When there are so many smartphones on the market, it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you. In this post, we’ll walk you through the biggest mistakes people make when choosing a new smartphone and how to avoid these common pitfalls.
Not assessing your needs.
Let’s get one thing straight: You are not going to be happy with any smartphone unless it meets your needs. You may think that a new phone is the answer to all of your problems, but if you don’t assess what your needs are in the first place, you’ll still have those same problems once that shiny new device arrives.
There are several things to consider when assessing your needs:
- What do I want? (Not what do others think I should want.) What do I need this phone for? How much am I willing to spend? Will I be financing the phone or purchasing it outright?
Missing out on other options.
No matter how much your friends or family love a phone, it’s important to keep an open mind and consider all of your options. There are plenty of other phones out there that could be perfect for you—you just need to find them.
It’s not unusual for people who want a new smartphone to go into their local store and ask about the latest devices from Samsung (or Apple, Google or whatever) and then pick one based on little more than its brand recognition. The problem with this approach is that it doesn’t give you enough time to think about what kind of phone would work best for your needs.
For example: if someone doesn’t like taking selfies in low light situations but loves listening to music on their phone’s speaker then they should not automatically buy an iPhone XS Max because it has dual rear cameras capable of taking great photos in any lighting condition! They should consider buying another model such as HTC U12+ which has front-facing cameras designed specifically for taking selfies with natural looking results even when lighting conditions aren’t ideal!
Ignoring financing options.
Choosing financing options is a great way to save money on the phone you want. You can get some of the best phones at a discount by buying them outright or through financing. Financing gives you the ability to pay for your device in monthly installments, which makes it easier for most people to afford their new phones.
One of the best ways to get a good deal on a new phone is by signing up with an installment plan. Although buying your device outright will usually be less expensive than paying in installments, many carriers offer better discounts and incentives if you decide to go this route instead of paying full price up front (or even leasing).
Another benefit of using an installment plan over paying cash is that it allows users more flexibility when choosing which model they want—and when they receive it—because there are no penalties for switching plans or canceling service early on if something else comes along that’s too good to pass up first!
Not knowing where to go.
If you’re not sure, the first place to go is your carrier. Whether you are looking for a new smartphone or plan, they can help guide you through the process and make sure that you are getting the best service at the best price.
Before heading into your local store, however, it is important to know exactly what features and services are important to you. If you want a phone with an excellent camera but don’t mind being limited in terms of storage space then check out some of our top picks for each category below:
- Best Camera Phone: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
- Best Value Phone: Apple iPhone XS Max
- Best Overall Phone: Google Pixel 3 XL
The wrong phone can make a big difference in your life, so it’s important to make sure you choose wisely.
There are a few things you can do to make sure that you don’t end up with the wrong phone.
- Make sure you’ve assessed your needs. You might think that the most expensive smartphone is always the best, but that’s not always true. There are plenty of options out there for people who just want to text and maybe take a few pictures every now and then. If you need something more complex or want to play games on your phone, then obviously it makes sense to look for something more powerful (and expensive).
- Don’t miss out on other options. When we talk about “other options,” we mean used phones as well as refurbished ones. Used smartphones tend not be quite as high-end as their new counterparts but they’re still great devices at an affordable price point—and hey, if they’re only one year old instead of three years old like some used cars? Well then there’s really no reason not purchase one!
While you can do your due diligence and research all the latest and greatest phones on the market, it’s important to remember that a phone is just a thing. It’s only as powerful as its user, so what really matters is how you use it. As long as you have a device that makes you happy and allows you to communicate with your friends/family, then it doesn’t matter if your phone isn’t “the best.”