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By Liz Alton –
Perhaps you are looking for something simple and inexpensive, or maybe you are interested in a more tech-savvy smartphone complete with GPS and lots of apps. Let’s see if we can provide some insight on weeding through the mobile phone jungle.
The Basics: If you are interested in a basic cell phone and plan without all the bells and whistles, a great option to consider is the Jitterbug J phone. The phone offers a number of straightforward features for users who are looking for a reliable, easy to use phone. Some of the features it offers include a backlit keypad and larger buttons, a vibrantly colored screen, powerful speakers, and a long-life battery. It also comes with a free car charger when you purchase, and a variety of plans starting at $14.99/month with no contracts and no cancellation fees. If you just need a mobile in case of emergencies or don’t plan to use mobile features such as browsing the Internet, this is the way to go.
Fully Mobile – But Not Too Hard: Perhaps you are interested in something with a few more features than just your basic phone, but not too flashy or overly complicated to operate. If this is the case, you may want to consider ATT’s Pantech Ease. The Pantech is a solid phone that comes complete with a 2 megapixel camera for still photos and video, voice-guided GPS, access to the internet, a calendar, alarm clock, and Bluetooth connectivity. This phone is best known for its clear call quality, and you have the option of using it as a touch screen or using the slide out full QWERTY keyboard for faster text messaging. The Pantech Ease comes with contract options of one or two years, or you can purchase a no commitment plan which comes with a higher cost.
High Tech, But Easy to Use: If you prefer a high-tech smartphone with lots of features and available apps, you should consider the IPhone 4s. Apple’s IPhone 4s offers all the options you could ever need, from an 8 megapixel camera and video recording in 1080p HD, to Siri, a built-in assistant that allows you to set voice activated reminders, check the weather, play your music, send texts and emails, and get directions. You can download apps for everything from Weight Watchers meal logs to banking and financial assistants. Access your Kindle or your nook, play all your iTunes music, and have full internet functionality. As a bonus, the touchscreen interface is organized with bright, clear icons, making it easy to navigate, and retina display, the highest resolution phone screen available. This is easy on the eyes and fairly easy for tired fingers to navigate. At a higher price point, it may not be as easy on the wallet however.
If you prefer a more basic option with flexible plans, the Jitterbug J is a great choice for the money. The Pantech Ease from ATT is a step up from your basic cell phone, and comes complete with a few more features such as camera and video capabilities. If you are a tech-savvy phone user, consider the IPhone 4s, as it comes with all the options you could ever need. Whatever your budget, lifestyle, and technology requirements, you’ll find some great choices available in today’s mobile phone options.
Liz Alton writes on behalf of Broadband Genie, the online comparison site for broadband, smartphones and tablets.