Smart Phone or Regular Cell Phone — Which is Best?

How to choose between a smart phone and a regular cell phone?

If you’re in the market for a new cell phone, you may be wondering if you should take the plunge, be super cool, and buy a smart phone. Before make this decision, first you need to know the difference between the two and which wireless phone is best for you.

Smart phone vs. Cell phone

It seems these days; all you hear about is smart phones. The constant stream of smart phone TV ads doesn’t help. But, when it comes right down to it, do you really know what a smart phone is? Do you really know if you need one? Do you really know if it will be money well spent or money down the drain? Let’s see if we can clear up a few of these questions.

First things first — what qualifies as a smart phone? Technically, a smart phone is a mobile phone that offers advanced capabilities with PC-like functionality that is beyond regular cell phones. In regular language, it’s a phone that acts like a computer. You can go online, check your email, and surf the Internet. You can watch movies. You get the picture.

Now, this is all well and good. But what phones are in the smart phone category? That’s an easy question. Here’s a list of the latest smart phones available.

AT&T Smart Phones

— Apple iPhone 3G S
— Nokia N97
— BlackBerry Bold
— HTC Pure
— Samsung Jack
— LG Incite
— Nokia E7 1x
— Garmin Nuvifone G60
— Nokia Surge

Sprint Nextel Smart Phones

— HTC Hero
— Samsung Moment
— Palm Pre
— HTC Touch Diamond
— Palm Centro 690
— Palm Pixi
— BlackBerry Pearl 8130
— BlackBerry Curve 8330

T-Mobile Smart Phones

— Motorola CLIQ
— T-Mobile myTouch 3G
— T-Mobile G1
— BlackBerry Bold 9700
— Black Berry Curve 8900
— T-Mobile Dash 3G
— BlackBerry Curve 8520
— BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220
— T-Mobile Shadow
— BlackBerry Pearl 8120
— T-Mobile Sidekick LX 3G

Verizon Smart Phones

— Motorola Droid
— HTC Touch Pro2
— HTC Imagio
— HTC Droid Eris
— Samsung Omnia
— BlackBerry Storm2 9550
— BlackBerry Storm 9530
— BlackBerry Tour 9630
— HTC Ozone
— BlackBerry 8830

If the phone you’ve been checking out is on this list, it’s a smart phone. As you can see, you have quite a selection. Next, decide on price. These phones range in price from the BlackBerry 8830 for $20 being the cheapest to the Nokia N97 at $570 being the most expensive on the list.

Check features. Check what features are activated with your contract. Check what features you pay extra to have activated. Don’t assume that your smart phone does everything for one low price. Many times, you have to pay extra to get full functionality and all those cool features and gadgets.

Next, check reviews. Put all this together and you’ll be pretty well educated when you go to make your purchase and choose your next cell phone.