Do you know? Nepal imported more than 4 million mobile phones in the first seven months of the current fiscal year. Nepal imported the majority of the phones from China, India, Vietnam, and some other countries. The government collected more than 3.8 billion rupees via customs and tax revenue for the imports of mobile phones.
The pandemic led us to use technology like never before. Nepal’s data of 2076/77 shows the import of the mobile to have almost doubled compared to the previous year’s data. Although pandemic hit the other Nepali market, the smartphone demand was surging; all credit goes to online education.
Also, we saw the rise in legal imports as well, due to the restrictions caused by Covid-19 in the borders. Hence, the pandemic proved to positively impact the legal business of smartphones in Nepal, immobilizing the grey market.
With the increasing numbers of imports and their consumers, the smartphone brands are also emerging like a mushroom. They all are vying for your attention. Although not every brand launches its device in Nepal, there are many brands and their gluts of release in Nepal every month.
With the surfeit of smartphone options, choosing the one among the best has never been more perplexing. But hey, we are here to make it easy for you to choose the best smartphone.
There are a lot of factors to be considered while buying a Smartphone. The price of a Smartphone in Nepal ranges from around Rs 12000 to Rs 1 lakh. Most of the Smartphones in Nepal are imported from China and South Korea.
The phone makers do not hesitate to add a few thousand rupees more to the price tag to remain in the competition. Here are the factors to be considered while buying a Smartphone in Nepal:
15 Factors to consider while buying a smartphone (2021)
With that in mind, here are the 15 things to consider while buying a smartphone in Nepal:
- Operating System (OS)
- Inbuilt- Storage
- Brand’s Reputation
- Water and Dust resistivity
- Fingerprint vs. Facial Recognition Security
Let’s jump in and take a look at each in detail.
The first thing to consider is to be sure about the budget you are willing to spend. Because sooner or later, you want the return of investment. Likewise, the company also provides the smartphone’s features according to the price.
Smartphones under 20,000 and smartphones under 25,000 are the budget range that is popular among Nepalese. On the other hand, those who can stretch their budget also go for smartphones under 30,000 in Nepal.
2. Operating System (OS)
Secondly, know about the operating system and its type. The most well-known OS are Android, iOS, and Windows, while Android and iOS hold a majority of the market share.
OS is responsible for providing intuitive UI, app ecosystem, personal information management, data usage, and battery management. It is essential to check the OS version and if the company is providing the updates in the coming year so that your phone doesn’t become outdated.
The processor is like the brain of the smartphone. A sound processor means faster open times for apps, smoother gameplay, and many more. Keep in mind that the smartphone’s processor depends on OS version, UI, bloatware, and more, resulting in the smartphones having different processing power.
Another critical point to note is the amount of processing power you need also depends on your tasks and the application you run.
If you’re a heavy gamer, go for the smartphone with a processor especially made for gaming. The latest processor or a year older can be a good choice while buying the smartphone for normal use.
On the other hand, if you are spending more budget, the latest processor is a must. You can also see the Geekbench result about the processor’s performance.
If we look at smartphone users in Nepal, the most frequently used application seems to be the camera. With the age of social media, capturing pictures and recording videos are daily activities in people’s lives.
You may have also encountered the smartphone advertisement boasting about the megapixels of their camera. But hold on, megapixels are responsible for determining the quality of the images,
But other factors such as aperture, ISO levels, and autofocus also play an essential role. On the other side, pay attention to the frame rate while you consider the video quality. Also, stability is a significant factor. Look for optical stabilization instead of a digital battery.
Battery life is one of the essential features to look for while buying a smartphone. The smartphone battery depends on various factors of the smartphone-like screen size, processor, and operating system. The endurance should be as long as possible.
A battery that can go for up to 10 hours with a single charge can be considered reasonable. Look for a battery with at least 3,000 mAh with fast charging in the mid-range smartphone.
For the flagship devices, battery, as well as charging method, should be considered. A flagship device supports various charging methods like wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and many more.
The choice of display and the resolution of the smartphone depends on your way of using the smartphone.
If you rely heavily on video streaming, editing videos, and watching movies, a display of around 6-inches or higher with full-HD or QHD resolution can satisfy your experience.
RAM is critical for multitasking; the more RAM your smartphone has, the easier it becomes to access the applications quickly.
A 4GB RAM works enough for you if the smartphone is mid-range, while the premium devices should have higher RAM. Also, a low-budget smartphone has 2GB, which works fine.
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