A guide to finding the right smartphone just for you!

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Individuality: the ultimate intent behind every new invention in the field of communications and community building. With so many options available to us, it can be a daunting task to decide what phone really best meets our needs. They are essential tools for communicating and productivity. Choosing the type of device that you use to communicate with is extremely important, and with so many options for operating systems and different service providers, it can be difficult to make a final

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decision. In a world where individuality is what drives our decision making, the smartphone market certainly makes it possible.

The most important part of deciding what phone to get is to first ask yourself a few questions. Will this phone be used for work, play or both? Is it important that you can connect with your other devices? While many of the newest phones all relatively have the same processor speed, they perform at different strengths in every other area. The last thing you will need to consider is this: brand loyalty.

Apple

As Apple was the first company to majorly delve into the smartphone category with the ground shattering iPhone a few years ago, it seems fitting to start with them. When you buy an Apple product of any kind, especially a phone, you know exactly what you are getting and after a little bit of playing around with the phone, you can easily find everything you are looking for. They are extremely good at designing devices that look appealing and can also pack quite a punch in terms of operating power.

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There is a fairly major concern worth mentioning however: while all Apple products easily connect and speak with other Apple products without a problem, they are quite exclusive. You can plug your iPhone into your Windows PC and pull up iTunes just fine, but when it comes to formatting files for use, it can be quite a chore. For people who don’t have a need to share files in work scenarios, this is a small concern, however this can be a major concern for users who connect daily with other people who carry non-Apple products. Apple phones are great for users who don’t plan on doing a whole lot of business other than checking emails and connecting via Social Media in a traditional fashion but who love to have a fun, easy-to-understand device.

BlackBerry

Although it may be newer to the market of smartphones, BlackBerry certainly does have a dog in the fight. The focus for BlackBerry is a little heavy handed in the business area. They are able to receive emails and send them with a few other features unique to BlackBerry. The newer models still have the physical keyboard which is a rarity among smartphones these days However, they are not quite as user-friendly as the iPhone or the Windows Phone operating systems. While they might lack some of the power of the premier Android and Apple IOS devices, the price makes these phones a great alternative for business minded individuals who need to stay up to date and do not need to have all of the newest bells and whistles.

Windows Phones

Microsoft’s Windows Phones have made a grand entrance into the market of smartphones. They have secured a niche for themselves as the phone to buy when you want a phone/camera and they are easy to understand. Windows Phones may not be as complicated as an Android phone, however, they are able to be played around with more than an iPhone according to PCmag.com. Windows Phones are an excellent choice for people who have been used to standard cell phones and want to learn to use a smartphone. There is enough available with the software to be able to enjoy the phone and it can prepare you for future purchases in the smartphone market. As phones with fantastic cameras and a reliable operating system, you won’t be disappointed with the buy if you are looking for a simple smartphone.

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The final contender in the dynamic market of smartphone technology are the Android operated phones. As the number one competitor for Apple in terms of software and hardware, it is no wonder that the very strategy that Android pushes is the potential for nearly limitless options available to their users. Unlike IOS software for Apple, Android is specifically designed to be tinkered with  by the individual user so they can make their phone ‘just right.’ With Google as the company behind the creation of Android materials, they are constantly trying to improve upon what they have already done.

Since Android phones are difficult to navigate at first, I would say that these phones are optimal for advanced users who want to work and play on the same device. The newest phones released by Android rival the speed of the iPhone 5 if not surpass it. While there may be various different kinds of Android software that runs their operating systems, there is always a way to improve the phone’s functionality if you are tech savvy. While Apple maintains that whatever is best for one person is best for all users, Android demonstrates that the ability to be flexible and have a host of solutions towards which functions suit you best is the way of the future. My ultimate verdict on Android phones is that if you buy one, be prepared to spend a lot of time customizing; because that is the whole purpose of the Android operating system.

Conclusion

While the major battle for the most powerful software is between Apple and Android, that doesn’t mean that they are the only two competitors. BlackBerry and Windows phones appeal to a market of people vastly different than the people who desire to be with either of the two major smartphone giants. Before you buy your next phone, make sure you do your research, and I hope that this article helps many of my readers get over that difficult choice! Please remember to follow me on Twitter and to like my page on Facebook along with posting this blog and sharing its contents! I look forward to your thoughts!

Until next time,

The Modern Communicator

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Review: Sony’s Xperia Z Smartphone Is Waterproof and (Mostly) Winning

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Dazzling, high-resolution screens. Cameras capable of crisp stills and video. Zippy processors. Pleasing industrial design. Once upon a time, those were standout features that helped a smartphone rise above the crowd. Today, they’re merely a baseline. Phones have gotten so good that you can pretty much assume that every major smartphone will be an impressive piece of hardware.

That’s fabulous news for consumers, but it presents a challenge for phone makers. Especially phone makers that are underdogs in a market utterly dominated by Apple and Samsung.

