5 biggest no-nos when buying a new smartphone

Shopping for a new smartphone can be exciting and stressful. With so many great options available , it can be hard to choose the perfect one.

You have to be smart when deciding which phone to opt for. These things can be expensive, and you’ll likely use the one you get for at least a year or two before upgrading.

I can’t tell you which device to get. We all have different wants and needs. But I can tell you a few things not to do when shopping for a new handset to avoid common pitfalls and narrow down your choices.

1. Spending too much money

Spending more money than you can afford is a big no-no. Before you even start thinking about which device to get, you have to set a budget.

Setting a budget might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but it has a big advantage: it will help you narrow down your choices. If you can only afford to spend $300, you can ignore more expensive devices.

I know, smartphones are awesome. We all want the most expensive one with all the latest features. But there are more important things in life. The last thing you want is to struggle to pay the bills because you’ve spent too much money on a smartphone.

2. Being a brand snob

A big mistake when buying a new smartphone is to be a brand snob. This means you only consider well-known brands and avoid less-established ones.

Companies like OnePlus can offer smartphones that are just as good as the ones from bigger players for a lot less money. The recently announcedOnePlus 5T, for example, is $225 cheaper than theSamsung Galaxy S8 and offers similar performance. The 5T actually offers more in a few areas, as it comes with more RAM, supports dual-SIM, and has a dual-camera setup on the back.

Read: OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8: quick look

Keep an open mind when buying a new smartphone. Don’t assume that larger smartphone manufacturers are a level above smaller ones when it comes to product quality. In most cases, they aren’t.

It’s not that you shouldn’t buy a smartphone from Samsung, LG, or any other tech giant. You just need to realize you’re paying a premium because of the brand. If you find a smartphone you like made by Honor, Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus, and other smaller companies, there’s no real reason not to get it.

3. Not having your priorities straight

Keep a clear idea of the specs and features you want in a device. It’s harder to choose the right smartphone without one.

Grab a piece of paper and write down the features that are most important to you— a great camera, a large battery, wireless charging, expandable storage, a bezel-less design. This will narrow down your choices even further, as you’ll be able to cross off devices which don’t offer the features you want.

It also makes it easier to choose between similar devices. Say you’re deciding between theLG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. If your priorities are to have as big of a battery as possible and a great camera, the G6 is arguably a better option. It features a larger battery than the S8 (3,300 vs 3,000 mAh) and comes with a dual-camera setup that allows you to capture those fancy bokeh images. But if you value performance above all else, the S8 is a better fit due to its faster chipset (Snapdragon 835 vs 821).

Read: Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Which is right for YOU?

Keep in mind that you’ll likely have to make some compromises depending on your budget, so make sure you write down the features you want in order of importance.

4. Overlooking older smartphones

Overlooking older devices is a common mistake — don’t do it. A year-old smartphone might still offer all the features you’re looking and could be a real bargain.

The latest smartphones aren’t always a lot better than their predecessors. In some cases, all you can expect are design changes — which aren’t always good — and slightly improved performance. If you don’t care about having the latest handset, getting a one- or two-year-old device is a great option that will save you a lot of money.

For example, instead of opting for the Galaxy S8, you could go with last year’sGalaxy S7 Edge. The device still has more than enough power for demanding users, comes with a large display with curved sides, and is resistant to water and dust. More importantly, you can get it for $500 , instead of $725 .

The lower price tag means missing out on a few bells and whistles, though. Picking an S7 Edge means not getting the bezel-less design, the popular 18:9 display, and higher resolution selfie camera of the S8. It all comes back to having your priorities straight. If you don’t care much about the additional features the S8 brings to the table, the S7 Edge is still a fantastic option.

So when you’re in the market for a smartphone, make sure to consider older devices as well. Check specs and features online to figure out whether an older handset has everything you need and if it’s worth getting over its successor.

5. Not checking deals

Prices vary from retailer to retailer. This means buying a new handset from the first store you visit might be a huge mistake.

When you know exactly which smartphone you want to buy, it’s best to do some digging and get it from the store offering the lowest price. Check Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, B&H, and other retailers to compare prices. A few minutes of research could save you hundreds of dollars. You can also check ourDeals page to see which smartphones are currently on sale.

Editor’s Pick

Flagship? Mid-range? Budget? Find the best phone for you

Picking out the best phone to buy is tougher than ever these days. It’s not just because we’re spoiled rotten with decent choices, but also because top tier products now cost upwards of $1000. That’s …

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact currently retails for $540 on Best Buy’s website , while Amazon is selling it for $510 . On eBay, the device is listed at just $440 . The difference between the lowest and highest price is $100, which is a lot of money. There are even better deals available for other handsets, but you have to put in some time to do the research.

You can also take advantage of Black Friday deals to save a few bucks. This year, Best Buy will be offering $50 off theHonor 6X, $75 off the Moto G5 Plus, and $100 off the Sony Xperia XZ Premium . More great Black Friday offers will be available, some of which you can check out by clicking the button below.

Black Friday deals

There you have it. These are five of the biggest things to avoid when buying a new smartphone. These aren’t the only no-nos, though. Try to avoid overlooking the software experience, buying a phone based only on design, and ignoring build quality. Also, don’t buy a new smartphone right after it’s released. It can be a big mistake from a financial standpoint, as a lot of new devices go on sale within the first few months.

Do you agree or disagree with my list? Would you change anything? Let me know in the comments.


材料再进化 未来智能手机可能会用“超级木头”打造... 腾讯科技讯 据外媒报道,近些年来智能手机是越做越薄了,材质主要是铝合金与玻璃,不过在日常生活中这些材料的耐久度并不出色。 其实智能手机行业就没停止过对新材料的寻找。2007年iPhone诞生后,手机逐渐从塑料进化到了铝,而后又出现了玻璃、不锈钢和陶瓷等元素,一些高端产品甚至还加入了钛合...
极光大数据:2017 Q4智能手机行业报告 2017年Q4,智能手机行业仍是好戏连连。9月发布的iPhone X带动iPhone销量大增。国产安卓阵营则稳扎稳打,华为、小米在销量份额方面均有提升,vivo则是年内第二次超过OPPO,四个季度双方二比二和气收场。极光大数据发布《2017年Q4智能手机行业研究报告》,从保有率、销量份额、用户忠诚度...
苹果新专利:直接用指纹拨打报警电话... 北京时间7月19日上午消息,苹果周二提交了一项专利申请,可以通过指纹技术更加隐秘地拨打美国911报警电话。多数智能手机都可以在不解锁的情况下联系紧急服务。但该专利认为,这种方式或许不够实用,而且容易被人察觉。如果将这项专利应用到今后的iPhone中,用户可以通过预先设定的一个指纹或一系列触摸动作来联...
LG possibly rebranding smartphone, smartwatch line... We’re probably expecting LG to name their next flagship the LG G7, following in the gadget footsteps of the G6 and G5 and all the ones that came befor...
Honor Independence Day sale: Up to Rs. 12000 off o... Huawei’s Honor brand today started its Independence Day sale on its Honor India eStore that offers discounts on smartphones including Honor 8, ...
Android Authority责编内容来自:Android Authority (源链) | 更多关于

本站遵循[CC BY-NC-SA 4.0]。如您有版权、意见投诉等问题,请通过eMail联系我们处理。
酷辣虫 » 5 biggest no-nos when buying a new smartphone

专业 x 专注 x 聚合 x 分享 CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

使用声明 | 英豪名录