Cell phone Buying Guide
A cellphone has in the present days become an inherent part of one's personality, adding to both the style factor as well as serving its purpose as a portable communication device. However, in the last 4-5 years, they have evolved to something that is even more essential to the modern day individual, with high quality cameras and multimedia options available at the touch of a button. Let's take a closer look at everything that needs to be considered while buying a cellphone for yourself.
The shape of a mobile phone is of prime importance, particularly when you are looking forward to making an impression. And considering the fantastic looks the present handset models have, selecting just one does seem a bit of a tough decision to make. However, breaking it down on the basis of structure, there are three styles :
- a) candy bar
- b) slider
- c) flip open
The most common among these is the candy bar phone, which is the basic shape of a cellphone, without any moving parts. Next comes the slider, which basically has the screen as one part and the keypad as the other. The last, and most uncommon type of shape is the flip open one, which has the screen and keypad as the two components, but the difference with the slider is that in the former case, the keypad slides from underneath the screen, while a flip phone has a hinge that joins both the parts that can be 'flipped' open to reveal the entire instrument.
Each of these has its own advantage – candy bar phones offer stability and strength, flip phones are great for those who have a habit of forgetting to lock their keypad (to avoid accidental button pressing), and slider phones almost serve both the functions quite well. So it's basically up to you regarding which style suits you best in terms of looks as well as function.
Checking how suitable the phone is for your usage is another vital factor, since it's not about style and the number of applications and features it supports, but if you can use it properly or not. Check if the keypad is placed according to your usage (many phones have slider keypads coming horizontally as well as vertically, for instance. See which one of these would suit you), as well as if the screen is suitable for your eyes. It's also important to check how the screen functions in daylight, since that is also a problem due to the colored screens that are present in all phones these days. Other factors include whether the phone is a touch-screen or not, how is the quality of sound and earphones, etc.
Depending on your requirement, check what kind of calling features are provided by the phone you are intending to buy. Does it offer voice dialing? How about conversation recording? All this, and many more features, are going to be at your discretion to choose from in today's mobile market. Make sure you know what you want before taking the decision, since a cellphone is basically intended for calling!
If you are looking forward to use your cellphone for entertainment purposes as well, it is important to check the multimedia options, i.e., what all softwares the handset features. Some of the preferable additions are an MP3 player, an FM radio, a video player that supports a majority of the popular formats and Live TV. Of course, the live TV feature would come for an extra fee, but provision for the same means you can access it in any point in time.
Choosing your cellphone according to the memory requirements is very essential. If you are looking for just simple telephony and internet usage, even a 512 MB memory is enough. However, if you are looking forward to storing a lot of multimedia like songs and videos, you would need a memory to the tune of 2-4 GB. Further, check for phones that support high capacity external memory cards, which allow you to extend the cellphone's storage capacity.
Having a web browser to surf the internet is a necessity if you always want to stay in touch with people, either for personal purposes or professional tasks. Another extension to this feature is the ability to download files like music, videos, etc., as well as configure your mail on the cellphone, if the need should arise for business users and professionals. These browsers as generally WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) enabled, and allow for sites to be viewed in a format that is suitable for a smaller screen while ensuring readability. However, not all sites are WAP friendly, and some of the more expensive cellphones feature HTML browsers that display sites as they would be shown on a regular computer screen. You can take your pick from either one of the two depending on your requirement.
Another element of connectivity is messaging features. Many cellphones allow for instant messaging from providers like AOL, gmail, etc., thus adding on to the remote factor. This feature is as beneficial for official uses as it is for keeping in touch with friends. However, another feature you would want in your cellphone if you are to use these features extensively is a full QWERTY keypad for faster typing.
Technology in the present times has certainly been a boon in case of cellphone cameras, with fantastic picture quality being at the fingertips of the user. Not only is a great camera the perfect addition to the mobile phone for a photography enthusiast, it's also the perfect accessory for impromptu pictures and storing everyday memories. While considering which phone has the best camera according to your needs, check the maximum continuous recording time as well as the megapixel count of the camera. The higher these are, the better the camera's utility and quality would respectively be.
It is one of the most revolutionary technologies that helps users connect their cellphones with other's cellphones for transfer of data like files, videos, music, etc. without connecting wires. Further, Bluetooth also helps in attaching hands free devices for conversing with the other party without having to hold the handset to the ear.