Since the revolutionary introduction of smartphones, buying a phone is no more as simple as baking a cake. Earlier, it was just Nokia or Samsung, and our requirements were limited to battery backup, price, and additional features like FM and flashlight. However, presently it’s a hell lot of things to consider: RAM, processor, internal storage, camera, screen type and quality, battery backup, android version and so many other technical terms that we can barely spell. On and all, in the present days, buying a phone is no less than investing in the stock market; you definitely need an expert for even this.
If you feel the same, here’s our simple guide for smartphone buyers to make the compelling task a piece of cake. Given below is the list of factors that you must consider while evaluating your options and come up with the best smartphone for yourself.
1. Brand Value/Reputation: Starting with brand value or reputation, it must be your primary search criterion. Not because the brand is a symbol of the reputation as we Indians believe, but the brand of the smartphone assures the longevity and higher product quality. Some names like Xiaomi, Samsung, Apple, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, One Plus and Asus have become a household name and their products are always a smart choice.
Having said that, every renowned brand today was once just a smartphone company earlier. So, whenever buying a smartphone, focus more on the specifications rather than brand. As a popular example, Xiaomi, which has become one of the biggest brands in India, was struggling to create a position for itself in the Indian market during the initial period in India. But it is only after four-five years that the Chinese Electronics giant, owing to its low-price feature has transformed itself into one of the highest selling smartphone brands in India.
The online shopping/e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart have different filters which can be used to simplify the search process. Just mark the Brand box and you will be catered with products of the particular brands.
2. Price: Let’s face it; you can’t have a stiff budget while buying a smartphone. There must be some amount of flexibility available within the budget that can be leveraged to get more value from the purchase. So the first rule is definitely to have a clear budget in mind with an additional buffer of 10%-20%. This will help filter your search and come up with more appropriate options.
Key tips to follow while planning your budget:
Rule 1: Budget largely depends on the features you desire in your smartphone. So, make a list of specifications and get on Google. Thanks to the internet, it’s very easy these days to predict the price range depending on the specifications. For example, gamers mostly look for higher RAM and top processors; hence they know they must expect their purchase to be around Rs 30, 000-35, 000. So, make a list and ask only for what you really need unless your budget is extendable to infinity.
Rule 2: Budget also depends on the brand. If you are planning to buy an iPhone, you know you either need to sell a kidney or you must be rich enough to afford it. So, if you are not brand conscious, focus more on specification.
3. Specifications: Your smartphone defines your personality. For example, a gamer will always have a smartphone equipped with leading processor and highest RAM for a superior gaming experience; whereas, a photo-fanatic will prefer higher pixels in the camera that allow him/her to click breath-taking pictures. Accordingly, it won’t be wrong to say that every individual has a different expectation, and hence, a different specification list while buying their smartphone. So, make a list of features that you need based on your personality and the things you use your smartphone for and the further with your search.
- Android version
- Camera specifications
- Internal storage
- Sim card slots
- Screen size and type
- Battery backup
Summing up, the end goal is to derive more value out of the money used for the transaction. Therefore, if it requires a bit of your time and a bit of effort as the prerequisite, don’t hesitate to comply. In the end, the result will be a smartphone that will make your decision worthwhile.