Buying a new smart phone in Uganda is a pretty simple process these days. Here are lots of stores to choose from and the sales people are helpful, however it can get tricky if you are not keen. One mistake and you could be paying good money for a fake smartphone. If you have gone to one of those shops downtown that display phones on those glass tables, the sales person has called you all sorts of sweet things to get you into their shop. There are things that most, if not all of them say while trying to get you to buy a phone, its like they all went to the same smart phone sales school.
For the techies and those that are particular with what they want, it can be easy to look beyond the plethora of words and get the best deal, however, for the ‘average’ buyer, it is easy to get lost in the charming words these sales girls and guys throw at you, and once you get lost, the chances of getting the wrong product are high. Being a techie, I have been asked by friends and family which phones are good to buy, I have also listened to these people try to sell me a phone. I felt it would be only right to shed some light on the things to look out for when buying a smart phone based on what the sales people say when trying to make a sale. This one does Whatsapp and Facebook
This is the official cliché of clichés used by the phone sales people. Much as about 8 out of 10 or more times, when a person chooses to buy a smart phone, they are looking to use it for social media. However, it is important to note that just because a phone has a Facebook and WhatsApp icon on the screen doesn’t mean that it is a good smartphone. There are lots of those ‘Chinese’ made phones that look like smart phones but are very far from the real thing, even if they posses a label of a major smart phone manufacturer. It takes good pictures.
One of the pillars of a good smart phone that I consider are a good camera and many people make purchase decisions based on the quality of the camera of the phones, However, unless that phone is an iPhone or a flagship brand by say Samsung, Sony Ericsson or LG, you need to be smart about the claims by the sales people that the phone takes good pictures. Many of the times, these sales people know just the right angle to use to get the best image out of a camera when they test it, most times that perfect picture the sales guy or girl takes to convince you that the camera phone is good, might not be perfect when you get home. If possible, you need to try taking pictures in low light before you buy the phone, the results could be eye opening. Battery will last a week
OK, maybe not a week, but we have heard these sales guys give some hard to believe figures for the battery strength of a smartphone. It is more or less an industry standard that smart phone batteries don’t last very long. Some manufacturers like Tecno have made strides to create phones with really strong batteries that can last a little over a day on one charge. If a smart phone does a day and a half on one charge, then that is really pushing the envelope, anything more than that is probably a lie. As phone manufacturers are working to increase battery capacity, many have invested in fast charging for their phones. As a user, instead of just asking about the mAh figure, ask about things like standby and talk time. The longer the standby and talk time a phone can have, the higher the chances that the battery is strong ad vice versa. This one is original.
If a sales guy has to tell you that the phone is original, start to question its originality. The originality of a phone usually speaks for itself and can be seen in things like build quality (does the phone feel solid in the hand?), Screen picture quality (if the image on the screen is blurry and not crystal clear, it might be a fake). The full list of qualities could make an entire article but you get the point. Just because the sales person said it is original, doesn’t always mean that it is and you need to check it out before you buy. The Price point
It is human to want a bargain when buying items. Getting a good product at a lower price carries a good feeling. However, sometimes the product you got at a bargain is not always the best. Good smart phones are not usually cheap and that is the truth, if a sales person convinces you of all the good that a particular phone can do and the price is a bargain compared to its features, you can have reason to question its originality.