There are dozens upon dozens of different Android smartphones on the market. With so much variety, it can be very difficult to decide which is the best one for you. Each phone has its own features, specifications, and software which separates it from the others. So before you go out and purchase your next Android phone, keep these tips in mind so that you can find the phone that’s right for you!
1. How new of a phone do you need?
There are different versions of the Android operating system available for phones. The most recent version is Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” which runs on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Most of the other premium phones run Android 2.3 and cheaper devices run even earlier versions. When you’re looking for your next cellphone, be aware of which OS version it runs. If you only need the basics and plan on running normal applications, then you don’t need the most up-to-date version. However, if you plan on using large and intensive apps, then look for a device that has one of the most recent versions of Android.
2. What should you pay?
Smartphones can easily cost anywhere from $80 to $800. If you decide to get an older device with a two-year cellphone contract, then they are often times free or very cheap. However, the newer phones, even with a contract, can still cost you about $200+. If you don’t use your phone too often for anything more than talking or texting, then a free phone with a 2 year contract OR a low-price “$100 deal” with no contract are fine for you. If you know that you’re going to use tons of data and applications, then you’ll want one that costs a little more.
3. Should you even by a new phone?
If you already have an Android device, then you may not need to go out and buy a new one. Many of the older models may work just as well for everything that you need to do. If your current phone hasn’t had any problems, then there’s no need to upgrade. However, if your current phone isn’t adequate for what you need to do or if it’s not a true smartphone you should definitely consider upgrading.
The good news is that Android phones are becoming less and less expensive every day. Finding the best one for you doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend a ton of money. Just make sure that you remember the above tips when you start shopping. You don’t want to waste money on a phone that you don’t need but you also don’t want to be disappointed by a phone that can’t do what you need it to do. It’s important to know what you’re buying and how you’re going to use it!