Are you interested in buying a smartphone? The first to choose is an operating system and then consider your own feature requirement and price considerations to choose the right model. Read below to know how to make an informed decision when choosing a smartphone to buy and be sure to take into consideration the other phone you’re currently using!
1. Operating System
At first, you need to know the basic difference between operating systems. iOS ( iPhone OS) is known for its easy to use interface, security standards & clean integration with all other Apple products. Om the other hand, Android is associated with Google Services & they are much cheaper than iOS & they are also easy to customize. If you want to compare both of them, try demos of both types of devices in the store & have a better understanding of what suits you most.
2. Price Range
Android phones are generally much cheaper than their iOS (iPhones) counterparts. Among all the phone manufacturers, Apple & Samsung makes the most expensive Phones. Their models can range from $400-$900 in retail price. On the other hand, companies like HTC, Motorola & other private companies tend to produce lower-cost options. You can even grab some lower-end smartphones under $100.
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There are some other things you need to know like Phones are subsidized when purchased with a Network carrier contract. Sometimes you can even get them for free. You usually have to commit to a 2-year billing plan for their carrier. But the contract also states penalties in case of early cancellation. And Some carriers also charge a monthly ‘device fee’ to make up for little or no upfront cost on your smartphone.
3. Consider Your Current Devices & Software
If you already have a tablet or computer, you will experience the best level of integration with its services and software by getting a phone with matching developer support (for example, Apple computers and iPads are often cross-compatible with iPhone apps). Nevertheless, note that any phone can connect to, and function with, almost any computer operating system.
If you are a heavy MS Office or Google user, you will have the best integration and support using an Android phone (although note that both Microsoft and Google produce their most popular apps for competing for operating systems).
Each operating system has some proprietary features, while basic features such as email, web browsing, and maps will be available on all systems:
- iOS/iPhone has exclusive features like Siri, fingerprint scanning, FaceTime chat, and iCloud support.
- Android has Google Now, home screen widgets for customization, and allows for third-party app installations (meaning you can download programs from the Internet and install them outside the Play Store ecosystem). Most Android phones today support the use of fingerprint sensors, cloud storage for pictures, and Google Drive for documents and cloud storage.
Many popular applications (e.g. Google Maps, MS Office, and Apple Music) are offered in all operating systems, although there are some apps (such as iMessage, Facetime, and Google Now) that are exclusive to their respective platforms. Check the App Store associated with each option to make sure the applications you want are available (Apple, Google Play).
- In general, if a popular app is not offered on a competitor’s operating system, there is a strong chance that an alternative app exists that is functionally quite similar.
- Your application purchases are linked to your store account. You will be able to transfer your purchases to any future phone as long as they do not use the same operating system.
These are all the main things you need to consider while choosing a smartphone.