Smartphones have now become essential devices and people are spending lot of money for buying a high end smartphone. As technology changes rapidly, smartphones are getting obsolete as new smartphones with more advanced features are released into the market. Below are some of the features you should look for to make your smartphone future proof:

Full HD Display

Higher content consumption on portable devices like smartphones and tablets are making them the preferred devices to watch movies and do some serious Internet browsing on the go. A 5 inch display with Full HD (1080P) gives good video watching experience and displays sharper images and text. But, Full HD displays are now available mostly on top end smartphones which are not affordable to all. In that case, you should atleast look for a smartphone with HD display (720p). Any smartphone with a sub HD display is a strict no-no.

NFC Support

Near Field Communication (NFC) is the latest wireless standard which lets smartphones to connect with other devices when both of them are placed close to each other. The technology is based on RFID and makes it very easy for devices to connect with each other. Eventhough the speed at which data can be transferred through NFC is considerably less than the conventional technologies like Bluetooth, NFC provides unique benefits as it supports encryption. This makes NFC the preferred technology for making contact-less payments, sharing contacts with others, and converting devices into electronic identity documents. NFC usage is picking up worldwide and having a smartphone with support to NFC will make it future ready.

4G Support

4G networks are spreading slowly by steadily across the world. And India too may not fall behind in adopting the latest high end standard in mobile communications. 4G networks are already up and running in some Indian cities. Reliance Jio, the telecoms arm of Reliance Industries, is expected to launch its 4G services across the nation in 2013 or in early 2014. 4G LTE networks offer far better data speeds (up-to 300 mbps) than the current 3G networks. 4G data rates can also be cheaper as telecom companies paid lesser licensing fees for buying 4G spectrum when compared to the 3G networks. Buying a smart phone which has support to 4G networks can protect it from getting obsolete when 4G networks are widely adopted. There is not a need to shell out top dollars for buying a 4G enabled smartphone as devices with 4G like the Sony Xperia L are now priced just around Rs. 15,000 (US$ 300).

Higher RAM and Internal Memory

Smartphones available today can perform most of the tasks that PCs of yesterday could do. And they do need lot of power for doing those tasks. High end apps and graphic intensive games need more RAM for them to function smoothly. 2GB or atleast 1.5 GB is preferable for a smartphone of tomorrow. As more and more content is now being consumed on portable devices like smartphones, its better to have higher internal memory on your device. A minimum of 16 GB internal memory which can be further expanded depending upon the need will make it convenient to carry higher volumes of data on your smartphone in the future.

GLONASS

GLONASS is a satellite navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defence forces. Simply put, it is the Russian equivalent of GPS. Many device manufacturers are including GLONASS in smartphones due to the advantages of combining it with GPS. Some of the advantages of combining GLONASS with GPS are improved satellite signal observations, increased number of visible (accessible satellites), quicker identification of your position, etc. All these advantages make GLONASS an indispensable addition for the future ready smartphone.