Guide to buying a new mobile phone on Black Friday: what you need to know to get it right

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guide to buying a new mobile phone on black friday what you need to know to get it right
guide to buying a new mobile phone on black friday what you need to know to get it right

The 21st century is, without a doubt, one of the transformation of communication . We have gone from chatting on Messenger or writing emails to sending messages and audios on WhatsApp and private messages on applications like Instagram. This has been possible thanks to the explosion in the use of smartphones, which in Spain have a penetration rate of more than 90% .

In the first decade we saw the birth of the iPhone and Android , and the transition of users from brands like Nokia and Siemens to others that were more unknown at the time, such as Huawei and Samsung. In the second decade, the sector consolidated, with annual developments that made the change from one mobile phone to another much faster than before. But the third decade, the current one, has seen a sharp slowdown in the industry , and consumers change smartphones less.

Currently, users value more that the terminals last three or four years , for which they may spend a little more. In Spain the average price of phones has recently reached 500 euros . That is why it is important to know what to look for when buying a smartphone.

But Spain continues to be a country that highly values ​​the price of products, and smartphones are no exception. That is why Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to buy a new terminal, because the best mobile phones of the year have already been launched and because there are substantial discounts, especially on previous generation models.

best camera

The photographic section has become one of the keys when buying a mobile phone . It is true that there are people who do not give importance to this, but the majority want a mobile phone that “takes good photos.” That statement does not mean the same in a range of 200 to 300 euros as in one from 500 to 800, but there are always models that stand out more than others.

Currently there are 300 euro terminals that can provide good performance in this section, although only the most expensive ones, from 800 euros and up (with some exceptions such as the Xiaomi 13T) have the expected triple camera , the angular sensor, the ultra wide angle and the telephoto lens with real optical zoom.

  • Less than 200 euros : OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite, Poco X5 5G.
  • Between 200 and 400 euros : Pixel 6a.
  • Between 500 and 800 euros : Pixel 7a, Samsung Galaxy S23, Xiaomi 13T.
  • More than 1000 euros : Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, iPhone 15 Pro Max, Xiaomi 13 Ultra, Pixel 8 Pro, Vivo X90 Pro.

Good screen

Right behind the camera, the section that matters most to consumers is the screen . Normally, the quality of the panel is not valued as much as the size, but obviously the better the screen, the more the device will be enjoyed. In this section, Chinese brands such as OPPO, Vivo or Xiaomi are the ones that give the most for less money.

Whenever possible, it is better to opt for a terminal with an OLED screen, and with a refresh rate of 120 Hz . The first will give more vivid colors and, above all, deeper blacks, in addition to improving the battery. The second is something that many people do not value, but that can always be deactivated.

What rarely pays off is buying a terminal with a QHD resolution unless this is something critical, because the increase in energy consumption is often noticeable, and because the increase in resolution is not especially noticeable for many. And, even less, opt for a mobile phone with 4K, although there are not that many .

  • Less than 200 euros : Poco X5 5G, Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S.
  • Between 200 and 400 euros : Samsung Galaxy A34, Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro.
  • Between 500 and 800 euros : Samsung Galaxy S23, Xiaomi 13T.
  • More than 1000 euros : Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, iPhone 15 Pro Max, Xiaomi 13 Ultra, Pixel 8 Pro.

Size

Buying a large mobile phone in 2023 is not complicated at all. Almost any device is now larger than 6.5 inches, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is the most common. The problem comes when looking for a small smartphone , where the options are limited.

Looking for a small and cheap mobile phone is practically impossible , and only in the high range can you find models that are interesting, always keeping in mind that size implies certain sacrifices, but it is something that users who are looking for them already know.

  • Between 200 and 400 euros : Pixel 6a.
  • Between 500 and 800 euros : Samsung Galaxy S23, Asus Zenfone 9.
  • More than 800 euros : Asus Zenfone 10, Sony Xperia V 5.

Updates

If you want to keep a mobile phone for as long as possible, it is advisable that the updates are up to date , not so much for those of the system, but also for the security patches, which guarantee that the mobile phone has less chance of suffering damage from attacks. external.

In this sense, Samsung has been the reference in Android for some years , although obviously Apple is the one that offers the most years of updates. Or it was, until Google decided to give 7 years of updates to the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. In this section, these are the brands that stand out the most, although some like OPPO and Xiaomi give four years of updates to some models.

  • Between 200 and 400 euros : Pixel 6a, Samsung Galaxy A34, Samsung Galaxy A54.
  • Between 500 and 800 euros : Samsung Galaxy S23, Pixel 7a.
  • Between 800 and 1000 euros: Pixel 8, Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus, iPhone 15.
  • More than 1000 euros: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, iPhone 15 Pro, Pixel 8 Pro.

Limit budget

The best thing you can do when looking for a product of any type is to be clear about your budget . This will make you search more carefully and reduce the chances that the expense will be higher than expected. However, if you find a bargain for very little money more than what we had provided, it may be logical to take advantage of it.

The budget needed in Spain to buy a good mobile phone is currently not as low as it was 5 years ago , when for around 200 euros there were more than decent models. Currently, the increase in costs and the improvement of technology, in addition to a lower offer in the lower part of the catalogues, has caused the realistic minimum price to be close to 300 euros.

Of course, each buyer has different criteria and needs, and that means budgets can be very different. However, the recommendations always take into account the price, because a 1400 euro mobile will always be better than a 400 euro one , but perhaps the buyer will find the latter more than enough and thus save a lot of money.

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