Want a smartphone? Choose the right one
Published on August 1, 2014
CRAZY ABOUT IPHONES?
If you want a phone that just works — one that has all the great user experience, app and game, accessory and services, customer support and iMore community benefits, then the iPhone is for you. It’s smaller than many competitors these days, doesn’t have a hardware keyboard, and there’s no giant camera bolted on, but it remains the single best phone in the world at what it does, and what it does it does very, very well. Unless you have a very specific set of requirements or use cases that make something else a better option for you, get an iPhone. You’ll be glad you did.
HOW ABOUT ANDROID INSTEAD?
If you absolutely need a bigger screen, anything from 4.3-inches all the way up to six-inch “phablets”, you should get Android instead. Apple probably won’t make any iPhone that size until the year-end, so if you need something between a phone and a tablet, and can’t afford both, or if you need something that emphasises the computing device more than the mobile phone aspect, you’ll have to go elsewhere. Both the 4.7-inch HTC One and the ironically named 4.3-inch HTC Mini are great phones with excellent build quality. Samsung isn’t quite as well made, but the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 and the six-inch Galaxy Mega are extremely popular and very large respectively. Google’s Moto X provides a big screen in a small package and includes highly customised back plates. LG’s Nexus is the best option for those who want a big screen and a stock Android experience.
IS BLACKBERRY BEST FOR YOU?
If a physical keyboard and a focus on communications above everything else are a deal-breaker for you, then Apple’s iPhone will never fit your needs. BlackBerry, however, is phenomenal at hardware keyboards. They also rebooted their operating system, bringing them fully into the era of modern smartphone. The BlackBerry Q10 is currently the latest, greatest high-end keyboard BlackBerry. The BlackBerry Q5 is lower-end but still terrifically tactile. If you insist on being old school, a few BlackBerry 7 devices remain on the market as well.
WINDOWS PHONE PERHAPS?
Windows Phones come in a variety of screen sizes and price points, and all run Microsoft’s elegant Metro interface and experience. The biggest reason to go with Windows Phone — literally — is the amazing camera available on the Lumia 1020. It’s like they grafted a dedicated point-and-shoot onto the body of a phone. It’s also got a big screen and some of the best build quality in the business.