How to choose a new cell phone

How To Choose A New Cell Phone

So you’ve had that old cell phone forever and it finally died on you. I know, it’s sad, but its soul is probably resting in cell phone heaven somewhere. Anyway, it’s time to start looking for a new one. A lot has changed in the three years since you bought ol’ Betsy. It may even be a bit daunting to go out there and look for a new phone without knowing what your options are first. Here are some tips to make shopping easier.

1. Style is important. If you can’t be proud, you at least want something that you can feel comfortable with holding to your ear. Flip phones are always popular, as are candy bar styles, and recently slider phones have gained in popularity. Because flip phones don’t dial accidentally while in your pocket and fit the shape of your head more easily than other styles, they are a good choice. Candy bars are sturdy, but you have to lock them, which can be a pain. Sliders are a nice because they combine both modes – they lock automatically and are solid. Before you narrow it down, try holding each style up to your ear to see which suits you best.

2. Whereas ten years ago no one knew what texting was, today it’s a national pastime. The full keyboard has its perks because you don’t have to press a button four times to get an S or struggle with the phone to produce a word it doesn’t know. But make sure that the size of the keyboard is practical and that you will be able to type on it. Touch phones are cool too but are usually more expensive.

3. Choose your features. If you want your phone to be more of a media device, you may want to invest in some cellphone accessories that accommodate that. If you want to use it for e-mail, think about a smart phone. And you may want a cheap Bluetooth headset if you’re going to be driving and talking a lot.

4. You may want to check the phone’s features before buying it. Call quality is important and can vary according to the network you use. If you’re on a 3G network check to see how fast video streams. Also battery life can be important – you don’t want to have cell phone chargers in your home, office, car, etc. If you have a specific model in mind already, check out consumer reviews or seek recommendations from your friends if they have the phone.

Ultimately, you have to feel comfortable with the phone you have. You’re going to be using it every day hopefully for a long time, so ask which companies and models have the best longevity. It’s exciting getting a new phone, and it’s also an investment. It may be hard to adjust to your new phone but it will grow on you eventually. While it may be different than your last one, by retaining things like color, style and features you can make it a worthy upgrade.

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