Shape and Size

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Product Test -

All the smart­phones have touch­screens with vir­tual key­boards. Phones with a phys­i­cal key­board tend to be thicker. Look for phones that you find com­fort­able to carry and op­er­ate with one hand. Mod­els with very large screens are great for view­ing Web pages, maps and videos, but some may be more than a hand­ful for most users.

Dis­play

The big­ger the win­dow, the big­ger the view. A big screen has a di­rect im­pact on the pre­sen­ta­tion of Web pages, maps, videos and pho­tos. A large dis­play also makes it eas­ier to in­ter­act with your phone be­cause Web links, app but­tons and keys on the vir­tual key­board should be eas­ier to spot. At the same time, make sure the phone is not so big that it is un­com­fort­able to carry or dif­fi­cult to op­er­ate with one hand.

Key­board

A phone’s shape and size are largely de­ter­mined by its key­board and dis­play. Re­gard­less of which key­board you go with—real or vir­tual—make sure it has all the keys you’ll need, and that they are well spaced and easy to read un­der dif­fer­ent light­ing con­di­tions for com­fort­able and con­ve­nient us­age.

Data Plan

Us­ing a phone’s ex­tra, net­work-de­pen­dent ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­quires a reg­u­lar (voice/text) phone plan and a data plan for Web surf­ing and send­ing and re­ceiv­ing email.

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