Today it’s practically impossible to function without a phone. We don’t use them just to call and send messages, we check our emails, send documents, and really rely on them to be more responsive for work-related things. We also use it for entertainment like playing video games and watching Netflix for example. So, buying a new phone is somewhat an important purchase, because you want a device that will serve you for at least the next 3 to 5 years. Here we will go over some of the factors that you need to consider before buying a new phone. 


This is one aspect we tend to overlook, mainly because there are so many universal chargers out there, so it’s easy to find means of recharging our phone battery. However, if you are using your phone frequently that battery is going to be depleted within a few hours. So, always check for how long the battery can hold, because it will come in handy more times than you know it. If you are someone who spends a lot of time online, plays phone games, or uses the phone to attend online meetings, always put a high priority on this aspect of the phone. 


There are two memory types for phones RAM and ROM. One is Random Access Memory that aids the phone processor and helps the phone run apps faster, and the other one is Read-Only Memory, which is basically storage capacity. 

So, you might have to decide what your priority is. If you need a lot of storage memory for documents, videos, images, etc. then you want a phone with a better ROM. On the other hand, if it’s important that your phone always runs fast, and has multiple apps loaded at the same time, then RAM capacity should be your priority. Currently, the optimal solution is around 2GB of RAM and around 16GB of ROM. Also, the quality of the processor will affect the speed of the phone, so take that into consideration along with RAM.


Most of the modern phones have a pretty decent camera, but if you want to have cutting-edge tech, and want to create high fidelity videos and photos, then be prepared to pay a bit extra for a phone with a better camera. If you like to take photos, make sure you go for a camera option that has between 12 and 16 megapixels, and with an aperture of f/2.0 or even lower. This will ensure that the photos you take, even in low light, look good and ready for upload. 

Operating system support

Finally, before you start considering the cost as a factor, always take into consideration how long your operating system will receive support. The most popular systems currently are Android and iOS, and if you are buying a newer model, then you don’t have to worry about this. But if you are buying a refurbished phone, always check how long it will stay relevant.