Buying Fairly used or Second-Hand phones in Nigeria is very common and many people like buying used mobile phones because of many reasons such as; it is less expensive,cannot afford new models and many other reasons best known to them. In Nigeria mobile market Android phones are the top selling products both in new and used ones which makes it movable for people to buy, gone are the days when Nokia java phones used to rule the market but now Android does and their are many company producing android phones and they are Tecno, InnJoo, Xiaomi, Samsung,HTC and many of them.
Now back to our Topic “buying of used mobile phones” lets take android phones as our main point of reference because is the most used phone in Nigeria forget about IPhone, how many people are using the device they are not up to half of the people using android phones, well we are not here to make comparisons but to hint you what you must check before buying android phones if I may say. These are the features you must check before buying a (android) mobile phone;
R.A.M. :- RAM is the abbreviation of Random Access Memory, as a person not familiar with technological terms you are going to be wondering that what is a RAM, OK RAM (random access memory ) is the place in a computer where the operating system, application programs, and data in current use are kept so that they can be quickly reached by the computer’s processor, that is the real definition of RAM. For the device to process large files it must have sufficient space especially android phones, it is true that most Nigerians like to install numerous applications on their phone and you can take time to read the list of 10 popular android apps used by android users in Nigeria, it is most advisable to have at least 1GB RAM memory but now i can see many phones are having 2GB RAM memory which is very good but if can’t afford 2GB RAM memory phones then 1GB is also good to have.
Someone asked me that since my phone has low RAM can’t i buy a memory card to boost its efficiency? I replied him that RAM is inbuilt (built with the phone) and it is the main storage location for easy use of the phone.
Some characteristics you will notice when your mobile phone RAM is very low are; Hanging of the phone during use,slow booting,slow multi-tasking and might also contract malware that can totally destroy the phone.
You can check the RAM of any android phone by:
Click the menu icon on the home screen
Locate settings and click on it
Locate storage and click on it
Check the RAM and other related information available on the screen.
OPERATING SYSTEM :- This property is most applicable to android phones; their operating system ranges version from 1.5 (cupcake- 6.0(marshmallow), you should check the operating system because some android apps on Google playstore are dependent on the version of the operating system you are using, you would ask why? things are developing and systems are upgrading and you should upgrade along to benefit from the upgrade that is the short answer, right now operating system 6.0 (marshmallow) is the current operating system.
This is the list of the various Android versions available now;
-CupCake: Android 1.5
-Donut: Android 1.6
-Eclair: Android 2.0,Android 2.1
-Froyo: (short for “frozen yogurt” )Android 2.2
-Honeycomb:Android 3.0,Android 3.1,Android 3.2
-Ice Cream Sandwich:Android 4.0
-Jelly Bean:Android 4.1,Android 4.2,Android 4.3
-Lollipop:Android 5.0,Android 5.1
Now the question is which Operating system will you recommend for me? The operating system I would definitely recommend for you if you want to buy a phone whether used or new is to get a kit Kat 4.4 OS version or a Lollipop 5.0,5.1, someone would ask that why would you recommend Kitkat where 6.0 marshmallow is available, well with what i think rushing into an update is weird thing to do while other ones are still available, why not wait for marshmallow to be stable before dashing into it. You can also buy Marshmallow versions if you so wish but it is recommended to dine with the existing one for now.
How do I check the operating system for android phones
1. Click the menu icon on the home screen
2. Locate Settings in the menu and click it
3. Locate About phone in the listed menu and click it
4. You are done. Everything about the phone is listed their including the device model.
PHYSICAL COMPONENTS:- When it comes to buying android devices you have to check the physical components such as the body parts,the screens and other broken parts. You have to carefully check the neatness and the reason you should check it is to avoid unnecessary expenses, grade the physical components to the amount you are going to pay for the phone. Don’t let anyone you fool you that the broken screen means nothing it means something because you might pay much for screen changing.
FUNCTIONS:- Check some certain functions like the speakers, easy operation, camera strength, Bluetooth (if applicable), Wi-Fi and many more. You should check the speed of the phone in doing certain functions.
One thing you should know before buying used phone is that there is no warranty so you have to check its properties and don’t pay before verifying the properties.
Shine Your eyes when Buying Used Phones in Nigera because no refund after payment bro.
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