Do you want to know how to properly test an Android phone, new or old?
You go to the phone store, find the phone of your choice, head to the cashout to make payments, they package your phone and then you are off. That’s actually the wrong way to go about this.
You shouldn’t forget to properly test your phone for faults and most importantly, the originality of the product.
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Doing this not only gives you the assurance that you got what you paid for, but it also helps you avoid the unpleasantness of returning the phone and other future complications.
In this post, I am going to tell you my painful experience when I got a phone without testing and also walk you through testing a new phone to be sure it was money well spent.
Are you ready? Let’s go.
I once bought a phone that I taught was the original thing. It was well packaged and had a “new product” smell, so I thought all was cool.
I got home to use my so-called “new phone” only to discover that the only things I bought that day were a very new and clean packet and phone case. Everything else inside the phone wasn’t what I had hoped it’ll be.
There was some painful discovery when I started using the phone.
The packet said the phone was android version 6.0, but what I saw was android version 3+. The camera was supposed to be 8 megapixels, I am not even sure what I saw was even up to 2 megapixels.
I went to return the phone only for them to tell me that they don’t give refunds. No matter how I begged or what I said made no difference.
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I messed up, a very painful experience, one that I never plan on repeating and I want to give you a full walkthrough of everything you need to check before you make that purchase to avoid making same mistakes I did.
Testing the new phone 1, 2
Here is the list of things you need to check after you run your quick setup ( first setup for a new phone to add your information ):
1. Sim card and SD card
Put a working sim card and SD card to test if it supports it without problems.
For the sim, make sure it has internet subscription and airtime. Use it to make calls, send text and connect to the internet.
For the SD card, move files to the SD card to ensure it is fully supported.
2. Charger and Battery
Use the charger provided by the manufacturer, to charge the phone for a little while making sure it charges your phone.
Don’t forget to test the battery to ensure it lasts properly as all new phones should.
3. Compare IMEI
On the back of your phone, you should see an IMEI ( a 15 digit identification number given to all phones ), two if the phone supports two sims.
Compare that with the IMEI inside the phone.
Go to your phone dialer, input *#06#. This will display the IMEI number of the phone’ compare it with the one at the back of your phone.
If the numbers match, you are ready to move to the next step.
4. Network and connectivity
Turn on your Bluetooth, hotspot, wi-fi, and an internet connection and use them as you would normally use your phone.
Connect to a Wi-Fi network, Share network with your hotspot, connect to the internet and also share files, pair to other devices with your Bluetooth.
Open your camera app to test if the camera’s megapixel matches the one stated by your manufacturer.
In the camera app, go to settings, move to the camera section, the select picture size. Make sure the highest picture size there matches the one on the phone pack.
Note: Make sure you run this test for the front and back camera. To do this, switch to the camera you want to check before going to the settings.
Don’t forget to test your camera to ensure it works perfectly.
6. Test the hardware parts
Test your hardware to make sure it matches what you see on the phone pack. Like the earpiece jack, speakers, buttons, fingerprint sensor, etc.
Use can also use a phone app like Phone Tester.
Phone Tester, as the name implies, is a simple app that lets you check out your phone’s hardware and see if everything is working as it should.
Get it from playstore ( Phone tester ).
7. Check your Android version
To be sure you got the Android version the manufacturer promised, go to Settings>About phone. You should see the android version installed on the phone.
Doing the above method for a newbie can be a tiny bit complicated, but it’s very necessary and should not take longer than 20 minutes to finish up.
Just make sure to test your phone before making the payment, to avoid future problems.
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