How to Choose a Smartphone with the features you want

The prices of smartphones are constantly dropping but new models, especially the high-end ones, still cost quite a lot. Because of this, if you don’t want to blow your money on a device that won’t suit you, you need to do some research before you decide which smartphone to chose.

You do need to know first what you are looking for and only then proceed to picking the exact model. Here are some ideas to help you decide what smartphone you need.

Decide Which Brand/Operating System You Want

You might not be a brand maniac but with smartphones brands do matter. A brand is not only a symbol of prestige but different brands have different technical parameters. The main brands for smartphones, at least in the UK, are (in alphabetical order): BlackBerry, HTC, iPhone, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson but there are also other manufacturers that offer really nice devices you should consider as well.

How to choose a Smartphone

In addition to the brand, another important choice you need to make with some brands is which operating system you want. In some cases it is just the opposite – you want to stick with a particular operating system and as a result you are looking only at the brands that offer it.

The choice of the operating system defines the applications you can use. With Blackberry, iPhone, and Nokia you don’t have much of a choice but almost all other brands have models with Android, Windows Phone, or another operating system.

Think about the Must-have Features in the smartphone

The choice of brand and operating system do define the features your smartphone will have because some really unique features are available in selected models only. However, most smartphones in the same class are comparable in terms of features they have, so unless you want something really uncommon, chances are that more than one model will offer it.

The main features most users are concerned about are screen size, weight, battery life, memory and a powerful processor. Many users also care about a camera and a QWERTY keyboard.

The availability of applications for your smartphone is also a factor. In this relation, don’t forget that a smartphone is just a mobile, though it does have some features that make it computer-like. If you really need a small-sized computer rather than a phone, consider buying a tablet instead.

Think of the Plan You Will Get

Another very important consideration to bear in mind when shopping for a smartphone is the plan you will use it with. Even the best smartphone is a torture with the wrong plan. For instance, if your plan doesn’t allow sufficient Internet traffic, then you won’t be able to use the device for browsing a lot.

Similarly, if you don’t get a SIM only plan, the smartphone you have picked will become useless. Of course, you can get a standard plan where the smartphone is included in the price but this is much more expensive and the choice of models isn’t as rich as it is on the free market.

This is why, it is only wise to choose the plan (preferably a SIM only one) before you start shopping for the device. If you are from the UK, check the link in my byline and there you will find all the latest and greatest SIM only offers from all UK mobile operators.

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