How to Choose a Cell Phone

How to Choose a Cell Phone

Learn How to Choose a Cell Phone

Learning how to choose a cell phone can be difficult for anyone who is not knowledgeable about the differences in phone types and functions. There are many different cell phones out there, and one with all of the bells and whistles may not be needed or wanted. Some cell phones come free with the signing of a cellular contract, and some cost several hundred dollars. With such a range in price and features, how does one know which phone will be the best value for what it offers? Before deciding, take a look at some of the many options and features available. Making a choice should be a lot easier after a little bit of research.

Factors to Consider

Tangible vs. Intangible Features

Tangible features on a cellular phone are those that cannot be changed. For example, the size of the phone, the color of the phone, and the look of the phone are permanent. The intangible aspects of the phone are most likely related to the phone service, not the phone itself. For example, voice mail, call waiting, and caller ID can all be considered intangible, and these options are most likely available no matter what physical cell phone is chosen.

Analog vs. Digital vs. Multi-mode

An analog cellular phone is usually the least expensive type available for purchase. In fact, this is the type of phone that most cellular companies offer for free with the signing of a cellular contract. There is nothing at all wrong with an analog cellular phone, and it can work quite well for most users. Analog is what most cellular users have been using for the past several years and analog has been popular all over the world. This type of phone is good people who are prone to losing their cellular phone on a frequent basis, because it is not overly expensive to replace. Analog cell phones, however, are quickly becoming obsolete.

A digital cellular phone is the newest craze when it comes to the most advanced technology available. A phone that can transmit digital cellular signals tends to be more clear in terms of transmission and noise on the line. Digital transmission also means more secure conversations. The downside to a digital cellular phone is that one usually costs over $100 and this type is hardly ever given away for free with the signing of a new cellular contract.

For anyone who is not sure whether or not an analog or a digital cellular phone will be best, there is always the multi-mode cellular phone option. This type of phone has the ability to transmit cellular calls on either an analog or a digital network. Therefore, the phone can change modes depending on where the caller is located and what type of service is available in that particular area.

Battery Type

Most people who have ever owned a cellular phone or talked to someone using a cellular phone have heard the following sentence many times: "My battery's about to die." Cellular phone batteries can be a problem because they always seem to run out of juice at the least opportune time.

Different types of cellular phones require different types of batteries. The best type of battery for a cellular phone is, obviously, one that can recharge fast and one that can hold a charge for an extended period of time.

The three types of cellular phone batteries currently used are Nickel Cadmium, Nickel-Metal Hydride and Lithium Ion.

Nickel Cadmium, or "NiCad", is no longer the recommended battery type for cell phones, although some older model phones still require them.

Nickel Metal Hydride, or "NiMH", is the type of battery found in most cellular phones today. It has the ability to hold a charge for much longer than the original nickel cadmium type.

Lithium Ion is the most expensive type of cellular phone battery, but it is also the best. It's lightweight and can hold a charge for a long length of time.

Other Features

There are so many features and characteristics on every individual cell phone model that it can be daunting to decide exactly which one to choose. Some of the more obvious characteristics are listed above, but other features to consider are:

  • 'Is the phone comfortable to hold?'
  • 'Is the screen on the phone big enough to see?'
  • 'Is the phone reasonable priced?'
  • 'Are the buttons on the phone easy to use?'

Evaluating and rating the importance all of these features will make choosing a cellular phone easier and seem not as overwhelming. Lost in the lingo? Check out our Innovation and Technology category to figure exactly what Bluetooth is, what's the hub-bub about 3G, and more.

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