5 items to check before buying a used smartphone
Watch out for fake smartphones
It is a fact that the market is developing today with a plethora of fake Chinese or Korean smartphones that are mere replicas of their original models and are difficult to discern with the naked eye. Knowing that the internal stickers of phones contain important information such as their IMEI numbers, model numbers, etc., fraudsters sometimes tend to modify these stickers with counterfeits that represent fictitious model numbers without resemblance to the real ones.
To make sure your seller does not fool you, you can do the following checks. Make sure that the model of the used Smartphone that you buy is authentic by exploring the “Settings” menu of the phone to find its model number and other hardware specifications. Compare the model number with the one printed on the sticker behind the back of the phone or its battery. You can further exploit the hardware specifications to determine if they match those that have been defined for that particular model by the manufacturer.
Undertake an exhaustive physical inspection of the used smartphone
Now that you’ve determined that the used smartphone is neither stolen nor fake, it’s time to unlock your spying skills and digs deeper into the physical well-being of the used smartphone.
Well, basic as it may seem, the fact is that consumers often forget or do not invest enough time to visually examine a used phone from every possible angle.
Now, it’s not that all mobile phones that run are faulty or need to be repaired. However, there are many that are available in various brick and mortar stores, and physical inspection most effective ways of keeping them at bay. Even if you buy a used phone online, asking for a physical demonstration of the seller is a must.
Explore the phone used from all angles, to detect bumps and broken/bruised edges. If the device is equipped with a keyboard, pay attention to the broken keys, if any. Discern whether the physical keys are working by pressing a few at random to see if they click well and allow you to type and navigate effortlessly. For mobile phones with touch screens, evaluate the functionality and sensitivity of the phone by tapping your fingers on the screen and tapping on a few menus and apps to get an idea of the response time and ease of navigation.
Run a service code test
Nowadays, many smartphones are activated with service codes that allow users to unlock their special menus that are normally accessible through the phone’s dialer. These codes can be searched online and are used to undertake self-test routines to find out if different aspects of the phone such as its receiver, vibration, sensor.
Examine the usability of ports and accessories
If you buy a used smartphone with its accessories, you should also carefully consider it. To begin, determine if the charger is operational by charging the phone for a few minutes while keeping an eye on the time it takes to charge the phone.
Pay attention to anomalies with the battery, e.g. Does it heat up too early and too often? Also, check if the battery runs out quickly. Next, analyze if the headphones are functional by plugging them into the device and taking a turn of any audio file while you inspect the sound for clarity and volume. Conclude with an evaluation of the USB port of the used phone by performing a quick check of the data transfer to confirm that the port is in good working order.
Just the best price
Even if you engage in all the elaborate checks listed above, do not forget the key motivation that drove you to choose a used smartphone – its price!
Over time, the price of a particular model may fall sharply as upgrades make their way into the market. In such scenarios, you’d better buy a new phone as opposed to the one that was used. You should also know how to select and buy a smartphone in case you are considering buying a new phone.