Droid X Adds to the Challenge of Choosing a Smart-Phone
Posted by aangsunu on 18 July 2010
source : MarketWatch via Yahoo Finance
A look at the main strengths — and drawbacks — of three popular smart phones
Deciding to buy a smart phone is the easy part. With dozens of models on the market — add one more after Motorola’s Droid X went on sale Thursday — picking your perfect phone requires hours of research on countless details.
But if you prioritize your favorite features, the decision-making process may be less painful.
Nearly one in ten cell-phone users own smart phones, a computer-mobile phone combination that has more advanced applications than the basic feature phone, according to Nielsen Mobile. As prices fall and functions and apps become more useful, many of the 90% of cell-phone owners who don’t own a smart phone may be considering an upgrade.
While there are many pricing variations on a slew of different phones, the top models all cost about the same — about $200 for a phone if you also buy a two-year contract, though the service costs will vary.
There also are a slew of other models available at lower prices. For instance, the Samsung Omnia and the Nokia Surge are as cheap as $30 with a two-year contract.
Don’t forget that smart phones require data plans that range from about $15 to $70 per month. Additional monthly costs could include extra storage space or wireless “hotspot” access.
So, first narrowing down your choices based on a phone’s functions, and then comparing costs, may be time better spent.
How quickly do you need to access email messages? Is browser speed important to you? Would you prefer a large, readable screen or a raised-button keyboard? Do you need a high-quality camera or two-way video chat?
Among the Droid X, iPhone 4 and Blackberry smart phones, the quality of those features varies, said Michael Gikas, senior electronics and technology editor at Consumer Reports.
Here’s a look at some of the main strengths – and drawbacks — of these three phones:
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