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Get Smart With Your Next Smartphone Purchase: The Top 5 Characteristics Of The Perfect Smartphone

Speed.  Connectivity.  Ease of use.  Mobility.  Features.  Storage.  Look and feel.  All of these characteristics are important to look for when purchasing a new smartphone.  But when it comes down to it, which characteristics are the most important when weighing your smartphone options?  How can you get smart about buying a smartphone?  Take a look at our top 5 characteristics to help you make the ultimate decision:

  1. Durability: First and foremost, it is important to find a smartphone that does what it’s supposed to—stays on, doesn’t malfunction and is durable to every day accidents.  People drop their smartphones every single day; this is one of the main reasons why phone case companies are rolling in the dough.  Smartphones are fragile, so they either need to be protected or need to be extremely durable.  Make your smartphone durable by purchasing a hard outer-shell case.  Protect your smartphone even further by purchasing a protection plan from a company like ProtectMe Plans.  The next time your phone is damaged from a spill or a drop, you’ll be happy that you did!
  2. Storage: The amount of storage space that a user needs varies among many people.  Some like to take pictures, record videos and download hundreds of apps.  Other users, on the other hand, may only use a smartphone for text messaging and calling.  Be sure to check out how much storage your potential smartphone has before you purchase it.  Many phones, like the iPhone 4, come in different storage capacities, while others allow you to easily add storage through the use of expandable storage slots.
  3. Battery Life: The life of a smartphone’s battery is measured in two different ways.  First is by standby time, or the amount of time the phone will stay on when not in use.  Second is talk time, or the amount of time the phone will stay on when being used.  Most smartphones have a standby time of 140 to 400 hours, but it’s best to find a phone that lasts for at least 300 hours.  When used in talk time, most smartphones last anywhere from 3 to 13 hours.
  4. Features: Be sure to buy the smartphone that has features to fit your needs.  If you want Bluetooth, be sure that your Smartphone is Bluetooth-enabled.  If you like to take a lot of pictures and video, make sure that your Smartphone choice has a good camera.  Check out other features like call waiting, call holding, conference calling, day planner, alarms, personal reminders, GPS, email capabilities, Web browsers and more.  Also, make sure that new apps are easy to purchase!
  5. Look and Feel: Although many people may judge a smartphone by its cover, the device’s look and feel should really be the least of a consumer’s concerns.  As a rule of thumb, however, ProtectMe Plans likes to lay out the three most important physical features of a smartphone.  The first is a good display screen.  Look for a display screen that is big enough to actually read without squinting.  Also, try to determine if you prefer having a keyboard on your smartphone in comparison to a touch screen.  Second, find a phone that feels solid and durable.  Hard phones are less susceptible to cracking due to a drop.  Finally, ProtectMe Plans recommends that you find a smartphone that is thin.  No one likes to carry around a heavy, bulky phone—the thinner and lighter, the better!

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I work for MobileMotive LLC, a trusted extended warranty provider that specializes in simplifying and streamlining product protection plans for popular consumer electronics and appliance purchases such as the iPhone and tablet devices. (Enchanted by all things tech!)



  1. TracyAnn0312

    December 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Wow! Never thought about it! Really amazed! I think smartphone can beat up Android phone and iPhone now! Thanks for the thought!

    • Danny

      December 24, 2011 at 6:35 am

      Tracy, you do realize that android phones and Iphones are all smart phones?
      Smartphone is not some new brand.

      OT: That standby time of 140 to 400 hours. Do you know anybody with a smart phone that lasts for more than 2 days even when not in use? Mine lasts a little over a day if I leave it alone all day. If you need long lasting battery life then I suggest you don’t get a smartphone but just a normal mobile phone. They can last for over a week on one battery.
      But smartphones are always doing something, even when you are not using them. They will still communicate with the internet and do other stuff.

      • Tracyann0312

        December 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

        Hi Danny! Well I never think about it. As long as the features are different, they also look different(for me). As others says, they are the same but has differences!

  2. bilal

    December 24, 2011 at 6:47 am

    your post is very nice .you rock,thanks for the post

  3. Alaska

    December 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I don’t need a Smartphone ever, my $30 phone from Target is still all I’ll ever need! Death before data plans!

  4. Diana Grant

    December 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I am already aware of this because my friend told me…Anyway, thanks for the nice post still…

  5. Kaboom

    January 3, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Many phones users now do prefer to use smartphones. It is because of its high quality and its features truly satisfied the needs of the users. It is one of the best buy mobile phones in today’s generation.

  6. Asad

    January 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I usually give priority to phone features, usability and battery life but all characteristics mentioned above are really important.

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