When Choosing The Right Smartphone or Tablet Specs Don’t Matter.

My title is a tad misleading.  Specs do matter but I’m gonna offer up only the one or two that matter most.  Let’s assume for now you’ve selected your operating system and form factor of either smartphone or tablet.  In the smartphone category you’re generally looking at screen sizes between 3.5″ to 5″.  Tablets generally range between 7″ to 10″.  There’s also a goofy category informally known as Phablets that fall in between these two categories.  After screen sizes you’re bombarded with a bevy of software features, hardware options, and naturally long lists of tech specs and benchmark ratings to comb through before making a purchase.  If you’re purchasing a middle to top tier device (by price) let me save you some trouble and tell you that you can assume generally good processing speed and graphics performance from most devices.  I’m trying to stay away from confusing you with geeky technical specs but must now dive into one spec a bit to illustrate this point.  The iPhone 5 uses a dual core processor that clocks in somewhere around 1.3 GHz.  By comparison the new Samsung Galaxy S4 (man that’s a mouthful of a name) carries a 1.9 GHz quad core processor.  Translation- the S4 blows the processing power of the iPhone out of the water by a mile.  With this said let this geek who’s made the iPhone 5 his primary smart device vouch that not once, not even for performance sapping games, have I ever felt even a slightest lag in performance.  I doubt seriously I would notice a difference with Samsung’s processor in my iPhone.  It’s always snappy and reliable except of course when AT&T is throttling me.  Criminals. Read More

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