When buying a smartphone, there are dozens of different factors to consider, especially if you’re trying to decide between a few popular phones that seem like essentially the same thing, just with different packaging. Looked at a list of specs lately? Quad-core, 2GB RAM, 13 megapixels, 4.7/4.8/5.0/5.5 inches, LTE, NFC, and other three letter words.

What sets one phone apart from another? If recent launches are any indication, smartphones are due to have longer and longer lists of features to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Good features can make or break a smartphone, but not all features are worth your time and they definitely should not influence your buying decision. Here are the most egregious offenders.

1. More megapixels

Two years ago the fanciest smartphones boasted 5 megapixel cameras. Last year’s number? 8MP. Now the 13MP phones are coming and aren’t you impressed? You shouldn’t be. We went through this…

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