CHARLOTTE, NC – The typical smartphone shopper today is a person that already has a smartphone and is coming to the end of their current one year or two year contract. They are likely using one of the four biggest carriers in the US (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) and currently have one of the four biggest OS’s on their device (Android, Blackberry, iOS, Symbian). If you fit into one of these categories and plan to shop for a new phone in this year, you may be shocked at the great new options you have to choose from.
First, the iPhone: even if you’ve been a die-hard iPhone fan from the start, you may not have been such a fan of the carrier, AT&T. Now, you have a choice between AT&T and Verizon for your iPhone. By the end of the year, you may even be able to add T-Mobile and Sprint to that list.
Next is the venerable Nokia, the best selling phone in the world, until recently. If you’ve grown to love your Symbian OS, you’ll be in for quite a change as Nokia switches over to Windows Phone 7 for its operating system. The reviews are still mixed, though mostly positive, but one thing is certain: working with Microsoft Office products on your Nokia will be easier than ever.
In general, the numbers say you’ll most likely move onto an Android platform. If your device is two years old, there is a next to zero chance it’s Android-based, but your new one has a better chance than any other to be Android. Android has a great user interface, lots of apps available, and is growing faster than any other OS.
For handsets, you won’t believe your eyes, literally. With things like four inch (plus) screens, high resolution Retina and qHD displays, and even 3D, the simple act of looking at your phone will become an entertainment activity by itself. Running all of this is the horsepower of dual-core processors, 1 Gigabyte RAM options, and HDMI circuitry – better than many high-end netbooks and low-end laptops on the market today.
Speaking of laptops, there are even options for docking your phone and using it to replace your smaller PC altogether, or to become your entire home entertainment system. You’ll be carrying a converged device that can replace your GPS, your high speed internet connection (with 4G), your stereo system, your DVD player, and your home phone (did we mention they make phone calls?) all with a little 6 ounce device that fits in a shirt pocket.
From two years ago, when the choice was Blackberry, iPhone, or Blah, the world is whole new place of wonder with today’s smartphone options. And you won’t believe what will be around when your newest contract runs out in 2013…
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