A very complete guide to help you replace your old smartphone for less

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Smartphones over the last few years have been the main devices we all count on. Basically because they are gradually replacing gadgets we used to love and use a lot, a typical example is the laptop computer. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a 6GB RAM with Exynos 8895 Octa – EMEA chipset is powerful enough to render graphics that average PC users need.

Now, the dark side of this wonderful trend is the pricing, most smartphones with very good specifications today start at about GHS 900 ($200) for the budget phones and the high end flagships go up to GHS 4,500 ($ 1000). And that may be a huge price to pay for some of us.

Another side is that most smartphones have features that most of us absolutely do not need or will never make use of. It could be added features because of special sensors placed in the device or even cameras with DSLR(Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera clarity that we may never even use. All these make us confused.

Hence we will be giving you a complete guide to help you choose a smartphone that is not just cost effective but also meets your exact needs and fits your budget.

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To choose a smartphone you have to take note of four things that will determine your next purchase

Amount of money you have to spend

Most times this is the number one determining factor when replacing an old handset. And consumers often times settle for less because they feel that’s what their little money can only purchase. Having a fair idea the amount of money going to fund the next purchase is crucial to knowing which group of device is going to be purchased. Be it a budget, premium budget or a high end flagship.

Maker of the Phone

Some users love the street credit makers have hence they only purchase phones from them. A typical example is the craze Apple’s iPhone has among millennials. There are some of us who don’t actually care, these can skip this step.

The truth is brand names do not really matter because all devices within a category have an equal life span when used properly and almost similar quality in internal components.

Screen size

Currently the biggest smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a 6.3 inch display and the smallest should be in the 4 inch range; the iPhone 5s is an example. To know the screen size you’re going for you need to know what the purpose of the smartphone is going to be. We can’t tell you what to use your device for, but let’s give a case study.

If you watch a lot of videos on your phone, having a 4 inch display in 2017 is sickening and may hurt your eye because of how the new trend of video is. But if you hardly use your phone for the above stated, getting a smaller display is the best option because you’ll be wasting funds getting a bugger one.

Another factor you should note is that the bugger the display, the bigger the phone and the more work it takes to transport it. Normally men with Phablets(Phones above 5.5 inches) have issues because these are too big to fit into their pockets.

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Do you need a Faster processor or a better camera?

Often times manufactures of budget and premium budget phones skimp camera quality for faster processors. Some people use their phones for resource intensive tasks but others just take pictures all day everyday.

Knowing which one you are is crucial to knowing which device to buy when you are restrained by funding.

Have a fair idea of the list of specifications you like

The points made known above are crucial to knowing what phone you need. But where can you get all the specifications for phones?

Visit your local phone shop, they have display cards placed by their devices which show the basic specifications you need. Often times they are group devices according to price ranges so you’ll have an idea which you’ll want to buy.

Another way to find out the full specifications if by using online resources like our review section that has phones popular on the African market. If your preferred device isn’t found, do well to inform us in the comments section and get the review in exactly 24 hours.