Smartphones are virtually ubiquitous now. Walk down the street and into a coffee shop, and you’ll probably spot at least fifty on your travels. With such popularity, there’s no doubt that smartphones are certainly here to stay, and their constantly evolving role and list of services means that this is not likely to change anytime soon. Most people are fairly sure that the phone they have is the one for them and that the service deal they have is the best available. This is no doubt because the sales assistant at the phone shop or a friend told them this was the case and they didn’t put much further thought into the matter. If you’re interested in getting the most out of your phone and the money you pay for it, though, there are some things that you should look out for.
This is not something that occurs to everyone when they go to buy a new phone. Consider what exactly you are buying it for. It’s a given these days that a mobile phone is almost essential, no matter where you live and what you do. Even if you don’t do very much at all, it’s still nice to text. With the huge disparities in phone costs based on their capabilities and app options, it’s worth stopping to think about this. Maybe you actually only intend to use the phone for calls and texts. In that case, you don’t need all the extras that come with a top of the range smartphone. If you already have an iPod or Mp3 player, you really don’t need to pay extra for memory on your phone to store music. If you want to consolidate all your media into one device or if you like the look of all the fun apps that come with an iPhone, that’s great, but take your time to think about what you really want before you spend your money.
Brand and Model
Once you’ve decided which features you want in a smartphone, the next step is choosing your make and model. These are based around the operating systems available. There is Android, which was developed by Google, and is used by manufacturers like Samsung. Its Google origin gives it a wide variety of apps to choose from and the Internet access is of course as good as you’ll get. The Apple version, on the other hand, iOS, is according to DigitalTrends.com, and is still the system that others should be measured against. It lacks the versatility that Android gives with its programs, but for sheer choice of apps, it is still the best on the market. The other two platforms, Blackberry and Windows Phone, are still finding their way in a market where they have been flanked badly by Android and iOS, but given some time, it’s possible that they’ll start to catch up. Once you’ve chosen your operating system, don’t be lured into thinking that you need to get the latest model on the market. Buying secondhand is perfectly acceptable, and while mobile security is of course an issue for all phone owners, it shouldn’t be affected by purchasing this way. If you’re the seller though, make sure to clear all personal information before handing it over.