Feature Phones or Smartphones?

Which One Should You Choose?

Now that cell phones are so two-thousand-and-late, it would be nicer if we did not include them in the battle between smartphones and feature phones. So which exactly is the best-buy?

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Before the battle begins, we need to make some distinctions first:

Feature Phones

For purposes of clarification, we will define a feature phone as any mobile handset that has a proprietary operating system that is only limited to the device itself. More often than not, feature phones have no capability of downloading third-party software called applications. If it happens to access non-homegrown apps, there could possibly be no way of interacting with the phone’s OS. This only means that the hardware or installed software will have no apparent effect on the phone’s power and performance. But this shouldn’t be a problem to a user who thinks that the power of a smartphone is too much for him to grasp. Despite the obvious limitations of a feature phone, you will be surprised to find out that upon purchase, the phone is actually loaded with well, a lot of features.

And since most of the phones nowadays are integrated to social media channels like email and social networking sites, expect that the new feature phones will sport enhanced features like access to Yahoo, AOL, Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter. Of course, these advanced capabilities may have to cost you a little. And since feature phones do not cover any sort of 3G or 4G connection, internet rates will have to be cheaper. Or slower.

Just kidding!


After the discussion of feature phones, we now go to the smartphones. Smartphones are any categories of mobile phones which provide advanced capabilities beyond what a typical cell phone can do. Smartphones run an entire operating system that offers a standard user interface and platform for apps for web and software developers. Basically, smartphones are specifically designed for the business-oriented person. Because the corpodude of today is required to access his email and submit his deliverables virtually and absolutely any time of the day, he needs to have a reliable internet connection on his phone, and the smartphone does exactly that. It can also download apps from different sources like the Android Marketplace, and App Store. The most typical features of a smartphone include a GPS, weather forecast and temperature app. A calendar app, a web-based email app, and a whole lot more.

Which Is Which?

This is a very interesting question! Again, if you think you are okay with a feature phone which is cheaper and has limited features, by all means, I recommend that you get a feature phone. It’s impractical to squander money on a very powerful phone. If you know in the first place that you will not be able to max out the potential of the phone, do not opt for a smartphone. However, if you badly need a smartphone and you know that you can use it to its fullest, there is no stopping you in buying the smartphone of your choice.