iPhone: There are many smartphones available on the market, but there is something about iPhones that makes them special. If we put aside their large prices for a minute, we can see that iPhones offer multiple benefits.
For example, it is a known fact that iPhones rarely crash, while most Android phones need a restart from time to time. The fact that we can’t fix Apple devices by ourselves might be a bit annoying, but we have to appreciate the fact that their stores are ready to repair it. However, there are other advantages that you might not be aware of.
If you ask Android users about their Android updates, they will most likely sigh. That is because Android updates remain a problem in the community. Android phones don’t receive updates at the same time, and some users have to wait even a year in order to get the latest version. Meanwhile, iOS updates are available right away and each user with a compatible iPhone can install the new version instantly.
Even if you try to compare software support, it is a known fact that Android ends its support a lot sooner. For example, Pixel and Nexus devices are promised at least two years of support. Meanwhile, Apple offers support for devices that are three years old. If we take a look at iPhone 4s we can see that it still receives iOS 9 support. This is something that never happens with Android.
Holds its value better
If you are planning to resell your iPhone, you will get more money than an Android user. That is because iPhones are usually worth more even when someone resells them. The offers you get for an older iPhone are better than the ones for an Android phone that was released at the same time.
Keep an eye on the midterms votes
There are many apps for iOS that can help you become more involved in politics. Considering the current political situation of our country it is more important than ever that we get involved. iPhone applications allow you to be more politically aware, which is exactly what we need at the moment. The midterms elections were very important and we could see the role of technology in raising the number of voters.
If you are looking for a Democratic app or a Republican one, you should know that there are no official applications for that. You can only follow their official accounts on Twitter if you need to access the information easily. However, there are some apps which will offer you the political information that you need. However, it is hard to find the ideal one. Each app has its disadvantages, but it is more important to use one that you can trust.
Our Voice USA
All you need to do is enter your ZIP code and the app will show you all the areas for it. Choose your local area and Our Voice USA will deliver all the information that you need to know. There is a “Your Representatives” button which will show you all the details that you need to know for your Representatives. More than that, you can contact them directly, as they all have phone numbers, Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts, Wikipedia entries and so on.
Another nice thing about this app is that users can rate each politician and you can see the ratings offered by other users. This can offer you more information about a certain representative, although this feature is not used a lot at the moment.
Countable is one of those applications. The app is available for free and you can get it on the App Store. You can use your ZIP code, but it often requires your full address. The application will offer you all the names of your local representatives. More than that, once you do that, you can also access the “My Reps” menu. There you can get more information for each rep as well as their affiliation. If you wish to contact them, you should know that Countable allows you to message, call or even send a video message to your representative.
The app does not stop there. Your news feed will show you all the bills that your representative has voted on and you can find out what was their vote. If you want to find out more about the debate for the bill you can tap the vote and see a summary for it. There is also a Bills section which shows you all the Bills and the votes for them.
If you want to be the first one who gets the news you can turn on your Notifications for Countable. You will get alerts for information that interests you. The best part is that there are almost 150 topics and you can select which ones you want.
Finding a good price
If we have convinced you to purchase an iPhone, there is just one more problem: the price. Buying older iPhone versions is not necessarily bad, but it has plenty of disadvantages. Not only that you won’t be able to get all the last features, but you may also find out that your handset will become outdated really fast. That is because Apple’s iOS gets new versions constantly, and usually old iPhones are left behind, and they don’t receive the latest updates.
However, you can find a way to purchase an iPhone without spending too much money. There are various alternatives here, but we are going to talk about the most efficient ones. In most cases, you will be able to get a brand new iPhone at a lower price.
Refurbished items might be the miracle that you were hoping for. One thing that you should know is that refurbished Apple products can be brand new, without being used once. For example, some users receive the wrong device and they return it right away. The iPhones sold on the refurbished section of Apple’s website are carefully inspected, and they are only placed for sale if they do not have any defects. You will even get the warranty for these products. Buying directly from Apple can also be advantageous. If you checked the site and you can find the model you want, you should wait a little longer and check it again after a while. The products listed there change constantly.
Buy a used iPhone
Purchasing a used product has some minor risks, but if you are careful enough when you choose your device, there is a big chance that you will end up a pleased customer. If you find a friend or a family member that sells an iPhone, this could be the best case scenario. Otherwise, you might need to find other sellers.
There are plenty of websites for this. You can start with eBay since it is one of the most popular sites, which means that you will find numerous options available there. However, you need to pay attention to each announcement. For example, avoid listings that use stock photos for the iPhone. Even if you select such an offer, make sure that you get actual photos of the device that you are going to buy. Check the serial number as well, in order to make sure that the product was not stolen.
Swappa is a great alternative for eBay because it is considered safer. For example, the website makes sure that no broken devices are being sold and when you look through the photos for a product you can also see a number on a piece of paper. The code shows you that the iPhone in the picture is indeed the one being sold. For all websites, you should pay attention to customer feedback and choose a reliable seller.
If you are looking to sell your used iPhone you can try Gazelle. You just need to mention the model of your phone and you will receive a sum of cash for it, as well as a box for shipping. In addition to that, there are no shipping costs. You can also find used devices for sale there, but the prices are not that good.
If you are buying a used iPhone from a stranger, you need to run a couple of tests. If you meet in person, this will be a lot easier for you. Turn it on and check the volume buttons and the home button (if it has one). Make sure that you can charge the phone and use it with some headphones as well.
Find a deal
If you don’t want to buy a used device, you need to keep an eye on the market. With a little bit of patience, you should be able to find some discounts for the iPhone that you want to purchase. This is the perfect timing to get a new phone since Black Friday is just around the corner. Visit the websites of big retailers and you will definitely find some amazing prices for the phone that you wish to purchase.
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