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How to choose a Smartphone?


17 Sep 2007
 
How to choose a Smartphone?

Smartphones are becoming more and more popular from day to day. They have already surpassed the sales of pocket PCs. Apparently, the smartphones will almost completely displace the conventional cellular phones in the near future. Perhaps - it’s rather likely that conventional cellular phones, in a broad manner, will be completely withdrawn from production as the junk. In order to keep up with the progress, it’s high time for us to give thought to choosing the Smartphone.

Smartphone or Communicator?

In the cellular showroom the consultant has failed to give us a clear answer as to what is though a difference between the Smartphone and communicator. There seems that a fine line between these two types of devices is gradually fading.

It is considered that a smartphone, in the first place, is a cellphone with the functions that of a pocket PC. A communicator is, in contrast, a pocket PC with the built-in module of the cellular transmission.

The difference between these devices may be based on their names, which speak for themselves: smartphone – is the “smart/clever” phone, but still the phone. Whereas Communicator - is a means of communication that is to communicate: not only through speech, but also by means of texts, graphics, etc. This is why Communicators usually have various options to facilitate the process of communication: like qwerty-keyboard, touch screen, etc.

Operating System

The majority of the smartphones work on the two operating systems competing with each other: Symbian OS and Windows Mobile OS Smartphone Edition. It was worth-while in the past to debate which of the two systems are better when the both systems needed to be touched up and worked, to put it mildly, rather unstable. At present, both operating systems are debugged and are operating properly, and only fans of this or that particular operating system continue to rend clothes and sputter defending their favorite one.

In case there are still some imperfections they can be easily eliminated by means of the non-affiliated companies’ programs. For example, if you do not like the graphical interface of the Symbian OS, then you can find many programs that change system’s interface. If you have Windows OS, and those many programs piling up in the memory running in the background are getting on your nerves, you can download a utility that automatically shuts these programs.

A few words can be said about the features of these operating systems. Symbian OS’ interface is more proximate to the phones: everything is quite simple, obvious and friendly. All the settings are in sight and are rather logical. OS Windows Mobile is more complex in configuration.

Unlike Symbian, which originally was created for mobile devices, Windows Mobile comes from the world of personal computers first installed in the pocket PCs, and later in the smartphones. In this case even the old interface is preserved. Thus an advice: if you feel lazy about tinkering with the settings, seeing into the complex hierarchy of windows and system messages, then choose the smart phones, operating on the Symbian OS. As well, not the least known is operating system Palm OS. Smart phones built on this operating system, are quite easy to learn and are rather reliable. Unfortunately, smartphones with this system are not very widely used. Smart phones on Linux operating system are a digital exotic. For example, Motorola A1200 and A780 work on this OS.

Platforms

Manufacturers using the operating system’s kernel, add their different software to the kernel. As a result, their creation gets the unique platform to work on. In the Symbian world the most popular platforms are Nokia Series 60, 80, 90 and the Sony Ericsson UIQ. HTC platform is the most popular in the Windows world. The disadvantage is that some programs will only work on the devices with the particular platform. This is why, before purchasing the Smartphone we advice you to clarify whether your device supports programs which you are going to set up on it in the future.

Processor Unit

It can’t be stated in a unique manner that: the higher the frequency of the processor is, the more computing capacities the Smartphone has. In this case everything depends on the certain processor model. In order not be all mixed up with indicators of clock frequency and other numerical symbols we advice you to carry out the experiment on the device you liked directly in the store: run, say, a player in the background, and open any Office document –the most frequent simultaneous operation of the programs. Performing these tasks the Smartphone should not in any case "hinder" the work.

Memory

When choosing a Smartphone, it is very important to pay attention to this option. It’s not worth buying a phone of such class with less than 6 MB of memory - your assistant will quickly become a major irritant, as it will simply “decelerate”. Usually a built in memory of the Smartphone is divided into two parts, the same as in the PC: one section has (non-volatile memory, ROM) where OS is installed and are running system processes, and the second section is (RAM) given to the user disposal. Also the smartphone kit could include phone cards, which allows for storage of the additional information. Even if a memory card is not included in the kit, any Smartphone has a slot for it.

Display

A big screen is almost a necessity for the smartphones. Indeed, what else can be more comfortable for working with the documents? However, such display is a thing that cuts both ways. Spacious display consumes more energy, therefore, it faster discharge the battery. Here everyone chooses for him/herself: is it really necessary to watch a lot or it’s possible to do with the smaller display.

Nice Features

Most smartphones are equipped with a dictaphone, mp3- player, modem, infrared port, Bluetooth, FM receiver, a video camera and other nice features. Unlike the holders of the ordinary phones with the same functions, the smartphones owners can significantly improve these functions through the changes in the software. For example, if you are not satisfied with the standard dictaphone or it is not a part of the software, then it is possible to install a third-party manufacturer’s program with advanced features.

Another example: smartphones with the so-called "standard list of equipments" have no program for reading electronic books. But such a program can be easily found on the Internet. Besides most of these programs fulfill hyphenation, can change the font size, make bookmarks, select different ways of navigating through the text, and have autoscroll function. So the main advantage of the smartphones over the ordinary mobile phones is the possibility of significant functionality enhancement.

And the phone

Everything is very simple here. GSM blocks of the smartphones are virtually identical to the ordinary ones. Purchasing the smartphone, you can get such things that the ordinary phones simply do not dreamt of: – "black list" of unwanted numbers, telephone answering device, record voice messages without the voice mailbox (Advanced Call Manager applications for Symbian and SmartFilter Pro for Windows Mobile SE); – web-camera (utility function Mobiola WebCam); – remote-control for computer (Pocket Control PC software); – messaging via Bluetooth, comfortable text reading from the screen, full work of FTP and Telnet, operations with archived files and databases, and more.

Summary

Smartphone is not a cheap pleasure. This is why, it must be choose slowly. If the smartphone is mainly needed for the music listening, movies watching, playing games and reading e-books, then it would be better to buy an ordinary cell phone, with advanced entertainment functions. In case the full Internet surfing is necessary and it’s often a necessity to work with a mobile office applications, e-mails, reference books, translators and other advanced applications, you safely decide in favor of the smartphone.

Many people prefer to use PDA and a phone separately considering this a more convenient team. But it is only in the prentice hands. The smartphone can do a lot of than you even think.

 

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