There are so many choices of smartphone these days, it’s hard to know which one is the right fit for you. It’s easy to get caught up in all the jargon but at the end of the day what does it all mean?
Is having a dual-core Qualcom snapdragon processor better than a quad-core Krait and is a Super AMOLED HD screen better than an LCD? Here’s something the manufacturers won’t tell you, they all do fundamentally the same thing, the major differences come down to 4 points.
- Operating system: There are three main operating systems on the market at the moment, IOS (Apple I-phones), Android and Windows. Each of these has their good and bad points but it really comes down to personal preference as to which one you want to use. For those that have never used a smart phone, it’s a good idea to see one in action before you purchase it so you can get a feel for how the phone works. Check out different ones through work colleagues and friends.
- Memory; each phone has a different amount of memory ranging from less than 1Gb to 64Gb. Some phones will also allow you to use a Micro SD memory card to expand the memory. Depending on what you are going to use the phone for you may need one with more memory.
- Network Band; Many people don’t realise that each mobile network operates on multiple frequencies. Each phone will be able to pick certain frequencies but not all. It pays to make sure the phone you are looking at is compatible with all your carriers’ frequency bands to ensure you get the best reception you can. It would be a shame to buy a phone that only operates on one of your carriers’ bands and you lose signal in places you used to have reception.
- Camera; the camera on a phone is becoming more of a selling point than the phone itself. Some of the new smartphones have better cameras than some digital SLRs that retail for the same price. Be careful though, although the phones camera may be high resolution and have some great ‘bells and whistles’ it is still a phone with a camera built in. It is important to be realistic about how well the camera will perform in different conditions. If you are after a camera, I suggest buying a camera, not a smartphone because of the camera.
When it’s all said and done, you will be hard pressed finding a phone that doesn’t do everything you want and more (unless you’re a phone geek like me!). For more information go to: www.barefoottelecom.com.au.