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10 Steps to the Perfect Smartphone

10 Steps to the Perfect Smartphone

Eric Dahl / InsideTech

January 26, 2010

How much of your day do you spend on the phone? How about checking and answering e-mail? As important as your laptop or desktop may be, your smartphone has arguably become the most important tool in your personal tech arsenal.

The right one can make you more efficient, better connected, and more attractive to the opposite sex. (Well, two out of three, anyway.) And when it’s past time to upgrade, an old phone on a bad network starts to feel like a weight around your neck.

This fall’s crop of smartphones are the lightest, slimmest, and most capable ever. But with so many choices, it’s important to know your options. Whether you’re looking for a Blackberry, an iPhone, or something more exotic, keep these 10 tips in mind when you’re picking out your next phone.Then head to our photo gallery and check out the 20 Hottest Cell Phones for the Holidays

1. Check Service with Friends’ Phones


2. Go GSM if at all Possible


3. Learn Your Contract Rights


4. Know the E-Mail-Support Story


5. Try out the Keyboard


6. Get a Great Browser


7. Unlock it or Jailbreak it?


8. Meet Your Memory Needs


9. Don’t Get Hooked on the Hybrids


10. Realize That Palm is Dead. Seriously.



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