The definitive answer guide to which smartphone you should buy

“Forget all the rumors of an Apple iWatch. Ignore the surprisingly good reviews of Google Glass. Neither of these will come close to replacing your smartphone. Not for many, many years; probably never,” Brian S. Hall writes for TechPinions. “The question is not whether you will buy a smartphone – you will. The question is: which smartphone should you buy?”

“I’ve traversed two decades in the telecommunications industry and have spent ridiculous amounts of time over the years testing and sampling various smartphones across just about every single platform, price point and form factor,” Hall writes. “If it means anything to you, I even own a MeeGo. Looks great, but unfortunately it works about as well as your four-year-old netbook. Let’s begin.”

Which smartphone should I buy?

The iPhone 4S.

“Perfectly designed, flawless to operate, affordable. Apple offers the best, most robust, most pleasing ecosystem of apps, games, content, payments, customer support, product integration and accessories,” Hall writes. “I cannot say exactly how many billions Microsoft, Google and others have spent over the years attempting to equal the iPhone’s operating system – iOS – but I can say that none have yet met the challenge.”

“Apple’s iPhone repeatedly tops the competition in customer satisfaction ratings. iPhone users are much more likely to stick with iPhone compared to Android users. That should tell you all you need to know,” Hall writes. “Done! That was easy. What? You have more questions?”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. “Ignore the surprisingly good reviews of Google Glass.”

    I’ve yet to read one *good* review of Google Glass. I’ve read a few that claimed it was OK. I’ve read several that really panned it. I’ve even read a few that said it was truly terrible. I’ve yet to read one that said it was definitely good.

    1. Scobble is the only one I know about, and he went so overboard with his gushing praise that it bordered on insanity. He’s the guy to took pictures of himself in the shower with his Google Glass. TMI.

      1. Scobble is one amazing dude.
        Probably the biggest nerd ever and I’m not saying that in a bad way but he truly loves to live on the edge and goes totally bananas with every new nerdy technology or thing. Scribble is a much better review of how the nerd circle will react to something than the general public. I have not read a review yet of Google glasses, but I don’t know if this particular piece of technology is the future but the technology itself is interesting and will be part of the future in some way and not necessarily with Google in the lead.

    1. I know I’m an anomaly, but I’m thinking of going back to my 4S from my 5. There’s something about the 5 that causes me to drop it (or see it slip out of my breast pocket when I bend over). The few times I did drop my 4S it took the hit far far better than my 5 has. And the scratched/dinged black aluminum stands out as an embarrassing testimonial to a design that looked cool but isn’t working out so well in the real world… or in Jim’s world! 🙂

  2. Still testing the galaxy s3 I bought on ebay. Have another 3 weeks or so to return it if I want. Still using my iphone 4 as my phone, so far (can activate monthly with if I decide to move forward).

    I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I don’t like about this phone, but it’s something. The level of attention to detail in the hardware and software is definitely less. It come with so much weird stuff that it’s a good thing the home screens are so customizable.

    Reading books on the kindle app is about a million times better than on the iphone screen, that’s a definite plus. And it’s about a million times faster than the iphone 4, but that’s not a fair comparison. But so much stuff I’m like, “why do it that way?” So much seems like trying to make it look good, rather than BE good. At least that’s my feeling so far.

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