Compare Cell Phones and Smartphones
Choosing The Best Cell Phone Plan
Anyone interested in purchasing a cell phone will have so many options that the need for careful consideration becomes clear. In addition to choosing the right cell phone, a consumer must also consider the cell phone plan that goes with it. The wide variety of options available can be confusing, but that’s where Wirefly comes in.
Manually digging through all options is certainly a daunting task, and that is assuming that a prospective buyer can even find all the available options in the first place. Wirefly’s innovative cell phone comparison tool will help you find the best cell phone or smartphone as quickly and easily as possible.
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Comparing Cell Phones
Users have many phone models to choose from in the market, and there are many other things to consider even when comparing one or a few models. When it comes to features, our tool lets you filter even further by:
- Phone category
- Best in class
- Camera and video camera
- Form factor
- Keyboard and interface
- Music capabilities
- Bonus features
Best in Class
Other consumers will be interested in the best in class depending on their respective interests. Some of the factors used to list the best phones include size, weight and battery life. Factors like battery life are not constant, however, because the ways people use their cell phones will play a significant role in determining the actual life. It is only natural to expect people who use their phones sparingly to have longer battery life that those who frequently make calls or communicate via text messages and emails. Best in class phones typically cost more.
Thin vs Light
Consumers interested in thin and light cell phones should not confuse the two, for a thin phone can be heavier than a relatively larger one. It is therefore important to consider both categories to get a phone with both features.
Phone category helps users choose either basic phones or smartphones with operating systems. Although smartphones are more expensive than the basic ones, they offer users a variety of features, some of which can be quite useful. Smartphones have many functions even at their basic levels, and it is possible to increase their functionality by installing different apps.
However, some users may not be interested in more features than basic cell phones can offer, in which case it will be more economical to choose a basic phone.
Users interested in smartphones have different operating systems to choose from, including:
Keyboard and Interface
Some users like particular types of keyboards and screens. Some phones, even smart ones, have number keys that are also used to type messages. Some phones have flip keyboards that resemble standard keyboards while others have touch screens that display the type of keyboard preferred, which may resemble either the number keys or standard keyboards.
Screen sizes are usually referenced in inches. Most of the phones whose screens are at least four inches are the touch screen type.
Form Factor and Color
These features determine the appearance of a cell phone. Examples are flip, slider and open phones. Respectively, these are phones that users flip open, slide to reveal keyboards or simply use as they are. Droid and iPhone are usually open while basic phones are generally flip phones.
Users can also get the phone they want in their most preferred color. If that is not possible, they can get skins for the phones in the colors they want.
Most modern cell phones have built-in cameras, usually but not always with video capability. The cameras have a wide range of capabilities that can be used to make comparisons. Such a comparison is especially handy to consumers who frequently use their cell phones to take pictures or record videos.
Storage goes hand in hand with camera use among other features, because recording quality videos requires significant amount of storage. Users may also be interested in storing different types of media and data in their phones. Some types of phones have predetermined memory sizes that users cannot expand. The internal memory of modern phones typically start at 1GB, but many of them also accommodate expandable memory through the use of memory chips or memory cards as they are popularly known. Phones with memory card slots also have maximum sizes they can accommodate, which buyers must consider.
This concerns the data networks that particular cell phones can access, such as:
WiFi access: allows phones to connect to public wireless Internet servers
4G network: the latest cell phone technology in transferring data, which gives fast speeds even where WiFi networks are not available
Mobile hotspot function: this is where a cell phone can itself act as a hotspot to connect other devices, including computers, to the internet. The connection can be established either via cable or WiFi. However, users should understand that cell phone carriers occasionally charge an extra fee for using a phone as a hotspot.
Some phones have bonus features that appeal to different types of users, which they can consider when making comparisons. Some extra features are:
Push-to-talk: this function allows a cell phone to function as a walkie talkie, but it is important to note that many cell phone carriers require users to subscribe to some voice plans for the feature to work.
Rugged phone: this is a type of cell phone that is designed to withstand different types of activities where they are likely to get dropped or exposed to weather elements.
World phone: different cell phone carriers operate in different frequencies, and a world phone is one that can access the frequencies used in different parts of the world. This feature can come in handy to users who make frequent international travels, as they will not need to change plans.
This refers to the ability of a cell phone to connect to hearing aids. Some cell phones are only capable of connecting to a few hearing aids, and users should determine the ones they can use.