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24
Jul

7 Steps To Choose The best Smartphone For you

There is no doubt that modern smartphones make our lives much easier. You don’t have to carry your notebook or netbook to be able to send emails or to read latest news or to get right directions or even to make some online shopping. These and even more you can do if you have a smartphone.

However, the number of smartphones is growing each day. Almost every week a new smartphone is released. And it is really hard not to get lost in this ocean of smarts, especially if you want to buy your first one.

Smartphones aren’t very cheap and that’s why first of all you should ask yourself if the functions of your old phone satisfy all your needs. If they do, you may go by and start reading the next article. But if they don’t and you are 100% sure that you do need a smartphone with all its features I would recommend you to read the article till the end because I’m going to tell you about the main things you will have to think about before buying a new smartphone.

So, follow these 7 simple steps and you will be able to pick the phone of your dream.

Step 1. Set your budget and choose a carrier

When you think about how much you are going to spend on a smartphone you will have to consider two different costs:

1) the price of the phone itself and

2) the price of the plan you are going to have.

The phone price is a one-time expense while the plan price is the one you will have to pay every month. There are dozens of different plans available today. Sometimes cell phone companies even offer free phones if you sign the particular plan.

But don’t hurry and do the following:

a)      Study the carriers, their plans and the quality of perception in your area.

b)      Compare different opportunities (including Internet technologies available in the area!) that are offered.

c)       Think over what will be more profitable in the long run: to buy a bit more pricy sim-free phone and to have a cheaper plan or to buy a phone-plan complex.

Step 2. Choose Mobile Operating System

Most popular mobile operating systems today are iOS, Android, Windows Phone Mobile, BlackBerry.

They all can’t provide the most basics functionality for your smartphone. However, there are 2 things to think about.

1)      The number of apps available.

iOS and Android have the best selection of the apps (free and paid) available for download, while Windows Phone developersalso do their best to expand the market with the apps for this OS. Blackberry OS can’t boast of such a variety of apps developed for it but Blackberry OS is considered to be the safest of all mobile OSes.

2)      Customization

If you are a big fan of all these customization things, Android was developed for you as you will be able to change it  in any possible way.

Step 3. Size and display

  1. Size

Smartphones with big screens (more space, better reading and web surfing) are in trend now, but it doesn’t mean that the phones with 4.5” screens will suit you. It is not always convenient to navigate them with one hand, to make zooming or texting.

So, go to the store and test different smartphones with different screens and make a decision which ones are the best for your use.

  1. Resolution

Another very important thing to consider is the resolution and the technology of the screen. But if to speak short without any technical details, the higher resolution is the better.

 Step 4. Read About Battery Life

Almost all smartphones have one big drawback – battery life is very short. All apps take too much power and smartphones need regular (even daily) charging.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to judge the battery life by the size of the battery.  Phones have so many other features installed into them (ex. cameras, flash, WiFi, Radio, Accelerometer, etc.), that they will “eat” the power even without letting you know that they work.

I’d recommend you to do the following things:

1)      Read the reviews, forums, etc. where owners share their impressions and experience.

2)      Buy higher capacity batteries for you smartphone later.

 Step 5. Choose Keyboard

Touchscreens are the most typical for modern smartphones, and they work well in the major models. However, some users prefer full qwerty keypads as it is still easier to type using a physical keyboard rather than a virtual one. There are different types of physical keypads and you just need to find the one that fits you best (again through testing).

Step 6. Do You Need Cameras?

Is a front or back camera important to you in your new smartphone? The recent smartphones usually have back cameras of about 5 megapixels and above, as well as front facing cameras for making video calls.

Step 7. Updates of Operating Systems

Some of the smartphones that have been released a year and more ago won’t support the update up to the latest versions. However, it doesn’t mean that they will work badly. It only means that the hardware of the phones don’t support the newest developments.

Of all phone manufacturers Apple is the best in updates, supporting its phones for about two years. Microsoft has done better in updating gadgets than Google has with its Android devices, but the situation changed after Windows Phone 8 release (it is not supported by earlier Windows mobiles).

In Addition

1)      Read as many reviews, opinions, forums about smartphones as you can. Ask your friends for advice. And Try to test as many phones as possible. Don’t forget that store representatives want to sell you the most expensive phone.

2)      When you test a smartphone, do not forget to make a phone call to check the quality of the speaker and signal.

I hope that these simple steps will lead you to buying a smartphone that will satisfy all your needs and will be perfect for you.

