What Smart Phone Platform is Best for Me? *

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If you understand your needs and preferences, you can have a better idea of which Smart Phone Platforms to consider, it gives you some plusses and minuses of each platform and what I think are the best ones for different people?

I hope you are honest with yourself and don't just follow what advertising deception has been thrown at you.

 

I believe what I saw on the commercial person

Are looks more important than functionality?

Do you prefer to be controlled and are happy to stay inside the path you've been directed?

Talking on the phone without dropped calls isn't important, playing games and being entertained is.

Do you have extra money and value isn't as important as looking cool?

You don't care about battery life, no biggie, you just charge it all of the time.  No need to call 911, looking cool is more important?

Who needs to be able to change batteries on your phone!  I'll just send it back to the factory when it wears out or pay more money for a case that charges also.  Batteries never have problems.

Do you follow the crowd, even when they aren't using any logic, but just being herded by slick marketing?

Is Security of your data and email NOT important?

Free apps are better because you enjoy your data being used to track you and show you lots of advertisements.

If you answer yes to most of these, Buy an Apple iPhone

 

Are you a gadget freak?

Do you like the wild-wild-west type of approach to your new devices?

You have hours and hours to read all about problems, solutions and like to experiment with your phone.

Do you enjoy playing and playing and playing with settings trying to get things working right?

Do you enjoy the knowledge that bugs have been fixed on other phones, but not yours?

You like to buy a new phone every few months because new features are available and a newer, better model with a bigger screen just came out.

You want to be able to access your pictures, ring tones, music, documents, etc via USB cable without any special software.

You are happy to put your data at risk and being productive isn't that important, playing games is!

You don't care about battery life, no biggie, you just charge it all of the time.  No need to call 911, looking cool is more important?

Sync with Outlook via USB, who cares!

Free apps are better because you enjoy your data being used to track you and show you lots of advertisements.

If you answer yes to most of these, Buy an Android phone of the month and enjoy futzing around

 

The Professional or practical person

Is reliable communications and efficiency more important than entertainment?

A few apps are necessary, but you are not interested in sifting through 500,000 apps - 90,000 meets your needs.

You like to sync Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Tasks with Microsoft Outlook. 

Your Email Server has BES and Email is also Synced over the air without running the battery down.

You need your email to arrive fast and NOT run the battery down in the process.

If needed, you carry an extra battery and love the ability to pop a charged one in when needed.

You want to be able to access your pictures, ring tones, music, documents, etc via USB cable without any special software.

You like having Best in the World Security Built right in.

With a variety of size and form-factors, the BlackBerry appeals to many different people and usage scenarios and you like that.

If you answer yes to most of these, Buy a Blackberry phone and enjoy getting things done and staying organized

 

You are not sure if you even want a Smart Phone

You want something with big buttons and limited features, but maybe has some possibilities of being better in the future.

You don't care about lots of apps, you just want a simple smart phone

If you answer yes to most of these, Buy a Windows Phone device

 

* Disclaimers:  Of course, there are exceptions.  For some people, an App they need is only available on one or two platforms and that is an important requirement.

Some people really really do prefer not to have choice and just do what Steve Jobs tells them to do.  It's a valid way to live life, don't pick on the poor sheep.

 


While I'm at it, here is a little bit of knowledge concerning GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile) and CDMA (Verizon/Sprint)

Tradeoffs, people. If you only look at a simplistic feature level here's the tradeoffs between GSM/UMTS/HSPA (1) and CDMA/EVDO (2)

(1) allows slightly better battery life, SIM cards and simultaneous voice & data
(2) allows much better voice coverage in densely populated locations, and much better range per tower in rural areas.

Tradeoffs. Pick your poison.

And of course, to the point of some previous poster, what's important is the ability to develop and change. To wit: UMTS, HSPA & LTE - all protocols that are being implemented by GSM providers - make use of CDMA protocol features. Additionally, SVDO, LTE & WIMAX allow for simultaneous voice and data.

This whole CDMA vs GSM war is a waste of time. Pick whatever suits your needs. And stop telling others what you think should suit theirs!

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