It can be intimidating to pick out a smartphone that’s worth buying in the huge sea of choices coming out this year and in the foreseeable future. Many of them are similar, and there’s so much rhetoric flying back and forth that it’s hard to pick out the truth among the hyperbole and spin. So, for people who rare feeling a little confused, here are some examples of some smartphones that are well worth the price of purchase right now.
This is a truly unique phone. The HTC One has an aluminum body for starters. This is something almost everyone will remark on right away. There are a lot of people who own the One online who say that they constantly get stopped in the street by curious passersby who want to check out the phone real quick because it’s so unique looking. The phone also has dual stereo speakers, which sets it apart as well. Most phones have just the one. This means you can get great music for movies right from your phone! The phone has an “ultrapixel” camera and some unique camera software too. It’s easy to remove parts of a pic you don’t want while keeping the rest, for example. The phone also has an IR gadget that lets you use it as a universal remote!
Google Nexus 4
The Google Nexus 4 has some pretty big shoes to fill, since the Nexus line has quite a reputation now. The phone runs Jelly Bean for Android, so it’s well ahead in terms of Android OS software. There’s a panoramic mode for the camera that lets you take a 360 degree shot of your surroundings too which is super popular. The Nexus approach gives you a more pure Android experience without a lot of bells and whistles, as well as limitations that you often get from other phones, Nexus users will tend to get upgrades to the OS before everyone else as well.
It’s hard to go wrong with the phone line that started it all. The benefits are that you get to get apps and features way before anyone else. And Apple is really learning from each past phone and continuing to improve and push the envelope in terms of features as well. There’s a new music app look for iOS 6, for example. They improved the way to update apps as well as added some smoother Facebook integration. The phone has actually moved on from Google Maps to its own program that uses data from Tom Tom and other places.
Of course, buying a smartphone is only half the equation in many cases. It will need service too, unless you plan on only using it in Wi-Fi hotspots. But even if you do, you will probably need an extra phone for calling people in emergencies. Fortunately, there are some totally free phone options for people in tight financial situations. It may very well be that you buy an expensive phone today and your financial situation changes tomorrow, after all. The LifeLine program is a government program that uses third party providers to give those making a lower income free cellphone service per month. You can buy extra minutes at a lower rate this way too.