If you have ever been through the process of buying a phone, especially recently, you know how hard it is. There are a lot of phones out there, from value based phones to ones that cost thousands for having gold on them. Therefore, deciding which phone you want to buy becomes more and more difficult every day. Hopefully, after reading this, you will be able to pick out the phone you want with peace of mind that is the right phone for you.
1: Set your budget
It is very important to have a certain budget for your next phone. Since there are thousands of phones out there, all with different prices and price ranges, you must have range, just remember to be flexible with the price. You need to be willing to pay that bit more, since that will affect a major part of your life for the next year or so.
From all the prices, we can group all those phones into 4 price groups. A phone priced less than $200 is considered a budget phone. Budget phones typically have low specs, with basic functionality. Those phones are typically aimed at people that need Android for the least price possible. They are usually of decent value, but some can be extremely good value. A good example of one of those phones is the Samsung Galaxy Grand series.
A phone that goes for $201 -$399 is considered a mid-range phone. Those phones are typically the best value on the market. Those phones can get you Flagship specs for a low price. They are aimed at the mass majority of people, who are not ready to pay a lot of money for a device that will become outdated rather quickly. Some examples of mid-range phones include the Samsung Galaxy A series, and the almighty OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.
Phones that go for $400 -$799 are considered flagship devices. They typically offer the best specifications that you could get at their launch time. They are aimed towards people that want a popular phone and don’t want to pay a premium for it. The greatest examples of flagship phones include the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the HTC U Ultra and the LG G6.
Phones that go over $800 are overpriced phones. You see, there is no practical reason to buy one of those phones, unless you have a lot of money on your hands. These phones are aimed at the rich, high-class people, for whom money is not a problem. One example of those phones in the Gionee M2017.
2: What specifications matter to you:
Depending on the kind of person you are, and what you are expecting out of your phone, the specifications that you need will differ. Some people, mainly teenagers look for phones with good front and rear cameras. Other people would want great durability and battery life. You need to set the feature that you are looking for, and do research on which phones excel at which categories. A great way to do research is by using an application, such as Mr. Phone to filter out phones that do not interest you, or do not meet your requirements.
By now, you should have a reasonable size list of phones that you are considering. If have one, start comparing them side to side using the compare feature of the Mr. Phone app. Choose which one has the best value, and which has other features that you might need and the other phone does not have. Once all of this is done, make a top 3 list, of the 3 best phones that suit you.
3: Check The Availability of the phone
Once you have your top 3 list, go ahead and research the phones, and check their availability in your country. Check the prices, carriers, and customer support and look for good deals in you area. Start with the top phone on your list, and go down to the 3rd one. Once you have all the data, check brand reliability and consumer reports. Identify common problems and complaints, and check for service centers in your city.
When you are finished with this stage, you make your choice. Do it based on which one you find to suit you best. Just note that at this stage, any phone that you pick will be good for you. The reason is that all the phones that made it to your top 3 or top 5 list are great phones for you, just that one has some more features than the other.
4: Dropping the cash!
Congratulations, you have made it through a very hard decision process! All you have to do now is go buy the phone. Don’t worry, be confident, the phone suits you perfectly. Go for it! If you have read this to help you buy your next phone, make sure you tell us which phones you are considering and when you make a choice, don’t forget to tell us what it is and what you think about it!
By Anas Suyyagh