The checklist before buying a phone

One of the most well spent purchases a person can make today is a decent smartphone. It is an incredible investment with tons of features and uses. With a smartphone at your disposal, you have the ability to receive messages, send out calls, browse the internet, play games, record video, photograph people, and many more. And here is the kicker – it all comes from one small, pocket-sized device.

You can bring it anywhere, meaning you have access to all these benefits wherever you go. However, getting a smartphone can be a bit tricky. Overspending, prioritizing one factor over another, as well as choosing phone plans can leave you with more problems than the phone’s original worth.

Here, we will talk about what to do – which priorities to consider – before purchasing a smartphone.

The Price Tag

The first and arguably most important factor when shopping for a phone is the price. While it may seem obvious, this is still a very important thing to emphasize. Overspending on a phone can lead to instant buyer’s remorse or worse – an unnecessary hole in your bank account. For those wanting an average phone with decent features, perhaps purchasing a top end phone worth thousands of dollars may not be the best move. The different phone companies may urge you to shell out the funds, but you need to think again.

Set an upper limit for a price you are willing to pay and stick to it no matter what.

Camera Quality

Another thing to consider is the camera. Several newer phone models boast having multiple cameras mounted on them – front and back. These can offer clear shots, better zoom, and a higher quality recording. However, unless you plan to take photographs professionally, having a top-tier camera may not be the best priority for you. Even then, professional photographers would still prefer average old school cameras to camera phones any day. Most phones priced over a thousand dollars offer impressive camera lenses that can offer amazing finished photos. However, maybe that is not the way to go.

If you are not looking to branch out into professional photography, a phone with mid-tier camera specs is a better idea. Setting your sights on phones with lower camera values can lessen the price significantly.

The Size Matters

A good phone stays by your side for the majority of the time you are awake. It is in your pocket while at work, you look at it on your free time, and you stare at it before going to bed. Therefore, it has to be lightweight.

It also must be comfortable in your hand. This is often overlooked. A lot of phones nowadays can be very big due to their increasing screen sizes. Make sure to get a hold of the phone before making the purchase. Feel it in your hands. Does it feel comfortable, or is it too big for you to hold in one hand? On the contrast, does it feel too small, where you have a hard time pressing each individual button?

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