Just recently, after getting fed up of my current contract and lack of network coverage, I decided to change. I spent hours upon hours searching through the many phones on sale these days. I remember last time I upgraded it was an easy process, there weren’t that many top phones around other than specialist handsets such as the Blackberry. But now it seems, it’s a totally different experience altogether.
First you must decide what you need from a mobile phone. Some opt for simplicity; the old fashioned handset which offers not a lot more than phone calls, SMS and a large keypad. These are perfect for business users or those who do not require some of the other complexities built into the top of the range models these days. Or are you the photographer among us? Until suffering some firmware issues the Sony Ericsson Satio was the perfect option featuring a 12.1 megapixel camera and there are some others around which boast similar spec. Perhaps web browsing is your thing, or are you an Android fan?
A Windows Mobile phone? Blackberry? There are just an unbelievable amount of handsets on the market.
Being a regular reader of many technology news and blog sites, I am kept up to date with releases from all manufacturers. I have lost count of the amount of handsets from manufacturers such as HTC, Nokia, Samsung etc that have been advertised recently.
Phone operating systems have come into the limelight in the last year or so too. Android seems to be a platform that a lot of manufacturers are going with. Particularly I have noticed, HTC. Though I have heard labels of ‘geek phone’ being bandied around regarding these handsets. However, if that is your thing then the customisable OS might be the way for you.
Perhaps you are a Microsoft fan. Windows phones are becoming increasingly more frequent. But who am I to leave out the modern great. The phone that has taken the world by storm, this is of course, Apple’s iPhone. Although seemingly extremely expensive, it is widely regarded as the best phone around with over 90,000 apps available (probably a lot more by the time you read this). However, as with everything technological, it has its critics.
Not only is finding the right phone for you a job in itself, finding the right price plan or deal that is perfect seems increasingly difficult. There are hundreds of different options ranging from £10 per month up to well over £70 offering limited amounts of use to gargantuan amounts and everything in between. Is the phone you want even available on that contract? Or even that network? Then you must take into account the signal coverage of that network in your local area!
So have you had the same experience? Is buying your next handset becoming too much of a chore? We can’t complain about lack of choice, but wouldn’t it just be simpler if each manufacturer had one phone for each purpose? One top camera phone, one top media phone, one budget phone etc. I certainly would have found this far simpler when choosing my mobile.
So what do you think? Do you find choosing a new mobile phone these days to be a hugely complicated process?
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