Things to consider for upgrading your phone

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Very few of us can manage without a smartphone in 2019, which means that when the time comes to upgrade this essential item it is vital to pick the model that meets your particular needs. Achieving this will require you to understand what the main things you use your phone for are: do you like to take photographs on it? Or are you more into playing games? Let’s have a look at the main factors to consider.


If you are one of the many who love to play mobile games on your smartphone, then there are specific elements that you should prioritise when looking for the ideal new one. Notably, gaming requires a phone that has a decent sized screen, a powerful processor and a battery with a long lifespan. The former is crucial for ensuring that you can see all the detailed graphics of modern games, while the others will help prevent lagging or power loss in the middle of the game. Understanding processors can be tricky, but the main thing to look for is the GigaHertz (GHz) as the higher this is the faster and more powerful the phone will be. Equally, small screens are ones of less than 5 inches, so look for one larger than that.

Photography and video

Lots of people like to take photographs on their phones and more and more people are shooting video – sometimes even entire films – on these devices too. Unsurprisingly, the quality of the built in camera and speakers will be the crucial factor to consider when upgrading if this is something you like to do. Almost all smartphones will offer cameras with a 12 megapixel capacity nowadays, but what you should focus on is specs like the speed, aperture and image clarity. Try to find one that gives you added features such as Portrait Mode and optical zoom when buying your new smartphone.


Cost will be an issue for many of us when upgrading our phones – after all brand new Samsung or Apple models can set you back over $1000. If that is beyond your budget, you don’t need to give up on getting a replacement though, as you can buy high quality earlier models refurbished at sites such as Amazon Renewed or Gazelle. This allows you to get a reasonably up-to-date smartphone at anything up to 40 percent less than the latest one would cost new. Then again, if you absolutely have to own an up-to-the-minute model, you can save some cash by buying it outright and choosing a SIM-only deal rather than an expensive monthly contract. Which of these is best for your budget is something to think about when upgrading.

It can seem daunting to juggle all of the different things to consider before buying a new smartphone, but not all of them will be of equal importance to you. Once you are sure what matters most to you, you can make an informed choice.

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