Things You Shouldn’t Do On Impulse #2 ~ Buy A Smartphone
Those of you who read last weeks post ‘I fought the Smartphone & the Smartphone won’ will know that last week I finally caved in to pressure from the world around and got myself a Smartphone. Although my decision to buy a Smartphone wasn’t made on impulse, choosing which Smartphone was a complete impulse decision. I only called up my mobile phone company to see what sort of deal I was eligible for and which phone I could get thrown in but before I knew it a new phone was in the post! Looking back it would have been wise to have done a little more research before committing to a deal.
I know a lot of the things I’m about to mention will be common knowledge to most of you, but if there are any Smartphone virgins left out there here’s a few basic points you should consider when buying your first Smartphone!
Operating Systems Differ Hugely
As I’d never had a Smartphone before, I didn’t know there was so much difference between operating systems. I didn’t know that Android operating systems run different apps to Windows Phone. I didn’t know that some apps are completely exclusive to certain operating systems. I even discovered that my new Nokia 610 can’t even connect to some other non Nokia phones via Bluetooth, which is a bit of a joke to be honest. I’m going to see if there’s an app to correct this though.
It turns out that when you buy a mobile phone nowadays you’re basically buying a mini computer, so you need to research the same sort of specifications as you would if you were shopping for a laptop. You need to take things like the operating system, the speed of the processor and the amount of Ram the phone has very seriously as these can drastically affect the performance of a Smartphone in the same way they affect a laptop or PC.
I Should Have Used YouTube
YouTube is an amazing resource when you’re looking to buy a Smartphone. The quality of the video reviews for Smartphones are outstanding. You can spend all day reading about the operating system and specifications of a Smartphone but to be able to see the phone in action and watch a professional video review of the phone would have been more helpful to me in hindsight.
At Least I Can Send It Back
The good news is I’m not stuck with my phone. If you commit to a mobile phone contract over the phone you have a 14 day cooling off period in which to return your mobile phone if you’re not happy with it. I still havn’t decided whether I want to exercise that right but it’s good to know that the option is there.
I’ve been reading and commenting on some great posts around the web this week and here’s a list of my favourites for you to check out:
Canadian Budget Binder ~ Dumpster Diving~The Top 5 Rules For Finding The Good Free Stuff!
Club Thrifty ~ Why Your Money Won’t Grow Under Your Mattress
Frugal Rules ~ 4 Reasons Why Having an Investment Plan Will Save Your Butt
Modest Money ~ Top Guidelines When Selling a House to Pay Off Debt
One Smart Dollar ~ Tips to Pummel That Looming Holiday Debt
Reach Financial Independence ~ Big city life, is it worth it?
Budget And The Beach ~ Taking a Gamble
Average Joe Money ~ The Power of Big Fat Audacious Goals
Work Save Live ~ Paying Down Debt – Which Strategy Is Right for You?
Live Well On Less ~ Payment Methods and What You Should Know – Direct Debit
Debt Round Up ~ Adding Gold and Silver to My Portfolio
Wise Dollar ~ Confessions of a Tool Junkie