Leading Brands Of Smart Phones...A collection of smartphones, from left, a Samsung Galaxy S, an Apple Inc. iPhone 4, a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, a Blackberry 9700, and an HTC Desire, are arranged for a photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Global smartphone sales will rise 36 percent to 247 million in 2010, ISuppli Corp. said in April. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Questions to ask before buying a cheap mobile phone

With so many mobile phone brands in the market, it can become a little bit tricky figuring out the right phone for your needs. However, if you know beforehand the features you are looking out for, getting the phone of your needs shouldn’t be difficult. Irrespective of whether you are buying your phone for the 20th time or the first time, it is essential that you ask a number of questions before you make the final decision.

What operating system should I go for?

Granted, Android and Apple IOS are the most popular operating systems in the market when it comes to smartphones. The two are the most widely used but are not the only ones in the market. You can also choose a phone running on BlackBerry OS and Windows OS. It is important that you choose a phone running on an operating system that you are comfortable with.

Am I comfortable with the display?

It is important that you take into consideration the size of the screen display prior to buying a cheap mobile phone. If you want a phone that you can easily operate using one hand, you should consider smartphones with screen sizes in the range of 4 inch to 5 inch. However, if you are the kind of person who loves phones with greater screen display, a phone with 5.5 inch or even 5.98 inches will suffice.

Does the phone have a good camera?

If you are the kind of person who loves to take beautiful pictures and documenting every aspect of your life, it’s important that you go for a phone with a good decent camera. You should consider a phone with 5MP or greater especially if you like taking photos. However, phone camera shouldn’t be a matter of concern if you have no interest in taking pictures or rather have a good digital camera on the side.

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What is the phones battery life?

If you are always on the road and away from a charger, you definitely want a phone with a long lasting battery. That aside, no one wants a phone whose battery drains a couple of hours or one that needs to be charged twice in a day. You therefore need to take into consideration battery life before buying a cheap mobile phone.

How does the phone access the internet?

You can choose a phone running on 3G or 4G. However, if you are the kind of person who loves faster internet, you should consider buying a phone that uses the 4G network.

What is the cost of the phone?

The cost of the phone is generally decided by features as well as brand. You need to evaluate the kind of features you need in a phone as well as whether you are buying upfront or buying through a phone contract. If you have the money, you can pay for the phone upfront. Alternatively, you can choose a cheap mobile phone contract for the kind of phone you require.