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5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Smartphone

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Choosing a new smartphone to buy should be an exciting as joyous experience but it can turn into a major headache as well. For starters, there are dozens, if not hundreds of models to consider, each with its own good points and of course bad points. How can you choose the right one for yourself when you drool over every phone that is advertised as the best ever? Then there are the personal factors that come into play. While it’s not as arduous a task as choosing Mr.Right/Mrs.Right, you still have to ponder over many questions marks in your search for the right fit.

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So here are 5 main questions every prospective smartphone buyers must ask themselves first before trooping out to the store.

1.     Big screen or small screen?

Who doesn’t like big screen? You can view more things at any one time and have a more enjoyable video-viewing and game-playing experience. But a big display comes at the expense of portability. If you always wear a tight-fitting or skinny jeans, then you know stuffing your ginormous phone into the jeans pocket is almost impossible. Besides that, if you’ve always prefer to operate your phone using only one hand, then using a large phone will be a struggle. So, if you’re willing to sacrifice portability/ease of use with more visual treat, then phablet like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the way to go. If not, then iPhone could be your best choice.

2.     Does specs really matter to me?

You can buy a smartphone with the latest and best hardware and specs that totally trumps any other phones out there in terms of performance but if at the end of the day you only use your phone for calling, texting, messaging, listening to music and surfing the net, then isn’t it a bit of a waste to splurge so much? There are a lot way cheaper phones out there that can do all the basic stuffs without a hitch as well such as the Google Nexus smartphones. Know your priorities. Specs are not everything.

3.     Which platform/OS suits me best?

If you’re looking for a beautiful, seamless and not to mention easy-to-use experience, no need to think twice, get the iPhone. If you want customization, widgets, as well as freedom to “mod” your phone however you want it, go for Android. If business and security is a big concern to you, then you can’t go wrong with BlackBerry. Lastly, if you’re sick of iOS and Android because they’re everywhere but still want a decent OS with support of most popular apps, then say hello to Bill Gates, oops! I mean Windows Phone.

4.     Contract or no contract?

With contract, you can get a new smartphone for much lesser the price than its original price, but you will have to face the prospect of having an additional monthly commitment for up to a year or two on top of your housing or car loan. On the other hand, opt for a contract-less purchase if you don’t want to be shackled down and are willing to let your wallet bleed in one go. Ultimately, you have to do some calculations and comparisons and see whether on-contract or off-contract will give you the best value in the long run. Some contract plans do give you some added benefits such as free calls and free SMS so it’s best to evaluate things thoroughly before making a decision.

5.     What’s my budget?

No use wanting to buy the newest and greatest smartphone if you can’t afford it in the first place. But who says you can’t get a capable smartphone on the cheap? There are a lot smartphones with very decent specs which do not cost a lot at all. You can get an inexpensive phone which can do everything a smartphone is created to do, and more.

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You can still buy the latest (and expensive) smartphone with a modest budget however. That’s what contract plans are there for. Just make sure that you have the means to commit monthly.

Any other questions you had in your mind that would help you make a buying decision?

(Reference: IntoMobile)

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