Well, when you ask this question to most people the instant answer will be something like ‘iPhone 4’ or ‘Samsung Galaxy’ or ‘HTC Desire HD’ etc. However, you SHOULD NOT go for a smart phone simply because it is a lifestyle gadget or everyone else buys one.
Ask yourself the following questions before deciding which smart phone is right for you.
1. Do you really need a smartphone?
If your priorities just telephony along with basic functionalities such as easy texting, contact management, camera, you still don’t need to go for a smartphone. On the other hand, if you require Internet access, advanced computing abilities, calendar and document management, social network access and sharing, then you need a smart phone.
2. Are you comfortable with touch screen or hardware keyboard?
Touch screen phones are cool but it may not be easy to use them for all age groups. For example, picking a call or hanging up on a touch screen phone is not an easy thing to do for old people. Smartphone keyboard type is a major decision that you have and make sure that you use both the options before going for the smart phone that is best for you. There are also touch plus hardware models in the market today.
3. Are you an International Roamer?
Though CDMA phones are more popular in the United States, if you are a frequent traveler to Europe and Asia, you might want to go for a GSM smarphone that works for your roaming profile.
4. Are you tech savvy?
Most smartphones need you to be a bit technically oriented to use the same. Many of the smartphone interfaces are still not simple enough to get you started. It is a fact that Android based smartphones are mostly preferred by techies and youngsters where as there are other smartphones that are simpler but may not be as powerful.
5. Are you fine with using both hands?
Smartphones get you the best result when used with both hands. It is not easy to use smartphone functionalities with just one hand. Once again, it is about the ease of use aspect.
In addition, smartphones are heavier and at times won’t fit into your pockets. Also there are maintenance issues like the need to charge more regularly – sometimes even twice a day based on your usage pattern.
6. Carrier and Package
Your wireless carrier (service provider) and the package that you sign up with will complete your smartphone purchase decision making process. Usually, expensive smartphones may be available at cheaper prices with a longer term signup with your carrier. However, you need to watch out for any hidden charges or increased rates for value added services. Also, you need to worry about the reputation of the particular carrier + package combo.
So, which Smartphone?
If you do not have any problem in using the touch screen and budget is not an issue, something like an Apple iPhone is what you need. However, if you want to lower your budget but do not mind going a bit technical, Android based touch screen phones may be one of the options. However, if you are one of those who hate to use touch screen all the time, then something like a BlackBerry Bold may be a good option along with some of the Nokia models. And if you are a total touch screen hater, go for a hardware QWERTY keyboard equipped smartphone.
I do not want to be specific here because the models keep changing every day.
Just keep your priorities in mind and ask yourself the questions above before making a final decision. And remember, a smartphone is STILL a phone and hence do not forget the telephony aspects and ease of use of the same.