Shopping for a smart phone can be an overwhelming experience. For many users, their phone is also their primary camera, GPS, and gaming system. Most phones come with a contract so it’s important to choose one that you’re content to keep for a couple of years. These considerations will help you narrow down your choices.
For years, cell phones got progressively smaller and easier to carry. Today, they’re growing in size again. When you choose a phone, make sure you’re comfortable with the size. Portability is a major concern, but you also want to see your games and photos clearly.
A small phone like the BlackBerry Bold will slide easily into any pocket at less than 4.5″ tall and about 2.5″ wide. The new LG Optimus L9 is much larger with a screen measuring 5.19″ tall and 2.69″ wide, making it perfect for games or videos.
Your smartphone camera offers a convenient way to capture life’s best moments. You’ll always have this camera on hand when great shots pop up. If you take a lot of pictures with your phone, you should make sure it has a high quality camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II, Nokia Lumia 810, and HTC Windows 8X phones have 8MP cameras while the LG Optimus L9 and BlackBerry Curve cameras have just 5MP. The T-Mobile Prism has one of the lowest quality cameras at 3.2MP.
3G or 4G
Most smartphones today are either 3G or 4G. While 4G phones are moderately faster than 3G options, the difference isn’t as marked as it was between 2G and 3G. Data throughput for a 3G phone is up to 3.1 mbps. For 4G phones, you’ll enjoy data throughput of 3 to 5 mbps.
Samsung Galaxy, Nokia Lumia, and T-Mobile myTouch phones are 4G capable. The T-Mobile Prism, HTC Wildfire S, BlackBerry Bold, and Samsung Gravity are 3G capable. If speed and data transfer rates are important to you, opt for a 4G phone as long as it meets your other requirements. If you choose T-Mobile 4g phones, make sure your plan supports 4G capability so you’re not wasting this feature.
The price tag on your smartphone is an important determining factor. Once you’ve narrowed your options down to a few favorites, the cost is one of the last determining points. Naturally, newer phones will cost more. If you’re willing to go with an older model, you can usually save a bundle.
Keep in mind, however, that you can get great savings with new phones when you take advantage of special deals and new subscriber offers. Do your homework and you may find one of the very latest models for free with a new contract.
Carefully consider your needs when you’re shopping for a smartphone. Though certain features like extra memory get hyped, they’re not necessary if you don’t store a lot of pictures or music on your device. With your habits in mind, choosing the right phone is a manageable affair.