by Paul Sanders
The number of mobile phones available, and their capabilities, continues to grow. With so many options to choose from, you might find yourself wondering what cell phone will best fit you. Probably the best way to decide on cell phones is to determine what kind of a phone user you are and what types of features you like to use or might use in the future. Here is a guide to choosing a cell phone according to your user type.
PDA users: Users of PDA cell phones tend to use their phones to organize appointments, contacts and even do work away from the office. These cell phones typically include advanced Internet access and messaging options as well. If you're interested in transferring your day planner into electronic form, PDA cell phones may be for you.
Text and messaging users: Most cell phones can send and receive texts and instant messages, but users who are serious about messaging may want a full QWERTY keyboard to make typing easier. Messaging phones tend to have other advanced controls for organizing and sending text, picture and video messages.
Voice only users: Some users don't want all the bells and whistles. They just want a convenient, compact cell phone with good sound quality and long battery life. You can save lots of money every month by not having extras, such as texting or data plans. But make sure your cell phone is text capable. You never know when you might catch the bug!
Music and video phone users: Music phones usually include a lot of memory to hold several hours of music and video. If you like to listen to music with your phone, find one with an easy user-interface and long battery life. Some decent headphones will complete your portable listening experience.
Smartphone users: Available features vary between smartphones, but these phones basically act like portable computers. You can download programs, games, music and more to your cell phone over your wireless network and even connect to Wi-Fi hotspots. A large touch screen gives you great control to move between programs as well. Your smartphone may require a data plan to download apps and access the Web, though.
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