Between personal life and work life, you have a lot of phone numbers to remember. Contacts add up quickly. Pick a smartphone with a large phonebook capacity—300 contacts at least, 500 preferably. And make sure your smartphone stores addresses, email addresses, and other essential information. A large phonebook helps keep the office running, even if you’re not there.
Most smartphone screen sizes range from two to three inches. A bigger screen means a bigger phone, but pick a screen you can easily see. If you buy a smartphone with a touch screen, make sure you can use it without feeling like you’re playing the board game Operation.
Cell phone battery life is measured in two ways: standby time (when your cell phone is idle) and talk time (when you’re using your phone). Focus on talk time. Making and receiving calls, emailing and text messaging all drain power. Pick a smartphone with at least a four-hour talk time. This should last you most workdays.
Bluetooth technology transmits cell phone signals and data to an ear piece, car stereo, printer, fax machine or other cell phone. Talking through an earpiece frees up your hands to talk and work at the same time—which is extremely handy (and safer) when driving. Some states, like California, have passed laws that require hands-free devices if you talk on your cell phone while driving. Check local legislation for details and regulations.
Without fail, someone always interrupts you when you’re talking on your cell phone. It’s inevitable. So pick a smartphone with features to help you take those interruptions with ease.
Smartphones aren’t just cell phones. They’re day-planners, personal reminders, web browsers and more. Smartphone features seem endless but aren’t all the same. Pick a smartphone with functions beneficial to you, like an alarm clock, calculator, calendar, instant messenger, picture messenger, to-do list or voice recorder—to name a few.
Smartphones come with limited memory (internal or on a memory card) for storing photos, videos, music and voice memos. But contact information is stored separately. Unless you take photos for business purposes (like real estate properties), don’t stress memory capacity.
Digital players support and play MP3s on your smartphone. You can download songs for ringtones, but you probably won’t give up your separate MP3 player. Don’t buy a smartphone just for the digital player.
For most people, cell phone choice comes down to aesthetics—style, color and size. But because of keyboards, touch screens and other features, smartphones are inherently bulkier than standard cell phones. That’s just the way it is. So pick function over form. You’ll want a phone that’s convenient to carry around, but don’t sacrifice features for size.
Cell phone cameras don’t hold up to digital cameras. Unless you photograph regularly for business (once again, like with real estate properties), don’t stress camera resolution.