Buying A New Cell Phone? Keep These 5 Important Factors In Mind

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Jake Cornwall

The cell phone has evolved quite a bit since the world was first introduced to the humongous mobile phone, lovingly referred to as ‘the brick’. Modern smartphones are sleek and have more computing power than the module used to land astronauts on the moon. If you are looking to purchase a new phone, keep these 5 important factors in mind.

iOS vs Android vs Windows

ios vs android vs windows phone

‘Synchronization’ is all what modern technology is about. As a result, choosing which operating system your phone runs on is an important decision. If you own a Mac and swear by your iPod, then it is obvious that iOS is perfect for you. You will have no problems acclimatizing yourself with an iPhone and synchronizing it with other Apple devices. If simplicity is what you demand from your devices, a phone running a Windows OS is what you need. If you are a technophile who loves customizing everything in sight, then only a phone running Android OS will do.

Do yourself a favour and get an unlocked phone


You may save a lot of money by getting a locked phone from a cell phone service provider, but it does come with its own drawbacks. For starters, you can only get the phone at a discounted rate if you sign a contract that locks you in with the service provider; the longer the contract, the bigger the discount. As a result, you may find yourself stuck with a service provider that has poor network coverage or charges too much. This is especially true for phones that are exclusively available through one service provider only. Do yourself a favor and get an unlocked phone. It may cost you more, but at least you have the freedom to choose whichever service provider you want. Try to unlock a phone that you got via a contract and it will void the warranty.

Look out for the additional features, especially camera

Smartphones are more than just another way to communicate with others. These nifty little things are slowly replacing all the other gadgets in our lives. We all know that one person who has given up wearing wristwatches and prefer to use their phone as a timekeeping device. Always check out the additional features a phone can offer, especially the quality of the camera. For most people, the smartphone doubles up as a camera and no phone review is ever complete without a mention about the device’s picture and movie recording capabilities.

See what accessories are available for the phone
Phone Accessories

Phone Accessories

The first thing people get after buying a new phone is a protective cover. Similarly, there are a number of other accessories that you would like to purchase for your new phone. Check stores to see if there is a variety of options for you to choose from. Sometimes, you may save money by purchasing a phone manufactured by a small company. However, you won’t have much luck finding accessories for it; not even a protective case.

Keep in mind future resale value

Phones from reputed companies hold their value much better during resale. Similarly, an unlocked phone is more likely to sell for a higher price than a phone that is contractually locked to a service provider. If you are the kind of person whom having the latest phone is a must, then getting unlocked phones is the best option since it will be easier to sell later on.

Remember these 5 simple tips and you will not make a mistake when purchasing a new cell phone.

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About Jake Cornwall

Jake Cornwall is a store owner and runs an electronic gadget shop. He primarily deals with buying and selling of refurbished cell phones and has a lot of knowledge about various cell phones in the market. People do benefit a lot from his opinions as he regularly keeps himself updated about the subject and gives his reviews on various sites.

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