 

About the author

My name is Katerina Merzlova. I’m a copywriter in Intellectsoft LTD., an IT company that develops advanced apps for smartphones. I spend lots of time reading and writing about mobile technologies. You may also read the blog to find out more about me and the team I work with.

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24
Jul

Will Personalized Search have an impact on Online Marketing Strategy?

In today’s technology-assisted era, most of us rely on the Internet to educate ourselves, get to know about new things, and accomplish our responsibilities. For most people, a session on the Internet initiates with the search engine. It is the first website we visit on the web when we are in need of valuable information; such is the trust we have on search engines. Whether the search engines repay the faith and trust piled on them is a debatable subject, but in most instances they do, and they have been doing it since the dot-com bubble.

The competition in the search engine space has intensified over the past decade as more people rely on search engines to guide them to their queried online location. As a result, most of the Internet service providers have their own search engines, but the dominant players in this space are Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft’s Bing. To fuel the competition, leading e-commerce companies such as Ebay and Amazon.com, and social networking companies such as Facebook and Twitter have commenced their own search engines.

Amid all this competition, a new concept of ‘personalized search’ has been stirring up the already stiff market competition in the search engine space. Well, then what is personalized search? It is a search which is customized to suit an individual’s interest which goes outside the search query entered by the user. The personalized search generally functions with the information accumulated by search engines on groups, communities, and region-specific demographics. Search engine operators have also developed explicit models to garner information about user preferences based on their web usage history.

Personalized searches can be a breath of fresh air in the online marketing arena, as SEO experts have to chew over new user-centric perspectives and neglect traditional SEO practices. The new search method liberalizes websites from the stranglehold of search engines that play a vital role in publicizing a website. In turn, it prompts web designers and SEO experts to focus on creating quality content that suit or match the requirements of users. With personalized searches, the focus will shift towards building and designing content that will provide an engrossing search experience to the user.

On the flip side, personalized searches can prick traditional online marketing strategies and SEO concepts. The prime hurdle when it comes with personalized searches is that it would curb the scope of web search and confine searches within individual interests. The problem here is that there could be other relevant websites that were recently developed and were ignored by search engines during indexing. Another major disadvantage of personalized searches is that they do not integrate with social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook, which could result in exclusion of valuable data relating to your friends and niche interests.

The bottom line is, as long as there is an option of choosing between personalized search and traditional search, the decision can be left to the user’s discretion.

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21
Jul
What Makes You A Good Blogger [Blogging Guide]

What Makes You A Good Blogger [Blogging Guide]

Are you a good blogger? Oh! Yes is the answer coming from every blogger. Come on, both me and you know that every blogger will claim him or herself as a good blogger. But I am talking about the reality. There is a huge difference between being a blogger and a good blogger. So what are the important factors which make a good blogger? In this post, I am going to list these factors. So let’s have a look at it.

What Makes You A Good Blogger [Blogging Guide]

1. Passion Is The Most Important Factor
Blogging is not everyone’s cup of tea. You can start a blog easily and claim yourself as blogger. But the thing which makes you a good blogger is the passion. Passion is the only thing that can make you to long runs in blogging. Not only having passion, but writing blog on passionate topic is also important. Most of the bloggers are not able to recognize the topic of their interest, which throw them into the line of unsuccessful bloggers.
2. Working For Fame
This is also sung of good bloggers. Come on, now stop making formal arguments and accept the reality that you want to be popular through blogging. Working for fame is not wrong at all. In fact, it’s good if you are working for fame because it encourages more and more to get fame in the blogosphere and on the internet.
3. Writing Skill
You are not going to be online your blog always. The visitors will keep coming day and night. You may or may be there on the blog. So your work or should I say, written content will make your visitors to decide about your blog. Your writing skill is most important into impress any visitor. If you have good skills in writing blog posts and can make good posts without any grammatical or spelling mistakes, then you are welcome in the list of good bloggers.

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4. Research Correct Topic
More informative content you provide, more popular will be your blog posts and hence you will be claimed as a good blogger, not only from yourself, but from the visitors as well. Research of topic is most important before actually start writing. The audience on the internet is always looking for informative content, and if you provide it to them, then you can get success in blogging and hence can be a good blogger.
5. Social Media Presence
Social media is like the backbone of website’s traffic. All the good bloggers know the importance of social media in blogging. If you are really serious about blogging, then you should not neglect the social media presence of yourself. This helps in making relations with your visitors and to solve their problems. Your friendly nature with your blog visitors can turn them into readers and can give you the honor to hold a Good Blogger tag.
So you are a blogger or Good blogger? Drop your answers in the comment section below.

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