I have to admit, buying a smartphone is not what I call fun. If you have piles of cash hanging around, perhaps you enjoy this process, but for the rest of us, figuring out what device to invest in is well, not a walk in the park. If you have a large mobile carrier such as AT&T, Verizon, or some other big name carrier that charges a few dollars shy of a mortgage payment for phone service, you might be able to get the latest and greatest phone, or amortize it over several years so that you aren’t really aware of how much it’s costing you. Once you know what plan, you can take a look at the battery life, operating system, storage size, and other features that help define your smartphone experience.

For our family, we shifted over to the ‘no contract’ dark side a few years back, so each new device we purchase usually comes from Gazelle, which is a fantastic site for gently used and refurbished iPhones, Android phones, and even laptops and computer equipment.

Without further adieu, here are 15 things to consider when buying a smartphone: