These days, having a smartphone is practically a necessity. Here are some things to consider when you're buying a smartphone to fit your needs and budget.
These days, having a smartphone is no longer considered a luxury. The fact is, smartphones are practical, useful, they make our lives easier. But with all of the models available in the market, where does one start when it comes to buying a smartphone?
Here are some important things to consider if you’re in the market to buy a new phone, or if you want to upgrade your old one!
Buying a smartphone: Some key things to remember
The first thing to remember is that you need to set a budget for yourself. Setting a budget not only helps you limit your spending, but also narrows down your selection.
In terms of price, there are low-end, mid-range, and high-end phones to choose from. The features and quality of smartphones go up as the price increases, so buying the cheapest phone available isn’t always a good idea.
You also need to consider what your needs are and what features you’re interested in. For example, if you’re looking for a phone to send texts, make and receive calls, and browse social media, a high-end phone might be a waste of money.
On the other hand, if you’re going to use the phone to take photos, videos, play games, or watch movies, a high-end phone might be better suited to your needs.
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Low-end phones (up to US$300/S$410/RM1,200)
In this case, the term “low-end” is a misnomer. Low-end phones don’t necessarily lack great features since technology these days is so advanced.
What makes them low-end is that they priced competitively, and they don’t receive firmware updates as often as high-end phones. Some also lack unique features as full HD screens, the ability to use NFC for contactless payments, and some have lower battery life.
However, for general use, simple browsing, taking selfies and other general uses, low-end phones offer a good deal.
Here are some good low-end phones:
Moto E4 Plus – US$149/S$200/RM600
Nokia 5 – US$199/S$271/RM800
Moto G6 – US$234/S$320/RM946
Huawei Honor 9 Lite – US$263/S$358/RM1,063
Mid-range phones (US$300 – US$700/S$410-S$955/RM1,200-RM2,830)
Mid-range phones are perfect for those who want some extra features, and are willing to pay for those features. The great thing about mid-range phones is that you get the best of both worlds in that you’re not paying for a flagship phone, but you get some of the features that are usually available only for high-end phones.
Some mid-range phones also target specific users; some offer great front and back cameras, while others offer full HD screens. Most mid-range phones also have fingerprint sensors, which used to be reserved only for high-end phones.
Mid-range phones usually offer the best value, so if you can afford to spend a little extra, you might want to check out some of these phones.
Here are some great mid-range phones:
Huawei Honor 10 – US$465/S$634/RM1,880
Samsung Galaxy S8 – US$499/S$680/RM2,120
OnePlus 5T – US$599/S$817/RM2,420
Essential Phone – US$484/S$660/RM1,958
High-end phones (US$700/S$955/RM2,830 – above)
More commonly known as flagship phones, high-end phones are the best phones that you can get your hands on. What’s great about high-end phones is that even if phone technology improves every year, you won’t feel that your phone is outdated.
Manufacturers also provide frequent firmware updates to high-end phones, so you’re getting the latest features and bug fixes.
High-end phones also come with full HD screens, and high-quality front and back cameras. Some even offer limited waterproofing! However, since you’re buying a smartphone that’s high-end, you’re also paying a premium for those features.
So expect to pay a pretty penny for these flagship units.
Here are some of the best high-end phones available:
Samsung Galaxy S9 – US$799/S$1,090/RM3,231
Apple iPhone X – US$1,149/S$1,567/RM4,647
Pixel 2 XL – US$899/S$1,226/RM3,636
Huawei Mate 10 Pro – US$704/S$960/RM2,847
(Prices are based off Amazon.com)
Hopefully you now have an idea of what to look out for the next time you’re buying a smartphone.
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