What is your budget?
The most important thing to consider when choosing a new phone is your budget since this determines exactly which devices you can afford. If you have a limited budget to spend on a mobile device, you will need to look at the budget and mid-range market. A more flexible budget will allow you to consider the premium phones, while a large budget means you can consider any phone you like.
What do you use your cellphone for?
If you mainly use your smartphone for calls, texting and a few apps, you won’t need a heavy-duty performer and most budget to mid-range devices with a good battery will suit all your needs perfectly. However, if you’re a heavy mobile user and need a smartphone for activities such as working remotely or playing mobile games for long periods, for example, you will need a device with good performance and a great battery life. If you are an avid Instagrammer, you will need to prioritise your smartphone’s camera, storage space (and whether it’s expandable) and battery life. It’s also important to consider what you DON’T use your smartphone for. After all, you don’t want to waste money on features you won’t really use.
What features do you want?
Needs aren’t the only thing to consider. Let’s face it – some new features are just really cool and nice to have, especially if we're planning to upgrade. Do you have specific design preferences? Do you need an all-day battery or want a camera with specific features? Decide on two or three primary features you want in a phone and refine your search to devices that include these.
What are your dealbreakers?
A dealbreaker is a feature that completely rules out a phone from your consideration. For some, that dealbreaker may be the lack of expandable storage. For others, it’s a lack of wireless charging support. Decide what your personal dealbreakers are and immediately rule out any phones with these features.
Are your peripheral devices compatible?
Most Android devices are compatible across brands (so you can use Galaxy Buds with a Huawei smartphone, for example, or a Samsung smartphone with a Google Chromecast). However, especially when it comes to Apple devices, certain products are only compatible with products from the same brand or a limited number of third-party brands. Make sure when you’re choosing a new phone that you’re not making any important peripheral devices less usable.