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There are choices when buying a smartphone

Before you go shopping for a smartphone you should decide a few issues: 1) Do I want a large or small screen; 2) What screen  resolution is best for me; 3) Will I need BB messenger; and, 4) Do I need a phone with an  awesome camera. Battery life is a critical issue.  If your phone cannot hold a charge all day when you buy it, it’s going to be  much much worse in 12-24 months. Figure out what matters most to you and write it down.

There are four main smartphone operating system choices today: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Android was developed by Google and is an open source operating system that runs on the majority of new phones. Android has a robust apps store called Google Play filled with addons. If you’re hooked on BBM or love physical keyboards and small screens, BlackBerry may be for you.

iPhone is the only phone that runs iOS and Apple plans to keep it that way. If you own other Apple devices or enjoy services like iTunes, the iPhone may be a good option for you.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone is the only OS to employ a new type of interface. Instead of relying on a grid of shortcuts and a notification tray, Windows Phone uses Live Tiles, which are half app icon, half widget.

According to July 2011 Pew Internet Project report, more Americans own Smartphones than hold a bachelor’s degree or speak another language in their homes. Wealthy, well-educated and young respondents all had high levels of smartphone ownership.

In the telephone survey, 83% of respondents said that they owned a cellphone of some kind and 35% of the 2,277 U.S. adults questioned in English or Spanish said that they owned a smartphone. Amost 9 in 10 smartphone owners (87%) used their phones to surf the Internet. Almost one-third of smartphone owners use their device as their primary Internet connection.

When it comes to cellphone service providers there are numerous. The key is to find a provider that offers the best reception where you most often use your phone.

The largest U.S. cell phone service providers

(as of March 2010 by number of subscribers in millions)

1) Verizon Wireless (92.8)
2) AT&T Mobility (87.0)
3) Sprint Nextel (48.1)
4) T-Mobile (33.8)
5) TracFone Wireless (14.5)
6) MetroPCS (6.7)
7) U.S. Cellular (6.2)
8) Cricket / Jump Mobile (5.0)
9) Qwest Wireless (0.850)
10) Cellular South (0.800)
11) Clearwire (0.688)
12) Cincinnati Bell (0.5331)
13) nTelos / Frawg (0.4383)
14) Pocket (0.300)
15) SouthernLINC (0.275)
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