Buying a new smartphone is exciting for everyone and one thing no one wants to fall a victim of is ending up with a wrong device choice. I mean picking a device that you end up hating.
So in this article, I’ll be giving you five solid points to consider before buying your next smartphone. So get your writing pen and notepads out and let’s begin.
We’ve probably all experienced buying something you thought was a designer t-shirt. Take an Adidas T-Shirt for instance and later found out you actually bought an Adidos T-Shirt. This actually happened to a friend of mine. Although this guide isn’t about counterfeits, it should help you make a better decision in picking up that next device.
So here are 5 Tips to Buying the Best Smartphone for You
1. Price or Budget
A very wise man once stated,
“Which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? “Jesus – Bible (Luke 14:28)
Here lies the basic consideration to make before making a move. You have to know how much you’re willing to spend on that next smartphone.
Your budget would in turn guide you on what tier of smartphone you should look towards getting. And it’s should definitely fall somewhere between the budget entry level section, the mid- range and the flagship sections. Although there are a lot of section in-between these but you get the drift you budget determines what section you should look at.
Now that we’ve determined our budget, we need to ask ourselves, does the device have all the features I need. Now with this you’re looking at if the device meets your minimum RAM and memory needs, battery capacity, screen type and size and others. So it’ll be a good idea to make a list of the features you want and then do your research on what phones tick a the boxes in your list of requirements.
A brief list of things you should look out for are:
- RAM and Storage
- Battery Capacity
- Camera Quality
3. Updates and relevance
As much as you just want to get that new smartphone and use it to take pictures or play games, you should also be concerned with getting security updates to your smartphone. I cannot overemphasize the importance of having software and security updates pushed to your device on a regular.
So a good start will be to do a research or check on that smartphone brand to see if they regularly push out updates to their devices. A lot of smaller brands out there do not really care about pushing updates especially to their low end phones.
This is mostly because they do not have the resources to employ developers to continuously put out updates to every smartphone they release. The bigger brands however have the resource to do this so the likelihood of you getting updates from the bigger brand names is higher.
This makes me wonder why all smaller smartphone brands don’t just joking the Android One program which in turn helps their devices stay relevant for longer (at least two years). With the Android One program, Google handles most of the heavy load with security and OS updates.
4. In 2019, Big brand names don’t really matter
Now before you consider this point just make sure points 1, 2 and 3 are all satisfied under whatever brand you’re buying. So let’s continue.
Brand names do not really matter anymore. In fact smaller brands out there now are making extremely compelling devices that can almost compete with the big brand devices.
Take for instance, The Poco F1 which was one of the most talked about device in 2018/2019 has mostly the same specs as some of the huge flagship devices out there and costs one third of the flagship brands. The Honor Series from Huawei has got some incredible devices for very affordable price, there are phones from Realme, vivo, oppo, Infinix, Tecno, Umidigi and others that will compete with flagship devices from the big brands for a fraction of the price of the flagship and you mostly can’t justify why the flagship devices cost that much.
This year we have the Redmi k20 Pro from Xiaomi that packs mostly the same specs as the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus but costs three times less. And if you’ve ever seen a video on the web about this device it’s completely incredible. So really, in 2019, big brand names don’t really matter in buying a smartphone.
5. Final Point: Country Support
A lot of people don’t realize this but this is probably the biggest point you should consider. If a brand has no presence/support in your country, just know that you’re stuck with your device if it develops any fault. This gets really bad cos you cant even get something as simple as a screen protector or a phone case for your device.
Where number 5 shouldn’t be a discouragement is if your a tech reviewer and constantly have access to devices, Then you can get these unknown devices knowing that the next device is around the corner.
Either that or you’re someone who may just have too much money spend. Then it’s fine getting any device you want.
Hey guys I hope these points are on point and I hope they help you make a better decision the next time you want to get your next smartphone. Let me know what you think in the comment section.