Good smartphone for a novice?

What's a good smartphone for someone who's been using featurephones for years!

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CTPAHHIK  Nov. 7, 2011 at 16:28

I would say iPhone or any other high end phone. It does not matter if you go with Apple, Android or Windows.
Are you looking for a budget one? Remember that you get what you pay for. If you want a really good phone you will have to spend.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2011 at 16:30

What do you see yourself doing with it?
Are you online a lot with your phone? Camera - and upload/download? FarCebook much? Watching and/or streaming vids? Would you consider gaming? How far are you from a socket aka does poor battery performance bother you?
Are you after cheap/free apps or do you gladly pay for a program that is good?
Do you enjoy personalisation (giving the phone a unique look with themes, skins etc)?
What feature phones were you using?
How much money are you willing to spit out?
What OS does your desktop/laptop run?
How important is mass-storage function - ie the ability to transfer files between phone and PC without the need for an extra sync PC suite a la iTunes or Zune?

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 7, 2011 at 17:14

Best smartphones currently available are probably:

Android: SGS2 or HTC Sensation XE (they're both getting ICS, the Galaxy Nexus is a massive rip off and apparently the screen on the RAZR is pretty horrid).

iOS: iPhone 4S...obviously :p.

WP7: They're all quite similar, but the new Nokia Lumia 800 looks beautiful.

MeeGo: If you're feeling like bucking the smartphone trend, Nokia N9, as it's the only MeeGo phone you can buy.

I've probably forgotten some good ones and I'll be duly shouted at by Jan and Treab for doing so ;).

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2011 at 17:34

If you wait a couple of weeks - the Nokia X7, N8 etc get the Belle update "soon". Both phones are no-brainers for anyone who's ever used a Nokia featurephone, and with Belle they are getting some Android-esque UI features, a faster browser, NFC etc etc...
But matt's list is good, too.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 7, 2011 at 17:39

Ahh, I'd totally forgotten about Symbian, my bad :p. I thought I might miss a few phones, I didn't realise I'd forgotten an entire OS haha :D.

Jan's right, they're good Symbian phones, I just forgot them, it's not I don't like them :).


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