Purchase decisions: How to go phone shopping!

Hello, everybody!

It’s been a while since I last posted due to certain time constraints for which I humbly apologize. Anyway, I’m back and here to stay! Here’s another piece on a hotly contested question of which I have several times in the past offered my personal opinion.

Without further ado, this is, your guide to phone shopping!

So, you’ve probably managed to either break or lose your previous phone which is why you’re considering getting a new phone and are currently puzzled with the numerous amount of options in the market. Well, worry not, I’m here to help you make that decision with ease.

Now, in order to come to the logical conclusion as to which phone or brand, in particular, you should go with, you have to go through the following stages:

PRIMARY or SECONDARY DEVICE: The most basic question that you need to ask yourself is whether this new phone you are buying, will it be in use as a primary device or a secondary device. If as a secondary device, the general advice I tend to give people is to invest in a phone with a larger battery than their primary one so that you can rely on the secondary device in case the primary goes in for a toss.

BUDGET: Exactly how much is your outer limit. How much amount of money are you willing to spend on your new phone. This is the amount that varies for everyone could be as little as Rs. 5,000 and could be as high as Rs. 60,000. Pick an amount for yourself as to how much you would want to spend. If going for a higher budget device, I always advise investing a little bit towards insurance for the phone as well.

HARDWARE: Hardware is one aspect that is determined by your sole usage habits. If you’re the kind of person who uses a phone for simply making calls and receiving messages along with a bit of social media on the fly, you shouldn’t be much concerned with this head as normally any odd phone will serve your purpose.
But, on the other hand, if you’re like me, who listens to music while playing Pokemon Go and simultaneously replying to WhatsApp messages along with the occasional posts on Twitter and/or Instagram, all at once, be prepared to invest in hardware. I personally prefer going for Qualcomm Snapdragon-based SoCs along with a high ram combination of at least 3GB for my daily use coupled with a battery of at least 3000 mAh to make sure I am able to fly throughout my day without having to search for a power outlet or a power bank.

AFTER SALES: Another important consideration to make is the contingency. What if my phone needs to be serviced. Is the brand I’m going with have a good reputation for serviceability of its devices? This is a question you need to ask yourself before making a purchase. In general, I tell people to steer clear of nearly local brands and certain Chinese brands due to their poor after sales services. This is a consideration you need to make beforehand.
If you want to play it safe, you can always go for the iPhone which is the king of aftersales  (they literally give you the same secondary device while your primary one is being serviced and if they can’t repair it in a week or so, they replace it with a brand new one for zero extra cost).

EXTRA FEATURES: Do you want a phone-phone or a show-offy phone? Extra features cost extra bucks very simply put. From color schemes (Matte Black vs. Glossy Black) to things like fingerprint sensors, selfie flash etc. everything costs an extra bit which is why nowadays almost every brand has a Plus/Prime/Pro version to the base variant. This is again another consideration you need to make prior to making a purchase!


And that about does it for this piece. I hope that this bit has helped you make a more informed choice before going phone shopping for next time!

Until then, this is Nightlytech!

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