A QUICK GUIDE TO THE PHONE FOR YOU!
There are thousands of Mobiles on Ebay, some new, some used and LOTS of new models,
out everyday, every minute! Dont forget to read the Security ADVICE at the end
So how do you pick the right phone?
The best way, really is to get a phone and test it? Right? Well most people cant, unless they see a friends and try theirs first!
Mobile phone shops, e.g. CarPhoneWarehouse, now only have 'dummy' samples which are totally inoperatble. If you ask a salesmen/woman, they will
mostly jibber 'this phone has all the gadgets..blah..blah' In todays climate of mobilephonia, its better to get to grips with what you
need first, a) Most Important b) Whats desirable c)Not bothered - Simple.
For example take the Iphone 4, its the most 'desirable' handset at this moment, it oozes style and fashion, but with the price tag, you
could have return holiday for two in an exotic location, maybe. Lets break down some essentials
1) Phone Calls - This should be No.1 on your list. If your not using the phone to call someone, then trying using emails..Alot cheaper.
Quality of calls should be looked out for, and read reevoo.com or cnet.com to check reviews of phones that are renowned for poor clarity.
2) Texting/Emails - This has become the No.2 priority for millions of people. Its a common as cornflakes and makes sense to have on your agenda.
f your a hot texter alot of phones have been made specifically for this. QWERTY keypads like 'Blackberry' have won the hearts of zillions of
souls purely for this reason.
3) Camera - If your a happy snapper, then having a good camera with a flash may be essential. Older phones had a range of 1-2 megapixels. But newer
models have 3megapixels plus and with flash/zoom. Look out again for web reviews of pics and samples.
4) Music Player. Mp3. Getting a good mp3 on the phone is like having butter on your toast, its not the same without it. And now its pretty much standard on
all phones. But remember to check the phones internal memory (built in) and external to check what you can store and expand upto. A recent blooper of a
phone was the Nokia 8800 Arte Models, with no storage for memory cards??The phone retailed over £400 and was quickly shelved to the glamour and
pomp who wanted something alot heavier. Check how much memory first, as you may have to go out and buy a card, more money - yes.
Now looking at the above, you could find a £50 phone that does that on ebay!
So why go for a £500 iphone? Quality, fashion? Think twice, as phones go out of fashion
faster than any other accessory!
1) Gadgets - Ok you heard and lived with an Iphone! How long did the relationship last, a month or six months? Then what? Bored again?
Alot of new phones have fancy backgrounds, yes quicker speed, but same functions as 99% other phones. Call, text, music and camera.
If your paying an extra £100 for a camera quality, at the moment of writing, there still isnt a decent camera phone to rival a dedicated digital camera.
So beware, of 8 mega pix - 12 mega pix phones. They are ok, but think of the saving and depreciation after 6 months use. A good digital camera could
last you 3-5 years.
2) More Gadgets - Yes, sad to say, now the Iphone set the trend, htc and others to follow. Not to say they are all bad, yes some very useful. But remember
if you have a computer or laptop, and internet, you would equally have access to all those gadgets and software without the quality loss on a mobile phone.
There still isnt a phone that can out match a dedicated netbook,laptop or pc for use...hence the new ipads! You get a sample and taste but nothing beats dedication.
So if your not into a) games b)Widgets c)Gadgets - leave it a 16year old to boast to his/her mates.
3) Internet - OK this is a hard round. People are now dedicated to mobile internet. Thats great news. But, again, be sure to use device for its intended purpose!
If its just a one week wonder tool, then maybe think about working around it. Find an alternative. PC! Alot of phones have 2G, Edge and now 3G and soon 4G!
But if you not a heavy Internet user, then think twice about these terms. Ask yourself 'Do I need to pay extra for a superspeed internet mobile?' If its not being used
then dump it, go for a classic mobile, like a nokia 6700 classic. Funny thing is thats there's thousands of EBAYERs selling nearly new, 'one day' old phones because
they misjudged the buy. 'I thought it would cook the dinner via bluetooth!' Nope its a phone with a touch screen and lots of apps and games to make you forget
the reality of the day.
SECURITY DATA - MAJOR IMPORTANCE - READ!
