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Things to Consider Before Buying a Second-Hand Mobile

22nd November 2021
"There’s always a risk of being cheated while buying second-hand gadgets. Are you looking for one?"

There’s always a risk of being cheated while buying second-hand gadgets. Are you looking for one? If searched properly, you can find excellent deals on second-hand mobile in the market. 

Moreover, it’s usually best to get a phone in good condition so here are a few tips that might help you:

Check for the original papers and stay away from stolen mobile:

The first thing you need to check is the box, the original invoice, and the age of the device. Confirm whether all the box contents are available and always negotiate for the missing or non-original accessories.

After all, why get into trouble with the authorities at a later stage for spending your money on a device that has been reported as lost or stolen or for buying a second-hand phone that may have been misused in the past for execution of unlawful activities?

Phone bills

Also, Verify the phone has an active warranty- it’s always better to buy phones still under warranty to be on the safer side. You can verify the phone’s warranty period using IMEI on the manufacturer’s website.

Visual Inspection:

Always do a physical inspection of the device. I prefer testing the phone under bright daylight, so the damages or defects are easily visible.

If the phone comes with a removable battery, then turn the device off and remove the back flap to take out the battery for quick scrutiny of its visible bulges and obvious signs of damage.

Visual inspecton

Look for scratches, dents, or cracks on the body, display, and, more importantly, on the camera lens. Small scratches on the camera lens can significantly deteriorate picture quality, especially in low light conditions. Also, check the power and volume buttons.

Display analysis:

The next important thing to check while buying a used second-hand smartphone is the display. The display is indeed one of the most expensive components of the device. Ensure the entire screen responds properly to touch, and there are no dead spots or dead pixels.

Phone Display

Moreover, always carefully inspect the overall panel quality to confirm that it’s genuine. One can tell if the panel was replaced with a non-OEM one by checking the brightness levels, screen quality, and if there are any glue or pry marks on the sides.

Test the Ports, SIM Card, and Accessories:

Finally, test the charging cable included with the phone. Pull out your power bank, plug in the phone via cable, and see if it’s charging fine. Also, insert a SIM card- check if the phone can make a call. Similarly, test the micro SD card port (if available) and other accessories supported by the phone like earphones.

Charging port

In a nutshell, besides the tips given above, don’t forget to check online reviews before buying any second-hand smartphone.

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Compiled by : Ankita Acharya Ankita Acharya

Accurate, an affordable Nepali Mobile products and accessories brand launched

10th February 2020
"Accurate, a Nepali OEM accessories brand is setting its foot in the market to quench the needs of high quality accessories in affordable price."

High quality and affordable price don't go hand in hand. Either you have to pay a good price for a high-quality product or ignore quality for affordability. A Nepali OEM is here to change this and provide high-quality products at affordable prices.

Accurate, a Nepali mobile accessories brand is setting its foot in the market to quench the needs of high-quality accessories at affordable prices. Even though manufactured and assembled in China, Accurate is promising to provide premium products with 6 to 12 months of warranty in all of their products.

Talking about the products, Accurate arsenal ranges from Earphones to data cables, power bank to speakers, chargers from Micro USB to Type-C and lightning. More variety of products are to follow. Here are some of the products which might pick your curiosity. 

Accurate Products in Nepal

Accurate Power bank

Accurate L10 is a 10,000mAh Portable Power Bank with 2 charging outputs and 2 charging input. The key feature of this power bank is the 2 charging inputs. It can be charged via both Micro USB and Type-C. It is stylish, portable and very easy to carry for daily use. This power bank delivers the output of 5V/2.4A and is priced at NPR 1999. There is also a big brother of this product with a capacity of 20,000mAh which is priced at NPR 2,999. Both this power bank comes with a 1-year warranty.

 


Accurate Chargers

Many mobiles nowadays come with some type of fast charging support but to cut down the cost of the phone, the company may not provide the compatible fast charger in the box. You are stuck with two options: go with slow charging or buy a premium fast charger with a premium price. But now there is a third option for the Nepali market, buy premium chargers at affordable prices.

Accurate has launched all the chargers from Apple to Android supporting USB-C 3.0 Fast Charge to Micro USB which supports fast charge 2.0.

Accurate Chargers price in Nepal

There are a variety of chargers and price ranges from NPR 250 to 899 and all the chargers come with a 6-month warranty.

 


  

Accurate Earphones (Wired and Wireless)

The AL-36 Bluetooth earphone with neckband is a wireless earphone with awesome audio quality. This neckband comes with 6 months warranty and good battery lasting for a while before you need to charge it again. This earphone is priced at NPR 2000 in Nepal. There are wired earphones as well with 3.5mm audio jack which will cost you anywhere from NPR 199 to NPR 550. 

 

Another true wireless earbuds by Accurate have the model no HX-03 and is a good alternative for more expensive Air-pods from apple. Fair warning, if ear-pod style earbuds doesn't fit well, or feels insecure in your ears, this true wireless ear-pods are not for you.

HX-03 earbuds comes with a carrying case which is also a charging case for the earbuds. For connecting it to your phone, all you have to do is take both the earbuds out of the case which will automatically activate the buds, search for HX03 in the Bluetooth section and pair the earbuds. Both the earbuds sync automatically to each other and connect to your device.

This earbuds has touch sensitive area which can be used to play/pause your music or receive/end call with a singe tap and double tap on right earbud will skip the music while double tap on left earbud will play previous music played. Audio true wireless earbuds. This Earbuds have the model no HX-03 and is a good alternative for more expensive Air-pods from apple. Fair warning, if ear-pod style earbuds doesn't fit well, or feels insecure in your ears, this true wireless ear-pods are not for you.

HX-03 earbuds comes with a carrying case which is also a charging case for the earbuds. For connecting it to your phone, all you have to do is take both the earbuds out of the case which will automatically activate the buds, search for HX03 in the Bluetooth section and pair the earbuds. Both the earbuds sync automatically to each other and connect to your device. Bass in this earphone is on the lower side so is its pricing. This earphone will cost you 3199 and is not bad of a deal.

There are Bluetooth speakers and other products which will soon be added to the product list. Demo Speaker which we got for a while to play with had clear audio with awesome sound quality.

Update: "Accurate High Bass Bluetooth Speaker" is now available at an amazing price of NPR 2,999 in Nepal.This Accurate speaker comes in three color variant Black, Gold, and Red. This speaker comes with inbuilt features like High Bass, Hands-free with microphone, TF Card Play, 2000mAh high capacity battery, AUX, and A year warranty.

All the products from Accurate can be purchased through Daraz as well as Accurate's official Facebook page

 

Will a local brand be able to compete with other premium brands? Only time will tell. But there is a major advantage for Accurate with its warranty and affordable price scheme. The only thing left is to grab the customer's attention.

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Compiled by : Biplav Gachhadar Biplav Gachhadar