Smartphones market is imploded recently, manufacturers are racing towards specs war, they are loading their high-end phones with cutting edge tech. The specs race has made the life cycle of the phones as short as possible. If you want to buy a high-end phone you might have to shell lot of money, but if you want to go for an used one you will save a lot. You ca find all the latest phones for sale in India on various e-commerce sites and local shops. But the big cache here is finding the right smartphone for the right price. If you are planning to buy an used phone here are some tips that can save you money and of course peace of mind.
Buying used smartphones is not a bad idea, like any other second hand item you might walk away with a better deal if you do proper research and buy your desired phone. Don’t think used phone mean something wrong with it, now a days lot of consumers are upgrading their gadgets quite frequently.
First decide on which phone you wanted to buy and then do some research on he selling price both online and offline. Visit your local gadget shops, some shops only sell new phones and some will sell both used and new ones. Local shops usually sell phones as it is, that means they will buy from one consumer and the same product they will sell it with out making changes. There are some branded shops that will sell refurbished phones, these phones were taken to manufacturer and some changes are made to these before selling to consumers.
Wherever you are buying the first thing to consider is examining the phone visually for wear and tear, physical damage if any, tampered edges, deep scratches etc. Thoroughly examine he screen for scratches and cracks in worst case. Ask if that is the original screen that came with the phone or it has been replaced. Check the screen while the phone is off and also when it is switched on as you might find some distorted pixels or lines in the screen. See the responsiveness of he touch screen, in case of smartphones this is must. If the phone has a keyboard check all the keys whether they are functional or not, if the keyboard is heavily used some of the keys might have been damaged.
Check the camera lens, take some pictures and check the quality for anything that is not normal. If there is a dedicated camera button make sure it is functional. Open the phone and check for the original battery, SIM slot, micro SD card slot etc. Observe if there is any damage caused due to exposure to water. Check all the physical ports, charger, etc.
Finally check for what accessories are available with the phone, the list of original accessories will come handy. Check if there is any warranty available with phone. Keep all the above said things in mind and finally negotiate the price. The price in the used phone market varies wildly, it depends on all of the above said points. If there are no accessories you can always bargain for a lesser price.