Know Your Smartphone

Though we don't always award the proper credit to our smartphones, the fact remains that they've become intrinsically connected to our daily lives. So much more than just phones, smartphones are pocket-size super computers. They keep us organized, hold our information, serve us new information at a moment's notice, play our music, and connect us to our friends, family, and the world at large. They tell us where to go and how to get there.

A device this important surely deserves careful consideration. The purchasing process should be long, slow, and thorough. Yet, that's almost never the case. Other than some research we do online beforehand, once we're in the store looking at smartphones our time is limited and a decision is usually hastily made.

At Buddy's Home Furnishings, we put a stop to the smartphone hustle. By renting a smartphone, you give yourself an unlimited trial period. Try it for a day, a week, a month, six months, or indefinitely. If at any point you decide it's not the right phone for you, simply return it hassle free and choose a different rent to own cell phone.

There are 4 main categories to keep in mind when trying out a smartphone. For all 4, there's no right or wrong choice. You need to know how you personally will use the phone to know what's best for you.

1. Platform

The two main options that rule the market are Android and iOS, Apple's mobile platform. Apple is considered the more user-friendly option as it is very simple to use. Android, while usually considered a little more complicated than Apple, is way more customizable. There are also dozens of Android phone options, while the iOS operating system is only used for Apple's iPhone.

2. Camera

The camera has become one of the most important aspects of a smartphone, given that most people have stopped using a standalone camera, at least for everyday use. Simply taking a picture in the store is not enough to fully appreciate the quality of the camera. To know how a rent to own phone's camera stands up to competitors, you should test it out in a variety of conditions and lights.

3. Memory

For iPhones, this section doesn't matter too much. iPhones have a few different memory options, but they're not customizable. Android, however, has lots of ways to customize the amount of memory you have. As we said in the beginning, though, there's no right answer. If you don't need much storage on your phone, that's okay. If you plan to store music, pictures, and data files on your phone, you'll want to make sure your phone has enough storage to handle that, or at least the capability to add more storage as needed.

4. Size

Smartphones have become quite varied in size in the last few years. While smaller used to be better, the onset of touchscreens brought about a liking for larger screens which are easier to operate and more enjoyable to look at for long periods of time. Know what you want in terms of size. Should it fit in your back pocket? Do you plan to stream video on it, meaning a larger screen is better?

In the end, the important thing is to take your time getting to know your smartphone. This phone will be with you every day for up to two years, so it pays to make sure you're picking the right one. At Buddy's Home Furnishings, we make trying phones out a snap. Simple pick a rent to own smartphone and keep it for as long as you like. Stop by your local Buddy's showroom today to see our selection of smartphones for rent.