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gadgets: Smart Phones

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Smartphones are now almost indispensable tools in modern day life. They help us stay in touch with family and friends, enable us to surf the Internet and access our emails while out and about, provide entertainment and news and even act as our personal diary and assistants by keeping our appointments and reminding us about them. If your current handset has become slow or you just fancy upgrading, you might be wondering how to select the best smartphone for your needs and budget, given the dizzying array of offerings on the market. Here’s a few tips.

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to smartphones. Some may swear by Apple while others might adore Microsoft. For some, the aesthetics may be the most important feature while others may care more about the operating system or the screen size. The best way to find the ideal phone is to write a list of the qualities that you’re looking for in a phone and come up with a shortlist of 5 or so phones that meet your criteria. For example, your qualities may include a sharp camera, a long-lasting battery or a fast operating system.

Once you know what you’re looking for, pop into several phone shops or visit their websites to compare handsets, prices and deals. Decide on the type of contract you need, or if a SIM only deal would suit you better. This is likely to depend on how much you use your phone, and what you use it for. Be prepared to ask for discounts, as sometimes just asking is enough to shave a few pounds off your bill or put an extra service onto your contract.

In the table below, you will see a range of phones, compared by five criteria. By making your own version of the same table, with your personal preferences, you will quickly and easily be able to see which phone is the best for you.

 

Screen Size

Approximate Price

Weight

Primary Camera

Processor

HTC One M9

5 inches

£350

157g

20MP

Snapdragon 810

Samsung Galaxy S6

5.1 inches

£300-£350

138g

16MP

Quadcore, runs Android Lollipop

Nexus 6P

5.7 inches

£320-£400

178g

12.3MP

Snapdragon 810

iPhone 6S Plus

5.5 inches

£600

192g

12MP

Apple A9 Processor

LG 4G

5.5 inches

£415-480

155g

16MP

Snapdragon 808

 

Choosing a new smartphone can be time-consuming and confusing, but with a little effort and research, you are sure to find a phone that suits your budget and that meets your needs. Once you’ve made your choice, be sure to shop around for the best deals on contracts before you enjoy your new smartphone.