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Hi
I'm new to this and looking to purchase a smartphone, but don't know what to look for.

Here are a few points

Are all smartphones basically the same? What differs one from the other, are all using applications?
Which OS is preferred?
How much memory is needed?
Ease of use?
post #2 of 32
Hi Beta

Here is my opinion... All of the flagship smart phones are pretty good - you wont be disappointed with any of them. iPhone is for noobs and schoolgirls, but a great phone. If you are a little bit more adventurous, you should check an Android phone. I guess that Samsung Galaxy S4 comes to mind - another great phone. I used to live and die by HTC, but they have too many technical problems, so avoid. Blackberry, for me, is the stuff nightmares are made of, but many people swear by them. I currently have an Asus Padfone2 and couldn't be more happy. I personally think it is the best phone out of the lot, but im sure many will disagree.

So if i was to suggest one, i suppose i would recommend the Samsung Galaxy S4 or iPhone (ironically even though i wouldn't choose either!!!), depending upon your tech skills.

Hope this helps
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If you wanted to know about any lower spec phones then im sorry.... my advise is buy the best at the time - it will last longer. But basically, they all can do the same things and same applications (to answer the other part of your question)
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It completely depends on what you want to do. If you just want to use it as a phone (voice and text) or browse the internet than any OS will be fine. Other than that it comes down to which ecosystem you want to be tied to. If you plan to buy a lot of apps and content it is a big commitment as there isn't really a way to transfer purchased items from ios to android to windows phone.

I find that low end Android phones can be a bit of a frustrating experience if you want to do very much with them.
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Do note that not all Android phones are made equally. If updates is something that is heavily important to you. Then you should look towards nexus devices as they get the most amount of updates whereas non nexus devices will receive the update three months or more down the road. Google play edition devices are another thing to look at but I personally don't find them worth it.

If tinkering with your phone with custom ROMs kernels etc is your thing, definitely get a android device.

If you're just looking for a phone to use as a phone I don't think any flagship devices will disappoint as a first time experience on a smart phone.

The phones I'd look for are: LG G2. G2 hands down is the best phone in terms of specifications literally making the S4 look outdated with a gorgeous IPS display. Powerful snapdragon 800 that blows the S4 away.

It's not yet available but will be soon.

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What I look for
LTE
NFC
WIFI
BLUETOOTH 4.0
Atleast 720P display
Stock Android ( launchers or Roms can fix this)
4.2+
OTA Support or GOOD rom Support

Thats what you should look for and why I have my Nexus
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What to look for in a smartphone?

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What I look for
LTE
NFC
WIFI
BLUETOOTH 4.0
Atleast 720P display
Stock Android ( launchers or Roms can fix this)
4.2+
OTA Support or GOOD rom Support

Thats what you should look for and why I have my Nexus

Using a launcher doesn't necessarily make your phone stock android because it really isn't. It's called vanilla or simply aosp android being a os without a sense, touchwiz etc framework.

You can flash a custom rom to it however, nexus devices will always have the more stable rom as it is a aosp supported device and typically has better development support due to all the binaries and drivers available so developers don't need to hack it around to get it to work. Not to mention, depending on what network you're on especially Verizon they tend to lock their bootloaders down not allowing users to tinker with their device. There are ways around it but it's not worth giving your money to those who lock the bootloader.

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Using a launcher doesn't necessarily make your phone stock android because it really isn't. It's called vanilla or simply aosp android being a os without a sense, touchwiz etc framework.

You can flash a custom rom to it however, nexus devices will always have the more stable rom as it is a aosp supported device and typically has better development support due to all the binaries and drivers available so developers don't need to hack it around to get it to work. Not to mention, depending on what network you're on especially Verizon they tend to lock their bootloaders down not allowing users to tinker with their device. There are ways around it but it's not worth giving your money to those who lock the bootloader.

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A launcher gives the appearance of stock android making vile touchwiz bearable
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At this point I would wait another couple months, because the Nexus 5 will probably come out around October to compete with the new iPhone 6 or 5S.
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