The Challenge of Choosing a Smartphone
Motorola Droid X, iPhone 4, or BlackBerry. Which phone is for you?
With dozens of models on the market, deciding what smartphone to buy is not that easy. But if you know what features you want, it might lessen the decision-making process. Though prices of different phones varies and may run cheap, the top models all cost almost the same at about $200 (US) in a two year contract. Plus smartphones requires a data plan that ranges from $15 – $70 (US) per month. So, it’s better that you spend your time narrowing first your choices based on phone functions, and then comparing how much each model will cost.
Take a look in the main strengths and drawbacks of the top three smartphones.
Strengths: Verizon’s fourth Droid model is best for those who like to use their phones to access the internet. The Droid X has a 4.4 inch display that suit users looking for readability. If you’re looking for a phone with a big screen, great search tools and a reliable network, the Droid X is for you.
Drawbacks: First, Droid phones are clunky with a weight of 5.5 ounces. In short, it’s not a good pocket phone. Lastly, the screen’s resolution is not as fine as the iPhone 4’s resolution.
Strengths: If you’re into taking pictures and watching videos on your phone, the iPhone 4 with its high resolution and fast streaming would be a good choice. Its high resolution screen makes it easy to read text; two cameras allow video chat; and a 5 megapixel camera with flash can take great photos. iPhone 4 is also good for people who like to play with apps because it serves as a platform for over 300,000 applications.
Drawbacks: Aside from the antenna issue, consumers considering iPhone 4 have no carrier choice other than AT&T.
Strengths: BlackBerry hook users with its own set of features, including the instant email services using the “push” function that feeds messages instantly. Some information-technology managers love it for their security features. BlackBerry’s email capabilities includes linking several accounts to one main inbox. Users can also choose from different carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Cellular One and T-Mobile. The physical keyboard is also ideal for consumers who like to use their thumb for texting.
Drawbacks: BlackBerry phones are clumsy with video streaming and slower with internet use. Models with camera don’t offer much in terms of megapixels. People who prefer smaller phones may find a phone with an average height of 4.3 inches and 2.4 inches in width too large.