Is it time for a new phone? With so many choices on the market it when it comes to cell phones, it’s hard to understand where to begin.
From Samsung and iPhone to LG and Motorola, there is literally a phone to fit every budget.
Knowing you’ve got options is a good thing, but where do you go from here? How do you single out your perfect phone out of hundreds of models? While the phones available in your area and what you’re willing to spend will definitely influence your decision, here are some other things to consider when buying your next cell phone.
1. Choose your carrier.
Most carriers offer a wide variety of cell phones—from the most basic, to top-of-the-line brands. Opting into a yearly contract can also help you to save money on the basic price of the phone. If you’re switching carriers since your last contract or cell phone, make sure to do your research in order to understand the options available to you.
2. Not everyone buys a smartphone.
Smartphones are all really popular these days, but they might not be for everyone. Yes, they offer users the ultimate in convenience, features, Wi-Fi access, applications, and multimedia. But there are still people who simply want a cell phone to be able to make calls. In that case, a basic cell phone is a much more cost-effective option.
3. Paying a little bit more might be worth it.
Whether or not you have a contract, chances are that you want your new phone to last at least a year. Being a smart shopper means purchasing the best value phone in your price range. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to cell phones. A hundred more dollars may buy you time when it comes to your phone’s lifespan and battery life. Of course, if you’re planning on selling your phone when the next model comes out, keep in mind that only high-end phones have resale value.
4. Choose the features that you want.
Do research into the phones available before you buy, and identify a list of features that you’d prefer your phone to have. You don’t want to pay for features that you’re not going to use. Of course, a lot of today’s models have it all: large, high-resolution screens and top-of-the-line user interfaces. Processors, cameras, and battery are other important features. However, if you’re not interested in fancy bells and whistles, consider downgrading to a standard model. It isn’t smart to overspend on something that you know you won’t actually use.
5. Decide on a design you like.
Remember that the relationship you have with your cell phone is incredibly intimate. If you’re like most people, you take your cell phone with you everywhere you go and use it hundreds of times in a single day. If you don’t like something about the design, or if you find it difficult to hold the phone in your hand, those are problems. If you want to be able to carry it in your back pocket but find it’s too big, that’s also a problem. If the design or color simply doesn’t reflect your personal style, perhaps it’s just not the phone for you.