Buying A New Phone? 5 Things to Consider
According to a recent study, the average adult spends 3 hours and 15 minutes a day on their phone. This figure is hardly surprising when we take into account just how much we can actually do on our mobiles these days – whether we are catching up with friends and family over a video call, shopping for the latest fashion, or simply scrolling through social media. Furthemore, many of us are required to use mobile phones as part of our job.
However, as they have become so integral to our lives (and in keeping us connected to the rest of the world), going without a phone can be difficult. Therefore, if your phone breaks or gets damaged, it’s often the case that you need to get your hands on a new phone sooner rather than later.
With that in mind, here are five things you should consider when buying a new phone.
Buying a New Phone – Top Tips
1 – Think Carefully About The Phone You Choose
When buying a new phone, it will always be tempting to purchase the latest model or design – after all, this model will likely have the most amount of gadgets or capabilities built into it. However, it will also come with a hefty price tag.
Therefore, if you are looking to save a little money while purchasing a new phone, it’s better to go for a model that has been around for a while. This can also be beneficial as you can read plenty of reviews ahead of time while also saving yourself some money that you can set aside for something else.
2 – Keep An Eye Out For Deals
As mentioned previously, our reliance on mobiles means that there are thousands of companies across the world that sell them on a daily basis. Therefore, you should ensure that you shop around a little before making a purchase – to see where you can get the best deal. During this time, don’t be afraid to haggle and let one provider know if another has offered you a better deal.
3 – Remember To Transfer Important Data To Your New Phone
Once you have purchased your newest phone, you’ll likely be ready to start testing it out as opposed to dealing with your old one. However, whether you plan on throwing your old one away or donating it to charity, you must transfer any important data into your new phone.
For example, if you’re choice of phone is an iphone, you should look into how to transfer contacts from iphone to iphone, so that you know exactly who is calling you (and don’t have to send the awkward, who is this text to your gran).
Also ensure you save your photos, videos, and documents to your new phone or computer so that you don’t risk losing them in the process. Finally, it’s probably best that you delete all apps – especially those that contain personal data.
4 – Buy A Screen Protector
When you first take your new phone out of the box, it’s likely that you’ll be really careful. After all, we tend to treat most new belongings with care. However, phones are also very volatile – and sometimes, you only have to drop them once to shatter them entirely. As a result, it’s important that you purchase a quality screen protector and phone case ahead of time. While this may not necessarily stop your phone from breaking, they can reduce the chances of serious damage occurring. This will help to give your phone a much longer life! During this time, you may also wish to purchase insurance for your phone.
5 – Test The Device
When purchasing an expensive item such as a phone, it’s likely that you will be given a timeframe in which you can return the phone to the store and get your money back should it be faulty or damaged. As such, you should ensure that you thoroughly inspect your phone before use to ensure that there are no issues present – as returning it late means, you may not get any of your money back whatsoever. In addition to errors in functionality, you should also check the charging ports and cameras for any signs of damage. The more thorough you are – the better as it’s important that your phone works well.
Once you’ve completed the above steps, it’s time to start enjoying your new phone. Don’t forget to redownload your favorite apps – such as lifestyle and travel apps – while keeping an eye out for new additions that can make your daily life easier or more entertaining.
Photos by Julius Drost – CCO Licence