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Best smartphone for a beginner?

What's a good smartphone for a beginner (my mum!!). Wouldn't need too much storage, 3MP camera would be fine, at least 3.5 inch screen...

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Nov. 29, 2011 at 13:39

What non-smart phone has your mum used in the past?
Price limit? I'd tend to say any low-mid-range Android might do; but since it's her first smartphone, you should choose something solid, with a stable OS. Dealing with bugs, quirks, reboots etc is okay for us geeky types, but may be daunting if you never used a smartphone before.

Also: why does it have to be a smartphone? What does she intend to do with it? From your question I assume she's not into photography?!
Is she a social networker? Emailer? How important is battery life for her? Would getting-used to daily charging be a turn-off?

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 13:39

What non-smart phone has your mum used in the past?
Price limit? I'd tend to say any low-mid-range Android might do; but since it's her first smartphone, you should choose something solid, with a stable OS. Dealing with bugs, quirks, reboots etc is okay for us geeky types, but may be daunting if you never used a smartphone before.

Also: why does it have to be a smartphone? What does she intend to do with it? From your question I assume she's not into photography?!
Is she a social networker? Emailer? How important is battery life for her? Would getting-used to daily charging be a turn-off?

blizzard7  Nov. 29, 2011 at 13:55

I would actually say Windows Phone 7 is the most user-friendly OS out there. Android can be a bit finicky with its many many menus sprawling all over the place. With WP7, as soon as you turn it on, right in front of you are the phone, text and email tiles. Simple as that.

An HTC Mozart might fit the bill. You can pick one up for about £180.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 14:28

Yes, not having more mum-info, I'd actually agree - it doesn't get much simpler than WP7 now that the abacus has been discontinued. Very intuitive OS, battery life on the Mozart's okay, too, it's sturdy yet stylish. And typing on WP7 is actually quite pleasant.

1geewhiz  Nov. 29, 2011 at 19:43

Take her to a Verizon, Sprint etc kiosk in the mall and let her play with their phones to get an idea of what might best suit her!

blizzard7  Nov. 29, 2011 at 20:11

@1geewhiz
Yeah that's a great idea as well! Although given the UK spelling of mum, probably replace Verizon and Sprint with O2 and Vodafone etc. :)

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 20:45

I'm going to be hung, drawn and quartered for saying this...maybe an iPhone 4 (I doubt she needs to grunt of the 4S), would fit the bill for a beginner? The OS is fluid and simple and the phone itself is known for its quality.

mannn2234  Nov. 29, 2011 at 21:08

Get an Orange San Francisco, it's a perfect entry level phone and also supports flash (install v10.2). San Francisco 2 is now out as well, so that's also an option. Or if you want a bigger screen, the Orange Monte Carlo.

Treab  Nov. 29, 2011 at 21:16

I have hired an assassin....

wildfire s... cheap easy to use and shexy none the less...

blizzard7  Nov. 29, 2011 at 21:20

iPhone 4 - Far too expensive for a beginner. It's like offering a brand new Jaguar to someone who's just passed their driving test.
Wildfire S - Screen size is too small for the requirements given.

Treab  Nov. 29, 2011 at 21:25

by only .3 of an inch....

blizzard7  Nov. 29, 2011 at 21:28

That's a noticeable difference. You wouldn't swap an HTC Desire HD for an Incredible S for instance.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 21:43

Ok then, iPhone 3GS, suggesting a beginner buys an Android device is like offering them free tech. support for the duration of them owning said device....Android is great if you're a geek, it's powerful and flexible...as a total beginner, iOS is far better suited.

I can't believe I'm siding with iOS/Apple haha :D.

Also, how can you say "far too expensive", when the OP mentioned nothing to do with price. The first smartphone my Dad ever owned was an iPhone, he was a beginner and the price didn't put him off.

Treab  Nov. 29, 2011 at 22:03

AHA i knew you were an iphone fanboy... the truth will out :p

but if i was a beginner maybe a little nervous about going full touch from say a classic phone ... i would go cheap (i didnt but im amazing hero ftw :p)

so look at the

wildfire s

bada phones such as wave 3.

hell even more classic phones such as the hero ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 22:09

There's nothing wrong with going from a "normal", phone to a touch-screen as long as it's capacitive not resistive....eugh....

If price isn't an issue go for the iPhone 4, it's the phone that best suits your mum's needs but it does cost a fair bit.

If price is an issue I'd recommend maybe a T-Mobile Vivacity/Orange San Fran. 2 (they're the same phone with different body work).

Treab  Nov. 29, 2011 at 22:14

i didnt say it wasn't right to do it ;) but as its a 'mum' she may find it more difficult we dont know about her age and tech prowess...

haibae  4 days ago

I think that maybe a iphone 4s would be a good choice. Although the price is kinda high. But if you buy from verizon, voice plans start at $59.99 a month. (450 voice minuts, unlimited texts) and go up to $8.99 a month. (Unlimited minuts). Data plans start at $30 per month (2Gb of data) and go up to $100 a month (12 Gb plus mobil hotspot service)

If you want verizons cheapest plans, you'll pay $8.99 a month. That gives you 450 voice minutes. 2gb of data, and unlimited messages.

Although, if its to expensive for you, i would go for the Verizon samsung legend NO-contract fee smartphone. It's a little phone, and it's easy to use for beginners. And the price is only $99.99 for the phone. Although it has a shortage on memory (less than 2Gb avalibal to user.) But if your mom is not a heavy app user, then this will be a sutibal phone for her. Then once she wants to upgrade to a bigger phone, i would suggest the samsung galaxy s3. It's only $299 for the phone (depends on what store you go to). The best store i can think of to get your phone from is verizon. The second best place i would suggest is At&t.

Anyway, i hope this was helpfull.

~Hailey~

matt101101 / MOD  4 days ago

Wow....now that's a thread revival. I'm sure the OP's mum has settled on a phone in the past two and a bit years haha :p.

Treab  3 days ago

But what if she hasn't matt... WHAT IF SHE HASN'T....

she could be on the floor of phones 4 u clutching the dummy phones crying WHICH ONE SHOULD I GET ;)

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