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That is how we check smartphones at NextPit

On the outset, we wished to inform you that we take a number of measures to guarantee goal comparability of the check outcomes. And for a similar, we now have developed a standardized check process. Sure, coloration house measurement diagrams and line pairs per millimeter graphs are enjoyable to have a look at. However whereas we consider that lab exams and scientific exams play a task in some functions, we additionally take a variety of time to clarify (and present) the variations between totally different gadgets utilizing real-world examples.

To quote an instance, we’ll describe how our favourite songs sound in a different way when utilizing varied headphones as an alternative of displaying you a frequency response curve. And we’ll be sure that to indicate you dozens of various pattern images and quite a few picture comparisons between varied smartphones to be able to see the outcomes and make your individual knowledgeable selections.

Our editorial workforce has used and examined lots of of various smartphones, headphones, and wearables through the years. Relaxation assured, with their expertise, NextPit is fairly certain you may definitely find yourself getting yourselves the most effective product primarily based in your necessities.

How do you get the gadgets you check?

Many of the tools that’s examined is made obtainable to the NextPit editorial workforce on mortgage and freed from cost. In some circumstances, it additionally occurs that we additionally purchase the gadgets. Regardless of the case, the origin of the product doesn’t affect our remaining analysis. The result’s all the time impartial and goal. 

Some producers are additionally promoting companions at NextPit. Nevertheless, promoting campaigns or paid articles are clearly marked as such. As well as, we do use additionally affiliate hyperlinks and would possibly get some fee for gross sales. Nevertheless, this reality won’t ever affect our rankings in any method.

Our analysis scheme and the ensuing check rating relies on the next check standards, the composition of which will probably be tailored relying on the gadget class that’s reviewed:

Design & Construct High quality

Oh sure, design. That’s one thing which you could combat over for hours, and it absolutely lies within the eye of the beholder. However sure, there are some moderately goal standards. A badly balanced cellphone with low cost supplies and peculiar coloration mixtures could have decrease scores than a cleanly designed gadget created from greater high quality supplies like glass and steel. To ensure the unique reviewer gave the right rating, the grade can be checked by a second editor.

The construct high quality, however, is simpler to guage. How does the gadget really feel? Does it bend and twist? How effectively are the buttons and ports made? Is the gadget scratch-, shock- and/or waterproof? All these elements do play a task in how we attain a remaining rating.


Each gadget that has a show must undergo some visible exams. We test show brightness, distinction, refresh charge, and coloration house, and attainable restrictions resulting from rounded corners and edges or cutouts for the digicam or audio system. 

In our evaluations, we use two software program; HCFR and a Spyder4Elite, to measure distinction, peak brightness, and coloration replica. Moreover, we depend on the expertise and judgment of our editors to evaluation the gadget. Final however not least, we test the responsiveness of the touchscreen’s digitizer below varied circumstances, from on a regular basis use to gaming.

Software program & Operation

The function that good software program performs on a contemporary gadget is essential. Regardless of how nice the {hardware} is, consumer expertise will be marred by poor software program. The NextPit editorial workforce understands this and carefully seems on the put in working system and the modifications a producer might have applied in comparison with the vanilla model (particularly Android).

One other essential side is the ecosystem constructed across the working system concerning app availability, suitable gadgets, and equipment. Lastly, the replace technique of the producer performs an essential function in our evaluation, because it influences the longevity of the gadget.


We test each the technical tools of the gadget and its efficiency below load. For that, we run a predefined array of benchmark exams on the gadget that will differ relying on the gadget class. 

Nevertheless, the NextPit editorial workforce additionally topics the gadget to varied on a regular basis exams and carefully displays the way it behaves in on a regular basis life. 

Moreover the system efficiency, the wi-fi connections (LTE / 4G / 5G) are additionally evaluated and rewarded. Further factors are awarded if the smartphone helps a brand new wi-fi customary, equivalent to Wi-Fi 6 or UWB in 2021.


Our audio exams differ largely relying on the gadget class. For smartphones, the decision high quality in each instructions (listening and talking) is essential – each with and with out ambient noise. Since making calls continues to be the important thing function of a cellphone (is it?), it’s given particular consideration. For smartphones, we additionally test the standard of the speaker(s) by way of bass, readability, and loudness.

