Buying a new phone is never an easy process. Whilst the range of choice and options is definitely an advantage, it none the less gives you more things you need to consider. With this in mind, here are a number of factors and features you might want to look into. Doing so should surely help you narrow your search down to the phone that’s right for you.
Before you can buy anything, you first need a budget. There’s little point looking at phones outside your price range; you’ll only get disappointed when you can’t afford it. That said, if you want to generate extra cash you can look to your current phone, the soon to be replaced model, as a small source of revenue. You’re not going to need it, so why not turn it into cash? To sell old mobile phones is not unheard of these days. In fact, due to the likes of recycling, it’s often in high demand. As such, you can get a fair price for your unwanted phone. This money will certainly help when it comes to buying the new phone.
Likewise, you can also consider contract phones if you’re short on money. This trades in the full asking price for something smaller (on some cases, even free). Yet, in turn, you’re stuck with regular monthly payments for a minimum period; typically around 18 months. If you’re convinced you want a certain phone for the long run, this could be an option worth pursuing.
Whilst a lot of a phone’s potential can be detailed in its apps, don’t forget that there are some hardware features that may be important. Do you want a camera, for instance? For some people this is a bonus feature, but if you have a hobby, interest or strong need for a decent camera, making sure your phone is well equipped may be more important. Likewise, touch-screen, data storage, screen size and wireless connection options are all something that need to be considered in relation to what you intend to do with your phone.
Apps and Operating System
Hardware aside, there are also other features you need to consider. The operating system doesn’t necessarily change the experience, but it defines how the interface works. If you’re familiar with Apple’s iOS or the Android system, then sticking within this system will give you a phone that instantly feels familiar.
Likewise, the resulting operating system will also affect the app market. Apple has its own OS and its own market, which features some exclusive apps. Likewise, the android market is rather large and open, with a constantly improving and growing range of apps. Other manufacturers and developers, like Nokia, offer their own OS and apps. For most people, the changes are arbitrary. Yet, similar to the operating system, it might be useful if there’s an app system you’re already familiar with, or have an account with.
As someone who’s had more than their fair share of mobile phones, Gillian Petersfield knows a thing or two about technology, especially how to sell old mobile phones. Whether it’s about what to look for in a phone or the financial aspects of owning one, she likes to share this knowledge through blogs and writing.