Let’s have a look at the best smart phones. Android is very powerful and feature packed. It’s also extremely liberal about how a user treats it. If a user doesn’t like the software keyboard that’s pre-loaded, a user can just download another. Similarly, if a user somehow can’t find any applications then a user would like on Google’s extremely well-stocked Play store, a user can install apps from outside the shop. Google doesn’t lock Android down in the way that Apple jealously guards the keys to its operating system, iOS.
Other smart phone platforms such as Microsoft’s Windows Phone may never get that cool new app. Windows Phone is the new kid on the block so it can’t compete on quantity of apps. It does offer an elegant, easy-to-use interface though, so it might catch a Users eye if a user has not taken with either Android or iOS. If a user likes the look of it, the it is best off waiting until Windows Phone 8 arrives as the current version of the OS is heading for the buffers.
And then there’s BlackBerry, which is really the smart phone OS of yesteryear, although it still accounts for one in 10 phones sold in Britain. A user won’t find fiendishly clever apps that can read a user’s mind here or even super-slick hardware. But a user will see plastic Qwerty keyboards — something that’s increasingly endangered in these touchscreen-dominated times. BlackBerrys can also be cheap and are still popular as a basic smart phone for teens. Although they’re not the best phones for the majority of people, they fit the bill for some.
When shopping for a smart phone, a key consideration is how fast its processor is. The most powerful phones money can buy currently boast quad-core chips as opposed to the single cores of cheaper phones. But just having more cores doesn’t immediately mean that a user is getting a better phone. It depends what a user wants to do with it.
Quad-core devices excel at intensive activity such as high-end 3D gaming or heavyweight multi-tasking. Yet a powerful dual-core device can actually be quicker for some everyday mobile tasks and can offer much better battery life. Another hardware consideration is how big a touchscreen does a user want to handle? Almost all smart phones are touchscreen slabs these days (except for some BlackBerrys), but screen sizes and resolutions vary considerably. When it comes to size, once a user gets beyond 3.5 inches, it’s really a matter of personal taste. For some people, the bigger the pane the better, so they can easily ogle videos and browse full-fat websites. For others, there’s a sweet spot around the 4-inch mark that offers a balance between size and portability.
The quality of the camera is another really important consideration. It’s a rare smart phone that doesn’t have a lens on it these days (or two, if there’s also a front-facing cam for video chats). But there’s a world of difference in the quality of snaps a user can achieve. If a User is a keen photographer and have a good whack of cash to spend on a smart phone, a user should opt for one of the best camera phones.