Phone technology moves at a pace on par with anything else in the technology market, with new quirks and features hitting the stores on a near weekly basis. The transition of mobile phones to smart phones has seen them become integrated more deeply in our day to day lives.
One effect of this is that more of us are keen to upgrade our phones on a regular basis. This can make buying a new phone a tricky process, however, as the breadth of options available to us increases constantly. Here, I walk you through a few simple steps designed to help you on your journey to buying a new handset.
The first place for you to look is at your budget. Whether you’re looking at a monthly plan or are buying a handset outright, understanding what you’re willing to spend is the best way to narrow down your choices. I’m always willing to sell my iphone to help stretch my budget a little further. Trading in your old phone or selling it elsewhere is a great way to enable you to look higher up the market.
As the functionality of smart phones has taken off in the last few years, those on today’s market are able to offer us an overwhelming range of features. However, even those looking at the market’s top end will be forced to make compromises on one level or another. Getting the most for your money is, therefore, all a question of priorities.
You’ll need to understand the way in which you use your smart phone in order to know which areas to invest in. I’ve always been keen on using my phone as a portable music player.
I’m also keen on photography, ensuring that I never leave the house without a camera or two strapped to my back. This allows me to focus my search for a new phone on certain features – I look for a handset with great music capabilities and am happy to forego a camera.
Looking to the Future
Whether you’re the type to hang onto a new phone until the bitter end, or one who expects to sell the minute something new becomes available, looking to the future is key to a successful purchase. The durability of a phone is key to value, while the reputation of a brand might help you obtain a better price if you sell it on.
The future is also worth considering when you’re looking at operating systems. Research whether or not the operating system is due to be updating in the coming months and, if so, understand whether you’ll be able to take advantage of the update or will be left wishing you had a newer handset.
My name is Sean Thomas. My main profession is photography, but I also blog on technology and development – passing on stories of how I chose to sell my iPhone to pay for my new upgrade. I live in Manchester, working from here and, on occasion, in London.