iPhone, Android or Windows? Which phone is best for you?

Lots of people will give you their opinion on which phone to buy. Mostly their advice will be based on their experience with that phone, or one like it. And 97% of the advice will not be helpful. Here’s why.

I’ve spent over 20 years selecting technology for companies and people, from all over the planet. I know how to find the right answer. In fact, it’s quite simple, and in about one minute you will know how too.

These rules apply for phones and they apply for computers – laptops and desktops, and even vacuum cleaners or cars.

Start by forgetting about the technology! Instead, consider what you want the device to do. You have a reason for buying this device – even if part of the reason is to keep up to date, or that others will be envious.

Step One is to just identify what you want the device to do. For a phone that starts with making and receiving calls, and then maybe the camera is important to you, or web access. Maybe you want to control your schedule, or at least have it on hand at all times. Maybe ease of typing/texting is important. Whatever it is, your list of required capability is important. Only if you end up with a phone that is able to do all of those things to your satisfaction will you be happy with the purchase.

Step Two is to find solutions to those requirements. Those solutions might be hardware or they might be software, or even combinations of both. For example you may want a phone capable of taking quality photos and video, or you may require a Time Management application that works just like you want it to, or maybe you need a GPS equipped phone that a specific navigation application runs on.

In any case, you now have what you need to identify the right phone (or computer, car etc) for you. The third step is just: “What device has these hardware features and will run my required applications?” Find the device that will do that, and you have the right phone for you.

Some people have very few items on their list – “Has to look goooood” is all there is. Well, OK, that doesn’t take long to find a phone that does that.

Others – especially those in business, or those that travel a lot – might have some specific needs, and now you know how to get the right phone for you.

One small hint before we finish – don’t take anything for granted. Even if you think all phones have a Calendar application (for example) make sure you check that this one actually works the way you need it to.

Enjoy your next purchase, these rules will help find the right answer and will eventually save you time, effort and money.

What do you think? Do you like the idea, or do you have another way of doing the same thing? Let us know – either way we like to hear from you,

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