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That sleek new cell phone may be full of all the latest gadgets, but is it the right phone for you?Here’s a quick guide about how to choose a smartphone that should help you out
With so many cell phones to choose from, ranging from very basic to the amazingly clever, the choices may seem endless. How do you choose the right one for you? First, determine a few things about how you use your phone and what you need from it for it to be compatible to your lifestyle.
Purpose – start with your reason for having one. Is it…
- just for making and receiving calls?
- also for text or picture messaging?
- for taking photos?
- for accessing e-mail and the Internet?
Previous experience – if you’ve had a cell phone before, think about what you did and didn’t like about it:
- did it feel too fragile, or need frequent charging?
- was it hard to hear it clearly or to read the display?
- did you often press two keys at a time because they were too small and too close together?
Features and functions – decide which features and functions you will use most often:
- do you want to set reminders or wake-up alarms?
- what about playing games or listening to radio?
- do you need to access to flixter, yelp or social media sites?
Style – choose a style that appeals to you:
- a bar style phone has that classic mobile ‘look’.
- a slider or clamshell cell phone has a somewhat larger display and hides the keypad to prevent accidental calls.
- a smartphone offers an even larger display for reading e-mail and exploring the Internet.
Budget – determine a price range to narrow the choices. If you’re on a strict budget you should keep in mind that there may be other costs associated with the phone you buy besides the choice of operator and calling plan:
- check if you need other accessories such as a protective case, charging cradle, etc.
- phones used to access e-mail and the Internet may be subject to additional charges for data traffic.
- think about what features you really want. Extras like Bluetooth and a built-in camera are great, but they’re a waste of money if you’re not going to use them.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when shopping for a new smartphone. Even if you go in with a particular phone in mind, the salesperson has the ability to sway your thinking if you don’t go in armed with information. Take a few minutes to honestly list out your phone needs, then stick to that list when it’s time to make that next smartphone investment.