8 Things to look for when buying a mobile phone
I have a lot of work to do today (and tomorrow and yesterday) but I'm going to take a couple minutes and compose a post for the people. Hmm...what should it be...maybe something useful. Here are 8 things to look for when buying a mobile phone.
You're going to be carrying this thing around for several years. Unless you wear glasses, your phone is the only fashion accessory that you will always have with you. You might as well get something that makes you happy when you look at it.
This is a complex and important issue. Voice coverage in the places you frequent is the most important feature, so check how your friends' phones work in your house, workplace, favorite bar, etc. I use Cingular/at&t because I can test different phones on the same account, and they have an unlimited internet plan.
Make sure you can press one button at a time and dial in the dark. Some phones have novel key layouts, like keys in a circle or a slightly offset grid. Others have keys that are too close together for big fingers or gloved hands. Avoid these phones - they will make you hate life.
- Pocket feel and Face Feel
A frequently overlooked feature, especially for the dudes (or anyone without a purse): this thing will be riding around in your pocket, and if it feels annoying in there (too big, too thick, nobby) it will make you sad. The Razr is the ultimate pocket phone - it feels great in there. Closely related is the face feel. Does talking on the phone make you feel like a corporate tool or a major dweeb?
Note that features didn't make the first half of the list. This is because I'm a realist, and I know that if I tell you to buy a phone based on feature set you'll ignore me.
Here are the features that everyone needs, whether or not they know it yet:
a. voice calling
b. contact list synching
c. text messaging
d. good web browser
And here are the features that you should really get:
f. computer connectivity (bluetooth or usb)
g. text message/web browser connectivity
h. great camera with flash
g. mp3 player
- MP3 Player
I know this didn't even make "must have" list above, but you really must have it. Buying a phone without a good MP3 player now is like buying one without a camera a few years ago. You think you don't want one because your iPod is so great, but once you really have a good phone and music player you'll leave the iPod at home. Mine has been sitting on my bedside table un-charged for months.
Get a phone with a big, bright, high resolution screen. Your pictures will look great and you'll be happy.
- Wrist strap
As the Japanese Invasion continues, we will all want little decorations and stuffed animals on our phones. Be sure that your new phone has a place to attach a wrist strap. This will also keep you from dropping your phone in the toilet when you're puking in a bar and calling your ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend/mother.