Avoid these mistakes when buying a mobile phone

In the past, before mobile phones became the craze and selfies a way of life, buying a mobile phone was pretty much a simple decision. After all, back then, the market was littered with basic phones which pretty much simply made phone calls and sent text messages. The technological improvements and the popularity of smartphones in the contemporary society not to mention an avalanche of specifications to choose from has made purchase of mobile phones a major buying decision. People no longer wake up and hop into a retail shop and pick up a smartphone. A lot of factors such as tastes and preferences, design, cost, specifications, performance, brand just to mention but a few play a central role in the final buying decision.

Mobile phone upgrades have become the in thing with people falling over themselves to own the latest gadget in the market. Unfortunately, you might think that people actually invest time to buy a phone that is in tandem with their tastes and preferences. Alas! How wrong you are! That said, what are some of the common mistakes people make and which you should avoid when buying a mobile phone?


Believe it or not, the first iPhone to hit the market actually had a screen size of 3.5 inches. The millennial used to huge phones in this time and age would actually frown at the mere thought of it. Over the years, and with a myriad of android phones and manufacturers, screen size of smartphones has increased tremendously. You can get a phone with any screen size from 3.5 inches to 6 inches. With an array of sizes to choose from, you might be in a dilemma as to which screen size you should go for. To avoid this mistake, hop into the nearest mobile phone store and try to play around with an array of mobile phone sizes and eventually figure out the size that best fits you.

Insufficient storage

Believe it or not, nothing makes you want to bang your phone on the wall like the notification of “low memory” when you badly want to store something important on your phone. If you are the kind of person who loves to keep videos, songs and pictures for memorabilia or posterity, getting a phone with sufficient internal storage memory is of the essence. To avoid the insufficient storage menace, go for a phone with an internal memory of 16GB, 32GB or even 64 GB based on your tastes and preference. However, in this time and age where apps, games, music videos, movies eat up most of our storage, it would be prudent to go for a phone with a MicroSD slot just to be on the safe side.

Resorting to a very pricy insurance

Whether you like it or not, a mobile phone is a depreciating asset and the moment you walk out with it from a mobile store, its price has already depreciated. Mobile phone insurance is pricy and given the rate at which people upgrade phones, it might not seem like a prudent idea. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that mobile phone insurance is bad. However, if you are not the kind of person who loses their phone often, it would be prudent to invest in a good case as opposed to mobile insurance.

Purchasing your phone at the wrong time

I understand that you want to be flashy and have the bragging rights by owning the latest phone in the market. However, buying a phone that has just been released will cost you an arm and a leg.  If you are looking to save a couple of bucks, you can wait a month or two before buying it!

Buying old phones

There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying an old phone. However, with the rate at which new software are released, chances are that your old phone will no longer be able to update to subsequent release making you vulnerable to attacks not to mention a dip in your phone performance!

In a nutshell, make a good buying decision and don’t just rush to buy a phone without doing due diligence and determining what you really want from a phone.