Overview: Ever since the original iPhone revolutionized the market of mobile phones in 2007, manufacturers have been developing better and faster smartphones. The competition today is based on the smartphone’s portability and performance. Smartphones are not just about hardware. A buyer must think about its software, including the apps. Since the gift-giving season is here, you might be planning to buy a smartphone. Here is a definitive guide to help you be smart in buying your own smartphone.

 Last year, it was hard to choose a smartphone because of the abundance of choices. Although there was difficulty in choosing, the variety was a good thing. It meant that the mobile industry had shot through the roof. All major U.S. carriers have improved their data networks. Android smartphones are more powerful than before; Apple’s iPhone is still revolutionary while Microsoft and HP are struggling to get on top—not to mention that Research In Motion is trying their best to retain their already-dimming spotlight. Now that the holiday season is here, the urge to buy gadgets, especially smartphones, is getting stronger and stronger. Here are some ways to be smart in buying a smartphone.


 For some people, the phone’s physical design is the most important. Aesthetics comes first before the phone’s software. Style, color, size: Everything must be aesthetically pleasing to the eyes especially since smartphones are obviously bulkier than ordinary phones. Be smart: Choose its internal features, not the external. What’s the use of a beautifully designed form if it has poor software?

 Screen Size

 Smartphones’ screens nowadays are around two to five inches. Remember this: The bigger the screen, the bigger the phone, so you have to consider whether you are ok with a big and bulky phone in your pocket.

 Talking Functions

 If you hate people interrupting you when you are on the phone, then buy a smartphone with a talking function that helps you deal with those interruptions easily. Talking functions include call holding (putting the person you’re currently talking to on hold without disconnecting), call waiting (taking the secondary call while still connected to the primary call), and conference calling (connecting to two or more people simultaneously). If you are a business-oriented individual, get these talking functions.

 Battery Life

 You can measure the battery life in two ways: Through its standby time and its talk time. You should know how long the battery can last when the smartphone is idle and when it is in use. Everything that you do on your smartphone will always drain power. When you buy a smartphone, make sure you choose one with four-hours of talk time. That means the phone has a long-lasting battery.


 When it comes to contact information, you do not have to worry about limited space, because contact storage is separate. Still, smartphones have limited memory, either built-in or on a memory card to store videos, photos, music, and other files. If you are the type of person who is not into graphics or whose work only requires minimal use of memory, then memory capacity should not be a problem.


 Bluetooth is what you use when you want to transmit signals and data to a stereo, printer, ear piece, fax machine or to another smartphone. Bluetooth is really handy when you use it to connect your phone to an ear piece for hands-free talking. It is even safer than holding your phone while driving. This technology is also efficient when you need to share data. It is more practical to turn on Bluetooth than look for Wi-Fi, open your e-mail, attach the file and send it.


 Smartphones are better than just ordinary mobile phones. There are many reasons why they are “smart.” They can be your planner, reminder-er, browser, music player and video player. Their features are endless, especially now that developers are making better apps. Tip: Buy a smartphone whose features are useful to you, like instant messenger, picture messenger, to-do list maker, voice recorder, calculator, alarm clock, etc.

 Camera Resolution

 The camera should not be the first feature on your list of worries. You should have expected that phone cameras can never live up to digital cameras. Unless you’re a professional photographer or your job requires you to record videos or take photos of anything, camera resolution should not be a priority.


 Getting a smartphone is, in many ways, a smart thing to do, especially if you always want to stay connected. Their features are very useful for personal and business needs. Not all smartphones are the same: Some are for gaming; some are for work; some are just for networking. Choose the right phone for you by remembering the smart tips mentioned earlier.