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Choosing a Smartphone. http://xkcd.com/662/. Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy March 2010. Overview. What, Where, Why’s of Smartphones Mobile Operators Mobile Operating Systems & Phones Market Share Data Sample Applications General Advice.

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choosing a smartphone
Choosing a Smartphone

http://xkcd.com/662/

  • Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy
  • March 2010
overview
Overview
  • What, Where, Why’s of Smartphones
  • Mobile Operators
  • Mobile Operating Systems & Phones
  • Market Share Data
  • Sample Applications
  • General Advice
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Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishbraintexas/3607335901/

what is a smartphone
What Is A Smartphone?
  • There is no agreement in the the industry about what precisely constitutes a smartphone, and definitions have changed over time.
why a smartphone
Why A Smartphone?
  • Web Browsing
  • Email (Corporate, Personal)
  • Social Networking
  • Music/Video on the Go
  • Third Party Applications
terms and conditions of buying a smartphone
Terms and Conditionsof buying a Smartphone
  • Handset Exclusivity
  • Different Technologies (GSM vs CDMA)
  • Handsets “Locked” To Carriers
  • Different Frequencies
  • Contract Requirements
  • Required Data Plan (up to $30/mo/line)
  • Larger Early Termination Fee (Verizon)
unlocked phones
Unlocked Phones
  • Pros:
  • More Choices
  • Not Tied to Operator
  • No Contract
  • Usable Worldwide
  • Cons:
  • Harder to Obtain
  • Higher Up-front Cost
  • Only US GSM Carriers
  • Not all frequencies covered by all handsets
know your gs
Know Your Gs
  • G = Generation of wireless network technology
  • 1G = AMPS (Analog Voice)
  • 2G = GSM, CDMA, iDEN, TDMA (Digital Voice)
  • 2.5G = EDGE, 1XRTT (Data)
  • 3G = UMTS, HSDPA, HSPA, EVDO (Voice/Data)
  • 4G = LTE, WiMax (Data)
know your operators
CDMA, 1XRTT, EVDO

Best Overall Network

Most Expensive

Android, BlackBerry, WinMo

4G = LTE (2011)

