So you’ve finally decided on buying a smartphone, or it’s time to upgrade and you want a better idea of what’s available? There are several options to consider when buying a smartphone. Besides being a great communication device, they work as a fast internet connection, a way to watch videos, play music, take snaps and shoot video, play games and more.
As the technology continues to expand, these min-marvels continue to amaze with all the things they are capable of doing. With the iPhone 5S, Apple introduced the A7 chip, which works on a 64-bit architecture. This promises the power of a desktop computer in your palm in the near future.
Because of the quickly expanding market, and the wide variety of features available, it can be difficult to determine which is the best smartphone for you and your money. Models can range from under £80 to well over £700, depending on what features you want, and the quality you desire, or are willing to accept.
Here are some things to consider when buying a smartphone:
Which operating system is best for you? There are four main OS available now; though one is struggling (Blackberry) and others are attempting to come on to the scene.
iOS is only available on the iPhone (and other Apple products). Its main advantages are its ease of use and intuitive interface. Apple has been developing this type of software for over three decades, and is very good at it. It also has over 1,000,000 apps available, which allows for a good deal of expansion. However, many people find the format restrictive and limiting.
Android was developed by Google, and is the most widely used smartphone platform today. It is found on just about every type of phone made. It has some of the basic feature of iOS, but offers an open platform. This allows for a great deal of customization for both manufacturers and end users. This also means you have no assurance of what you are getting with an Android phone, and updates can be faulty. However, because of its popularity Android has more apps available than Apple (with some of the same quality control issues), and is available on a much larger range of handsets with a much wider range of affordable pricing than the iPhone.
Blackberry OS is also only available on Blackberry phones, and as mentioned, is struggling to keep up with the competition. Its latest inception, BB10, was designed to compete with iOS and Android, with little success. It is still a solid business phone, with its high security and clean messaging systems, and still offers a quality solid QWERTY keyboard for those who don’t like touchscreens, but its lack of apps isn’t helping its performance in the marketplace.
Windows Phone is Microsoft’s entry into the mobile platform arena. It is growing in popularity with the release of Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia, producing a hardware/software compatibility similar to the iPhone. Similarly, Windows app store and OS itself are more closely controlled than Android’s, offering a smooth overall performance, but the app store is still sorely lacking. Windows is more customizable for the user than iOS, but nowhere near the open source capability of Android.
Quality of the phone. Obviously this is a very broad description, but there are many elements to consider. When choosing an iPhone or Blackberry, your choices are limited. But with an Android, or even more Windows phones coming out on Samsung, HTC and others, there are several things to consider.
Important things to keep in mind when you compare handsets is screen size, quality of the display in both brightness and resolution, battery life, processor and RAM, camera and flash, availability of quality apps, and 3G and 4G connectivity.
It is also important to consider things such as storage (if you intend to use a lot of apps, games, take photos, etc.), comfort and portability and things such as whether a solid keyboard is important.
Do yourself a favor and look around quite a bit before making a choice. There are plenty of options out there, and plenty of people just waiting to sell them to you. Make sure you buy the one you want.