Had it with your cell phone? Or are you just ready for something new? Over the last three or four weeks the topic of my weekly newsletter was managing phone storage. Much to my surprise and delight, the posts resulted in very high interaction with several thousand people reading, liking and commenting on issues with phone storage.
One element of the commentary was the fact that sales people suggested a particular device without explaining the downsides or outright misrepresented the actual usability and practical aspects of the phone such as storage for photos or apps, display and call quality.
Since my work centers on real-life use of technology I was saddened to hear folks lamenting the purchase of a device used as an important part of personal daily activities. A little research, thought, conversation and consideration before you make a purchase is a wise investment and pays dividends in the end.
So how do you pick a phone? Usually, two main factors control purchase decisions: price and needs. However, my considerations focus on you as an individual. What do you do in your daily life? What is work, what is home, what is fun? Are you tech-friendly or resistant? Many people ask for a recommendation and follow immediately with the statement “I just want a phone that works. I don’t need anything fancy.” However, when we talk about this type of technology, until you get a phone that works for you, that you like, learn and love, you have no idea how your use of that device will evolve and grow.
With every piece of technology my number one recommendation is to NOT buy outdated technology. A one, two or three-year-old phone may seem like a bargain money wise, but in terms of functionality you lose out from day one. Most big box stores like Best Buy, Fry’s, Target, Walmart and others have a range of products that are older and they do not reveal the age of the model when a shopper comes in looking to purchase. Their ultimate goal is to get you to make a purchase. They ask only about what you want to spend. And they may be intimidated or not want to bother once they hear those words . . ..”I just want a phone that works. Nothing fancy.”
Five steps to make sure your next phone purchase is not one you regret:
And guess what? Now is not the time to make this purchase! New phones will be released in the Fall. To get the best options and best devices wait. Let me know if you have any questions or problems. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or head over to my Facebook page.