom in and out. However, many of them aren’t intuitive at all, and are really unnecessary.

We’re sure you’re getting the picture here. When you’re looking at special extra features, give them a bit of thought. Is this something that you’re actually going to use? Don’t waste money on features that you’re not going to use or that just sound cool, there’s really no point at all.

A decent mobile that fulfils your needs doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. There are plenty of features and specs that you really don’t need to be top end. If you’re on a budget, then settling for what you need rather than going for the big numbers is going to save you a wad of valuable cash…