Guide to Buying a New Phone

Are you in the market for a new cell phone for yourself or a loved one? Looking for the latest and greatest inc-61a3435d-cb4c-4d5b-a933-0ac4f09e3cbf mobile phone technology? Well my friend, consider this before you take the plunge!I had been considering purchasing a new cell phone for a while. My 2 year old Motorola Atrix was no longer holding a charge and was slow as molasses. I had looked into the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active from AT&T. The phone seemed to have everything I was looking for. A large screen (5 inches), a water resistant body (I am fairly clumsy), and a plenty of speed and upgradeable memory. My job is mobile and I use it all day for calls and texts with customers so reliability was and absolute must.

I was in a pinch one day and my old phone just wouldn’t hold a charge. I needed a new one pronto! I went to the store in a rush to buy the new S4 and began transferring contacts and data from the old phone to the new one. After a bit I noticed the battery was running low. But it was plugged in charging. Thinking it was a glitch, I rebooted the phone and let it sit for a while. I came back to it after a while and continued configuring it and loading apps. I again noticed the battery was running low. After a bit of basic research online, I realized that the battery life on my new phone was total crap! I couldn’t watch a full movie on the go or use it for much more than a hour or so before the battery was nearly sucked dry.

I had assumed (wrongly) that my new phone would have at least the same (and hopefully better) battery life as my old one. But a little extra digging would have set me straight. Don’t get me wrong. The Galaxy S4 is a great phone. My only complaint is the battery.

If you are looking to buy a new cell phone, first consider how it will be used. Will it be a mobile entertainment center playing your favourite music and movies? Will it just be for the occasional call or text? Will you have access to power throughout the day?

When in doubt, ask. Ask your friends for recommendations. Use the internet, just be sure to get your info from a reliable source. Ask on social media. Or just ask a salesperson at the store you are thinking of buying it from. Those salespeople usually use the phones they sale and often have great advice.

This is just one of the things to keep in mind when considering a new cell phone purchase. Learn from my mistakes friends, don’t make snap decision purchases on this kind of tech. You will likely have buyer’s remorse. And be stuck with a phone that doesn’t fit your needs for a couple of years!