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Many have asked this question, which smartphone is the best? Which smartphone should I buy? There are many brands and types of smartphones, but standing out of them all are the Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and Blackberry builds. The question now arises, which do I buy?

First, Do I need a smartphone?

Do you want to remain like this?
Do you want to remain like this?

It might sound silly to those of us who have used smartphones for a while, but the fact is, not everyone wants one. Nor does everyone need one. In fact, for a lot of people, a dumbphone is still the best option. And now that smartphones are more power hungry than ever, and the dry cell technology doesn’t seem to be able to catch up with the power demands of smartphones, these dumbphones are great sidekicks to your smartphone. (If you want a recommendation on which feature phone is best to use with arguably the longest battery life, read this Nokia 105 review).

It is also important to note that less tech-savvy people are, by their nature, less interested in technology. This means that, stuff like games, fancy apps, or email with push notifications just don’t matter to them. Many don’t care about the fact that android has close to a million apps in Google Play Store, or that the iPhone store has over 900,000 apps. They just want basic functionality.

I believe you are reading this because you feel the desire to join the ‘smart’ club, or probably because you are interested in the basic differences between all these smartphone technologies. If you still feel you should never use a smartphone (in this era of hyper-sonic tech? duh!), I suggest you just hit the Alt + F4 key combo.

OK! I guess we are past all the criticisms are we are now on the same page. So, what are the basic differences between all these?

Do you want to save data usage? Use the Blackberry

blackberry on display


If you are very particular about saving your data, the Blackberry is the best option for you. The blackberry store (known as Blackberry App World) has the least variety of apps for the blackberry, probably because Blackberry has done a woeful job at trying to be endeared to developers. There are many other reasons though, but if you want to save money on data, use the Blackberry. This is probably the reason why the Blackberry is most popular in developing countries (Nigeria, for example has the largest market share of Blackberry products in Africa and the Middle East).

Do you want design and fancy apps? Use the iPhone

iPhone 5 with iOS 6


With hundreds of thousands of apps with very sleek features, the iPhone stands out as the smartphone to use for aesthetics. Even if you are not a techie, it is easy to get used to the iPhone; and for music, it is once again, arguably the best phone for your music (though that is partly hardware-based). My only issue with it is that you are forever tied to iTunes which seems like bondage to me, though it makes everything including music, videos and backup easy to manage via iCloud and iTunes. If you use a Mac, this is your best bet.

Do you want web and email? Use a Windows Phone

Windows Phone 8 - courtesy, PhoneDog.com
Windows Phone 8 – courtesy, PhoneDog.com

BEST WINDOWS PHONE: Nokia Lumia 1520

If you don’t care much about apps and the more technical features, this is surely the best phone to use. The Windows Phone combines ease of use (probably because it is mobile version of the ever popular Microsoft Windows Operating System) with a little of the fancy nature of the iPhone. This is probably the best smartphone for those just joining the smartphone family. And if you are a lover of Microsoft Windows Desktop and Tablet Operating System, this is your best bet.

Do you want even more Advanced Features? Use an Android Phone

Android (Courtesy, nwteche)


Aha! This is one place a newbie doesn’t want to go. But if you want it all, with unlimited access to every single nook and cranny of your mobile, this is the best phone to use. Based on the Linux Operating system, it just started to gain popularity because manufacturers like Samsung are making it look more beautiful than it was; and now there are more apps than ever, thanks to Google Play Store, and the love of developers for Android. But if you are new to smartphones, you could be sucked into and get lost in the maze of Android.

So, what are your thoughts? Leave a comment down below, let us know what you think, and cast your votes here.

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