3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Smartphone



iphone6 photoTo say that the human race, in this day, has a focus on technology would be an understatement. Nowhere is this more evident than in our general reliance on smartphones. Seeing as how they have, more or less, become their own mini-computers, it’s almost like few people have the need for standard computers. To them, it’s easy to get everything that they need – and even more – from the handheld devices they carry around on a consistent basis. Why else would 10 million iPhone 6 devices sell in three days?

I’d like to preface this series of questions by saying, from a personal standpoint, I cannot see the desire in buying a new smartphone year after year. There doesn’t seem like enough has been changed or updated, during that time, in order to warrant consistent purchases. While I believe that buying a new phone once every two or three years is more reasonable, the level of human intrigue associated with technology is a tremendous beast. It’s also one that shows no signs of slowing down.

Back on topic, though,

Does it appear ergonomic?

One of the main features that smartphone developers keep in mind is comfort. Specifically, their devices should be easy enough to hold for extended lengths of time. To put it simply, they are designed to fit the hands of various users. However, comfort isn’t rooted in a developer’s goals; it’s also a matter of preference. I am sure that many iPhone 4 users had to readjust their expectations once they got their hands on iPhone 5 devices. There was a moderate scope change, which meant that they had to get used to the slightly different design. Fortunately, these products are made from year to year with a sense of familiarity in mind. It’s just a matter of getting used to a brand-new device, which is an endeavor that may be easier for some as opposed to others.

Is there enough of a power upgrade?

More so than design, at least to smartphone users, the likelihood of them upgrading will hinge on the amount of power seen in newer devices. For example, there was a period of a few years when I owned a 4th generation iPod Touch. While I enjoyed the device overall, I found it troubling to play many of the more recent App Store games because of its weaker capabilities. This changed, though, when I received my iPhone 5c (a device I still use to this day.) Suddenly, playing through a round of “Temple Run” could be done with little to no slowdown. I wasn’t shackled by previous power restrictions, which helped to enhance my mobile experience. Specs should be noted by those who are curious about upgrading, which I’m sure that any Internet marketing company would be able to agree with.

Will there be technical problems? 

It goes without saying that technology, especially when it comes to newer devices, is going to be home to various problems. Sometimes you cannot avoid these, so the idea of being fearful of making these purchases based on said problems is unfounded. Regardless, when you invest in a product, you want to make sure that it works. Instead of preordering the latest smartphone early on, bide your time. Wait for reviews to come out, since it goes without saying that others will share their viewpoints. See if any of the cons they address are deal-breakers for you. Someone may dock points for, say, a screen that attracts more fingerprints but it may not turn you off to the idea of purchasing the device altogether. To put it simply, you have to make your own judgment call and not rely on the words of others alone.

Note: This post is a guest post from a member of our DMR Insider Community.

Photo by William Hook