Buying a new phone is very difficult these days, with tons of cheap phones to choose from. I remember the times when i had 3 different Nokia phones to choose from and i could choose the most latest N73. Sometimes I wish for those simpler days.
Steps to Buying A New Phone
But now we have tons of options and many times those options don't make sense, as mostly the specifications are just the same with different price tags. So essentially the following thought process happens
- Decide to buy a new mobile phone
- Ask a friend, which new model is good
- Research it on the web
- Get confused with many similar looking phones and get frustrated
- Go for the cheapest option, cause everything looks the same
Will you Buy a Sofa like a PhoneNow suppose you go to buy a sofa set, and just imagine similar to phone models you can get hundreds of options in front of you. The dealer presents you 100 options, which you filter based on looks and focus on 10 of them. Now all of them looks similar, just a minor tweak in design, which one do you choose? The cheapest one, correct? But what if a Sofa No 5 which looked similar, was bit costly has better features and is a bit costlier? What if that Sofa would last the changes in your weight and is durable enough to last a few years more than the one you choose?
Features to look out forThat's the real question in choosing a mobile. Which one would be flexible enough for the ever changing technology, app development and storage needs. So if you are going for a new mobile, look out for the following features in the next mobile you choose
- Storage: Apps will get bigger, they will be consuming a lot of space. 4GB internal storage will be filled up by Google Apps in itself (For an Android phone). Consider going for atleast 16GB storage space. Also Going ahead Android versions will be able to emulate external storage as internal storage, so any phone with an external storage is a good option
- Dual Sims: Self explanatory but not necessary
- RAM: Apps will need more Ram. Get atleast phones with 3Gb Ram. Google Apps themselves use 1Gb Ram. If you Ram is used up, your phone will lag. It means, your phone will seem slow in responding to your touches and swipes. This leads to frustrations while playing your favorite game or working with multiple apps at the same time.
- Camera: 13Mega Pixel is now the norm, and can be found in the cheapest of phone.
- SOC/Processor: This is again very important in deciding your buy. Qualcomm is currently the leader, with really good processor. Anything above 2.5 Ghz should be good for you.