There was a time when not a lot of features were checked before buying a phone, and that time was not that long ago either. The buyer would just see if the phone made calls and sent text messages and the deal was done. Today, it is a whole different story; we see whether the phone is able to send a file, receive a document, take high quality photos and connect to the internet. It is easy to forget a few important things while looking into the finer details of a phone. So below is a list of things to do when smartphones are being dealt with.
10. Find Your Phone – the Easier Way
Losing a smartphone is never a pleasant experience and with this in mind, today’s phone developers are utilizing GPS technology to help locate a phone after it has gone missing. Check if your phone has that functionality before buying it.
9. Take the Grand Tour
The number of features and options today’s smartphones tend to have is quite staggering. While test driving a few phones, it is easy to forget which phone had what functionality. So take some time out to study the smartphones and really find out whether or not the device will be of any use to you.
8. Embrace Encryption
Devices used by businesspeople often contain highly sensitive data that if compromised, could lead to the downfall of the business. A lot of smartphones have a built-in hardware encryption system, which should be used.
7. Let the Battery Live Long
There is only one downside of today’s smartphones: their batteries don’t seem to last that long. You can take a few steps to make sure, the battery lasts longer. Turn down the brightness and turn off wireless connectivity services.
6. Back up Personal Items
There is no telling when a smartphone can break down. This means that the data stored in it could be lost, so make sure you make an additional copy of your data and remember to keep the back-up encrypted.
5. Use the Passcode Feature
The passcode is an effective feature to keep prying eyes at bay. Only you are supposed to know the passcode and it will protect your sensitive data from being compromised.
4. Plan ahead before travelling
If you are planning to leave the country, make sure you call your carrier to get some information about roaming services. Not doing so, and activating the service directly may set you back a few hundred bucks.
3. Bigger is not Always Better
The screen size and display resolution have seen a growth in recent years. However, the real things to look out for are the processor and the RAM. Don’t get carried away with the display size.
2. Read the Fine Print
A smartphone upgrade my trigger a reset of your price plan, which could cost you hundreds of dollars. So make sure you call your service provider and talk to them about the repercussions of a device upgrade.
1. Skip the Bargain Model
If you see a phone being offered for $0, you better skip it because almost always, there would be a 2-year contract with it. So you will essentially be locking yourself in a 2-year contract with an old piece of technology.