Which Smart Phone Should You Choose, iPhone, Android, or Other?
Upgrading to a smartphone can be a difficult choice.
I know whenever I finally made the decision to upgrade my phone to a new smart phone last June, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of phones I could choose from. I browsed for a while, and I was finally able to settle upon buying the iPhone 4s, the iPhone's most current model at the time. For me, the decision was relatively easy to come to, as I happen to be an avid fan of Apple, and I already own a Macintosh computer, and I chose based upon compatibility.
However, I can understand that for others, the decision could be a little less clear cut, and many factors can play a huge role in the decision process. There are many things you should consider whenever you are trying to decide which phone you want.
iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or Blackberry?
Android or iOS?
This is based more upon personal preference, and doesn't necessarily mean much of a difference between the capabilities of the phone. Unfortunately, iOS is only available on the iPhone, but you're able to buy earlier models of the iPhone at less expensive prices. Generally, the base model of the most recent iPhone is around two hundred dollars, the previous model is around one hundred dollars, and (if you're willing to sacrifice and buy an "old" phone) the model before that is usually free, with a minor upgrade fee and the usual monthly payments. If you're going for an android phone, you have a MUCH larger choice of phones and many differing prices, usually ranging from one hundred to three hundred dollars, with a few outliers. Generally google's phones are considered to be the best Android devices as google also develops Android, but Samsung is usually considered to be a close second for the best-in-the-business Android smart phone. If you can't decide between iOS or Android, or you don't like the App-based style of both operating systems, then you can always opt for the Windows Phone 7 smart phones, which cost about the same as most Android phones. If this also doesn't exactly fit your preference, then you could try and buy a Blackberry, but be warned, Blackberry support might not last long, because the other smart phones in the business are quickly taking over the company.
What price are you looking for?
Every smart phone nowadays requires a minimum data plan, which can still be rather expensive, as you pay per month. So if you're looking to buy a phone and still have money left over to pay the bills later, you'll want to take into consideration which phone to buy. As stated above, you can get the iPhone model that is two models before the most current usually for free, or a drastically reduced price, as long as you pay the monthly rates and the upgrade fee associated with your cellular company. However, there are Android based phones that are relatively inexpensive; usually you can find at least one model of phone being sold for around sixty dollars, and there definitely will be phones for sale around one hundred dollars, which is considered inexpensive, or at least average, in the smart phone industry.
What computer do you use?
In today's technology-based world, cloud computing is becoming more and more popular, allowing us to pull our data from thin air, whenever we need it, as long as we're connected to the internet in some way. Admittedly, this was the biggest reason for my choice with the iPhone. Because I use a MacBook as my main personal computer, a lot of my data would be shared through my Apple account between my phone and my laptop. With the latest release of iOS 6 by Apple, this relationship has risen to a new level. My contacts, emails, calendar events, and music and app purchases all appear on my Mac after they've been added to my phone, and vice versa, all without connecting the two with any wires.
If you own a windows computer, however, you may want to consider purchasing a Windows Phone, whose cloud computing capability will be greatly increased with the commercial release of Windows 8 in October 2012, allowing many of the things you do on your phone to appear automatically on your computer, and Microsoft Office documents you create on your computer can be found and sent from your phone. Android can also be compatible with a standard Windows PC, but generally no more compatible than an iPhone would be as well.
However, if you happen to do a lot of computing using Google's large array of products (Gmail, GoogleDocs, etc.) or you own one of the lesser-known "Chrome-books," then an Android would probably be better for you, because of the cloud. Just signing into your phone using your Google account would allow you to sync automatically between all of your devices that are also used with your Google account.
What products have you already owned?
This might seem like a strange question to ask yourself before buying a new smart phone, but it really makes sense. If you have ever owned an Apple iPod, then the chances that your music is largely located in their music program iTunes is greater. Android and other smart phones aren't compatible with iTunes like the iPhone is, so it would be a considerable pain to transfer all of your music, videos, and photos to another phone aside from the iPhone. Also, if you've owned an Apple iPod Touch, then you're already familiar with iOS, and it will be much easier for you to begin using your phone instantly, if you buy an iPhone.
However, if you haven't ever owned an iPod and you've never used iTunes, then you'll have more freedom to maneuver in your choice for smart phone. You'll be able to choose between Android or iOS without any consequences, as most of your personal data is probably compatible with both, if stored normally on your computer (not using iTunes, or any other form of specialized program).
In the end, most smartphones share many similar capabilities. All can call, most will have great cameras on them and will support video calling, and most can support many of the popular apps that are known commonly today. In the end you can even choose a smart phone based on what you find most aesthetically pleasing, if you aren't concerned about any of the points that were called to attention above.
I hope I was able to help you make a more educated decision!