Smartphone Buying Guide 101

Updated October 6, 2023

When it comes time to purchase a smartphone, the number of choices can be paralyzing. There are dozens of different smartphones to choose from on every carrier, making it pretty difficult for a lot of people to decipher through the cryptic specs and know for sure which phone is right for them.

Most of us are more connected to our phones than we are to any other piece of technology. Your phone stays with you at just about every moment of the day, often being the first thing that you check in the morning and the last thing that you look at before you go to bed at night. What is more, when you make the decision to get a particular phone you are likely going to be stuck with it for at least one year, if not for two. So, when it comes to choosing a phone making the right choice is paramount.  However, how do you know which one is right for you? To answer this question you need to ask yourself what you plan on using your phone for.

Smartphone Functionality 

Smartphones are more than just a means of communication. While being a phone might be their primary purpose, most smartphones come equipped with a camera, radio and mp3 players, GPS and mapping devices, internet accessibility, voice to text software and the availability of thousands of additional applications that permit you to do everything from play a game to create a PowerPoint presentation all on the go. Certain phones are set up to perform some of these tasks better than others, so the first thing you need to do when choosing a potential phone is decide what you plan on using it most for. Once you know what your needs are it will be a lot easier to decipher which phone and operating system is best for you.

All smartphones can be broken down into three main categories based on their operating system: iOS, Android and the blackberry OS. The iPhone features the iOS system that is adored for its integration of music and ease of use, while the blackberry OS is favored among business professionals for its organization of email with scheduled meetings and other events. The Android operating system is available on a slew of smartphones, including Samsung, HTC and Motorola and is adored for its easy integration of all Google services and offers premier speed.

Factors to Consider when making your Final Choice

All three of the leading operating systems are available on all of the major phone carriers, so once you choose your operating system and preferred carrier you will be able to limit your selection down to just a handful of choices. Since each operating system tailors itself to a certain type of smartphone user, this is one of the easiest places to start when making your smartphone purchase.

Once you choose your operating system, other factors to take into consideration include memory capacity and battery life. If you are going to be out and about and relying on your phone day in and day out, then find a phone with a lasting battery. If you are more concerned with storage for your music or files, then opt for a larger quantity of memory space.

Most smartphones look similar, so choosing a phone on its design alone may not take you very far. Find a phone that suits your needs by deciding ahead of time what it most important to you.

Author Bio:- Alison Nettleton is a tech junkie who also writes on behalf of 

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