Best Selling Phones Compared : Phone Specification Comparison

WhatPhone’s Hardware Specification Comparison

WhatPphone has in depth information to cover every step of the mobile phone buying cycle for you.

Part of that is device hardware specifications.

We cover the top 7 mobile phones that more than 90% of people are buying at any one time.

For those products, we offer a lot.

  • In depth reviews from experts and site visitors
  • All the images and views of the product you’d ever need
  • comparisons with other, similar products ( in the top 7 
  • videos of the products so you can see them in action
  • The latest pricing so you can get the best dea

Here, we offer you the technical information you need to make your choice. If you want to know how many processors your device has or how much on board memory it comes with, you’ve come to the right place.

What’s more, because it’s our goal to help you inform your decision and to offer you all the information you need to do that, you’ll find an overview of the definition of each component and a link to a Whatphone article designed to make it much easier to understand.


Whatphone’s Hardware Specification Comparison explained

Hardware Specification : Processors

It was only a short while ago that the highest number of processors you’d get in a device was one. Then came Dual Core Processors. Now cutting edge devices use quad core processors. Right now, the more processors you have, the more future proofed you are. Counter intuitively, your battery life might be improved with more processors. Performance will be marginally better and you may experience fewer device crashes.

Hardware Specification : Screen Size

Screen size is, to a large degree, self explanatory. This is the longest measurement possible across the screen, the diagonal, usually measured in inches. Check out the pictures on the Whatphone product pages to see if the bigger devices are too big for you but go in with an open mind. As you’ll see from the Whatphone reviews, even the largest devices fit comfortably in your pocket or handbag.

And if you want to know how the screen areas compare, check out this article in the Whatphone depository which tells you everything you need to know about mobile phone screens in the top 7.

Best Selling Phones Compared : Whatphone’s Hardware Specification Comparison table

Whatphone's hardware spec comparison

Hardware Specification : Screen type

AMOLED is Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode. Feel like you know more now I’ve said that ? It’s a screen type favored by Samsung with bright, juicy ( often called ‘saturated’ ) colours. AMOLED is great if you like games and or watching video on your device.

If you’d like to know more about it, check out this article which answers your question : What is AMOLED ?

Other screen types include Apple’s Retina display and LCD – both of which will serve you better ( you’ll be able to see the screen more clearly ) outside in the Australian sun.

You can find out more detail on Mobile Phone Screen Types in our Beginner’s Guide. And, if that doesn’t provide what you need, for people familiar with the basic types of screen on offer, we provide more detail in our Advanced Guide to Mobile Phone Screen Types.

Hardware Specification : Memory

Internal memory is what the device has by way of storage when you take it out of the box and turn it on.

16GB isn’t much these days – consider it an acceptable minimum. 16 GB will be swallowed up pretty quickly by even a mid sized music collection – if you’re keen to have variety with you wherever you go.

32 GB is fine, even if you like to watch a lot of video on your device and 64 GB is, right now, probably more than you need.

The ideal of course is that you have expandable memory. This way you can get yourself down to your high street electronics retailer and buy yourself a micro SD card. This will likely save you money ( by the time you buy the card yourself, they’re usually cheaper than if you’d bought more memory installed in the device. )

It also gives you flexibility of upgrading storage when and if you need to and transferring chips ( with your music collection ) between devices if you ever want or need to.

Hardware Specification : Main Camera

8MP is the current standard although some high end Sony devices do come with more. In addition to the hardware though, the features on the software that comes with the camera are important. More recent cameras on phones, for example, allow you to take a series of ‘Burst’ pictures – say 10 per second – and then choose the one you like most.

Additionally, the software which adapts the image for you on the device can make all the difference. The best place for in depth discussion of the relative merits of the cameras on phones is in the Whatphone in depth comparisons for each phone – available on the homepage footer.

Hardware Specification : Video Camera

Again, 1080p ( high definition ) video recording is the standard now. If you’re like me, you’ll be amazed with the quality of the video you get from your mobile phone camera. One thing to watch here is the FPS rate ( Frames Per Second ). the lower it is, the more ‘juddery’ the camera will be when panning.

Hardware Specification : Fastest network speed

3G and 4G are international standards for how quickly data is downloaded to ( and uploaded from ) your device. It’s all pretty technical but the customer experience is really simple. 3G is an acceptable data speed for most people. You can stream radio and watch regular quality ( as opposed to high definition ) videos on You Tube using 3G, with only the odd pause / splutter. You’ve probably got it on your phone right now, it’s been around 4-5 years in Australia.

4G ( or LTE – Long Term Evolution ) is the new standard. It’s fast. Really fast. Probably faster than you’re used to at home or work.

Hardware Specification : Battery life

The more the better. But, in the opinion of Whatphone, while you can always trust the manufacturers, their stats on battery are something to double check ! Again, the information you need on real life battery usage is contained in the in depth comparison articles in the footer of the Whatphone homepage. Most people just want to know if they will get to the end of the day without needing a recharge. Unfortunately, some devices don’t make it that far !

Hopefully these definitions have been useful.

As always, if you’d like something else explained, drop us a line at Whatphone through the ‘Get In Touch‘ section.

Sept ’12

Written by:
Kurt Hands

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.