Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes. They can be affordable or ridiculously expensive. The trick is, working out what you need, so you don’t end up paying over the odds.
Our lives have become dependent on our smartphones. With the advent of mobile banking, video calling, social media, browsing the internet and sending emails on the go, we can’t function without them.
Apple, android or windows?
You could almost be forgiven for thinking that smartphone is synonymous with Apple. After all, they have certainly mastered the art of powerful marketing.
They all have their pros and cons (so many we’re not going to go into them here), so it’s important to think about how you’re going to use your phone and then work out which is the best fit.
We wouldn’t worry too much about how you’re going to be using it in the future. Smartphones evolve at such a rate that you’ll be replacing yours before you find your current model doesn’t offer the functionality you need.
What should you think about?
Most models of smartphone offer a still and video camera, GPS, and storage space. Some will be better than others, so it’s important to look at the specifics of each.
Size is the next consideration. This comes down to personal preference. The larger phones tend to cost more, but if you find them easier to use, it might be worth the investment.
When it comes to storage, you have to consider not only photos and music but also apps. It’s quite common for the smaller storage capacity phones to fill quickly with apps. The best advice is to go for as much as you can afford.
Another consideration is whether to buy a phone that’s locked or unlocked. Locked smartphones tend to be cheaper but are on a contract that ties you to one provider for a set period. If you buy unlocked, you’re free to choose your provider and can get a cheaper SIM only contract.
This is going to sound like a cop-out, but our advice is to go with the phone that best suits you.
Try not to be taken in by the latest flashy advert for an all singing all dancing handset if you’re not going to use most of its features.
It’s essential you make a list of priorities, and fix a budget. Then all you have to do is compare phones and the one that gets the most ticks is the one that’s right for you.
Don’t forget; the latest, flashiest handset will be old news within a few months. Always go for usability over kudos.
MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, and surrounding villages.