Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Smartphone Buying Guide

From big, chunky cellphones to ultra-chic mini computers that will not only let you make and receive calls but take photos and videos as well, surf the web, play games and music, manage your schedule and emails, and many other functions you may not believe possible - the mobile phone industry has indeed made some great progress throughout the years.

Smartphones have become a quintessential part of the modern way of life. They play a big part in our day-to-day lives so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that these things are expensive. Picking the right smartphone is not a task to be taken lightly, to say the least. So here are a few things you should consider should you find yourself in the market for a new smartphone.

What is most important to you? Some people find that Google's Android is more customizable and secure; others lean toward Apple iPhone's iOS because of its design and cool collections of apps; and of course, there are those who like Microsoft's Windows Mobile's user-friendliness. There are still a handful of less popular operating systems to choose from but the differences among platforms are probably not that major so make your life easier and settle upon one that is based on your preferences.

There's more to a camera than megapixels. If the quality of photos is a deciding factor, also consider the resolution of the camera, sensors, flash and shooting modes, shutter speed, lens and zoom.

Battery Life
Battery life, obviously is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a smartphone. You'd want to get one that will hold out for very long. Choose a model that offers greater milliamp-hour battery life or even better, go for handsets that have a removable back cover and replaceable battery.

Build and Design
I, myself prefer thin phones with a slightly bigger screen. Samsung Galaxy S5 for instance, form-wise, is the perfect phone for me. I know a lot of people who, although prefer another platform, chose Apple iPhone solely because of its style, shape and size. Some like them really large - the better to watch videos, read digital books, web surf and play games with, like a phablet. If you're looking for portable and easy to carry/handle mobile phone, one that has an average screen size of 4-5 inches is your best option.

Don't you just hate it when a game you like would not play on your phone? If apps are a priority, take the time to research compatible phones for your favorite apps and games.

Storage Capacities
Well not everyone stores lots of files to their phones. If you rarely keep photos, apps, music and videos, you can pick a smaller, less expensive device. If you however, are relying on your phone for more than the occasional call or text, you might want to get a high storage capacity model, or even one that supports external storage.

Two important points to consider - the price of the handset and the price of the service plan. Contract plans may seem cheaper as you do not have to buy the phone outright. But do consider the requirements, credit checks, additional fees, lock-in period and termination fee (should you, for any reason, break the contract) associated with postpaid plans. <a href="">No-contract plans</a> on the other hand, are prepaid phone plans that are simple and quite straight-forward.

Contributed By: Sage Harman

Sage Harman a frugal living enthusiast, wife and mother. If you're looking for free information on various popular smartphone plans, check her out at


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  2. good one describing on what to focus on when looking to buy a smart phone. it would have been even better, if a list of smart phones that are worth the money are listed in different price range to suit various pockets because most phone users don't really know which brand and model to buy.