Smartphones have become vital tools in our personal and professional lives. With that being said, buying a new one can be a big decision and even a bit overwhelming. Out of all of the options available with advancements in technology, here are some things to consider when looking for a new device.
BEN PANTAZON | CONTRIBUTOR
Shop the sales
The great thing about mkCellular and US Cellular is that there are always deals to be had. If you're flexible on which device you want, ask an associate about the current price reductions or promotions. We're at a point in technology where most tech companies are very competitive, meaning many devices are capable of doing similar things. In the end, you might not notice the difference in buying the phone that's on sale rather than spending the extra money for one that’s not.
Think about the features you like
Smartphones have many extra features that people will value differently. The camera, battery life, screen size, and storage space are ones that are most commonly brought up. If a high-performing camera is important to you, the latest iPhones or Samsung Galaxy models would be a good place to start. If battery or screen size is important, a "plus" sized phone might be in your future. Otherwise, if extra features aren't important to you, all phone manufacturers have inexpensive models that have proven to be very reliable.
Invest in protection
Having a phone at all times is very important! That's why it's crucial to make sure your new device will be able to last as long as possible. Purchasing a case, screen protector, and a device protection plan prevents any unfortunate accidents and unforeseen expenses down the road.
Remember, this is your smartphone
Your family or friends might have their suggestions about what you should buy, but think about whose hands the new phone is going to be in - yours. Consider how you use your phone and what features you like. If you've had good experience with a certain brand, changing brands seems unlikely. On the other end, bad luck with a certain brand is a cause for change. Luckily, our staff is equipped to make recommendations for any customer!
Get a hands-on experience
Online shopping is convenient, but I always feel better about what I’m buying by seeing and feeling it in-person. Stopping by one of our conveniently-placed locations gives you the best idea of what a device is actually like. Luckily, mkCellular associates are available for appointment, meaning you can skip the line and guarantee service right away!
If you're still wondering which smartphone is best for you, here is a list of our favorite devices based on their most notable features:
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Let us know your thoughts!
What new phone are you most excited about this season? Let us know in the comments below!
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