Know Your Operators
  • GSM, EDGE, HS(D)PA
  • OK Network
  • Average Cost
  • Android, BlackBerry, WinMo, iPhone, Symbian
  • 4G = LTE (2011)
  • CDMA, iDEN, 1XRTT, EVDO
  • OK Network
  • Below Average Cost
  • Android, BlackBerry, WinMo, WebOS
  • 4G = WiMax (Now)
  • GSM, EDGE, HS(D)PA
  • Smallest Network
  • Lowest Cost
  • Android, BlackBerry, WinMo
  • 4G = HSPA+ (2010), LTE (2012)
are you covered
Are You Covered?
  • Verizon Wireless: http://bit.ly/vzwmap
  • http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/
  • http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/
  • http://coverage.sprint.com/
platform fragmentation
Platform Fragmentation
  • Applications don’t necessarily work across different handsets by the same manufacturer running the same operating system.
android
Android
  • Pros:
  • Google Services Integration
  • Multitasking
  • Touch Support
  • Strong Web Browser
  • MS Exchange Support
  • Many Manufacturers
  • Cons:
  • Inconsistent Interface
  • Platform Fragmentation
  • Exchange Support Not Complete
  • Limited # of Installed Applications
motorola droid
Motorola Droid
  • Verizon Wireless exclusive
  • $200 with 2/yr contract
  • 480x854 screen with hardware keyboard
  • 5mp Camera w/Flash
  • WiFi, GPS, Accelerometer
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Free Turn by Turn Navigation
nexus one
Nexus One
  • Only from google.com/phone
  • T-Mobile/AT&T (now), Verizon/Sprint (soon)
  • $179 with new 2/yr T-Mo contract, $529 w/o contract
  • 800x480 AMOLED touchscreen
  • 5mp Camera w/Flash
  • WiFi, GPS, Accelerometer
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Free Turn by Turn Navigation
samsung moment
Samsung Moment
  • Sprint Exclusive
  • $200 with 2/yr contract
  • 320x480 AMOLED touchscreen
  • 3.2mp Camera w/Flash
  • WiFi, GPS, Accelerometer
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Free Turn by Turn Navigation
motorola backflip
Motorola Backflip
  • AT&T Exclusive
  • $100 with 2/yr contract
  • 320x480 touchscreen
  • 5mp Camera w/Flash
  • WiFi, GPS, Accelerometer
  • MicroSD Slot
blackberry
BlackBerry
  • Pros:
  • Excellent Email Client
  • Blackberry Messenger
  • Lots of Applications
  • Devices can be controlled centrally
  • Cons:
  • Requires BlackBerry-specific server for corporate email
  • Weak Web Browser
  • Limited Multitasking
  • Limited # of installed apps
  • Platform Fragmentation
blackberry bold 9700
BlackBerry Bold 9700
  • T-Mobile and AT&T
  • $130-$200 with 2/yr contract
  • 480x360 display
  • 3.2mp Camera w/Flash
  • MicroSD Slot
  • WiFi, GPS
blackberry tour 9630
BlackBerry Tour 9630
  • Sprint and Verizon Wireless
  • CDMA and GSM
  • $100-200 with 2/yr contract
  • 480x360 display
  • 3.2mp Camera w/Flash
  • MicroSD Slot
  • WiFi, GPS
blackberry storm 9530
BlackBerry Storm 9530
  • Verizon Wireless
  • $130 with 2/yr contract
  • CDMA/GSM Capable
  • 480x360 display
  • 3.2mp Camera w/Flash
  • MicroSD Slot
  • GPS
iphone os
iPhone OS
  • Pros:
  • Touch Interface
  • MS Exchange Support
  • Strong Web Browser
  • 100k+ Apps
  • Can Move Apps Between Handsets, iPod Touch and iPad
  • Cons:
  • No Multitasking (yet)
  • Only Apple-Approved Applications
  • No Flash Support
  • Tied to iTunes
apple iphone 3gs
Apple iPhone 3GS
  • AT&T Exclusive
  • $199 (16GB) or$299 (32GB) with 2/yr contract
  • 480x320 touch display
  • 3.2mp Camera w/AF
  • WiFi, GPS, Accelerometer
symbian
Symbian
  • Pros:
  • #1 Smartphone Platform Worldwide
  • Variety of Handsets
  • Touch Support
  • MS Exchange Support
  • Good Web Browser
  • Lots of Applications
  • Cons:
  • Difficult to obtain in US
  • Platform Fragmentation
  • Limited Flash Support
nokia e72
Nokia E72
  • Available On nokiausa.com and other retailers (not US operators)
  • $359 (no contract)
  • 320x240 display
  • 5mp Camera w/AF, Flash
  • Supports 3G on AT&T (850Mhz/1900Mhz) and Euro/Asia (2100Mhz)
  • Free turn-by-turn navigation (download)
nokia 5800 xm
Nokia 5800 XM
  • Available On nokiausa.com and other retailers (not US operators)
  • $269 (no contract)
  • 640x360 touch display
  • 3.2mp Camera w/AF, Flash
  • AT&T 3G (850Mhz/1900Mhz) or Euro 3G(2100mhz) depending on model
  • Free turn-by-turn navigation (download)
webos
WebOS
  • Pros:
  • Touch Support
  • Excellent Web Browser
  • MS Exchange Support
  • Multitasking
  • Best Contacts/Calendar
  • Cons:
  • Not A Lot Of Apps
  • No Flash Support (yet)
palm pre plus
Palm Pre (Plus)
  • Sprint, Verizon Wireless
  • $149 w/2 year contract
  • 320x480 display
  • 3mp Camera w/Flash
  • WiFi, GPS, Accelerometer
palm pixi plus
Palm Pixi (Plus)
  • Sprint, Verizon Wireless
  • $50-80 w/2 year contract
  • 320x480 display
  • 3mp Camera w/Flash
  • WiFi (Verizon Only), GPS, Accelerometer
windows mobile winmo
WindowsMobile (WinMo)
  • Pros:
  • Touch Support (newer models)
  • MS Exchange Support
  • Microsoft Office
  • Lots of Applications
  • Flash Support
  • Cons:
  • Inconsistent UI
  • Poor Browser
  • Platform Fragmentation
  • OS Upgrades Vary
htc touch pro 2
HTC Touch Pro 2
  • T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T (Tilt 2)
  • $200-$300 w/2 year Contract
  • 480x800 touch display
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.2mp Camera
  • WiFi, GPS, MicroSD
samsung omnia ii
Samsung Omnia II
  • Verizon Wireless Exclusive
  • $100 w/2 year Contract
  • 480x800 AMOLED touch display
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • 5mp Camera w/Flash
  • WiFi, GPS, MicroSD
edit doc xls ppt
Edit DOC/XLS/PPT
  • Android: Documents to Go ($20)
  • BlackBerry: Documents to Go ($70)
  • iPhone: Documents to Go ($10-$15), Quickoffice ($10)
  • Symbian: OfficeSuite ($15), Quickoffice ($40)
  • WinMo: Included
  • WebOS: Documents to Go (Early 2010)
expense tracking
Expense Tracking
  • Android: My Expense Tracker ($10)
  • BlackBerry: Expense Manager ($13)
  • iPhone: iXpenseIt ($5)
  • Symbian: Expense Tracker ($30)
  • WinMo: Expense 2.0 ($10)
  • WebOS: None
twitter clients
Twitter Clients
  • Android: Twitdroid (free or $5)
  • BlackBerry: Twitterberry (free)
  • iPhone: Tweetings ($2), others free to $5
  • Symbian: Gravity ($10)
  • WinMo: PockeTwit (free), moTweets (free)
  • WebOS: Tweed ($4)
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Photo: Marco Bellicci http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcobellucci/3534516458/

general advice
General Advice
  • Won’t get everything you want
  • Check coverage maps, ask your friends
  • Try before you buy
  • Understand store return policies
  • Consider previous application investment
  • Always something new on the horizon
  • Buy for today, not for tomorrow
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