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Among the sophisticated consumer-electronics devices that we
surround ourselves with, one that gets obsolete too soon is perhaps the
ubiquitous mobile phone. From being a luxury item, this is now an essential
personal communication device keeping us connect almost from anywhere at any
time. There is just no good phone or bad phone but just the ones that work out
for us or those that donít.
The race among phone vendors and re-sellers is on cost, feature
and service factors, making the common manís shopping result a dilemma and an
eventual compromise in any of the above mentioned factors. So this week let us
highlight a few aspects that we must consider before making our next mobile
But every time we come across the range of mobile devices in the
market or we hear yet another new phone entering the market, there comes an
instant curiosity notwithstanding the phone that is already ours. The only test
of true suitability is that phone becomes a natural extension of ourselves to do
what we do normally.
A mobile phone, just like a recipe has to be a personalised item
that which has certain basics and leaves the rest of the toppings and flavours
to oneís personal choice. Often that which suits one friend of ours may not
serve our purposes.
No one can observe your lifestyle as much as you can and so there
begins your ground work. List most common tasks accomplished with the help of
your mobile phone. This may range from basic phone call handling to
sophisticated integrated email or online entertainment features.
The next focus must be on your current phone, its age in terms of
your use and of course your budget range. It is also wise to time the shopping
right for certain seasons tend to give bundled services and newer models
flooding the market Ė for example the forthcoming last quarter as a holiday
Although phones like the iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia Communicator
and few other brands are very effective in their marketing, a few fundamental
factors are to be considered before adopting one of these brand model. Your
phone-lifestyle and your personal usability and tech-savvy levels must be placed
well before the perceived brand-statement.
Among us there are many blackberry users who just make and
receive calls and other who are never comfortable using a touch-screen keyboard
on their iPhone. An iPhone with only the basic set of application also is a
waste of resource for its power and the ranges of apps it can run are never
For someone less dexterous, the touch screen key boards are quite
a discomfort and more a nuisance of they are intensely into typing text on
phone. For those who use text message features, email clients and social media
applications on their mobile phone must consider choosing a key board that they
can use with both hands and type quickly.
Sophisticated phone cameras are again nice to have and so the
need to capture moments of time instantly, be it for professional or personal
reasons can lead to your choice of phone with a good camera. It is recommended
that such users also install photo-manipulations applications on their phone to
make marginal enhancements in their photographs.
Multimedia content handling features such as music and video
players are quite intensive in terms of phone battery life, memory capability
(both built-in & card-based). Anyone using their mobile phone as their personal
media player system must seriously consider phones that are rated high on this
So finally it sums up to identifying your own personality as a
mobile user, well before considering that of a phone you wish to posses. Itís
like buy shoes that fits your feet, rather than chisel your feet to fit your
shoe that someone else recommended for you. Having said that, you could have
more options on hand, if you have multiple personalities or avatars as long as
it fits your budget.
The author is a technology evangelist working as consultant at
the Information Technology Authority of Oman and can be contacted at
or or http://digitaloman.blogspot.com