4 Things You Need to Consider When Choosing a New Phone

Choosing a new phone these days can be a massive life decision. We are so reliant on our phones now that choosing one is almost akin to picking the right car. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to picking a new phone. Here are some of the important things you’re going to need to take into account when you consider your new phone.

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PAYG or Contract?

One of the big decisions you’re going to need to make is whether to go with a contract or pay as you go phone. Now, there are arguments to support both, and it really depends on your personal circumstances. You can get contracts for really cheap these days, so it’s probably going to work out cheaper to do that. But, you should think about the option of both before you commit to a decision.

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Consider Getting a Hand-Me-Down

There are plenty of ways you can get hold of a new phone, and you don’t always have to buy brand new. A lot of people prefer to get pre-owned phones. You can buy these online or in stores, or you can get them direct from a friend or family member. But, if you do go down this route you need to consider the fact that you may need to get your phone unlocked. That’s why you need to look into the options that allow you to unlock iPhone models, and other smartphones. It’s important to have something lined up to help with this because you won’t be able to use your phone otherwise.

Pop into the Local Store

If you want to get some expert advice, or you have questions, you should head down to the local phone store. There are bound to be some in the area like Carphone Warehouse. Or, you could pop into the EE or Vodafone stores to see what Android phones are available. Being in a store full of experts gives you peace of mind to help you make the right choice about the phone you choose. It’s the best way to get the right value for your money and helps you avoid the wrong choices.


Shop Online

Make use of the internet as much as you can these days. There is basically nothing you can’t buy online nowadays, and online shopping is taking over. So, if you go on the internet, you’re going to find loads and loads of options for phones. You can go to the official sites of phone networks and make a selection there. Or, you can use sites like eBay and Gumtree to buy phones that people are selling. It’s always good to have an idea in mind for something you’d like. This will help you with the selection process as much as possible.

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There are a lot of things you should think about when it comes to choosing a new phone. And, it’s important that you do as much as you can to make the right choice. These are just a few of the things you need to consider when choosing a new phone. They will help you to make the right choice and pick the perfect one for you.


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What android phones are available?

Shopping for a new smartphone? Looking for the android based OS? If so, you will find more and more manufacturers introducing new phones on what seems like a daily basis. These are currently a few of the top phones to look out for, and consider investing in, if you want the best, the latest, and newest models which are currently available on the market.

Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Either the traditional or the edge model are the latest in the long line of Samsung Galaxy phones. They are sleek, light in weight, run on the latest android OS, have a lightweight aluminum frame, and expandable memory which the S6 model didn’t offer. Removable battery is also an upgrade which hasn’t been seen in other android based phones on the market recently. It has 32 GB in store memory, an upgraded camera, a 5.1” and 5.7” model, and all the latest upgrades presently available on the market.

HTC 10

HTC One A9

A front mounted fingerprint sensor offers added security, a large, vibrant screen is impeccable and easy on the eyes as well. New and improved speaker set up, the snap dragon 820 processor, 4 GB of ram, and 300 mah battery power can go for hours on end without a charge. An improved camera is also going to offer great picture, video, and quality resolution for streaming calls as well.



A unibody metallic design, removable battery port, an added camera grip for capturing photos and videos, and expandable memory, are a few of the upgrades from previous G models. It has the snap dragon 820 processor which is lightning fast, a 5.3” IPS LCD display, 16 and 8 MP cameras (front and rear facing), and 32 GB of built in memory, in addition to the ability to expand if it is required by the user. If you want quality, sleek design, and an easy to operate phone for a reasonable price, this is one of the top options which are currently out there.

Not sure which to buy? Don’t want to pay the highest price for these new phones? Consider used or second hand android phones. Many are in “like new” condition, run and operate like new, and are far cheaper than a brand new phone. Further, you can find and comparison shop used phones through various online sites in order to find the best deal.

Regardless of what you seek in a new phone, these are some of the top android models presently available to consumers looking to make an upgrade from previous phones.


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Top 5 Smartphones with Powerful Battery

Smartphone users are usually troubled with one of the hitch that they have to endure with their heavily priced mobile phones and that is the battery backup. Given the kind of models that are launched in market in current world, having a mobile phone with great specifications is no big deal. But most of the smartphones lack in offering good battery life. It is a huge matter of concern for buyers. For people that are closely concerned with this facet, here are some of the mobile phones that they can explore in the market:

Gionee Marathon M2

The Marathon range by Gionee has amazed the market with its captivating looks and admirable features. It is the antecedent of Marathon M3. Turning your attention towards the topic of today, the battery life of this model is 4200 mAh. I must say that it is a praiseworthy contribution by this brand when compared to other models in the market. Other features that you can find in the cell are: a 5 inch screen with 854×480 pixels resolution. Other than that you have got 1.3 GHz quad core MediaTek Processor with 1 GB RAM and 400 GPU Mali. This model also allows you to tag up 32 GB external storage via SD card.

Lenovo P780

Mobile articles by Lenovo are also praiseworthy as they are embedded with all the major features and ensure optimum functionality. Lenovo P780 has got massive admiration due to its impressive battery life. Well, this model is fashioned with 4000 mAh battery capacity which is definitely something amazing. No matter how much you use your mobile, you can go with it without fearing of a battery crash any soon.

Gionee Marathon M3

What better can you find when you are getting a battery capacity of 5000 mAh.  Gionee Marathon M3 splashed out of the blue with such an amazing battery life for all the people who crave for this feature. You can easily use the phone for 2 days without having to charge it. The results of this model are quite impressive as the people who have used the phone seem to give positive reception about this model.

