Smartphones Malaysia - Today's necessity
Phones used to be a luxury in the past, something that only the rich and powerful could afford - they were also big bulky boxes back then. As the times went on, phones became smaller and lighter, until they could be made into mobile phones, or as they are called today, feature phones (phones that have basic calling and texts capability). Along with these feature phones back in the day were PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant), a digital personal computer assistant device; people could check their emails, browse the web and the like on a PDA. Today however, there are smartphones.
What are smartphones, exactly?
Smartphones are basically an amalgamation of a feature phone and a PDA. Along with the capabilities of making phone calls and texting, a smartphone is also able to do many other things - only limited by the hardware and applications that are easily downloaded into the smartphone. A smartphone's features included (and is not limited to):
- Making phone calls
- Text messaging with the default SMS (short messaging system) or through the various other text messaging applications that can be downloaded such as WhatsApp and WeChat
- The use of social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Play music that is stored locally or through music streaming applications such as Spotify
- Play videos and movies that are store locally or through video streaming applications such as YouTube and Netflix
- Play mobile video games that can be downloaded from the app stores
- Write on, edit, or read documents, PDF files, spreadsheets, and presentation slides
- Take photographs and videos with its camera(s) - some smartphones have two cameras which can take 3D photographs!
As you can see, a smartphone's capabilities is vast, and is truly only limited by the applications that can be downloaded to a smartphone.
Are there any differences among smartphones?
First time buyers (or anyone, actually) should take note that there are different operating systems for smartphones. In the market currently are only two major operating systems: Google's Android and Apple's iOS. The two operating systems are quite different, and may suit different types of users and budgets. Apple's iOS smartphone, the ever famous iPhone is very simplistic. They are easy to learn by anyone, from the tech-savvy people to the elders who want in on the smartphone game - but they have a big downside: they cost a lot. Google's Android smartphones, on the other hand, are made by a lot of different smartphone companies such as Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, and Xiaomi. Each of the smartphones from these companies operate and feel different (software wise) because they are all customized Android operating systems by the companies respectively. However, Android smartphones are usually slightly more complex and can be tweaked in many ways if a user wishes to do so; they can also be ridiculously affordable - some can cost a lot too.
Smartphones can also come in a variety of different sizes. Most smartphones today come with display sizes of 4.7 - 5 inches, such as the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. However, there are larger phones that could go from 5.5 inches to 6 inches such as the iPhone 6 Plus and the Lenovo Phab!
A user should consider a lot of these options when looking to purchase a smartphone from the many different smartphone brands out there.