A simple guide to buying a smartphone or Tablet

Smartphones and Tablet

Smartphones and Tablet

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
a. Wifi
b. Internet bundle
c. GPS
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

Mobile Operating systemsBack to the Operating system of choice, here are a few things to know on how it affects other apps/programs you get for the phone

a. Android
– 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

c. Ios
– 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)

Facebook Comments

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this article

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.