When shopping for a smartphone, you should pay
special attention to the underlying OS because
different OS systems support different mobile apps.
Currently, the most popular OS systems are Android
and iOS. Other less popular OS systems include
Windows Phone and Blackberry. Google's Android
platform supports a wide range of handset brands
including Samsung, HTC and LG. In addition, the
Android OS is renowned for ease of customization,
wide range of features and widgets, and ease of use.
On its part, Apple's iOS is renowned for its sleek
UI designs and intuitive user interactions. Although
Android now supports a host of digital assistants,
the iOS platform supports Apple's voice-controlled
digital assistant, Siri. Blackberry's OS is a robust
platform that is famed for its strong data
encryption. Finally, the Windows Phone OS comes with
mobile friendly versions of Windows Office packages
(including Excel and Word) that can be easily synced
with desktop versions.
Unlocked or Carrier-Based
In most cases, carrier-based phones tend to be
cheaper than unlocked phones. However, it is worth
noting that carrier terms and conditions vary
depending on handset brand/model, design, features,
and popularity. Moreover, even if you opt for
unlocked phones, you would still need to sign up
with a wireless carrier in some cdountries.
Some of the key factors to consider when buying new
phones include the operating system and type.
Additionally, you should evaluate your communication
needs carefully to determine whether they require
unlocked or carrier-based phones.