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Is It Time To Get A Smartphone?

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This is a question that so many people have asked me over the years. They show reservations because they like how their old phones operate, and they are worried about new technologies. However, many of them are intrigued. They secretly like the idea of browsing their Facebook account on the go and watching videos in their downtime. So, is it time to get a smartphone? Let’s explore this topic a little bit.

The first consideration you need to make is money. How much do you spend on your phone at present? If it’s a fair amount, it’s going to be better for you to be on a contract. This is how most people obtain smartphones, as they are included free with the price of the deal. You’ll be paying a lot of money over the two years, but you’ll also get a lot of minutes, texts and data for the price. If you’re the type of person who rarely uses their phone for anything, it might not be the time to upgrade just yet.

Smartphones can cost quite a lot to buy outright, and using things like data on them will be costly unless you’re on wi-fi. Because they’re an expensive thing to own, it can often be beneficial to get insurance with them. This will obviously cost more money, so it’s up to you which route you plan to take. There are alternatives like Forever Wireless, who can repair your phone if damage was to occur such as a cracked screen. In any case, you’ll need to be more careful with a smartphone as they are delicate pieces of technology.

You also need to think about what you’ll get out of a smartphone. Why are you considering getting one? If you aren’t an avid user of the internet, is there really any point in upgrading? Again, it all comes down to your personal circumstances. If you can get a smartphone on a contract for free, why wouldn’t you? They are better pieces of technology than traditional phones, and they’re not as complicated as you might think. It only takes a short amount of time to get used to them, and their ease of use is high.

If you’re a big texter, you might find that adapting from traditional texting to smartphone texting is quite difficult. It does take a while to learn, but you’ll find it gets much easier over time. Ideally, you want a nice big screen to help you text, as the smaller ones don’t offer enough room between keys. Internet browsing is very similar to how you’d do it on a PC, and you can take advantage of all the different apps out there. From games to meditation apps, you can find pretty much anything you desire from an entertainment point of view. You just won’t get that sort of potential with your old phone!

Only you can know whether it’s time to get a smartphone. In most cases, they’ll offer considerable benefits over the old-fashioned types of cell phones. That’s not always what you want, though, so take some time to make your decision.

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About Ray Gruenfelder

Creator and Founder of The Guy Corner NYC, the Guys lifestyle blog (Tech, Sports, Food, Drinks & much more). A married father of 2, this page is dedicated to "Guy Stuff". I am also Co-Founder of NYC Wine Guys, a wine blog from 2 guys from Queens, NY.

Posted on May 19, 2016 1:41 pm, in The Tech Geek and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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