What sort of mobile phones are available?
It can be hard to compare mobile phones, every new model comes with a baffling number of features and it’s all too easy to get swayed by slick marketing and fancy buzz words. But take a step back and think about what you actually use your phone for – and that should be the deciding factor on what handset to buy. Phones largely fall into three main categories:
• Basic – like the entry level range in a supermarket, fancy they ain’t, but they do the job. If you just use your phone to talk, text, perhaps use the calculator to divide the bill in a restaurant or use it as an alarm clock, then why spend any more than you need to?
• Smartphone – everyone loves a smartphone, they’re stylish and make our lives easier. Owning one of these is pretty much like having a mini computer in your pocket. You can plan your life using it, pay for stuff with it, take photos and store them on it, even watch videos and stream music. Sounds great but they do come with fairly hefty price tags – the latest smartphones retail for in excess of £500.
• Business phones – if you need a phone that specifically lets you work whilst on the go then there are phones out there that come with an Office 365 package – you just need to hunt them down.
Once you’ve decided what type of phone you need, you can then compare handsets according to more specific features – areas you might want to consider include:
• Camera – who doesn’t love a selfie (if only just to catch the photobombers), contrary to popular belief, more megapixels doesn’t automatically mean better photos. You’ll need to think about the overall result – some phones will have the equivalent of a ‘steady shot’ feature which should mean clearer, less shaky pictures. Also watch out for lens quality – more sensitivity means improved illumination which results in better photos in low lighting.
• Screen size – what will you be looking at? If you’re watching videos or use your phone to read large documents then you should probably choose something with a big screen – unless of course you want to keep scrolling down for the rest of your life.
• Touch sensitive – something else to bear in mind when choosing your phone is the type of touchscreen it has – there are two types ‘capacitive’ and ‘resistive’. Capacitive touchscreens are the likes of your smartphone where you can use your finger to swipe and tap to get to what you want. Resistive touchscreens rely on more force and usually need a stylus to operate them. Of course – you may opt for a screen that isn’t touch sensitive at all.
• Processor – this is the difference between Usain Bolt and your dad running the 100 metres – the processor dictates the speed at which your phone opens and runs applications.
• Battery – never underestimate the importance of the humble battery, there’s nothing worse than your phone dying when you’re waiting for a call from your best friend to meet them for that long-awaited lunch.