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Things you should know before you buy an Android phone or else you might regret the purchase.

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Before you place your pre-orders for the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and any other high-end Android phone that?s hitting the stores soon, take a moment to consider what you?re about to do.

Even if you can throw away upwards of $400 on a high-end smartphone, you?re also investing time and effort into making the device work specifically to your needs. You have to migrate contacts, download apps, set up accounts and toggle a myriad of settings before the device performs just the way you need.

So before you shell out your cash or swipe your card, make sure that you perfectly understand the shortcomings Android has in store for you:

  • The UI or user interface is different for each phone.

Just because they?re Android, that doesn?t mean they?re the same. Some companies like Sony and HTC simply use Android for the OS and impose their own (sometimes better) UI. So far, the best Android UI is still HTC Sense while Samsung?s TouchWiz is simply a pain to use. Don’t get a phone you might end up hurling at the wall because it’s so difficult to use.

  • The phone might not have the Google Play Store.

That?s right, not all Android phones have the Play Store app. This is especially true for lower-end models or cheaper brands. Sometimes, this can mean that you have to sideload your apps or use a different Android marketplace. Sideloading apps means you download the app on your PC then install it on your phone manually. Some people are fine with the extra steps but you might find it daunting.

  • The phone might not have the latest Android version.

Android versions that sound tasty rarely are unless they?re the latest. Yes, we?re looking at you, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean. Always check what the latest Android version is and if the device you?re eyeing already has it installed. If not, ask if the upgrade has rolled out or if it?s a planned update in the near future. You don?t want to be stuck with out-dated software especially on your phone.

  • The phone might not be able to run apps on the SD card.

Almost all other brands are trying to emulate Samsung and give people the chance to expand their phone memory. While this may be great, some Android phones might not allow you to run apps on the SD card. Why is this bad? If this is the case, you can only use your SD card memory for music and other media. All the games and apps are on the phone and you?re limited to whatever only the phone can hold.

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