Technology is changing fast especially on the Mobile phone front. Here are some tips I’d like to share with you as you consider buying a smart phone/Tablet.
1. Operating System
To avoid sounding technical, what your phone is running on ( the interface) determines a lot of things as you will see below. There are currently 3 main competitors in this space
a. Android (all Samsung, Tecno, LG, HTC phones & Tablets)
b. Windows Mobile (New range of Nokia smartphones ie Lumia range)
c. Ios (All apple iphones and ipads)
2. Battery usage
– Most smartphones will consume a lot of battery if you’re the following features are on
b. Internet bundle
There are however some especially the new models that can last a full day even with the above features running.
3. Cost vs name
The smartphone battle in Kenya has come down to brand names and perceptions. Why do I say this?
If phone A from Manufacturer S and Phone B from manufacturer T are both running on Android 4.2 and both are using same speed of Intel processors(determines how fast your phone runs) then the only reason most will go for Phone A which goes for twice as much as Phone B is purely because of the brand name. (Lets not go into after sale service as for most manufacturers, that service is a pain)
Thus you need to ask yourself, am I buying a phone to be seen or because I will use at least half of the features?
There are many low cost good smartphones and tablets making their way into the African Market. Projections are that, in less than 2 years, it will be possible to buy a good smartphone for as low as Ksh. 3,000
4. After sale service
– Number of warranty centers
– Warranty period
– Access to the Google Play store (you need to have a gmail account for this)
– Most apps/programs are free
– higher risk downloading viruses, malware or spyware (need to an antivirus-most are free, I’d recommend Lookout or AVG)
– Most of the apps when downloaded will work when you don’t have internet on your phone/tab
b. Windows Mobile
– Access to Windows Store (you need a hotmail/outlook account)
– Fewer free apps compared to the Play store
– To purchase apps, you need a credit card or paypal account
– Lower risk of downloading viruses (still important to install an antivirus)
– Most apps when downloaded still need internet to work e.g Microsoft office 360
– Access to appstore (you need an itunes account)
– Few free apps
– To purchase apps, you need a credit card
– Lower risk downloading viruses (still important to install an antivirus)