Posted by: bhalley | 06/02/2011

The Smart-phone Battle, How to Choose

Found this article about who leads the market when it comes to Smart-phones.  Why do I share this?  If you haven’t made the jump to a smart-phone, or you aren’t under a contract and looking to upgrade your phone, you will want to consider some facts.  First let’s start with the story about the Android lead over IOS is starting to slow.

Why is this important?  Consider the need for support.  The more a product is in use the more support it will have.  Also, consider how many friends you have that are using that particular product.  They can be an immediate support channel for fixing a problem and/or getting help with a task.  You network in your career to find out about opportunity, why not network for support.

There are four areas to consider before making a purchase, too.  First is your needs, second is ease of use, third is ability to upgrade/expand the current product, and fourth is compatibility.  Three and four are inter-changeable.  These four areas also apply to purchase of computers.

1. Your Needs – Determine what you need to do on and with the product.  If all you need is a simple phone to make calls, then why spend the money on an expensive smart-phone.  But if you need web, e-mail, document processing, tethering, etc., etc., this will make a big difference in the type of phone you select.

2.  Ease of Use – This should be self-explanatory, but this is most important to check.  If you can’t use the device, all you have is a real expensive simple phone.  Check with your friends and see what they have.  Try to operate the different features and see how easy they are to find.  If you are having difficulty, then it is not the product for you.  Check the feel and ease.  If you do not like it just trying, you are not likely to fall in love with it.

3. Ability to upgrade/expand – Can the device be easily upgraded and or expanded?  I am not talking upgrade as in replacing the unit with a newer unit.  Can you upgrade/expand the current product.  Items such as memory and add on components.  If you can’t, then that means every time you need more, you will have to purchase another (and transfer everything over).  If you can upgrade/expand, the long-term costs will be less.  I have several computers from late 1990’s I still use.  I was able to upgrade memory and processor and the need of that machine doesn’t require I purchase a new one.  In fact, one particular machine has a program I use that will only work properly on older equipment.

4.  Compatibility – This is one that you need to take a serious look at.  If it is not compatible with items you are using now, that could greatly hinder your use of the unit.  This was a draw back for me with the Android, but item 3 was more important for me.  Plus, as more people begin using the unit and are demanding that compatibility, the market will respond or it will die.



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