5 things to consider when choosing a smartphone

Photo of Blackberry and iPhone“What kind of smartphone should I get?”

I get asked this question a lot, from friends, family and clients. Most are looking for a quick answer so they can put an end to the dilemma of making a choice.

It’s no wonder. The selection of smartphone brands is endless: iPhone, Blackberry, Galaxy to name a few. It’s no wonder people stop in their tracks when having to make a choice.

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, here are 5 things to consider before making your purchase:

  1. Keyboard – One of the main reasons Blackberry users don’t want to move to the iPhone or Galaxy is they love the physical keyboard. Men especially, balk at the idea of using a touchscreen keypad. There’s no doubt, moving to the touchscreen keypad is an adjustment. It does take practice and patience, but you can conquer it. The question is … do you want to?
  2. Apps – There’s no doubt, iPhone wins in terms of number and quality of apps. However, with the release of the Blackberry Q10 and Z10, undoubtedly there will be more apps to follow.  Consider the types of apps you would use most often. Match your need with what is available for each type of smartphone.
  3. Usability – You shouldn’t have to spend your time and patience trying to figure out all the nuances of your smartphone. Granted, making a change always requires a period of adjustment. Make sure you like the operating system and are confident it will work for you.
  4. Size – The size of the phone and its screen matters. Hold it, move it around. How does it feel? Too big? Too small? Does it feel sturdy and stable, or does it feel like it will slip out of your hand easily?  What about the screen? Is it clear? Is it large enough for you to read?
  5. Your gut – It never lies, ever. Go into an electronics store and play around with all the different makes and models. Spend some time doing the things you usually do on your current phone. Think about how you felt using the various smartphones. Your gut will lead you in the right direction.

The bottom line is this: all smartphones have something unique to offer. What sets them apart is you and your business (and personal) needs. Once you think about these factors, you’ll find the answer to your question: “What kind of smartphone should I get?”

Now it’s your turn

What do you love about your smartphone? What was the number reason for choosing it? Share your comments below and continue the conversation.

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