Worried about making the right decision when it comes to buying a mobile phone? You have a right to be worried, since you’re going to be spending a lot of money on that new phone, and there are so many handsets to choose from that knowing which the best phones are for you can be tough. Today we’re telling you how to buy the right mobile. So, if you’re panicking over your mobile shopping decisions, here’s all you need to know to make a good choice…
The Best Phones for You Fulfil Your Needs
The first thing that you need to know when shopping for the best phones for you is that the best phone is a very subjective thing. The best phone for you is not necessarily the best device for someone else. What’s best for you is a phone that meets your needs and you budget requirements, so you should know what these are. Take a little time to think about how you use your mobile, what you use it for. If you’re an avid photographer, then a mobile camera is going to be important for you. Mobile internet addicts might want to think about a 4G capable phone that will give them faster mobile data speeds. For those who enjoy listening to music on their device, more internal memory will be important so that they can store more music. Or maybe you’re simply looking for a device that makes calls, sends texts and lets you check your email once in a while. Whatever it is that you’re looking for, then you should have a list of priorities that will help you narrow your choices down.
What’s Your Budget?
Everybody has their limits, and when it comes to buying a mobile it’s best to have a budget in mind before you start. This will stop you getting tempted into spending more money that you can really afford on a device, since you can simply not look at phones that go over your budget. But having a budget will also narrow your options a little. We generally divide smart phones into three classes based on how much they cost. A top end phone will cost over five hundred pounds, a mid-range model will cost between two hundred and three hundred and fifty pounds, and a budget mobile will cost you under a hundred and fifty pounds. Knowing which of these groups that you fall into will help you choose the model that you’re looking for.
Once you’ve decided on a budget, you’ll need to look at some of the general specs on a phone. You want to know that your money is being well spent, and that means that a phone of a certain price should have certain specs. If a phone doesn’t meet these minimum requirements, then you can eliminate it from your list, since you’ll be wasting money on a low quality device if you buy it. You’ll need to look at four basic specs: processor, screen size, RAM and internal memory. For budget phone shoppers a processor should be at least 800 MHz, a screen should be at least three and a half inches, RAM should be a minimum of 512 MB and internal memory should be at least 2 GB. For mid-range shoppers a processor should be at least 1 GHz, a screen should be at least four inches, RAM should be a minimum of 1 GB and internal memory should be at least 8 GB. For top end shoppers a processor should be at least 1.2 GHz, a screen should be at least four and a half inches, RAM should again be a minimum of 1 GB and internal memory should be at least 16 GB. You may find phones in your price range that have more than the minimum specs, and they’ll be great deals, but don’t buy anything that doesn’t meet these requirements.
You can also narrow down your options, sometimes significantly, by deciding on which operating system you’re looking for. Like your lap top, computer or tablet, a smart phone needs an operating system to run, and you have four choices. There isn’t one system that’s better than the others, they all have their pros and cons. But most people just find that they feel more comfortable with one kind of system. If you’re not sure, try out some demo phones on the high street until you find a system that you prefer. To some extent you’ll have no choice, since all iPhones run Apple’s iOS and all Blackberrys run RIM. But there are many different models that run either Android or Windows. For these two systems you can narrow your options slightly by only considering models that are running recent versions of the operating system in question, which will give you more speed, security and stability for your mobile. On a Windows phone you should look for models that run either Windows 7.5 or Windows 8. On an Android phone you should look for a model that runs Android 4.0, 4.1 or 4.2.
Online Research and Shopping Will Help You
You should use the internet to help you both to decide and to shop for your phone. There are plenty of mobile comparison web sites, and once you’ve found a few models that you like and that meet your requirements, then you can use these sites to match two different models up to see how they compare. You can eliminate the weaker candidate and continue with the process until you’ve got a clear winner, or maybe two. Then you should shop online to get the best prices. Use a price comparison site to find out who’s selling the phone that you want for the cheapest price. Or, if you’re looking to buy a phone with a mobile contract, go to a site such as Phones4U to find different plans with different operators who will give you the phone that you want. Buying your phone and contract deal through Phones4U will be cheaper, or at least a better deal, than buying direct from an operator.
Getting phones for you and saving money is something that is second nature to Sam Jones He is always up to date with the latest deals and offers thanks to the information stored on sites like uSwitch.
This article is copyright free.