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Best Cell Phone

Updated:  20 Apr 2014

To most people, the cell phone is one gadget that they can't do without. The instrument is a personal mate that is constantly at the beck and call of the user, whether it is glued to the ears or whether a favorite application is running..

Whether you intend purchasing your first handset or you wish to upgrade to a newer model, you must do some homework, and we help you with that, by looking at the latest cell phone models in the market today, analyzing intelligent reviews, and bringing you expert recommendations.

The best cell phone reviews on the web are analyzed using our semantic analysis engine, graded on the several parameters and the gist is displayed under the following broad headings.

· Audio - Analysis of what reviewers say about the audio quality.

· Video & camera - Availability and quality of the picture and video recording in the mobile device.

· Battery - Verdict on whether the front-end features have a reliable and long-enough power support.

· Reception - Analysis of the cellphone's response to network of different carriers.

- Applications - Analysis of the reviews of third party software that you can invoke and run in the cellphone.

· Other features - Keypad, Interface, Display, Appearance, Call quality, Operating System, Handling, Price.

What you should consider while choosing a cellphone -

Type of cellphone
The best cell phones offered by well-known as well as lesser-known brands boast of a bevy of features that place them in three broad categories - high-end smartphones, mid-level feature phones and functional cellphones. Smartphones use operating systems for all functions and applications. Feature phones have less computing ability than smartphones, but are 'smarter' than the the routine cellphone, sometimes unfairly called 'dumbphone'. Note that the smarter the phone, the dearer it is!

Cellphone applications
If you are a busy business bee, you will most certainly need one of the smartphones that you can use as communicator, and organiser, and for storage. The average user will be happy with a good feature-phone that enables popular applications. The budget conscious consumer can make do perfectly with the basic functionalities available with all cellphones worth the name. Some key features that any buyer should look for include organizer, calling features, messaging and e-mail, web browser, camera and video recorder, memory, Bluetooth, multimedia options, applications and games.

Budget
Are you on a shoestring budget and looking to upgrade from an older handset? Or do you feel the need for more versatile instrument that will serve you as a computer-on-the-move? Or can you afford to make style statements of your own by indulging yourself with the smartest available technology? You'll find plenty of competing models in each category that can fulfill the user's requirement.

Network compatibility
Select your carrier prudently. Each carrier offers a different set of technologies - CDMA and GSM and services. Both the technologies transmit voice and data, but in different ways. CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) is used by Sprint, Verizon, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular and GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) is used by AT&T and T-Mobile. The CDMA coverage is very good within the US, but GSM technology is popular the world over. Also GSM phones use SIM cards, which means you can not only change your handset but also your SIM card, a useful feature if you travel abroad. Use the carrier's coverage map to get an idea of the signal availability in your area. There is even a third kind of technology, iDEN, or Integrated Digital Enhanced Network, used by Nextel.

You will find the best cellphones in the market today ranked under each of the above parameters. The rankings are regularly updated and meant to help even novice customers. So all you need to do is focus on needed features and balance them against cost as you make use of the expert reviews. With a little help, you can sift through the technical lingo and detailed specifications and choose your 'mate'.

Types of CellPhones based on Form Factor
The choice among different form factors is mainly based on the personal interest and aesthetics of the buyer. Some common form factors available in the market are:
Bar
Bar phones are shaped like cuboids. They get their name from their resemblance to candy bars in shape and size. Usually both the keypad and screen are present in the same face.
Slate
Slate phones are similar to the bar phones but differ in the fact that they usually have minimal keys with most of the functions being performed through a touchscreen. So the screen size will be larger and will have features like virtual QWERTY keyboard.
Flip
Flip phones consist of two portions connected by a hinge such that they can be folded to become more compact. One of these portions will have a screen and the other one will have the keypad. Some phones also sport a mini-screen on the top side of the screen portion so that basic information such as time, new messages etc. can be displayed without flipping open the phone.
While buying such phones, ensure that the hinge system is made of sufficient quality and that it can stand the extend of rough usage you expect to do.
Slider
Here also the phone will be designed as two separate portions but the keypad (usually QWERTY) portion can be slid under the screen portion. This facilitates faster access to the keyboard with both thumbs allowing the operator to take advantage of full physical keyboards, without sacrificing portability.
Swivel
This form factor also consists of 2 segments and one portion swivels past the other about a central axle. Even though similar to the slider, this type is less widely used.



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