Top 7 Things To Consider Before Buying A New Phone In Nigeria


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Smartphones have taken over the world of phones and you definitely don’t want to be left behind. If you look around, you’d see different variants of smartphones ranging from Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows and more.

We are not here to talk about the wide range of smartphones in the world but to reveal to you things to consider before buying a new phone.


Here are a list of things you should never ignore before buying a new phone or you regret buying that phone. Do not overlook these pointers below..

1. Your Pocket

You want to buy a new phone but don’t have enough cash in place for it, then there’s need to align you target to what you can afford at that moment.

Another way to buy your desired phone is to wait for some months after launch, phones doesn’t appreciate but depreciate. What this means is that, its price would likely drop from its initial launch price.

NB: In situations when dollar rate isn’t stable, prices of phones can change immensely. Be quick to get a device so that it won’t become a burden buying later.

Tips: You should look out for promo deals and wait for the right time to strike perfect deals on Jumia & Konga, they usually have breath-taking discounts on these online stores.

2. Phone’s Specs & Review

This is a very important aspect of phone pre-purchase tips. Let it be known to you that its very dangerous not checking out if a phone fits the bill before purchase, this mistake could go a long way to haunt you.

Reviews are in-depth assessment of this device by people whom have purchased before you or have access to use this phone. They examine for faults, errors, and every other things that might actually be wrong with it, in addition the also give positive reviews on it.

Finally check out for specs in the aspect of Screen Size, Android OS, Camera pixels (Front & Rear), Battery Capacity, Network Type, Processor Speed, RAM, Storage Capacity.

Also Read: 11 Android Specifications To Look Out For Before Buying A New Phone (2016)

In addition, availability of Quick charging feature (flash charge), HotKnot, OTA update & more is a plus.

So here’s my advice for you, before buying a phone make sure you’ve checked for its specifications and probably review to ensure this device is what they painted it to be.

3. Warranty

Make sure there is a minimum of 1 year warranty attached to this device. This is very good for phones if they happened to develop random software issues or faults that wasn’t inflicted by you.

Free repairs and maintenance or even replacement will be covered by warranty for the  warranty time frame. Warranty are normally attached with brand new phones and not fairly used.

4. Repair Centre

This is a very important reason a lot ignored. People don’t consider whether their desired phone manufacturers have repair centres in their states/country.

It hurts me when people living as far as north-eastern Nigeria travels down to Lagos for the purpose of repairing their phones. Why on earth would you even buy such device at the first place?

Ensure the phone you’re buying next have a repair centre very close to your locality.

5. Availability Of Spare Parts

For those of us that enjoys shopping gadgets from foreign online markets. Its cool, yeah i know but the downside is, when these device gets damaged, be ready to go shipping its parts and considering the time frame before your products gets to Nigeria. Am sure you know where am driving to!

This is a very time-consuming process, in worst cases, you might not even get some of these parts delivered as at when needed or could be unavailable when requested.

To avoid this, make sure the phone you’re buying next have a repair centre/phone accessory store where you can get all the spares and accessories you need, you must have easy access to these places.

6. Best Internet Subscription

A phone without internet is like a man without conscience. Internet is what gives life to a phone, without it your device is as good as dead! Most Android, iPhone and Windows users can testify to this, only BlackBerry 6 & 7 users enjoys reasonable data prices here in Nigeria.

So before going for your next phone, make sure you check out the best, cheapest and stable internet provider in Nigeria depending on your locality and preferred Mobile network.

NB: Make sure you study network signal strengths in your locality before subscribing.

There are quite a few number of cheap data plans to use when you finally get your phone. The enlisted plans below are cheap, fast and affordable..

7. Electricity

This is coming last on the list, but we both can’t deny the fact that Electricity in major parts of the country is nothing to write home about. Most Android and other smartphones have seen a major increase in their battery capacity, and this is due to the huge processes running simultaneously on these smartphones. I have already shared a post containing a list of phones above 4000mAh battery capacity, you’d find it very useful.

These are just 7 things to consider before buying a new phone, these pointers are solely my opinions and what I feel you should lookout for, I’ve compiled this write-up from people’s experiences and problems.

If you follow the above tips, am sure your next phone won’t be a regret whatsoever, you’d be very satisfied with it. I wish you luck buying that mind-blowing phone. Good luck

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