Buying a new phone is a pretty excitinh experience. But also overwhelming one. You’re likely to be spending a fair amount of cash, so you want to know that you’re getting your money’s worth. Wading through spec sheets, checking out reviews, even getting a little hands on experience can all help you make your deci-sion. But people still make mistakes. If you want to be sure that you’re getting the best phone for you, then there are some common mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.
Spend WAY Too Much
The absolute, number one, biggest mistake that consumers make when getting a new smart-phone is spending too much money. With smartphones rang-ing from less than £100 to over £1000, there are choices available for every budget. And yet its so easy to get sucked into paying far more than you can really afford. This is especially true if you’re looking at contract phones, where you will be paying monthly rather than all at once.
The truthvof the matter is that very few of us actually need all the features on an expensive phone, top_end smartphones. And whilst the newest, biggest iphone or Galaxy might look pretty cool, you could easily get the phonec that you need for hundreds of pounds less. Before you start shopping, you really need to look at your budget and decide the maximum amount that you’re prepared at pay. Be realistic after all an extra £500 on so far a serious top end phone is a lot of money (and a sum that could pay for a solid half of your next holiday). And then don’t get tempted to spend more than your budget.
Being overly concerned with brand names
Coming in at number two, we’ve got branding. We all know the big names on the mobile phones market, the iphone, and the Sam-sung Galaxy line. But sticking only to those big name manufa-ctures will mean spending alot more.
On the other hand, if you are wil-ling to consider lesser known brands, you may find that you get an even better phone for an even cheaper price. We’re not saying that you need to look at complete no-name brands (many chinese manufacturers could fall into this category). But by looking at brands like Huawei, or Honor (owned by Huawei or OnePlus, you could find that you get away better deal. At the end of the day, its not the brand name that’s important. And the right phone for you at the right price for you might end up coming from a manufacturer that you haven’t considered.
Getting the Newest Model
Buyers also tend to ignore older model smartphones and that’s a definitely a mistake. Going for last years model can mean saving hundreds of pounds, and still means that you can get a great phone. Opting for the Samsung Galaxy S7 rather than 8 means sacrificing very little in terms of perfomance and features andcyet saves you tons of cash.
Yes there is a cave at here. We wouldn’tvadvise buying a model thats more than around 2years old, simply because manufactu-res do stop offering updates on older models at same point. But anything within that two year period is fair game. Why spend more than you need just because a phone was released last month as opposed to eleven months ago? And if you’re really stock on buying the big branded iphone or Samsung Phones, going for that older model is going to mean big savings for you.
Not knowing what they need
Shopping for a phone without knowing what your needs are is scort of like going to the super-market without looking in your cupboards or making a list. You might happen to come home with everything you need, but more likely you won’t.
If you are in the market for a new mobile, then you should have a clear idea of what you are looking for. We’re not saying you need to be ovenly spec savvy, but you should have an idea of whats important to you. That could be screen size, it could be camera specs, it might be internal storage, it all really depends on your needs as a user.
But first making a list of what your priorities are, you will be able to more easily shop. If you want a bezel free display, then there are tons of phones that simply won’t meet your needs, making your decision even easier. It’ll be less tempting to shell out hundreds of pounds on a cool looking phone. If you find out that it doesn’t have battery phone that you are looking for know what you need first.
Not comparison Shopping
Finally, the number of people that grab a new phone without comparison shopping would astound you. Listen up, a phone is a pricey price of equipment, why would you buy the first model that you see? And yet many people do, particularly when it comes to getting a phone from their operator.
Yes prices tend to be fairly similar for top end mobiles, but not always. Shopping around for deals is a must, and simple google search can get your pricing details from tons of places in just a few minutes. Deals do exist so takr the time to make sure that you are not over paying for that new mobile.
And if you are looking at getting a contract phone, don’t forget that different operators offer different prices on mobiles depending on what kind of contract you want to sign up for. So takeca little time to go through the major operators and see if someone can get you a better deal. If your cylurrent contract has ended (which it probably has if you’re looking of a new contact phone), then there’s no one stopping you from moving to a new operator that had better prices for the phone you want.
Getting a new phone is pretty cool, but getting the right phone at the right prices even cooler. Do your homework, know what you need and you can be sure that you won’t regret that expensive purchase.