When mobile phones were first introduced to the popular market, they were designed for one main function – to allow you to make and receive calls.
These days, many devices are packed with a whole range of timesaving and entertainment-related functions, making them much more than a simple phone. However, not everyone wants a mini-computer in their pocket.
The next time you’re buying a mobile, you’ll need to decide whether you want a traditional handset with limited functions or an all-singing, all-dancing smartphone.
The modern mobile phone
The modern mobile can do many wonderful things, but do you want it to? The first question you need to ask yourself when you’re in the market for a new mobile is what you want to be able to do with it. USwitch has a great article about identifying what your mobile needs are, covering potentials such as talking and texting, technology and business applications. You’ll find a similarly useful piece from CNet, which details some of the most popular functions people use their mobile phones for, from gaming to productivity.
Aside from allowing you to make and receive calls, many phones are now capable of allowing you to browse the net on the go or make it possible to play a variety of high-spec games or watch films. Basic phones without these extra features are much cheaper and can be ideal if you’d prefer to keep things simple. Have a peek at the kind of pared-back technology available with The BBC.
If, on the other hand, you’re hoping for a smartphone that will allow you to spend many happy hours scrolling through web pages, a look at Tech Radar’s guide to internet phones could help you find the right product for your pocket.
Other mobile considerations
You may also want to think about what kind of treatment your phone will be subject to – are you planning to carry it around in your pocket at you head out on adventures or are you going to keep it safely in a bag? The answer to this question could determine the kind of phone you should buy and Watch My Wallet has a handy guide to the most rugged mobiles out there. If you’re hoping for a more expensive and fragile phone but don’t want to worry about cracking the screen, a cover will be a necessary purchase and Trusted Reviews has some down to earth advice about which work best.
Choosing a new mobile phone often comes hand in hand with picking a new price plan or deal to go with it. Have a look at our guide to smartphone plans to see how you could save on your phone bill and make sure you get the most out of your mobile. Deciding which mobile phone is best suited to your needs can take a little time but it’s worth thinking about all of the details – especially if you’re locking yourself into a contract.
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