By: Patrick Carroll, Owner Pat’s Computer Rescue
Confused by all of the smartphone options? The following tips will help you select the right smartphone for you.
1. What do you want your smartphone to do?
Shortlist the smartphone uses that are important to you. How do you plan to use your smartphone? Apart from making calls, what else do you need it for? Do you plan to check email, instant message, browse the internet, create Excel spreadsheets or Word documents? Decide what you need your smartphone to accomplish, and then evaluate the different brands and smartphones accordingly.
If you need access to a large number of applications, go for an iPhone or Droid. Both are easy to use and offer apps for just about everything. If MS Office products are what you plan to use, Windows Mobile will be a good pick. For business owners or executives who travel overseas frequently, a GSM smartphone will be better than a CDMA since it is more universally accepted.
2. Evaluate the external smartphone features
Have you ever tried typing a message on a touchscreen phone? It’s enough to drive you mad. “J’s” become “K’s,” “R’s” become “T’s;” no matter how hard you try to press your intended letter, more often than not the letter’s neighbor shows up on screen, creating belligerent emails and texts that leave your customers questioning what time you arrived at the pub.
If you plan to send emails or type long business reports from your phone, do not get a touch screen. Instead, opt for a phone that has a sliding keyboard or external keypad. Some phones even have an option to attach an external wireless or wired keyboard.
Also consider the smartphone’s screen size and weight. If you plan on reading a lot or reports or presenting images to clients, you should get a phone with a large screen. However, if you work on your feet (for instance if you run a landscaping company), you’ll want a lightweight phone that you can keep in your pocket and won’t weigh you down.
3. Carry out a cost-benefit analysis
Take into consideration the cost of the smartphone features, the number of calling minutes per month, the data package, text messages, etc. This way you will be better able to analyze if the price of smartphone justifies it being the right smartphone for your business.
4. Types of phones to consider
- Long batter life
- Excellent organization tools: calendars, contact management, email client, etc.
- More durable than most smartphones
- External keypad makes it easy to type emails and documents from the road
- Lack of applications
- Poor web browsing
- No frills (this could also be a pro depending on how you plan to use the phone). Blackberries are designed for business use, and are thus not as “consumer” friendly as the other smartphone options.
- Requires server and software for full integration
- Android Operating System can be found on a variety of devices
- Open source allows apps to be developed for specific hardware
- Easily syncs with corporate messaging systems
- Poor Battery Life
- You have to weed through many bad apps before you can find the good ones
- Tons of great apps
- Easy integration with corporate managing systems
- Sleek look and design
- Great for web browsing
- Flexible: great for both work and personal life
- Poor Battery Life
- Durability (drop it on the ground and you’ll likely be looking at a cracked screen!)
I hope you find these tips helpful in deciding which smartphone is best for your business. As always, contact me anytime at Pat@PatsComputerRescue.com or call any of our locations and we will make sure you have a smartphone solution that is best for you.
Until next time…Pat