Units like headphones and audio system – the place the audio high quality performs a good larger function are examined utilizing a wide selection of songs throughout varied musical genres. For headphones, we additionally carefully test how good/unhealthy the Energetic Noise Cancellation function is, if obtainable.

Digital camera

As smartphones have primarily changed standalone point-and-shoot cameras,  their digicam methods play an essential function in our evaluations. Among the many issues we give weightage to in our smartphone digicam evaluations embody; How versatile is the digicam system from the ultrawide angle to the telezoom? Does the digicam have any extras by way of {hardware} and software program? Do all of the totally different cameras work collectively effectively and is the app user-friendly?

We additionally study the picture high quality below totally different lighting circumstances, from daylight to darkness. How the colour replica, picture noise, and element replica differ below totally different circumstances? Is the digicam’s autofocus fast and dependable? And, in fact, the selfie digicam is essential, too.

Final however not least, we take an in depth take a look at the video high quality. We take a look at the utmost supported resolutions and body charges whereas additionally checking how good/unhealthy the picture stabilization function is. And naturally, we additionally study how the video high quality performs out below totally different lighting circumstances.


Numerous elements play a task with rechargeable batteries: How a lot capability does the battery provide? Can it maybe be charged wirelessly, and does it assist wired/wi-fi quick charging? Are there wise power-saving settings? 

The battery life is particularly essential for the wise use of just about any modern-day gadget ( you, Google Glass!). Accordingly, we additionally charge the battery in immediately’s general context at NextPit and considerably deduct factors for comparatively quick battery life.

Check process

The number of these check standards displays the historical past of NextPit: Previously AndroidPIT. Whereas smartphones are nonetheless our core enterprise, we now have additionally come round to check gadgets from totally different classes. For instance, we now have featured e-bikes, robotic vacuum cleaners, and good dwelling audio system within the latest previous. In such an occasion,  an analysis of the (non-existent) digicam is, in fact, pointless. Subsequently, we utterly omit particular person analysis factors relying on the gadget class.

Check rating

We check our merchandise in keeping with a transparent guidelines and with standardized procedures. Nonetheless, client electronics merchandise are as numerous as their customers and goal teams. The NextPit editors assign particular person scores to the person factors, that are then resolved into the NextPit star system through varied weightage. 

To offer the NextPit neighborhood a transparent indication of the general score, we now have damaged down our scores right here:

Check Rating at NextPit

5 stars: This product has completely no weaknesses and provides an actual technological benefit over the competitors in at the very least one main class.
4.5 stars: A transparent purchase suggestion: This product has no weaknesses and is above common in each class. 
4 stars This product is healthier than common general. There could also be minor weaknesses right here and there, however they don’t detract from the general efficiency.
3.5 stars Common general: Whereas this product is sweet in some areas, it additionally has noticeable technical flaws that have an effect on its operate in on a regular basis use.
3 stars This product provides below-average efficiency. There are alternate options available on the market which are a better option in each respect on this worth vary.
2.5 stars Not a transparent purchase suggestion. This product provides clear weaknesses and can’t fulfill at the very least one essential function. 
2 stars Technical issues stop this product from working as promised. A purchase order solely is smart in very particular circumstances.
1.5 stars This product has extreme technical issues and can’t fulfill any of its major capabilities. We subsequently clearly advise in opposition to shopping for it.
1 star Smells like fraud: The producer of this product is willfully deceiving its prospects. The product on no account fulfills the promised vary of capabilities or just doesn’t work.

Our check scores don’t “age.” Which means they all the time consult with the time of the check and the newest obtainable firmware obtainable for the gadget at the moment. Earlier than we begin testing, we all the time be sure that the newest software program is put in. If the gadgets are pre-production items or are nonetheless operating pre-release firmware, we level this out within the check.

Questions that will nonetheless transfer you: Can I additionally write a check for NextPit?

We’re all the time on the lookout for proficient testers from the neighborhood who often wish to check merchandise and share their outcomes with the NextPit neighborhood. We worth not solely a transparent technical understanding but additionally a transparent, structured model of writing. We pay a flat charge for every check report. Because the effort for studying and making certain the standard on our facet is initially excessive, we solely need long-term testers.

Please additionally perceive that we assign the gadgets to the neighborhood testers and that we can not settle for requests for the respective gadgets. 

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