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Storage: the most underrated specs by smartphone users

Smartphone storage the most underrated specs

The specifications of a device defines what the device is, what it can do, and what it can get done. We looked at the specifications of the smartphone we want to buy to know if the device is the right one for us and if it is capable of doing what we want to use it for. Today's smartphone are capable of doing a lot of things, but it all boils down to the specs of the device.

One of the specs that is mostly overlooked by smartphone users is the storage (ROM). The display, processor, RAM, camera, and battery are most highly regarded while the storage is underrated. What most users do not know is that the storage held most of the information that are processed on a device. The storage serve as the reservoir of data and information that are processed in every activities. Also, the operating system and the system files are harbored inside the storage, and the specs of the storage affect their performance.

The operating system govern the software that are responsible for applications that we installed in our phone. As a matter of fact, all the apps that we installed in our smartphones are saved inside the storage, including their data. The storage serve as an abode for files (both user's files and system files), apps, programs, and data in our phones, and the overall performance of the phone can seriously be affected if the storage is malfunctioning or the type of storage used is not up to standard.

Furthermore, the storage is one of the specs that determine how fast and responsive a smartphone is. The speed at which the data is being transferred to and fro from within the storage, whether when running an application or when watching a movie, affects the performance of each task run on the phone. The storage work alongside with the RAM (Random Access Memory) to make sure that the phone runs butter smooth and that tasks are done without lags.

Also read: Is 4GB RAM enough for smartphones in 2020?

Those who use laptops or desktops know how important the storage is. When it comes to storage, we have the 5400 RPM hard drives, the 7200 RPM hard drives, and the SSD in different configurations - these have different speeds and are more efficient than one another. The type you use affects the performance of the system in one way or the other. In the same way, we have different types of storage used in today's smartphone.

The type of storage commonly used is the eMMC 5.1 (it is the most commonly used in low-end phones), but nowadays you are more likely to come across smartphones that have UFS 2.0 or UFS 2.1 storage. The cherry on the cake is UFS 3.1 storage, which you can only find in latest high-end premium smartphones. The difference between these type of storage are their speed; the eMMC 5.1 is the slowest and it is often found in generic China-made phones and cheap low-end phones.

We have the UFS 3.0 that is becoming common these days. UFS storage in general are fast and are far better than eMMC storage. In day-to-day activities you will perceive the difference a bit, but when you run apps that are intensive or you transfer files to and fro another device the difference can be clearly noticed. The difference between these storage can also be seen when transferring files from a PC to the phone via the USB port.

eMMC 5.1 storage filled the bottom rock of the smartphone market and should be avoided if you demand great performance for your device (Tecno and Infinix use it in almost all their phones). The question most users ask is how can I know the type of storage that my phone has? The answer is: most phone manufacturers revealed the type of storage used in their phones on their website. You can view it by reading the technical specs sheet of your device on the manufacturer website. This is the surest way. As far as I know, no apps can reveal the type of storage your phone has.

I'll also like to add that the storage capacity matters, although things have changed for the better as you can get phones that have 128GB storage at steep price. Nevertheless, buying a phone with a 64GB UFS 3.0 storage is much more better than buying a phone with a 128GB eMMC 5.1 storage. The boot time, the fastness, the responsiveness, and the speed at which data is transferred to and fro on the device are all affected by the type of storage you chose. The RAM handle some of these things, but the storage also take some part.

The display, CPU, RAM, battery, camera, and the connectivity should not be your only focus when you want to buy a smartphone. Make sure to add the storage to your list as it might make a bit of a difference.



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