Micromax Canvas Power A96

Micromax mobiles have given a sigh of relief to the market. Their models are brilliantly crafted for all sorts of customer needs. Micromax Canvas Power A96 is a hit model, counted in terms of massive battery life. It has 4000 mAh battery capacity. You can find this model very reasonably priced. It is a perfect purchase for buyers who are keeping an eye on affordable mobile sets with great battery life.

Lava Iris Fuel 60

While keeping an account for mobiles with commendable battery life, how can we possibly miss Lava Iris Fuel 60? This model is available in battery capability of 4000 mAh, which I believe is pretty cool. By having such a cell phone, you don’t have to carry a power bank along-with 24×7. Once you charge the battery completely, you can expect 2 days processing without any trouble.

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Acer Liquid M220, the first Windows Smartphone released

The Acer Liquid M220 running with the latest Windows 8.1 OS (upgradeable to Windows 10) exhibits powerful specifications that can cater to the different needs of Smartphone users in any occasion.  Tech giant Acer announced that their ever first Windows-powered smart phone is now available in the market.

Acer Liquid M220

Acer Liquid M220

Acer Liquid M220 elicits exceptional aesthetic qualities to complete this performance-packed smart phone’s superiority not just in terms of functionality but also with regard to overall look and feel.


Best features and qualities of Acer Liquid M220 that fascinate me are as follows:

The anti-slip is its remarkable physical feature as inspired by a Thai silk suit material, comes with a textile finish that gives it a sophisticated and fashionable guise and feel, which also doubles as extra grip for the phone to make handling safe and secure.

Acer Liquid M220

The vivid 4-inch display and 233 pictures per inch (PPI) screen resolution perfectly matches the phone’s 5-Megapixel main camera (with autofocus and LED flash) to shoot the best pictures and videos whether for fun or professional use. The secondary 2-Megapixel front camera, on the other hand, is also fit for the “selfie” generation.

Voice operated camera, I can shoot the best photos or even record a video hands-free. Impressive, isn’t it?

The two sim card slot.

The MicroSD card slot, which is expandable up to 32GB storing my photos, videos and other documents and files, will never be a problem.

Customizable colors for my calendar entries, easy navigation and alphabetically arranged apps that makes searching easier.

I am beginning to love Cortana, the intelligent personal assistant. By the way this feature requires internet connection and a Microsoft account.

I can integrate Windows experience across several screens—phones, tablets, and PCs—thus, I can shoot, share, work, and play anywhere.

The kids corner, wherein I can limit my kids phone access

Video call via skype

Best of all, coming in at a modest and affordable price range of P2,490, the Acer Liquid M220 is definitely a “steal” yet worthy of every hard-earned peso that makes it a truly value-for-money smart phone for every Filipino.

Know more and get updated about the Acer Liquid M220 and all other Acer products by visiting the Acer Facebook page or follow Acer via Twitter, or go to www.acer.com.ph.

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Review: The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for Business

It seems as if the latest round of smartphones have been built with business people in mind. Entrepreneurs are the most immediate example, but also think about sales staff and staff who provide onsite technical assistance and need to communicate with team members and executives back in the office. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the latest examples of phones that are smart choices for mobile business execution.

samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
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KNOX, KNOX: Galaxy S6 Tops the Android Market

There’s no shortage of Android smartphones to choose from, but the Galaxy S6 Edge “outshines every other Android phone on the market,” says CIO. Among the top items CIO praises is that Samsung built-in KNOX mobile enterprise security, which features new and improved fingerprint scanning.

KNOX is the solution for people who embrace BYOD (bring your own device) sensibilities but need to divide their phone for business and personal use for security reasons. How good is it? The Department of Defense has given KNOX a thumbs-up.

The Edge is good for multitasking capabilities, something many smartphone users long for, particularly if they use their phones for business and personal uses. You can even resize open windows so that you truly have a miniature computer screen at your fingertips. It has an impressive screen, too, with an ultra-sharp, 1440 X 2560 pixel, 5.1-inch display.

Business News Daily likes the improved TouchWiz feature that includes a tool that helps you quickly find files–you can, of course, run Microsoft Office on the S6. Even the QWERTY keyboard is praised for displaying the numbers above it, so there’s no need to switch back and forth. Small wonder the site gives the Edge 4.5 stars out of five.

Other notable, business-friendly capabilities include:

A useful default Android email app with better message monitoring, drag-down swiping to see full messages and easy organization

Runs multiple applications with little lag thanks to 3GB of RAM

Just about perfect interface and performance, according to an exhaustive, multi-page review from TechRadar

An infrared blaster that lets you control external remote devices (handy for presentations)

An external speaker that reaches impressive volume

A 16 MP HDR camera delivers better quality in low-light settings than most smartphones

Compatible with Google Wallet; the KNOX fingerprint also works to validate payments through PayPal

The battery gives up to 20 hours’ talk time and 13 days on standby

Phone works with T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi Calling service

TechRadar praised the Edge’s wireless and fast-charge capabilities, along with its Ultra Power Saving Mode. In separate reviews, the Edge delivered two and four hours of performance following a 10-minute fast charge. One reviewer ran the phone down to at 4 percent power and was able to run another two hours by switching it on.

Android Phones are a Better Value

If you’re still struggling over the OS question, consider that Android phones continue to hold their own in the business market. They are much more flexible than the other OS choices out there. Business Insider lists several reasons to stay with Androids, including:

More customizable

Visible file system

Better Notifications bar

Talks to any multimedia app

More free apps


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