Cell phones have certainly come a long way in the last few decades, and the rate of progressing technology has given us a device that is capable of so much more. The proverbial smartphone has taken over our lives, and these are mini computers that we can carry around in our pocket. When you see the kind of tasks that you can carry out on it, you will be amazed at the simplicity of them, and their effectiveness as well.
Today, you can use your phone for surfing the Internet and opening heavy flash based websites, you can access your social networking accounts and share information and pictures with friends from all around the world. You can download content, you can chat with your friends using the various IM apps, you can share content with others using Bluetooth technology, you can store and access large amounts of songs, videos, and movies, you can play tons of great games, you can work with spreadsheets and word processors, you can click pictures or shoot videos and then edit them expertly, you can video chat with people from anywhere in the world, and all these features are advantages in addition to the basic tasks of telephony and messaging.
The cell phones that are manufactured today are as capable as your PC, and this is in fact a device that substitutes your PC when you are on the move. The range of activities that you can perform is very large, but this also leads to a lot of confusion about the various types that are available. When one goes out to buy a new device, he is flooded with innumerable choices, and this makes the decision quite difficult. Not only do you have to consider the features, you also have to worry about the hardware specifications of the device, and the software (OS) that it runs. Since there are so many choices available, it is fair to say that there is truly something for everyone in this market today.
All the activities mentioned above can now be performed on one single device, and this device has replaced MP3 music players, digital cameras, PDAs, along with several other devices, and has merged them all together. It has been around for many years, but the Apple iPhone can be considered to be the true pioneer in this domain.
Since then, various new models have emerged, that have blatantly copied the hardware and the software of the iPhone, and even surpassed it in some cases. A smartphone is basically a device that does everything well and you can have no complaints with it. You can also connect it to an HDTV through an HDMI port and view high quality content on the TV set, and you can also use the inbuilt GPS to get accurate navigational details.
The Camera Phone
A camera phone is similar to a smartphone in many aspects, but the difference is that the camera on the device is better than most point and shoot digital cameras around. The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a shining example, since it has a 41 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash. The quality of the images that are shot with it are very impressive.
Regular smartphones have an average camera that gives satisfactory images for regular people, but professionals can use such devices and get extremely clear and crisp pictures. Since the camera lens is better, the size of it will be bigger too. As a result, these are generally bulkier than regular ones, especially at the back of the device.
MP3/ Music Phone
These are designed specifically for listening to music and enjoying it immensely. They are generally cheaper, and do not perform half the functions that a full-fledged smartphone can. Nevertheless they are great for music lovers, because they have specific music control buttons on the face of the device, they have high quality audio output, which is optimized even further with the help of high quality earphones, and they also have large storage space, so that one can store greater number of songs and audio files on them.
The Basic Phone
There are plenty of choices for people who believe that a phone is supposed to be used only for telephony purposes. These are basic devices that are strong, durable, and give a far superior battery life. Some believe that features of telephony, an alarm, a calendar, and a flashlight, are all that a device should have, and all the major manufacturers service this market segment as well. These are priced much lower, and they are also good backup devices, for people who own complex smartphones that do suffer from defects every now and then.
Apart from these types, you will also need to make a decision about the form factor of the device that you buy. You can pick one from amongst the following.
- Full touchscreen.
- Touchscreen with a side-sliding or front-sliding full QWERTY keyboard.
- Full QWERTY keyboard.
- Clamshell design.
- Basic T9 keyboard.
The hardware and the software is also something that you should take into consideration, as these also make a massive difference. When it comes to picking an OS, you can choose one amongst iOS, Android, Windows, Symbian, and BB OS. So, there you have it, mobile phones are at the peak of their powers today, and the delightful thing is that further improvements are implemented on a regular basis.