Smart Shopping for a Smartphone: Part 1

Before you can even begin to look at what smartphone options are available, you have to have at least a general idea of what you want.

To do this, ponder two main points:

  1. Identify your reason for buying a smartphone versus a feature phone. How could owning a smartphone benefit you and your life?
  2. Decide what you need your smartphone to do for you.

Then, ask yourself what features are most important for you to have. Some question examples include:

  • Am I or do I plan to be heavily involved in social media tools through my smartphone?
  • How important is the camera aspect of the smartphone to me?
  • How often do I plan to charge my smartphone battery?
  • How much do I plan to talk per day on my smartphone?
  • How much do I plan to text per day?
  • How much do I plan to surf the web or check e-mail through my smartphone?
  • Do I need something ultra-thin?
  • Do I need a slide-out keyboard or would something virtual work?
  • Would I use a GPS feature from my phone?
  • Would I benefit from having a phone that is also a personal WiFi hotspot?
  • How important are apps to me?
  • Would I use my smartphone frequently for work-related purposes?

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Smart Shopping for a Smartphone: Introduction

While about 70 percent of American cell phone owners still have feature phones, smartphone ownership is expected to rise and perhaps even overtake features phone ownership by 2011’s Q3.

After two years of owning and having few qualms with my LG Chocolate 3, I am more than ready to join the age of the smartphone. Continue reading “Smart Shopping for a Smartphone: Introduction”