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What are the Most Important Considerations When Buying a New Mobile?

By Edited May 7, 2015 0 0

Which Mobile - The Definitive Guide

Looking for a new mobile phone and finding the decision a tough one? You're not alone. There's such a vast array of devices on the market nowadays, that choosing between them can be a nightmare. Getting the right mobile is important. Firstly, phones cost a lot of money, and in these economic times a new mobile represents a hefty investment to most people. Also, the majority of customers only buy a new phone once every two years, so you're going to have to put up with your phone for a lengthy period of time. You want quality as well as performance, so that you'll be satisfied and feel that you money has been well spent. Today we're looking at the most important considerations when buying a new mobile, the things that you need to keep in mind to make sure that you're a satisfied customer. So, before you get overwhelmed with choice, read on to get the info you need to make your decision a good one.

Compare Mobiles to Get Good Prices...

Firstly, remember to compare mobiles, both for features and price. This is an important step, because you want to make sure that you're getting the best price for the best phone. You can compare mobiles on the internet, many sites let you match up two or more models to see how their features compare. And you can compare prices on price comparison web sites to make sure that you're getting the best deal.

The Specs that You Need...

You're going to be looking for a basic level of performance in your phone. And given that mobile technology changes so fast there's a good chance that basic specs have changed a little since the last time you went phone shopping. We're going to tell you the specs that you should look for on a decent quality, mid-range, smart phone. Obviously these specs are going to be a little lower on budget models, and higher on top end devices. Look for around 1200 MHz (or 1.2 GHz) of processing power to get the kind of speeds you need to run recent software. A good screen should be around four and a half inches, in order to easily type on the on screen keyboard and to view pages without scrolling around too much. Internal memory should be from 8 GB, to give you plenty of room for storing music, photos, games and data. Look for a minimum  of 1 GB of RAM to endure that the phone is responsive and doesn't lag or freeze. A rear facing camera should be between 5 MP and 8 MP. As for price, you're looking at paying around three hundred pounds for a device that meets these specs.

Operating Systems...

You are going to have to consider which kind of operating system you want your phone to run. All iPhones run Apple's iOS, which is smooth and incredibly easy to use. All Blackberrys will run RIM, which is often a good choice for business users due to its good scheduling abilities and included business software. The most popular phone operating system is Android, which is more customisable than Apple's iOS, but equally easy to use, and has plenty of compatible apps to download. Finally, Windows has a phone operating system too, which is rapidly growing in popularity. Windows has excellent photography software, as well as being pretty customisable, though it's not always particularly intuitive to use. Which system you choose is really a matter of personal preference, though it's worth noting that if you're looking for a cheaper phone then Android is probably going to be the best option. If you're not sure which system you want, then take the time to go to a mobile operator and check out some of their display models so you can see what you're getting into. Something that is important is to make sure that you're getting the most recent version of the system that you can find for a good price. Newer versions tend to be faster, more stable, and more compatible with new apps and games. The iPhone 5 and 4S both have the most recent version of iOS, whilst the Blackberry Z10 has the newest RIM version. The latest Android version is 4.2, but anything from 4.0 up is acceptable. The most recent Windows update is Window 8, though Windows 7.5 isn't a bad choice either.

Where to Buy...

You have a few options when it comes to where you purchase your phone from, each with its own pros and cons. Many people choose to purchase through a mobile operator, but this does mean that you're going to pay a little more than average. But operators tend to have a wide range of devices to choose from, and large stocks of popular models, meaning you're more likely to get that hot new release from an operator than elsewhere. Also, operators can offer you incentive contracts. These are phone service contracts that come with a free or low cost mobile phone. You will pay for the phone, since your monthly phone bills will be higher to reflect the instalment payment that you're making for your device. But if you don't have the necessary cash to buy a phone up front, then an incentive contract will let you walk out of the store with a new mobile in your hand. You can also buy phones through many high street retailers, who tend to have better prices than operators, but who often don't have a huge assortment of models to choose from. You can get even better prices with retailers during a sale period, such as after Christmas. Some retailers will even let you buy a phone on an instalment plan, though they generally require a larger down payment than mobile operators ask for with incentive contracts. Finally, online shopping tends to offer the best deals, and many retailers and even operators will give you a discount for buying online rather than through a physical store.

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