Buying a new phone can be a huge expense, and this is why you need to ask yourself if you really need it. However, most of us are dependent on our phones to get through the daily hubbub of life. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some important questions you need to ask yourself before buying a new phone.
1. Use and needs?
The first question to ask yourself is the use. If you are looking for a phone to make phone calls, surf the Internet and check your emails, you do not necessarily need a high-end smartphone. Some smartphone models available for less than 200 dollars allow you to access this type of functionality.
On the market, we find this kind of smartphone with an excellent quality/price ratio with the brands Wiko, Oppo, or Honor. On the other hand, you need to go for a complete smartphone for more advanced functions such as taking photos, multimedia, or larger storage capacity. For this type of use, it is advisable to opt for a mid-range model between 200 and 400 dollars.
And finally, for the most intense uses, especially for gaming or for users who are fond of the latest technologies and features, you can choose a premium smartphone, that is, a high-end smartphone with the biggest brands on the market, such as Samsung, Apple or Xiaomi, and Huawei.
2. What is your budget?
In addition to the features you want to enjoy on your new smartphone, you should also ask yourself what budget to spend on your new mobile. Indeed, smartphone prices are getting higher and higher with more cutting-edge technologies and new features. Some models like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or the latest iPhone 11 Pro are available for purchase from 959 or 859 dollars, respectively.
3. Android or Apple?
Another key point to consider when choosing a smartphone is the operating system. Just like a computer, the functioning of a phone is based on an operating system. There are two main systems on the smartphone market: Android and iOS.
To go into a little more detail, many smartphones (more than 80%) have the Android system developed by Google on this market. With a smartphone delivered under Android, you have access to the Google Play Store with over 1.5 million applications available. This operating system is also very popular with users for its customizability, with access to multiple settings to personalize the device.
Note, however, that the interface, menus, and features of Android-based smartphones differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. This operating system is available with many brands of smartphones such as Samsung, Wiko, Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony.
The iOS operating system is only available for Apple devices. To benefit from this powerful and easy-to-use operating system, you need to buy an iPhone. Just like with Android, with the iOS system, you have access to more than 1.3 million applications via the App Store. However, unlike a smartphone equipped with the Android system, the customization of your device is less pronounced with iOS.
4. New or second-hand smartphone?
If your budget is more limited, to buy a cheap smartphone and enjoy your favorite brands, such as Samsung or Apple, at a lower cost, you can also opt for the purchase of a used phone or a refurbished phone.
By choosing a refurbished phone, you can indeed save up to 50% on the price of a new smartphone. For information, a refurbished smartphone is a phone that has been checked, verified, and cleaned by specialized companies. Moreover, it has a minimum warranty of 6 months.
5. Screen size and resolution
The size and quality of the screen are important aspects to consider when buying your new device. A large screen will indeed bring you more comfort if you watch videos on your smartphone very often, for example. On the other hand, a smartphone with a smaller screen will be easier to slip into your pocket. So you need to determine what you want in terms of size.
The current screen trend is towards ever-larger screens with almost no borders. Today, many smartphones offer screens of 5.2 inches or 13.2 cm diagonal, 5.5 inches or 13.9 cm diagonal, and even over 6 inches or 15.24 cm diagonal. So, are you more interested in a large screen with a phablet or a classic smartphone with a screen size between 4 and 5 inches?
Apart from the size of the screen, you should also pay special attention to the quality of the screen. A smartphone screen is composed of pixels whose density varies according to the size of the screen and the number of pixels; we talk about the resolution. This has an impact on the display quality.
The various manufacturers offer screen definitions HD with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, Full HD and FHD + with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, and QHD and QHD + with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels.
A Full HD definition with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels is sufficient to obtain good quality readability on your smartphone. However, today’s uses of virtual reality require you to move towards a screen with a QHD definition, that is, Quad HD with a resolution of 2560×1400 pixels.
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