What to Consider if You Are Buying a Smartphone as a Gift This Christmas

Choosing a Christmas gift for someone you love is, for many people, one of the highlights of the Christmas season. If you are trying to come up with a good ‘big present’ for someone close to you and have the right sort of budget to spend, a new smartphone can be a really good choice. If you have a child who you think is getting to the right age for their first smartphone, they too may really love a new mobile as a gift to receive on Christmas morning. However, when you are choosing something as personal as a smartphone, particularly if it is as a replacement for an existing phone, there are some pitfalls to avoid.

Here are some things to consider if you want to give someone a smartphone for Christmas, and for it to be exactly what they wanted!

Know What They Are Currently Using as an Operating System

As you may or may not be aware, the users of Apple and Android tend to be particularly attached to their operating system of choice, and tend to see the alternative as ‘lame’. You don’t want to give someone something they think is lame, so one of the first things to know is whether you are dealing with an iOS fan or an Android fan. There are of course a couple of other options like Windows phone or Blackberry, but given iOS and Android have by far the biggest market share these are probably the only two you need to worry about.

Do They Seem to Have Any Brand Loyalty to a Manufacturer?

All iOS hardware is made by Apple, so if you have an iOS user to buy for, then an iPhone is the answer. However, for Android users, hardware is made by a wide range of different manufacturers. People tend to show loyalty towards manufacturers in some cases as well as to Android itself, so you get some Android users who only really want to use Samsung phones, LG phones, HTC phones or Motorola phones (and the list goes on). Alternatively, it could be that they have found the phone they currently own disappointing, and so wouldn’t want one by the same manufacturer again. Try and have a chat about your current phones without seeming obvious and see if you can do some detective work in terms of which brand they think is cool.

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What Network?

If you are buying a phone with the expectation that they can just put their existing SIM card in and go, then you may be wrong. While services do exist, like unlockingsmart, which can unlock a network locked phone, by design not all phones will be able to work with all networks out of the box. This is something to consider when finding out about your target’s phone preferences, and shopping for their gift.

There are some great deals on smartphones around Christmas time and they can make very good gifts, but there are things to consider to help you choose the right one.


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