Making the ‘smart’ decision

By Alex Reiter

Millions of people use smartphones every day to add productivity to their lives. But which smartphone is the best choice? Here are my recommendations:

1. iPhone 4S
The iPhone 4S is a worthy addition to the iPhone lineup. With a faster processor than the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S delivers stunning high quality images on a high-resolution 3.5-inch display. In addition, photo enthusiasts will be able to leave their cameras at home, thanks to the stunning 8-megapixel camera. Apple’s biggest differentiator is the endless selection of apps on the Apple App Store. The iPhone has always been well suited for users who need an easy-to-use device, allowing for minimal fuss and more productivity  to take place. But Apple’s flagship does not excel at durability. The iPhone 4S is extremely fragile and not recommended for those who are accident-prone. But if you need a fast, easy-to-learn device with a large app selection, the iPhone 4S is the device for you.

2. Samsung Galaxy S II Series
Last year, Samsung made a serious push into the market with the Galaxy S lineup of Android smartphones. This year, Samsung is back with a group of stunning devices. The Galaxy S II has a stunning 4.3 (or 4.5 in some variants) Super AMOLED, Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode Plus screen that delivers a beautiful, brighter, more detailed image with less energy consumption. The Galaxy S II is the best example of an Android smartphone, with an amazing Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Voice experience for those who need to get a lot done on the go. But the Galaxy S II does come with problems, including developer fragmentation (applications don’t always work on certain Android devices), poor battery life and inconsistent software updates. All in all, if you like a great looking device with many useful features and don’t mind the occasional bump in the road, the Galaxy S II is right for you.

3. HTC Radar
The Radar features a fast, easy-to-use experience that is different from other smartphones on the market today, thanks to the quality of Microsoft’s new mobile operating system. The device is well built, with a single piece of aluminum and break/scratch proof Gorilla Glass. Microsoft’s new mobile operating system may still be behind Apple and Google in regards to application selection and basic features, but it shows great promise. The software is simple, useful and elegant, allowing for ease of use and surprising good performance. Unfortunately, the hardware is not keeping pace with the competition as it is based on single-core processor technology and lower amounts of system memory and storage than its competitors. This is compensated for by a well-designed operating system. The HTC Radar is a simple device with lots of power for productivity, simplicity and stability. So if you need an easy to use, dependable device, the HTC Radar is right for you.

The next time you are looking at smartphones, remember to look at the devices that fit with your needs to help increase your productivity

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