How do you choose which smartphone to buy?

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  1. Aikonia profile image82
    Aikoniaposted 11 years ago

    How do you choose which smartphone to buy?

    How much do you weigh up between hardware features vs software features? I mean do you buy a phone with the best camera - max megapixels etc. or is it the apps you often use and want to stay connected with everything that makes your decision or a bit of both.

  2. davidlivermore profile image92
    davidlivermoreposted 11 years ago

    At first it was the apps, but now I don't use them as often except the basic ones.  Sure they are fun to have but not required.  I mostly go with what I need/want.  I have an iPhone, but I don't need the apps.  The calendar, mail, and other stuff isn't as good as other OS' I have found on other phones  The Windows OS seems to be better with that.

    So to answer your question, it's the operating system that sells it for me.

    1. Aikonia profile image82
      Aikoniaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, great comments. I think once you're over the apps it boils down to what "other stuff" you HAVE to use for work and personal organisation. Those factors may play a part in the decision.

  3. eric2112 profile image70
    eric2112posted 11 years ago

    Being an Android user, I chose to buy a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It's not at the top of the line for hardware, but it does everything that I need it to. The reason I like Nexus devices, is because, when Google releases a new operating system, they get it first.

    I used to be a huge app addict, but have toned down quite a bit now that the novelty has worn off somewhat. Most of the apps that I use now are either for work or something productive. I use my phone regularly to track my workouts and diet.

    If buying a phone with internal memory (non-removable), make sure that you buy one with enough space to accommodate your storage needs. This is extemely important if you listen to a lot of MP3s or take alot of pictures and video with your phone. 32GB or greater is good in my opinion. If the phone has an SD card slot, then there is not really a need to worry.

    Hope you find one that works for you.


    1. Aikonia profile image82
      Aikoniaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, that's 2 for Nexus :-)

  4. jose7polanco profile image80
    jose7polancoposted 11 years ago

    First, what apps i that i already use and need work on the phone. I am most likely to get a phone with documents edit (google docs, iwork, documents to go) then i check the phone app store. I like androids and iphones more than other smart phones

    1. Aikonia profile image82
      Aikoniaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks and agreed! As expected, my current Windows Phone works really well with my office Windows programs....but I still prefer my Nexus overall :-)

  5. profile image0
    Anonymous00posted 11 years ago

    For me its a bit of both. I consider which operating system will best suit my needs and purposes, then look at hardware differences between different models. Comparing which phone sports which features. It also help to look up reviews and consumer experiences with different devices to figure out what the feedback is after purchase, and from those who have already bought and used the model/models you are debating buying.

    1. Aikonia profile image82
      Aikoniaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, good points. I use a Nexus as I run a lot of my own small business stuff with Google apps and docs and the integration is great. For my day job I got a Windows Phone and it integrates surprisingly well with all the Office environment.

  6. mrpip profile image71
    mrpipposted 11 years ago

    I find most smartphones to be pretty comparable in terms of capabilities. Each new version from an OEM provides improvements of the last version (more memory, better camera, better screen, faster processor, ...) In terms of the operating systems, I find Android to be Android so one Android phone is very similar to the next in terms of software and applications. For me, the decision is between Android, Apple ios, and Windows. I've used all and all are very usable but being an Apple fan, the iPhone is my current selection for a smartphone. Apple does a great job and the iPhone supplements the IPad I already have.

    1. Aikonia profile image82
      Aikoniaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, I an currently using a Galaxy Nexus and toyed with the idea of switching back to iOS iPhone 5. But after taking a closer look, I'll be sticking with my Nexus & Google apps for the foreseeable future - it meets all my work & play requi

  7. Ohenhen profile image61
    Ohenhenposted 11 years ago

    For most people budget comes first. The amount you are willing to spend on a smartphone will determine the grade of smartphone you can acquire. Depending on your requirements the smartphone you choose should help your daily life generally. For example if you are the travelling type, you might want to go for a smartphone with a high megapixel camera to capture clearly every moment.

    1. Aikonia profile image82
      Aikoniaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, I agree you really need to look at your requirements and do some research to see what phone makes sense for you.

  8. profile image50
    venedictposted 10 years ago

    When I had to buy a phone I was confused as which phone to select...then I looked in the specifications using review sites like and selected the phone which was upto my satisfaction.When I looked in the specifications I weighed up both the hardware and the software features.I chose the Samsung Galaxy phone.When I looked in for the cost it was very high; so I bought a locked phone and then unlocked it.he locked phones are very much cheaper when compared with unlocked ones.I unlocked by using the service from and removed the network restriction.
    This made me to end up with a low cost mobile of my desire.


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