What is the right phone for you?

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With so many handsets available, choosing the right one for you can be a nightmare. Here are some handy tips to help you along the way.

Basic handsets

If you only really want to use your phone to text and call, then pretty much all phones are going to be fine. Bear in mind that phones with more features – such as fully functioning internet, cameras and maps – are going to be more expensive and more complicated to use. 

If you’re looking for something simple, go for a basic handset. You’ll still get useful tools like a diary and alarm clock, and they are incredibly cheap, both on a contract and to buy.

Smartphones

Smartphones pretty much provide you with a fully functioning computer in the palm of your hand. They are more complex and much more expensive than your basic handsets, but provide you with a whole host of extra functions. In addition to calling and texting, they give you fully functional internet, games, camera and MP3 player. You can also download apps, which can provide you with anything from access to your social media to full games.

There are four heavy hitters as far as operating systems go. You have the choice between iOs (or the iPhone) from Apple, Android from Google, Windows 8 from Microsoft and Blackberry. There are others out there, but these are by far the most popular, available on a range of handsets.

iPhone 

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iPhone probably still remains the trendiest and is definitely the most expensive. Its sleek design and interface is very easy to use and it has set the bar for its rivals. It also contains revolutionary features like Siri, an intelligent personal assistant that will actually answer your verbal questions. You can also transfer all your music from iTunes over without having to format.

Android 

Android is coming up fast behind the iPhone; in fact, most Android users would even go as far as saying Android has surpassed iPhone. Its user interface is quite similar to that of iPhone, and with handsets like the Samsung Galaxy on the market, it’s hard to pick a winner.

Android phones are great for anyone that makes most of the communication through Google. You can sync your phone with all your Google accounts and you can even access your Google docs through Google Drive. It also runs MP3s, so if you’d rather not convert all your music to the largely unusable MP4 format (which iTunes uses), then this is the way to go.

Windows Phone

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Despite being at the pinnacle of the computing world, Microsoft has yet to reach the same heights in the mobile phone world. For most, their previous operating systems didn’t quite make the mark, so uptake has been slow. However, they have started to impress with their latest offering, Windows 8.

What they have done is create an interface that can essentially cross formats. So what you have is the same interface design on your computer and on your mobile. You can also link all your Microsoft devises together, so that’s laptop, phone and Xbox, which is a fun little addition. Most Windows Phone handsets also include Beats Audio technology, for you music fans.

Windows phones offer a very funky design, but so far, unfortunately, it’s not been possible to upgrade to the latest operating system if you fall behind. This ultimately puts it behind the Android and iPhone. 

Blackberry 

If for you, choosing a mobile phone is simply a practical business decision, the Blackberry is the best bet for you. They are built to target the business user, complete with full QWERTY keyboard, advanced email and messaging functions and office applications for working on the go.

Upgrading

If you are thinking of upgrading, why not trade in your old phone? Websites like Music Magpie pay cash for old phones. It’s hassle free, too. All you need to do is value your phone on the site and if you like the price, send it over free of charge. You will get your money instantly and they handle the sale. Instant cash for a new phone – simple.

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