How to Compare Smart Phones

How to Compare Smart Phones
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    One of the most popular mobile phones available are smart phones, cell phones that offer advanced computing capabilities and connectivity.

    Such phones function as a small computer, enabling users to connect online, download games and access additional applications.


The Samsung Galaxy S III recently topped the iPhone 4S in sales, but there are many other models to consider. Read on and we will explore how to compare smart phone models.

1. Screen Size — Screen size is measured diagonally with most smart phones offering at least a four-inch screen. The HTC Galaxy Droid offers a five-inch screen and the Samsung Galaxy Note II offers a 5.55-inch screen. The differences between sizes may seem quite small until you are holding a phone in your hand to observe how the screen looks.

2. Battery Life — The longer the battery life, the better for you. This may be especially important for you if you want to minimize your recharging times. Most smart phones offer at least a seven to 10 hour talk time, with a few topping 20 hours. The Samsung Galaxy Note II gives you an amazing 35 hours of talk time, however.

3. Internal Storage — The importance of internal storage with smart phones may not be fully appreciated until you begin to use your phone as a GPS navigator, a digital camera or as an MP3 player. Suddenly, the amount of storage you need may become a big deal. Most users will want a minimum of 16MB of storage, what the LG Opitmus 4x HD, the Motorola Droid 4 and Apple iPhone 4S offer. Sure, you can choose a phone with just 1MB of storage or opt for 32MB or greater, but usability and costs must be factored.

4. Unit Weight — Smart phones are lightweight and weight differences may be indiscernible to most users. Still, the Apple iPhone 5 comes in at just under four ounces with most other smart phones weighing in at no more than seven ounces.

5. Device Prices — You will be hard pressed to find a non-contract smart phone for under $400 with some costing hundreds more. If you sign a contract with your cell phone provider, your costs can shrink dramatically to $99 or less. Perhaps it is not the cost of the cell phone itself that should concern you, rather the service provider. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint are each vying for your business and small carriers want your consideration too including Cricket, US Cellular, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Weigh these plans accordingly, but consider the cost of staying with a carrier longer than you may really want to.

Final Analysis

Additional considerations when shopping for a smart phone include the operating system — Windows Phone 8, IOS6 or Android 4.0/4.1 — and the rear camera quality. Both can be deciding factors for smartphone shoppers, difference makers as you look for the best phone to suit your needs.

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