Buying a phone is probably the most important thing that one has to do during his lifetime, especially given the fact that the phone will act in varied capacities such as your messaging device, you’re on the go web browser, your camera, your music player, your GPS navigation unit, and more. Given the recent innovations made in technology the task of buying a phone is even more difficult. Taken together, the massive changes made about in displays, operating systems and user interfaces make much of the old advice about choosing a phone obsolete.
If you belong to the category of people who are dumbfounded in what to take into consideration before buying a phone then this article is the right one for you.
The first and foremost question that one needs to ask to oneself before buying a phone is whether you need a smartphone? As more people become accustomed to instant email, web, music, and messaging access at all times of the day, regardless of where they are, smartphones have become almost indispensable. Currently, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS followed by Windows are the most popular user platforms in the world. What gives Google’s Android an edge over Apple’s iOS is the fact that Android’s open source nature makes it a tweaker’s dream referring to the fact that it means fragmented third party app compatibility. Microsoft’s Windows Phone, which has a solid, easy to use design and Microsoft’s strong backing on the hardware side should also be considered before buying a phone.
Regardless of the above mentioned there are touch screens which allow for slimmer devices, smoother user interfaces, easy Web browsing, and a quality video playback experience. But for some, typing on a touch screen can be drag. QWERTY keyboards are easy to type quickly on, and are still ideal for many. The major drawback of QWERTY keyboards is that they both add bulk, in the case of horizontal and vertical sliders and thereby in the process reduce screen size.
If you are keen on text messaging, then you want a phone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard and an unlimited texting plan. If you love photography then a phone with a good camera should be your priority and if you’re an avid music listener than a phone with a good music player should be your top priority.
Wireless network coverage is always the biggest factor, but individual phones can vary in reception, earpiece quality, transmission quality through the microphone, and side tone.
Another point to consider is that some phones have much louder speakerphones than others. In addition to touch screens, sliders and QWERTY slabs, you’ll also have basic voice phones that are either candy bar shaped with numeric keypads, or flip phones that open up to a larger, more comfortable numeric keypad. Flip phones have the added benefit of not needing a keyboard lock. For the accident prone, some are even waterproof or ruggedized.
Feature phones with good cameras and music players have always flourished, which justifies the reason as to why phone manufactures across the board have decided to provide anyone with a decent smartphone who wants to take decent pictures with a camera of 8 megapixel camera, upgraded optics, and enhanced software for snapping and even editing surprisingly good photos.
Lastly, notwithstanding the importance of features of a phone you intend to buy, price is also a major factor which has to be taken into due consideration. The point of buying a used smartphone is to get a good price, so you need to put in a little research first. To get the best deal, you need to see how many people are selling that smartphone right now and at what price.