Have you ever found yourself at your wireless carrier’s store, looking to buy a phone, but you simply can’t make up your mind? Choosing between smartphones can be confusing and even difficult. But if you answer these questions before you take a trip to your local Verizon/AT&T/Sprint/etc. store, your decision will be clearer.
*Go to your carrier’s website to get information on the phones they have for sale.
What is your price range?
Are you looking to get a phone that’s just recently hit the bargain bin, or do you want to shell out $200+ on a flagship phone? The decision is up to you, but to the casual consumer looking for an Android, I would suggest you try buying a mid-range device in the $100 category. To the average smartphone user, top of the line specs aren’t necessary. Recently, Android OEMs have been releasing mid-tier smartphones that can compete with the top dogs at a relatively low price point. That substantially makes phones like the HTC One S and the Motorola Razr M much more compelling. Unless you must have the best phone out there, I recommend the $100 on-contract phones for most users.
What Type of User Are You?
Are you a photographer, civil engineer, or computer scientist? Do you need a HD screen, A 13 MP camera, all day battery life, or a durable phone? Each customer has their own preferences, and it is up to you to decide what one feature or two matters to you most. Every Android smartphone mixes and matches features like these so its hard to choose between them. Take the Galaxy S3 for instance. It packs all the specs you want in a $200 phone, but it is made out of plastic, making the phone seem semi-cheap. Depending on what your profession main and needs , base your purchase on a smartphone that best fulfills them.
At this point you should have about two phones to choose from. You should now ask yourself, “What phone feels/looks better? This question is completely based on personal preference, so the decision is completely yours to make. You want to have a phone that looks nice when you carry it on because a brand new phone shouldn’t look like junk. Also be sure to try out the software on the phones you are interested in. Make sure it is fast, accessible, and looks best. Lastly, Ask about the return policy, warranty, future Android update availability, and insight on the phone.
The phone you choose should meet your price range, needs, looks and preferences. Go ahead and buy the phone and if you dislike it don’t fret, most carriers have a 15 day return policy. That gives ample time to see if the smartphone is the one for you. Plan on exchanging the phone for the alternative if you still dislike it when the 15th day arrives.
These questions should have made your Android smartphone purchase much easier. You are now informed when you go to the store and that means less time wasted and more time using your phone. Just be sure to ask the employees for help because they also know what they’re talking about (most of the time). Let them influence your decision, but ultimately buy what you like best.
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