Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Handheld DeviceThere’s a handheld device out there that can specifically cater to your needs. All you need to do to find it is to be aware of your needs and wants and look hard enough. Even if you do buy the best or the cheapest device on the market, you might not be getting what you need as price is not an indicator when addressing such needs.

So before you go off to the electronics store and start looking at machines in a display case, the first step to buying your device starts here. The Internet has a wealth of information about mobile phones and tablets that may interest you, as you can find a myriad of reviews for each and every device on the market.

To help you narrow down your search, here are some questions that you should ask yourself even before you begin searching:

  • Do I want a phone, a tablet, or both?
  • Do I want a telephone solution or a tiny computer?
  • What kind of interface do I prefer? Touchscreen, numeric keypad, or QWERTY?
  • What brand am I leaning towards? Do I have any particular loyalty to a specific brand I use or do I want to try something completely new?
  • How much am I willing to spend, roughly?
  • How soon do I need this device?

These questions are a great way to start your quest to find your handheld device. To help you even further, here are some tips:

  • Look at specs online and videos of user experience. Video reviews can show you just what kind of experience you can expect when you buy the device and how it looks in comparison to a human hand. There are a lot of third-party websites that do independent, specs-based reviews on every gadget out there. Make sure you go through more than one to see if the information matches up.
  • An Apple device is always more expensive because of the brand, how it looks, and the user experience. This is not to say that an iPhone or an iPad isn’t a great gadget, but you can always expect it to be more expensive than devices that can roughly do the same thing but with a different operating system. There are apps that are exclusive on one particular OS, while some apps like RingCentral, MS OneNote, and Temple Run still have versions for both iOS and Android.
  • An Android device is always very customizable, but a little complicated. The Android version the device uses can be different from a lot of other devices and compatibility with anything is always a big issue. If you’re ready to go through the open source travails of an Android device, then you can get great rewards.

Aside from these questions to ask before you buy a handheld device, do you have any that you stand by before making similarly large purchases? Please feel free to leave a comment and share!

Image: Veronica Veronese With Her iPad, after Rossetti by Mike Licht,