Back in the days of the standard Nokia phone, mobile gaming used to be simpler. Each device came with pre-installed games specific to the phone company. They weren’t too intense and were very easy to play. Now, in the new era of mobile gaming, there is a lot more to consider. Games are a lot more detailed, need different qualities and it’s hard to know which kind of phone will maximize its true quality and potential.
Thankfully for you, once you know some of the easier details, choosing the right device will be a whole lot easier. Listed below are some of the key things to consider when choosing a phone to take the gaming world by storm.
What You Need to Know
The display is a crucial feature of the mobile phone. It controls how your experience will appear before your eyes. The three things you should consider are the resolution, pixel quality, and the type of panel.
Resolution is an easy one to understand. In short – the higher the resolution, the better quality it is. You might see ‘Quad High Definition’ or Ultra High Definition on some manufacturer descriptions. A lot of the time it is just lingo, but here is the meaning numerically:
- Quad High Definition (QHD) = 2560×1440 pixels = 1440p = 2K
- Ultra High Definition (UHD) = 3840×2160 pixels = 2160p = 4K
With UHD, you might be familiar with the phrasing as it is often associated with televisions.
When discussing pixels, you might come across the terminology called PPI which stands for Pixels per Inch. This is calculated from the resolution and overall size of the display. What to remember: the smaller the size of the display, the larger resolution the phone will have. This is because, with a small screen, more pixels have to be packed into it.
Another thing to consider is that the display type that is installed in your phone can also affect the color reproduction and overall battery consumption of the device.
CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. Today’s mobile models use Octa-core CPUs, which help the overall speed of the device. Most devices typically use half of their CPU while in use. The rest is reserved for saving the device’s power. It means your mobile is running at a lower speed but also saving you battery life. As a result, when you start doing anything intensive, like playing a game, your mobile will switch to a high-power CPU so your device has that extra bit of horsepower. In simpler terms, this means that cores don’t necessarily affect how you can game on a device.
Random Access Memory, otherwise known as RAM, determines how much data your mobile device can process and store. For someone who is interested in gaming, this affects the textures of play, the model of the characters, and more. The more RAM your mobile device has, the less it has to load from the flash memory situated on your device. The more RAM your device has, the better the graphics will be during gameplay.
Compared to computers or PCs, mobile devices use a low level of RAM. However, this doesn’t mean you should not be careful with your RAM levels. If you max out your RAM on your mobile device, it means that the processing of the game in the background will be affected, your phone will be slower, etc. This could ultimately cause the game to crash as a result. So, if you are a gamer who doesn’t want your mobile device to slow you down – opt for more RAM every time. The key is to aim for about 3 GB, or buy more. Usually, the top-of-the-range phones will have 6-8 GB.
Whether you are choosing to game on either an iOs (Apple) or Android device, the above conditions are important to consider when making your decision. Gameplay differs between the two, so be sure to consider your needs based on the games that you enjoy.
With mobile devices being designed for many other qualities, make sure it also fits your gaming needs.