If you’re around 30 years old, you were probably a part of the last generation that grew up without cell phones. Times were just much simpler then and a cell phone was considered a nice thing to have rather than being a necessity. In today’s world, it’s quite difficult to get by without a cell phone. Parents feel safer having even their young kids carry a cell phone, what with the dangers of the world looming around every corner.
Not only has the necessity changed but so has the features of what a mobile phone now encompasses. Different models with varying operating systems and features can make something as simple as picking a new cell phone extremely complicated. It all depends on what your priorities are - basics such as making calls and sending messages are now a given, but you can also choose models based on the quality of its camera, internet access, video conferencing systems, and more. Cell phones have surpassed just being devices to make calls on and are more pocket-sized computers.
Similar to computers, today’s cell phones can cost a pretty penny. Before shelling out hundreds of dollars, do your research and make sure to pick one that is right for you. Below, we’ve listed a number of factors which you’ll want to compare and consider while making your decision.
The first thing you need to decide when choosing your next cell phone is which carrier you’d like to join. You’ll find that several carriers promote different phones, and the price point and benefits may be too much to give up. For example, if you switch to Verizon right now, you’ll get $300 off of any model of Android phone.1 Almost all carriers will offer some sort of discount if you decide to sign a contract with them.
Another thing to consider when choosing your carrier is to make sure it receives excellent signal at places you’re usually in such as your house or place of employment.
This has become somewhat of a joke in the cell phone industry with Apple and Android users constantly rivaling each other on which one is better. It’s one of the first few decisions you have to make when in the market for a new cell phone, but it not the most trivial - it’s most just based on preference.
Apple iPhones, which use iOS, are extremely popular because of their sleek design, user friendliness, and their many exclusive features including the biggest one yet: FaceTime. FaceTime makes it easy to make video calls with your friends and family using the phone’s front-facing camera.
Android phones have a wide array of devices and price points since phones are available from several different manufacturers; this is a plus compared to Apple who have a very limited number of models and are usually more expensive than Android phones. There is also less ability to customize your experience with iOS as it is mostly the same no matter which model of iPhone you use.
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if you use Google apps such as Google Docs or Gmail, then you’d do better with an Android, but if you are used to a MacBook or iPad, then an Apple iPhone is a better choice for you.
Do you need a phone that’s going to last a long time without needing to be charged? Or maybe you’re prone to dropping your phone all the time and need a phone which is durable and damage resistant? For others, features that are important to them are high-quality camera lens’ or a large screen size.
Be sure to take your time and investigate all of the different features of newly-available cell phone models before making your decision. Once you shell out a lot of money for it, you may be using the cell phone for months, if not years, before you’ll be in the market for a new one.