With the large range of mobile phones available on the market in the United Kingdom, finding the right phone for your needs can sometimes be a very tough job. Not only will you find some top quality smartphones like the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and the like, but now a range of budget smartphones have made their way onto the market to further complicate matters.
Of course, there are entry level mobile phones as well, but for the purposes of this article, we will only be looking at smartphones as they have become the dominant force on the market.
So when your contract comes to an end and you are due for an upgrade, how should you go about choosing your next phone? Do you naturally just take the newest model of the phone you were using? Do you shop around for the best phone for your specific needs? Or what steps should you take and which factors should you consider when making your decision.
In this article, we help to give you a little more insight into how you should go about choosing your next phone, using our extensive knowledge of the mobile phone market, built up over the last 15 years.
Let’s take a closer look!
Finding your new phone – accepting the challenge
No doubt, unless you are moving onto the next model of your current phone when upgrading, finding a phone can actually be very tough work. Why? Well, not only are there so many different phones available but they, in turn, are linked to various contracts.
If you are really unsure of which phone you should choose, it’s time to do some homework! We have found that the best place to start is the following:
- Decide what you need in a phone. As an example, do you need it to hold your entire 300 compact disk collection because you like music on the move? Well, then you need a phone with over 32 gigs of internal memory. Perhaps you need a phone with quick browsing capabilities as you are always using the internet. Then your phone should be 4G LTE enabled.
- Decide what you need in a mobile plan. For example, as someone who downloads files, music, pictures or even movies, you would require a plan that has plenty of pre-loaded data. If you are someone who prefers to talk to your friends each day, then a plan with more call minutes is what you should be aiming form.
- Decide which carrier is best for you. There are so many different carriers to choose from in the United Kingdom, all offering a range of plans and various promises to make themselves more unique than their competitors. Study each one carefully before deciding on the one that suits your needs best. If you already have a carrier and a plan that suits your current needs, you may continue with that and see which handsets are offered on that particular plan.
- Don’t forget one of the most important aspects of your decision – the price point you want to operate in. Perhaps you are buying a phone outright and not linked to a pricing plan, or perhaps you can only operate at a certain monthly budget for your If this is the case the amount of phones available to you will be significantly less.
Ways to find the perfect phone
Well to start, you will have to put some time into research. This is really the best way to not only identify a number of phones and add them to a shortlist but then to finally decide on the perfect phone for you.
Perhaps the best place to start with your research is as we mentioned above – pricing. You know exactly how much money you can spend on a phone each month, or perhaps even as a once off payment. Now identify phones in that bracket. One of the best ways to do this is to use a phone comparison site. There are many such sites, for example Mobile Phone Checker.
Another excellent way to check out the phones you have narrowed your list down to is by reading online reviews. Many tech sites review each and every handset in great detail and this can further help to give you an idea as to which is best for your particular needs.
Questions to ask yourself
If you are still unsure as to which of the phones on your shortlist best suits your needs, then start to ask yourself a number of questions to help make up your mind.
- How will you be making use of the phone? Is it only for personal use or will it be used as a business phone as well, either for your employer to contact you or perhaps for you to contact your employer, clients or the like?
- What exactly do you need for the phone to be able to do? For example, will you just be calling, texting, using messenger apps and perhaps sending the occasional email? Well then a budget smartphone will be the best option and it won’t break the bank either. If you need a phone that can do more than this, then perhaps look at a flagship smartphone model.
- Do you have other specific carrier requirements? For instance, you may need to be able to upload and download files for work purposes. Therefore, you need a phone with the fastest connectivity and that can operate on 4G LTE.
- Lastly, what colour, size, and shape do you prefer? This may seem fairly superficial but it does play a major part when it comes to people choosing their mobile phone.
At the end of the day, unless you are very sure as to what phone you would prefer, you are going to have to put some time in to finding the perfect phone for yourself. A word of advice, don’t rush! Take your time, use the masses of information you can find online to be sure you eventually end up with the right phone for you unique needs. And don’t forget to talk to friends, family, and colleagues about the phone choices they have made. This is one way to get a unique and truthful viewpoint on mobile phones.