Most people subscribe to a mobile network provider because of its good reputation and good service. Others sign up because of the freebies, especially the phones. Who wouldn’t want the latest model anyway? Just as soon as you’re getting used to your brand new phone, out comes the new version, which looks better and supposedly, works better. What’s a person to do?
Next, you have to choose an operating system. As of this writing, there are four main smart phone operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Each of these operating systems have their own specialized features. The choice is definitely up to you and how comfortable you are with the OS that you’ll choose.
If you prefer iOS, you would have to get an iPhone as it’s the only phone that runs on this system, and Apple has exclusive rights to it. Android, on the other hand, was developed by Google and this operating system runs on a majority of new phones. Blackberry’s OS was made by a Canadian company and may lack some of the features that Android and iOS have to offer. And last but not least, Windows Phone by Microsoft is the only OS that uses Live Tiles, so instead of shortcuts and a notification tray, your homepage display will have moving information or graphics.
Next, consider the features that you’ll want in your phone. Though employees at stores have adequate knowledge about the product, they won’t usually take your needs into serious consideration. It’s better if you know what you want from your gadget before you start shopping.
Here are the features that you should be looking for in a phone or gadget:
- An up to date OS
If you’re getting an iPhone, make sure that it’s running on at least 4S or a 4, if you can get a 5 that’s even better. For an Android phone, it has to be an Android 4.0 version. If you prefer a Windows Phone, make sure it has Windows 7.5. And for Blackberry fans, make sure it’s a BB7 device. A phone that’s running on a current OS will prolong the life of your phone when it comes to its compatibility with future updates and new apps. Also, you won’t have to replace your phone as often as you would if it was running on a really old OS.
- A decent camera
Well, you’d certainly want a phone with a good quality camera if you take lots of pictures every day, selfies not included. For now, the leading mobile phone brands that have good cameras are Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Apple.
- Battery Life
You can ask about this or look it up online. Take note that battery life gets worse over time. If your phone cannot make it through the day on a single charge, then expect that it’s going to be worse in 12 months.
- Screen and Phone size
Apart from the size of the screen, you’ll need to pay attention to the resolution. You want at least 800 x 480 pixels for your screen to get clear, sharp pictures and vivid colors. The best is a phone with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, so if you can get that, do so. You won’t regret it.
Make sure that you can actually hold your phone comfortably. If you like a phone that has about a 5 inch screen, then that’s well and good. Nowadays, bigger is definitely better. Keep in mind that trends do change every 8 months or so when it comes to mobile phones and tablets, so it’s possible that new smart phones could be smaller.
- Dual Core Processor
Since you’ll be using your phone to call, text, take pictures, watch movies and videos, you’ll definitely be better off with a phone that has a dual core processor, since it will have a longer shelf life than a phone with a single core processor. Most Android and iOS devices already come with a dual core processor.
- Internal Storage and space for a Micro SD
Though this is not necessarily a must-have, having space for a Micro SD is great if you like to listen to a lot of music or if you want to fill up your phone with other kinds of data. A good phone will have at least 8GB of internal storage, but if you can amp up the memory with a 16 to 32GB Micro SD card, that’s even better.
After you’ve picked your phone, now it’s time to choose a plan. Truemove H has numerous plans to fit your budget and lifestyle, so choose your talk time, text plan, and data plan. Now you’re all set!
Truemove H has lots of choices when it comes to mobile phones, but from all the dazzling picks, I decided to choose one iOS, an Android device, and a Blackberry to review.
1. Brand: Samsung Galaxy S4
OS: Android 4.2
Price: 17,900 baht (from Truemove H)
2. Brand: iPhone 5S
Price: 23,900 Baht for the 16GB phone; 27,500 Baht for the 32GB; 30,900 for the 64GB
3. Brand: Blackberry Z10
OS: Blackberry OS 10
Price: 8,900 Baht
All these phones are available at Truemove H along with special data and calling plans.