If you’re wondering which smartphone is best, and you’re looking to invest in one for the first time, this overview will give you a good idea of what to look for and will help you weigh the pros and cons of the most important features available. We’ll also discuss how you can use your new smartphone to generate what could be a substantial secondary, or even primary, income.
Android v Apple?
Not too long ago, this question wouldn’t have even come up when considering which smartphone is the best, since Apple was pretty much the only game in town. But, once Google bought the fledgling smartphone OS (operating system) and hooked up with Motorola and its Droid phone, Android has barely even stopped to take a breath, making rapid inroads into Apple’s marketshare.
One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the Android OS is an open system, which basically means it’s more or less unregulated and developers are free to take full advantage of the system to create whatever apps (applications) they like. Apple’s OS, by contrast, is highly regulated by Apple, which decides whether or not a developer’s application is acceptable or not.
Apple once held an overwhelming advantage in the number and range of apps available, but Android has gradually closed the gap from a ratio of several thousand to one to just four to one, with the gap closing rapidly all the time.
Is one system better than the other? Hard to say – each has its advantages and disadvantages. Suffice to say, if you’re familiar with a PC and Windows, the Android may be a more comfortable fit; for Apple addicts, the comfort of working within the Apple environment may outweigh all other considerations. For the rest of us – toss a coin and take your pick!
Most smartphones come with a variety of features, but the most important ones for most people are the phone itself, internet access, text and e-mail, not necessarily in that order.
The phone and the quality of the calls is directly dependent on the carrier issuing the phone and the density of the service coverage they provide, as well as the location in which the phone is being used, so check the performance of the various carriers regarding service availability, number of dropped calls, etc. Talk to friends and family about their experiences with various carriers to find out which one might be best for you.
Internet access on a smartphone usually requires some sort of data plan, and the type of plan you need will depend on the amount of internet usage you intend to have on your phone. If you’re interested in using your smartphone to generate income via internet marketing, you’ll want to have a plan that allows unlimited data usage. More on making money via your phone later.
For many people, especially the younger set, texting has virtually taken over from e-mail as far as being the primary method of communication is concerned. Don’t tell me you’ve not sat their amazed at the speed young kids can tap out a message! I know I have. But, it’s not just kids who are turning to text – it’s becoming a more important facet of most people’s lives. Text rates vary by carrier and by plan, so, if texting is important to you, shop around and see who’s offering the best deal.
E-mail was once the domain of RIM and its BlackBerry, but it is now pretty much ubiquitous on most phones. Despite the fact that e-mail is no longer the only means of online communication, it’s still a very important medium, particularly where business is concerned.
Making Money With Your Smartphone
Regardless of which smartphone you eventually decide on, one trend you may want to take advantage of, especially while it’s still in its infancy, is the fantastic opportunity that mobile internet marketing represents. Since you’ve probably paid a fair bit of money for your phone, why not look into how to make money on mobile devices such as your phone.
With more and more people accessing the internet via their smartphones, this constitutes a massive audience for web site owners, whether that be via a blog, an e-commerce site, an information site, etc., so optimizing a web site for mobile devices should be a priority. The attention span for mobile users is extremely short, so presenting them with the information they need as quickly is possible is of paramount importance.
Since most smartphones are equipped with video cameras, create a video to promote your business and post it on YouTube or one of the many other video sites and see your business advertizing potentially go viral.
Promote other companies’ products via your mobile site as an affiliate and earn potentially substantial commissions just by tapping into the fledgling smartphone market using affiliate marketing.
This barely scratches the surface as far as the potential to create income through the use of smartphone technology is concerned. So, decide which smartphone is the best for you following the guidelines discussed above, and put it to use as a money-maker rather than a money-gobbler!