A shocking report has revealed you may get more than you wanted if buying a used mobile phone because 50% of second-hand handsets contain the previous owner’s personal data. The mobile and forensics experts Disklabs analysed 50 used handsets bought from eBay and discovered that a number of them still contained photos, messages, credit card and pin numbers, and in some cases even pornography.
"The worst thing a consumer can do is hope or assume that the person buying the phone will remove the data," said Simon Steggles, director of Disklabs. "Any data left on the phone is effectively open to the public domain. That could be as varied as intimate photos, videos and text messages. People hit 'delete' and think that means it is gone for ever, but that's not the case.”
Out of the 50 phones, pornographic material was found on 9, and personal security information including home address, credit card numbers and pin numbers were on 26 of the handsets. Steggles recommended a factory reset to fully ensure all data is erased is the safest and most reliable way to make sure your information doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
He added: "It's unfair to expect consumers to understand the possible ramifications of leaving data on their phones," he said. "Mobile operators need to take this issue more seriously – it's shocking what some people leave on their phones."
If you plan to sell your mobile and are worried about having your private data accessed make sure your wipe your phone correctly.
OK heres a list of some common terms used in Mobile Technology:
Band – The most common of these are dual-, tri- and quad- and literally tell you the number of frequency bands the phone supports. If you buy a dualband phone in the UK, it generally works here and the rest of Europe, whereas triband will allow you to also use your phone in the US. If you are a regular traveller, we suggest quadband, which stretches to cover parts of Asia too.
Bluetooth – A short-range radio frequency that allows data transfer between anything with a Bluetooth connection. These can included mobile phones, computers, printers and cameras. Bluetooth can be used on your mobile to transfer files between phones or your computer and it can also be used with a Bluetooth hands-free headset. A Bluetooth headset fits on your ear and is a combination of a microphone and earphone. It transmits and receives audio when in range with your phone so you can have a hands-free conversation.
2G – Second Generation. Most phones without EDGE or HSDPA are considered 2G. This functionality allows you to send/receive basic text, multimedia (MMS) and phone calls.
EDGE– Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution allows faster, more reliable mobile phone transmissions. As well as improving sound quality, EDGE can be used for Internet connection and multimedia services such as video calling. Although technically a 3G technology, it is unofficially considered as 2.75G due to being slightly slower.
HSDPA – High-Speed Downlink Packet Access is a 3G (Third Generation) mobile technology. It allows very high data transfer rates and capacity, greatly increasing the speed and quality of mobile Internet and multimedia, such as music and video.
Instant Messaging – A form of real-time communication, like MSN or AIM on computers. Rather than sending and receiving one message at a time, instant messaging allows a kind of two-way text-based conversation to develop on your phone.
Java – If your phone has Java, you will be able to receive and run applications like games with colour and sound.
XHTML Browser – Extensible HyperText Markup Language Browser allows you to browse websites as you would on a home computer so you see the site as intended.
MMS – Multimedia Messaging Service allows sending and receiving of messages containing images, audio and video
MP3/ATRAC Playback – This means your mobile will play music of one of these formats. MP3s are the common format of music on iPods and MP3 Players whereas ATRAC is the Sony-branded version of compressed music files.
Operating System – This is the software that manages all the resources and other software on you mobile. An example of an operating system is Windows, just like on a computer.
Polyphonic – Refers to ring tones. As opposed to monophonic, this means your phone can play multiple notes at a time. The result is a more dynamic and melodic sound.
Realtone – Sometimes called a truetone or mastertone because it is a ring tone of similar or equal quality to an MP3. Great if you can’t get enough of your favourite song!
SAR – Specific absorption rate, is an indication of how much radiation you are exposed to while using a mobile phone. The higher the SAR, the more radiation is emitted. The four UK network providers have voluntarily agreed that all phones on sale in the UK should be below 2.0 W/kg in 10g of tissue, as recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection. If you want to know more about radiation from phones and masts, see the Direct Gov site.
SMS – Short Messaging Service often called text messaging allows short messages between mobile phones. SMS is frequently used to refer to the message itself.
USB – Universal Serial Bus is universal socket allowing the transfer of compatible data between various peripherals. One use of this in mobile phones is to transfer music or other files from a computer.
Wi-Fi– Wireless Ethernet uses the same radio frequencies as Bluetooth but has a stronger connection. The common use of Wi-Fi on mobile phones is to connect to the internet.