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Had it with your cell phone? Or are you just ready for something new? Your phone is an integral part of your daily life. Let’s make sure you get the right one for you!
Many times salespeople suggest a particular device. I always recommend a little research, reflection, and conversation before making a purchase.
Usually, two main factors control purchase decisions: price and functional 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, until you get a phone that works for you, you like, learn and love, you have no idea how your use of that device will evolve and grow.
My number one recommendation is to NOT buy outdated technology if the budget permits. A one, two, or three-year-old phone may seem like a bargain money-wise, but you lose out from day one in terms of functionality and longevity.
Five steps to make sure your next phone purchase is not one you regret:
- Google search. Do a search that includes the current year. “Best smartphones 2021”. If you do not include the year, the chances of getting unreliable, outdated information is higher.
- Read several reviews before you make a decision. Use trusted sources whose specialty is technology, i.e., The Wirecutter, The Verge, TechCrunch.
- Ask your friends if they like their phones. Check with friends or colleagues and ask if they are happy with their phones. Ask people who use their phones, do things that you do or who have similar lifestyles to you. Inquire if there are things they do not like.
- Do you need to touch it, see how it feels in your hand, etc.? If you want to actually see the phones you are interested in, go visit a store knowing the device name and model. Put it in your hand to see if you like the size, display, and other characteristics that are important to you.
- Buy online if possible. Most often, the best deals and variety in models are online. Make sure you search for the model you want and your cell phone provider. Many times the phone will be shipped to you within 24-72 hours. Activation and setup are usually quick and easy. Instructions for setup and activation accompany the new device.