Take, for instance, a certain underdog named Sony.

If you haven’t given much thought to its phones lately, you’ve got plenty of company. For years, Sony’s phone business was a joint venture with Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson, a sleepy outpost that didn’t even seem to be trying to keep up with ever-better handsets from other manufacturers. In early 2012, Sony reassumed full control of…

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Facebook: ‘Ins and Outs’ for Everyday Personal Users

As social beings to the core of who we are, Facebook has allowed the past five years of users to stay connected in ways never before thought possible. With the ability to simply stay in touch with friends, family and co-workers sharing life stories, events and memories is as easy as updating a status and their whole world knows about it. This brings great opportunities as well as creates the need for great responsibility. In this post I will be going in-depth on what makes a truly dynamic Facebook page that is also free from negative digital finger-prints.

According current statistics taken by Facebook, nearly 655 million people actively use Facebook every single day. With that much traffic it is important to have a profile that is easy to understand, interesting and most importantly does not have anything posted that could be damaging to your digital persona.

The first part, luckily, is fairly simple since Facebook has tools for everything you could possibly need. Even if you have had your profile for a while, it is recommended that you go into your account and update your ‘about’ section. This allows for friends and family to see a little bit more detail about what you are involved in, find out your interests and all of that without you having to write multiple statuses about it. 

By default, all of your information that you put on Facebook is available for the public to view, however, you can easily change that by going into your settings and changing that option.

Having an interesting profile varies from user to user. However, if your profile is only for personal use and you only use it to stay connected with friends then here are a few quick tips.

Realize that information that either affects others or prompts others to engage with you are most important. If one of your friends is posting about a topic that does not interest you, how likely are you to keep reading? This is why linking to other websites about news articles, funny videos or pictures of you at a friend’s wedding are so powerful: because they interest other people and ask them to engage.  

This last section will be most helpful for young adults or others who are seeking jobs and will have potential employers viewing your profile to see what kind of person you are. When the first thing that a visitor to your page sees is a picture that was taken the night before at a party that was hysterically funny at the time, but to the rest of the world tells more about you than you think is accurate, it may be time to consider the photos that you share with your online community. Remember that when you post things to Facebook for many people it is the only place for them to get information about who you are.

 For many people, Facebook is simply a way to stay connected with the rest of their personal communities. Hopefully these tips will improve your presence in the digital world. Please feel free to comment on any of the information provided here and once again, please follow me on Twitter and on Facebook

Until next time,

The Modern Communicator

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Avoiding Website Design Mistakes

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PeglegLogoCreating the perfect website for your small business is more than adding pretty pictures and securing the right domain name.

Small businesses need to be represented in those consumer online searches even if they don’t actually sell products or services online. And, I think I’ve made it pretty clear in previous posts that just having a website isn’t enough. If a website isn’t appealing or functions poorly it could hurt a business more than help it.

Businesses looking to avoid those problems and make the most of their website can do so by avoiding these four common mistakes.

Avoid complicated web design — Every bell and whistle known to the website man that can fit into your website is WRONG.  Why is it wrong? If your website doesn’t load quickly and accurately in the numerous web browsers as well as different versions of those web browsers (I think Firefox may…

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Living in a Digitally Social World

 

 

ImageSmartphones, tablets and e-readers; these are the tools that many people use to connect and impact a world that is increasingly growing smaller. With the simple touch of a screen, you can view the news, watch your favorite television shows and movies, or even send a short video of your vacation to your family using any one of the video applications on the market. Essentially, you can go your entire day interacting with people without ever having a face-to-face conversation in the traditional sense.  

 

One of the most important aspect of a digitally social world is evident through the extensive use of Social Media via mobile devices. Over 1 billion people use the Social Media giant Facebook with nearly a quarter of that number accessing their accounts through their smartphones. 

While Facebook is currently the most popular Social Media site, the field of Social Media is growing. People use Social Media to connect with others for a variety of reasons. With possibilities in both professional and personal use, the user can ultimately decide what sort of impact he wants for his posts. Knowing this, what is the best way to use Social Media as a whole? Image

Social Media is only one in a vast array of options for the world to stay connected. The devices themselves have the capability to send messages that can be viewed instantly, emails can be sent out and even use a calendar for their daily planning.

In a world where people still have the intense desire to be socially connected to others the digital and mobile options have exploded. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to learn how to effectively use the tools that are available.

That is why I have created this blog. I want to share my knowledge in these areas and help you, my readers to better understand what digital media outlets may best suit you. Every other week I will post how-to guides on the finer points of using all of the tools available including social media, mobile devices, and new options as they become available to the public. On the off-weeks when I am not explaining how to use a particular medium I will have a more topical discussion on ideas such as ‘what it truly means to create content.’

Stay connected with me on Facebook for updates on blog postings and other information. I will have a Twitter account by the time I post next time, and until then, enjoy your week!

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