It is scary how it has become so hard to imagine life without a smartphone. We seem to rely on them for everything, from banking to social media to entertainment. The plethora of applications that are now available across all operating systems in staggering and the new ideas on the horizon are extremely exciting.
In order for you to get the most out of a smartphone you will need to find one that suits your needs and style. However, there are so many on the market knowing where to start can be confusing and overwhelming. We recommend that you always do your research and study the reviews of any devices that you are considering.
Here we want to share some of our thoughts and ideas on choosing the best smartphone for you.
High range products
The iPhone SE is Apple’s cheapest iPhone, starting at £299 for a new, unlocked phone for use on a Sim-only deal, or £15.99 a month with iD, on a two-year contract, including 300 minutes, 5,000 texts and 500MB of 4G data on a 32GB handset. The phone has most of the spec of an iPhone 6 in a smaller body, making it one of the best-value quality smartphones on the market.
You will be looking at two-year contracts costing more than £30 a month to get the sort of allowances any heavy phone user requires. For all decent phones, if you can afford to buy your handset outright, Sim-only deals are more cost-effective, with Giffgaff charging £15 a month on a rolling monthly contract for 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB of 4G data.
At bargain-basement level, the Alcatel Pixi 4 costs £30 unlocked with Giffgaff. You get 4GB of storage and a 3MP camera and it’s perfectly good for the basics — calling, messaging by text and WhatsApp, and browsing the web. That’s astonishing value, but anyone who can afford it would do better to pay an extra £45 for Vodafone’s Smart Prime 7, which has an 8MP camera and better battery life.
Looking after your smartphone
You can get cheaper deals on higher-end phones and laptops by buying reconditioned second-hand models. This is worth considering because many people trade in devices after only a year of use.
It’s normally worth buying insurance for expensive gadgets, but your parents’ home policy may provide a level of cover for your possessions in student accommodation. It is essential to check, however.
It’s also a good idea to shop around for cover from third-party providers and to keep track of your cover so that you don’t continue to pay the full whack for ageing devices with a low replacement cost.
We highly recommend shopping around and trying out a few smartphones before committing to a plan that might last in excess of two years. If you have any specific questions about handsets you are considering please do get in touch with our experts who would be willing to advise.