5 biggest mistakes to avoid while buying a smartphone

On a recent trip to a mall, I overheard someone saying, “I wish I had chosen a phone with a better selfie camera.” The geek in me wanted to have a quick chat with the person but I controlled my emotions and moved on. I keep hearing from my readers about the wrong choices they make when buying a phone. I always tell them smartphone buying can be a tiresome process for many. The whole process of narrowing down to the phone of your choice, hunting for deals, looking for cashbacks, calculating EMIs, etc can be a daunting task for some. However, if your priorities are set, the process will just go like a breeze. Here are the five mistakes to avoid while buying a smartphone.

Do not fall into the trap of the Android vs iPhone debate

This is a dilemma faced by many people as they get confused between an Android smartphone and an iPhone. Both are platforms with different foundations. The iPhone is all about simplicity and privacy, whereas the Android is about choice and control. A friend recently picked up a phone simply because of its 128GB storage and fast-charging charging support. Asked what made him choose a OnePlus phone, he said: “I didn’t want to live in Apple’s ecosystem, hence I went with OnePlus.” The point is the freedom to choose form factors, customisable options, and different price points is something you only get with Android.

Know your requirements

Before buying a smartphone, just think about your requirements. It’s an absolute must and shouldn’t be skipped. List down the features you want in a smartphone. I recently recommended the iPhone 13 Pro to someone who designs shoes and now wants to set up a YouTube channel. A high-quality camera is a prerequisite for photoshoots or live streaming. Always question yourself if the phone you end up buying adds any value to your work or life or is it just a piece to show off. Consumers often pick up the wrong phone, when their priorities are not clear. If I want to buy a phone for my father, I may consider a Redmi 9A over a phone with a 120Hz refresh rate screen or multiple cameras. The goal here is to get a phone that supports WhatsApp and has a screen large enough to watch YouTube. And for that, you can buy any…