Smartphone technology allows us to have a tiny computer in the palm of our hands! But choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Here are a few things to consider in weighing your options:

  1. Cost. Consider not only the cost of the device, but also the cost of service. Devices run from $150-$1200, but many service providers offer monthly payment plans. You don’t need the latest technology and high cost to run basic apps like maps and email.

  2. Camera. What’s the difference between a $500 smartphone and a $1200 one? Usually the camera.  If you like features like 3D photos and slow motion video, pay for the fancy phone. But a basic smartphone will take very nice pictures without the high cost.

  3. Operating system (OS). Just like your computer, Smartphones usually come in one of two types, Mac (iPhone) or Android.  The “best” OS is really a personal preference. If you like mac computers or iPads, you’ll probably enjoy an iPhone. Android users enjoy a variety of phone brands that fit their needs.

(This article was originally printed in the Adult Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County Senior News)