Choosing a smartphone to suit your specific needs

There are hundreds of smartphones available, with a few more prominent brands but plenty of cheaper options to choose from. Two particular brands, considered the leaders in the smart phone industry, are often compared to one another in the media and social media users often joke about their ‘rivals’. However, while it is easy to be influenced by the opinions of others, it is important to research thoroughly before choosing a smartphone to ensure it fits your lifestyle and needs.

While the smaller manufacturers tend to use the same technology for the software side of the devices, the bigger competitors often use their own software and this can cause issues for some users. Swapping from one brand to another when upgrading can cause issues with transferring data from the old phone to the new, while apps may also be different and the user data incompatible with the new phone.

Ultimately, you should look at what the tech has to offer before looking at the brand name. Even as adults it is easy to succumb to peer pressure, but it is little use if you find your new device does not do what you need it to do as a result. If you use your camera a lot, check out the camera specs; if you rely on a certain app for work make sure it is compatible with the phone you are interested in. Once you have made your purchase, it is likely too late to change your mind!

Buying a Sim Card in Another Country

Accessing the internet is a way of life now and we rely on the web for so many things. This means that for a lot of us, the idea of not having the internet on holiday or when travelling is completely unthinkable! Internet access can be expensive though, especially when using a smartphone. You will sometimes be able to get the internet in European countries at a fairly reasonable price, but it will still probably set you back a few pounds per day. Buying a local sim card could be the answer.

If you choose to buy a sim card, you will probably be able to get some very good deals in the majority of countries. The sim card itself shouldn’t cost you very much money at all and all you will need to do then is purchase a data package for it. Again, this really shouldn’t cost very much. If you do run out of data and want to buy more it will be easy to top up your sim card in a local shop. Just ask at your hotel or a tourist information centre where it is best to buy an internet-enabled sim card from.

Mobiles for the elderly

Mobile phones have become a common place gadget for most people, but in order to make it possible for the older generation to access this technology there are a number of considerations to deal with.

The first issue is the physical size of the handset. Fortunately, the trend for smaller and smaller handsets seems to have diminished and the majority of mobiles are now a more sensible size.

A further issue for many people however is the size of the keypad or app icons on the screen. Most phones have an accessibility feature which increases the size of these and can easily be set up in the settings menu.

A simplified home screen can be a beneficial to some people as it makes it easier to see and select the application they want to use. Again this is simple to do on the majority of phones. A visit to the phone store where you purchased the phone or sim card from will usually result in helpful member of staff setting the phone up for you.

Buying second hand phones

If you are in the market for a new mobile [hone, you may be shocked at how much some of the newer, popular models are. Many people don’t want to have a phone on contract, or already have a contract for their usage, so therefore they will have to purchase the handset themselves.

Buying a second hand phone can save you a lot of money and if you don’t mind having the slightly older model, you can often half the original purchase price.

There is always a risk involved when buying second hand, and ideally you want to try and buy from somewhere that will give you a warranty or accept faulty returns. If buying from an individual you may not get any sort of guarantee and even if you are shown it working, it may be that it has an intermittent fault or a fault that takes a little while to take effect.

 

Buying Branded Expensive Phones are a thing of the past

When it comes to searching for your next mobile phone to purchase, you may be more reluctant to be spending near to and sometimes in excess of £500 for a mobile device. With more advertisement expenditure that Samsung, Apple and G3 are all going through to compete against each other, their continue costs soar as are passed straight down onto the consumer.

However, there is hope for the savvy shopper who’s looking for a new bargain to get hold of. The X15 made by a small company in China makes the soon to be acclaimed X15 mobile phone which sports all of the excellent features that the current mobile phones found in the big brand shops does. The benefit however is that the price of the X15 is practically 1/5 of those nearing the £500 mark and it looks fantastic for the price that it is currently sold at in the UK market.