Choosing Your Next Smartphone

It finally happened, didn’t it? You dropped your smartphone and the screen is either damaged or doesn’t work at all.

So you wander into your nearest Verizon store and only then it hits you… there are DOZENS of choices! Samsung Galaxy, Moto, HTC, Pixel, iPhone… and much, much more.

How is it even possible to decide what phone is best for you, your spouse, your child, or even your parents?

Choosing Your Next Smartphone

  • Decide on Deal Breakers : What do you absolutely NEED in your phone? Usually there are one or two absolute must-haves you will want and/or need on your next phone. Some features that can be decided upon are :
    – Operating system (iOS/Android/Window)
    Carrier, if you are out of contract and want better service
    – Screen size
    – Camera specs
    – Onboard memory size
    – Expandable memory
    – Spillproof
    – Speed, screen resolution, weight, fingerprint scanners, accessories, etc
  • Look of the Phone : Like it or not many of us like to have a phone that LOOKS cool. Apple used to have a monopoly on recognizable form factors, colors, and more, but now there is a vast number of possibilities in the Android lines like combination plastic/glass/aluminum form factors, bezel sizes, available cases, or even if it comes in “Really Blue” like the new Google Pixel.
  • Friends and Other “Experts” : Have friends, family or other resources that you trust to guide you on this journey to new technology? Ask them, knowing full well that they may be biased towards certain operating systems, manufactures or devices. There will be a advocates on many sides based on their personal needs and usage, so filter all of that out as needed.
  • Apps : Sometimes apps just don’t work well on certain phones. Unfortunately for many of us on the bleeding edge of technology it can be too late to find out a certain app doesn’t work on a recently purchased phone. But if you’re getting into the game a few weeks after launch it will often become obvious by reading reviews, online reports or other sources that the apps you need to function at work, your personal life, or entertainment does or does not work with the device you had in mind.
  • Ease of Transition : Most manufacturers have apps that will make the transition from your phone to a new device extremely easy, especially if you are moving Samsung to Samsung, or Motorola to Motorola. This can be a concern to someone who is not very technical or does’t have access, or is willing to pay someone to move apps, data and settings to the new phone. There are other apps that will do this for you as well, my favorite being My App List, which keeps a list of all installed apps that can be transferred to a new phone/tablet for easy install. I also use a custom launcher (Nova) and after all the apps are installed, I can transfer the layout of my home and other screens to the new phone and all the shortcuts and widgets will automatically be created or laid out for me. You can also ease the transition by moving images and videos to Google Photos, contacts to your Google account, move documents to Dropbox, and more!
  • Compare the Specs : All the “easy” stuff is done, and if you still haven’t made up your mind, there are the pure technical specs of the phone that could sway you one way or another.  Below are few of the flagship Android device specs as listed on the Verizon Wireless website:Google Pixel
    Standby Time – Up to: 19 days
    Usage Time – Up to: 22 hrs
    Camera 12.3 MP
    Front Camera 8 MP
    Width 2.74 in
    Weight 5.04 oz
    Height 5.66 in
    Screen 5.0’’ FHD 441ppi AMOLED, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 >75% Active Area
    Battery 2770 mAh
    Operating System Android Nougat 7.1
    Storage RAM: 4GB LPDDR4, Flash 32GB or 128GB (Actual formatted capacity is less)
    Colors Quite Black, Very Silver, or Really Blue (Subject to availability)
    SAR Head: 0.92 W/Kg@1g, Body: 0.58 W/Kg@1g
    Hearing Aid Compatibility M4/T4
    Network 3x Carrier aggregation; CAT 9 (450 Mbps DL/50 Mpbs); CDMA: BC0/BC1; LTE: B13, B4, B2, B5;
    Global Network LTE (Global) B3, B7, B20, B28; GSM Quad B5, B8, B3, B2 (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) UMTS Quad B5, B8, B2, B1 (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz);
    Processor Snapdragon 821; MSM8996 pro AB Quad Core 2+2 Kryo 2.15GHz / 1.6GHz
    HD Voice Experience HD Voice, Video Calling and Simultaneous Voice & Data. Enable Wi-Fi Calling and make calls anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection.

    Samsung Galaxy S7

    Standby Time – Up to: 12 days‡
    Usage Time – Up to: 27 hrs‡
    Camera 12 MP
    Front Camera 5 MP
    Width 2.74 in
    Weight 5.36 oz
    Height 5.61 in
    Screen 5.1” Quad HD, Super Amoled, 577 PPI; Full Touch Bar
    Battery 3,000mAH, Non-removable
    Operating System Android Marshmallow (6.0.1)
    Storage RAM: 4G, Flash 32GB (Actual formatted capacity is less)
    Expandable Memory Removable microSD up to 256GB (sold separately)
    Colors Black Onyx or Gold Platinum (Subject to availability)
    SAR Head 1.24 W/kg; Body 1.41 W/kg
    Hearing Aid Compatibility M4/T3
    Network CDMA 1X and EvDO Rev 0/RevA; LTE (Domestic) B13, B4, B2, B5
    Global Network LTE (Global) B3, B7, B20; GSM Quad B5, B8, B3, B2 (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) UMTS Quad B5, B8, B2, B1 (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); TDS CDMA 34, 39 TDD LTE 38, 39, 40, CAT 4 / CAT 6 / (CAT 9 capable)
    Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Quad Core processor (MSM8996, Quad-Core, 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz)
    HD Voice Experience HD Voice, Video Calling and Simultaneous Voice & Data. Enable Wi-Fi Calling and make calls anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection.

    Moto Z Force Droid

    Standby Time – Up to: 20 days
    Usage Time – Up to: 29 hrs
    Camera 21 MP
    Front Camera 5 MP
    Width 2.98 in
    Weight 5.75 oz
    Height 6.14 in
    Screen 5.5” AMOLED, 1440p Quad HD (2560 x 1440), 535 ppi; Shattershield™
    Battery 3500 mAh (non-removable), TurboPower for up to 15 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging
    Operating System Android™ 6.0.1, Marshmallow
    Storage 32 GB, 4GB RAM (Actual formatted capacity is less)
    Expandable Memory Supports microSD card up to 2 TB (sold separately)
    Colors Black/Lunar Grey or White/Fine Gold (Subject to availability)
    SAR 0.78 W/kg (head), 1.14 W/kg (body)
    Hearing Aid Compatibility M3/T3
    Network CDMA: 850, 1900MHz;GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); 4G LTE (B2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13)
    Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor
    HD Voice Experience HD Voice, Video Calling and Simultaneous Voice & Data. Enable Wi-Fi Calling and make calls anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection.

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