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Getting a Smart Phone?

Got a fancy new smartphone, but don't know how to work it? 


Or maybe you are looking for a new phone but don't understand what it all means and you are worried that you will get something that you don't need? 

Some tips for your search: 

  • Figure out what you want your phone to do and make a list, some examples are - Texting, Takes good photos, facebook, and a big screen. all this info will help you narrow down the options. 

  • Work out your budget and stick to it! 

  • Consider the devices and software you already own. If you already own a tablet or computer, you will experience the best level of integration with its services and software by getting a phone with matching developer support (for example, Apple computers and iPads are often cross-compatible with iPhone apps). Nevertheless, note that any phone can connect to, and function with, almost any computer operating system. If you are a heavy MS Office or Google user, you will have the best integration and support using an Android phone (although note that both Microsoft and Google produce their most popular apps for the competing operating system as well)

  • Consider which apps you want to use. Many popular applications (e.g. Google Maps, MS Office, and Apple Music) are offered across all operating systems, however, there are some apps (e.g. iMessage, Facetime, and Google Now) that are exclusive to their respective platform. Check the app store associated with each option to make sure the apps you want are accessible (Apple, Google Play). In general, if a popular app is not offered on a competitor's operating system, there is a strong chance that an alternate app exists which is functionally quite similar. Your app purchases are linked with your store account. You will be able to transfer your purchases to any future phones as long as they use the same operating system.

  • Pick a screen size. Screen size is measured corner to corner diagonally. Ultimately, screen size is a matter of preference. Smaller screen phones may fit better in your pocket and are often cheaper. Larger displays may be preferable if you plan to watch a lot of videos and having more screen space make it easier to enlarge the text you are trying to read.

  • Decide how new you want your phone model to be. Newer phones are normally faster and more powerful than their respective older versions but will come at a higher cost. In particular, older model phones will have a more difficult time running some of the modern applications and on Iphones you will find the older devices can't install the newer apps.

  • Check the storage space you will have on your phone.  A phone's storage (usually listed in gigabytes or GB) is a measure of how many files (photos, videos, apps) it can store at any one time. Storage space strongly affects the price of the smartphone so consider how much you're likely to need before settling on a phone model. If you get one with smaller storage space you will find that you run out of storage space for future software updates and will also be unable to install more apps until you make some space by deleting some photos or apps. 

  • Consider camera quality. Although smartphones are known for taking high-quality photos in general, the actual picture quality will vary quite a bit between brands and models. The best way to measure camera quality in a phone is to search for sample pictures online taken with that smartphone model or to demo the camera yourself.

If you are still confused about all this stuff then book in a Tech Translator to come and talk to you in person or even better book us in to meet you at the phone store to help you avoid getting sold something you don't need!