Okay so now that you have bought a new device and you thinking this is going to be awesome, you’re wondering how do I use it. At first you assume that everything is going to be just like it was on your old device, but you find out shortly after that things are moved around a bit. It sure would’ve been nice if the people at the store would’ve told you that there are a few changes made to the software, and possibly to the hardware, that will need a little bit of learning. Even if you went from my note 3 to a note 4 or an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 6, there are still differences in the look, feel, and how they operate. But luckily you have Elite iPhone Repair to help you with these transitions.
- The first thing you want to do when purchasing a new device is to make sure that you will except all the information that you had stored on your old device. A lot of times when upgrading you will find a very cheap upgrade and not pay attention to the amount of storage it will hold versus the device you used to have. For example if you were to go in and purchase the free iPhone 5 or 5C, it will likely only be an 8 GB version of the device, but most likely the four or four ass that you had was probably a 16 GB. Same can be said for a lot of galaxy devices seeing as the new software that they come with takes up a lot of space and with most androids they have a lot of built-in apps that are not necessary but are there. The best rule of thumb before purchasing your new device is that back it up at home or back it up in your cloud and then take note of how much space it would hold including the SD card if it takes one, then when shopping make sure nude device will take your back up and hold the same if not more data.
- The second thing to consider is ergonomics. In other words you were used to using your phone a certain way before, but if the shape or the buttons have changed a lot in the new version then it may be like a whole different device. For example the iPhone 5s lock button is on the top but on the six it’s on the side, and the screen is bigger making the phone wider harder to use for small hands. And then you have the galaxy note. The newer note technically has a bigger screen but the outer diameter is actually a little bit smaller so you may feel like you get a smaller phone even though you technically have the same amount of screen space. Also consider all of your accessory and case options. You don’t want to get a phone that can’t really be accessorized. At the end of the day, pretty much all the phones nowadays do just about the same thing, they just do it in a little bit different way and all shaped a little bit different plus look at a little bit different.
- Last but not least consider how long you plan to have it. Most carriers now offer low down payment options where you can pay the phone off overtime. Making it easy to buy the higher gigabyte version and the most fanciest one on the table, while the customer does not realize the sticks them into a three-year payment plan on a cellular device. Be realistic and wonder and ask yourself are you really going to still be happy with this device in three years. If not you may want to button back a little bit and get something that’s a little quicker to pay off. Also check trends and see what phones are still running around that were being sold two years ago. Sales percentages based on today are all about how well I company markets it’s device, where as percentages of two year old phones still being used are based upon the reliability and usability of the device. Considering most companies stick with their engineering types and protocols, if you have a device that’s not popular two years after its been made more than likely you’re not going to want their newest model. Which also leads to device devaluing. What will your device be worth in two years when you’re trying to trade it in for the newest one. For instance an Apple device will usually lose about $300 of it’s worth over two years, but an LG is liable to lose over 50% of its value and a little over a year. Not that LG makes bad phones it’s just how the market works. But in two years you’re not going to care how the market works, you’re just going to care about the fact that your friend got $100 more for their old device thing you got for yours.
So to sum it up when buying a new device be sure to pay attention to not only what the sales reps trying to push because they get commission based on what they’re told to sell (which is usually whatever’s not moving at the time), but pay more attention to what is really going to be worth the investment. Usability, ergonomics, value, reliability, trade-in value, and all around functionality should be the key factors determining what you purchase one looking for your next phone. And you should research all of these things before you even enter the carrier store. Have a great day.