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Cheaper Smartphones Comments

  • By Jordan Shapiro
  • January 28, 2013
handing touching iPhone
What really matters when choosing a smartphone?
 
Advertising bombards us with technical specifications: dual-core or quad-core
processors; oled or retina displays. It is a torrent of geek-words that most of us
barely understand.
 
How much difference can .2 mhz of processing power make (and what does
that even mean)?
 
Was the last generation of smartphone screens so cumbersome that .8
diagonal inches is significant?
 
It’s everyday user experience and value that you care about. And that comes down to two
issues: Android or Apple iOS; Contract or Prepaid.
 
Android or Apple iOS? The current version of Android is on par with iOS. Both have
similar features and tons of apps and games.
 
If you’re a google person—you already use gmail, Google calendar—you’ll feel right
at home with Android. You’ll put in your user name and all of your info will transfer
instantly.
 
If you’re a Mac person and you use Apple’s apps to organize your life, iCloud will
sync your data into familiar interfaces.
 
Choose what you know.
 
Contract or Prepaid? The iPhone starts at $199 and the Samsung Galaxy SIII can be
had for $99. But both phones will lock you into contracts requiring you buy a pricey
unlimited data plan. Total cost over 2 years: more than $2000.
 
An alternative is to pay up front for a contract free phone like the new Google Nexus
4 ($299) and purchase a prepaid data phone from T-Mobile ($50-70 per month) or
Solavei ($49 per month). Factor in the cost of the phone and your total cost over 2
years: around $1500.
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