With so many types of cell phones available in the market, it’s important to know the differences between them so you can decide which one is the best for you. Once you’ve figured that out, all that is left to do is find the phone that meets your requirements. Here’s what you need to know before you buy a cell phone.

India is said be one of the biggest arenas for cell phones; second only to China. Owing to a large number of private players in the telecom service sector, the call rates are not just economical, but also well regulated. This makes cell phones not just a necessity, but the handsets sold today also serve multiple purposes. Depending on this segmentation, we have classified phones into different sections to help you pick your phone with more ease.

If all phones had a high quality digital camera, a music player and an integrated portable gaming console, there would be no high-end phone segment. If you don’t need these added functions, you can opt for a classic model. These phones need not be devoid of all those functions though; they can still have a little bit of everything. Low end phones are not just economical, but also look good and throw in useful apps like calculators and radios.

Business phones are for those who carry out a major chunk of their work over email and need to access documents on the go. Most business phones feature e-mail facilities for multiple email IDs, a QWERTY keypad for ease of typing, a PDF reader, an office suite, and 3G/Wi-Fi connection, amongst other things. It’s better to have a push-mail service on your phone so that you can access mails with ease. Also, you must ensure that you have a good service provider that gives you a stable connection, so that you can stay connected anywhere you go. The QWERTY keypad, size and shape of your phone should be ergonomic, considering the fact that you will be glued to it. Also make sure you keep an eye on the radiation levels, as some business phones are notorious for emitting-high radiation signals. BlackBerry phones seem to be a hot pick for business phones. Their radiation is within SAR standards.

Sony Ericsson’s Walkman range of phones was a revolution in the mobile phone industry a few years ago, thanks to their dedicated music controls. But there’s a crowded multimedia phone segment now, with each manufacturer offering a range of phones with several audio and video playback features. Apart from good music and video quality, a media phone needs a good amount of memory to save your collection, an organizer to help you create quick play lists, and an equalizer function to make sure you and tweak the sound to your liking A

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