No matter which phone you’re buying or which carrier you’re using it on, these are issues you should always take care.
Don’t Rush for a New Model
Buying a new phone just before the release of the latest model may be the single biggest mistake you can make. Even if you don’t want the latest and greatest smartphone, you can save quite a bit of money by waiting for a new model to go on sale as Apple, for instance, customarily reduces the price of the previous iPhone by $100 when the latest one goes on sale.
For other manufacturers, the situation is largely the same. In April, Samsung‘s Galaxy S5 saw its price drop by $200 at some carriers around the time Samsung released its current flagship, the Galaxy S6.
Smartphone manufacturers typically follow a regular pattern, launching a new model about every 12 months. Before you buy a phone, check to see when it was originally released. If it’s more than 9 months old, consider waiting.
Check Enough Storage Space
If you’re planning to install a lot of apps, download music, take plenty of photos, and record video, you’ll need ample storage. Typically, smartphones are offered in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB varieties (though some budget phones can pack as little as 8GB or even 4GB). For some, 16GB may suffice, though as apps continue to expand in size, 32GB is increasingly viewed as the bare minimum. Apple charges a premium for extra storage, as do most of its competitors, but it can be money well spent, as it isn’t possible to upgrade the storage space later on.
Some smartphones support micro SD cards, but many (like the iPhone and Samsung’s latest Galaxies) don’t. Even then, there are limitations – many apps cannot be installed on a micro SD card, and pulling files from an SD card is slower than from the phone’s internal memory.
Few points we need to consider while selecting Mobile Handset. (You have your own priorities).
|Technical Specification||Non – Technical Specification|
|Processor Type & Speed||Brand|
|ROM Size||Speaker & Mic|
|OS Type||3.5 mm Audio Jack|
|GPU Capacity||Feel n Look (Shape & Color)|
|Expandable Storage||Flash Light|
|Sensors (Gravity, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer, Biometric, etc)||Waterproof|
|SIM Card Slots (Single/Dual)||Radio|
|Position (GPS) & Navigation||Flash Light|
|Network Technology (GSM/CDMA)||Multi-Touch|
|2G/3G/4G||Audio & Video Playback Support|
|Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IR,NFC||Messaging|
|USB Type Support|
|Virtual Reality Feature|
|Camera Resolution (Front & Rear)|
|OS Up gradation|
Day by day application world for mobile is expanding like anything. Android, iOS, Black Berry OS, Windows Mobile OS and many other are available in the industry of Mobile. Each has its own applications list. Different OS & Handset is having some famous Application. Before purchasing any handset, you should make sure the list of application for that handset and your need of that application. Android application never runs on Iphone and vice versa (Same is applicable to others OS & Handset) .
If you’re an iPhone owner buying another iPhone, or an Android owner buying another Android, most of your apps should carry over. But if you’re planning to switch to a different platform, make sure you’ll be able to use your favorite apps.
Service Provider Support
The smartphone market is changing a lot. Each year lot of handset is wasted due to poor configuratup gradationadation. Second-Hand Mobile phone market is growing day by day. People are crazy behind importing new latest mobile handset from other countries. If you do, make sure it’s compatible with your Service Provider.
Not every smartphone will work with every Service Provider. Different Service Provider rely on different Frequency (LTE) bands, and a lack of particular bands on a phone can result in sub-par signal. There are phones like the Moto X and the unlocked iPhone 6 that will work on all carriers, but they’re not common as well not recommended.
If you aren’t planning to purchase the phone directly from the carrier, make sure you’re aware of its compatibility issues.
Accessories for a Smart Phone
If you purchase your phone in a carrier store, you’ll often be offered a wide variety of accessories at the time of sale (cases, headphones, car chargers, etc.). It is almost always a mistake to purchase them.
That isn’t to say that car chargers are useless, or that you don’t need a case for your smartphone. Rather, these accessories are often marked up to an absurd degree. Verizon, for example, was selling the OtterBox Commuter Series iPhone 6 case for $44.99. The same exact case can be purchased on Amazon for just $27.24 (with free shipping). AT&T is asking $30 for a Micro USB car charger, but Best Buy offers them for $19.99.
If you want accessories for your new phone, surf over to On-line market place or visit your local electronics store. Don’t be quick for any of your purchase along with your mobile phone.
Picking a Right Insurance Policy or Extended Warranty
Each Service Provider gives tons of options for Insurance & Warranty. if you purchase mobile handset from the official service provider, It is advisable to read and understand the documents and terms properly before finalizing anything.
Sometimes you need to pay a huge amount for some reason, though you were paying insurance & warranty.
There are alternatives offered by the phone manufacturers themselves. Apple offers AppleCare, Motorola has Moto Care, and Samsung has Protection Plus. All three plans basically work the same.
Compiled By : Prof. Chirag K. Gohel
Contributed By : Students of 7-Sem CE
Source : MSN, Google, GSM ARENA.