So the holidays are here, and you want to find that perfect gift for a loved one. A smartphone has to be at the top of the list for any gadget savvy family member. But the big question is, which phone do you buy? To be honest, this year your choices are really between the iPhone 3GS and Droid if you want the best smart phone for your money. So how should you decide which phone meets your giftee’s needs?
Well, by considering which phone offers the features that will matter the most. While both the Droid and iPhone look similar, and even operate similarly, they differ on some key issues that tend to be very important to user taste. First off, the service providers.
Droid is on the Verizon network, which is widely regarded to be the best cellphone network. This is because Verizon has the broadest coverage across the United States. AT&T sort of pales in comparison to Verizon’s coverage area. Many iPhone users complain about a high rate of dropped calls. Something Verizon users don’t complain about as often.
Which is where you should consider, how much are they actually going to use this smartphone as a phone? If you think your target audience would prefer to text or use the 3G network for email and internet, opposed to phone calls, either phone works. AT&T has issues with dropped calls, but not with texting, etc.
Another major difference is that the Droid has a hardware keyboard accessable by sliding the screen aside. This could be a great advantage if you can’t stand touch screen keyboards. And let’s face it, touch screen keyboards usually leave something to be desired. But the problem with slide features in phones is that they usually wear down and break quickly. This means your Droid could have a shorter lifespan than an iPhone because of the sliding motion. Even when protected by warranty, that’s still going to be a hassle.
The iPhone also has one other major advantage, and that’s the iTunes App Store. The iPhone has over 100,000 different applications for every variety of uses you can think of. The Droid store only offers 10,000 at the moment. Apple as the more popular retailer will be the more likely to keep expanding it’s applications quickly.
So as an overall verdict, if you want the best gadget to play with, go for the iPhone. The network isn’t as good, but more applications means more entertainment, and access to iTunes means more accessable music and videos. But if you actually want to make calls with your phone, the Droid is your best bet for the Verizon network.
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Not everybody has the same high demands for computer usage. In fact most need a home comp just to check email, chat online, and perhaps do a little banking and shopping. If that’s all you’re doing at home a desktop or fully outfitted laptop seems a little pricey for the privilege. But there is another option that’s been growing in popularity for some time now. And that is the Netbook.
A Netbook is basically a smaller laptop, outfitted with less hard drive, processor power, RAM, and a smaller screen, just to outfit you with the basics necessary to use the internet. As that’s essentially all a Netbook is for, but they are remarkably useful in that sense and purpose. You don’t really need a load of extra features for your computer if all you’re going to do is use the internet, otherwise you’re paying too much for extras you don’t need that are only designed to jack up the price.
The other great thing about some Netbooks is that many of them have built in internet connections, meaning they go through a wireless network, like a cell phone on the 3G network, so that you can connect from anywhere. Given a Netbook’s fantastically long battery life, you’ve got a machine that can connect from anywhere for long periods of time, making them extremely versatile and useful for conducting basic business on the go.
But then there’s the major problem with a Netbook. They’re really only useful for conducting basic computer tasks, like your internet needs. Anything to do with multimedia, games, or business that requires the use of different applications such as Microsoft Office Works becomes really difficult when applied to a Netbook. The smaller screen makes using anything like Word a huge pain, as you’ll need to scroll around your typing a ridiculous amount. And the smaller processor and storage space just doesn’t allow for running any program that requires a lot of real time memory.
So I would say Netbooks are all well and good for accessing the internet, but not really anything else. Which is exactly what you should think about before purchasing one. Sure a Netbook will end up being half the price of a much better full size laptop, but with that price difference drops off more than half the tasks that the laptop would be able to excel at, that you’ll find your Netbook can’t handle.
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