Lesson 4: App Key Features to Look for When Searching for An App

Characteristics to know when searching for an app: 


  • It is totally free 
  • You need to pay to gain lifetime access or monthly, or yearly subscription
  • Pay in Apps  – apps that are normally free, or with a free trial, but upgrading to a premium/ pro account comes with a monthly or yearly subscription fee
  • Pay in Apps – free apps that can be used completely free. The drawback: unless you subscribe and pay a subscription fee, you are often disturbed by audio/video/graphic banners, commercials 

Phone capacitive limits:

  • Size of the display and screen resolution – if it allows you to see big enough to use all app functions;
  • Speed: Processor performance (e.g. Apple – M2, Galaxy – Snapdragon 8 Gen2 Octa-Core etc.);
  • Capacity RAM (between 2 and 12 RAM);
  • Pen or stylus availability (especially for taking notes, handwriting, graphic editing);
  • Battery capacity (preferably over 3000mAh) or consider using an external battery;
  • Storage – recommended 128GB – 512 GB, available up to 2 TB or consider having the dedicated place for external micro SD for extra storage;

Characteristics to consider when searching for an app:  

  • Refresh rate (for frequent app user or for gaming: recommended 60-120 Hz screen refresh rate); 
  • Cameras  – number of cameras: selfie camera is a must for video conferences; wide angle (up to 200MP), ultra-wide, optical zoom, digital zoom;  
  • Waterproof, dustproof 
  • Accessories compatibility – not all desktops, headphones, smartwatches, pens, Bluetooth devices can be connected to all types of smartphones. Compatibility may vary due to the generation of the same type of device
  • Connectivity – 2,4 G, 5G, 6G – relevant for communication and internet reception and quality etc. 

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