Ever since the first smartphone came out a few decades back, telecommunications providers have invested substantially in mobile networks in order to improve their services, expand coverage, and start attracting more users. In 2018, telecom service providers began to deploy 5G networks in an effort to meet the increasing demand for faster data speeds from industrial users and regular consumers. Given this, there has been an increase in the number of 5G phones on the market as well. Here are our tips on the 3 most important factors you need to consider when choosing a 5G phone for yourself this year.
While 5G smartphones were initially quite expensive, they are becoming more affordable as smartphone manufacturers are starting to offer more and more 5G-enabled phones. But, if you are considering spending on a new phone, make sure to check whether you can access 5G coverage in your area, or whether you’re at least on the carrier’s roll-out road map. You can do this by viewing the 5G coverage map on the carrier’s website or giving them a call.
Before you purchase a 5G smartphone, make sure to actually think about whether you really need 5G connectivity right now. Given that 5G is still in its nascent stage, you may not be able to access the super-fast speeds that 5G promises, right away. These speeds will likely take a few years to be offered to everyone. If you only use your phone to send a few messages, make calls, and browse social media every now and then, it makes sense to just stick with your current phone and buy a new 5G smartphone a few years from now when the technology becomes mainstream.
Given that you are buying a new phone, it’s important that you consider just how well the phone itself works. So, check the screen size, processor, camera, and all other features that the phone comes with. The battery life is especially important since 5G-enabled phones do consume more power. Ideally, test out the phone in-person or read up reviews posted by other buyers before you make your decision.