What Phone Should I Buy?

Cell phones have been around for nearly 35 years, but these days, the options available on the market are at an all-time high. With so many phones to choose from, how do you even begin to answer the most important question: what phone should I buy? Trademore is here to help you figure out how to choose a cell phone.

What Phone Should I Buy? - Operating System

When it comes to how to choose a cell phone, one of the first decisions to make is Apple or Android. These are the two main players when it comes to cellular operating systems. They’re vastly different and each has its strengths.

At a high level, iPhones tend to be generally faster, easier to use and are more privacy-oriented. Androids have a lot more hardware choices, are more customizable and have flexible storage options. To learn more, check out our more in-depth look at iPhone and Android differences.

What Phone Should I Buy? - Things to Consider

Once you have a grasp on which operating system is best for you, you should figure out what your needs are. Do you need a lot of storage for photos or music? A bigger screen? Do you care about a good camera? Make a list of important features and use it to compare devices. Below are a few things to consider:

Battery Life

Phone batteries are getting larger and most promise to last all day on a single charge, but we still recommend reading plenty of reviews to ensure your cell phone battery will be able to keep up with you.


Nowadays, most smartphones come with storage built in. We would recommend a minimum of 32GB, but 64GB (and up) is best if you plan to have a lot of music and photos stored on your phone. Some Androids come with a MicroSD card slot, which allows you to expand your storage space.


If you enjoy taking photos, you’ll want a phone with a good camera. Although megapixels do matter, you should test a cell phone camera out for yourself to see how it performs. Online reviews are also super helpful when it comes to making a decision. Depending on the phone, the camera will likely have different features so be sure to familiarize yourself with those to ensure it fits your needs.


Many phone are made of glass these days so if you end up with one of these, be sure to get a protective case. We also recommend getting a phone with some water resistance because we all know accidents happen. The top flagship phones have IP67 (Protection in water up to 1 meter for half an hour) or IP68 (Protection in water up to 1.5m deep) ratings, which means they can be submerged in water without experiencing water damage.

Ready to buy a new device? Knowing how to choose a cell phone and the important things to look for will ensure you’re happy with your decision once all is said and done. For more information on tech topics like this, check out the Trademore blog.

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