To choose a new smartphone, determine your needs and desired features, such as a quality camera, 4G LTE connection or a large screen. Select an operating system, pick a wireless carrier, and select a service plan that covers your texting, calling and data needs.
Write down the specific features and functions you want in a smartphone. For example, you may want a phone with a minimum of 8 gigabytes of internal storage and a microSD slot for storing lots of songs and media files. Decide if you want a small phone that fits comfortably in your hand or a large phone that gives you a satisfying experience when watching videos or playing games. Other essential features and functions to consider include a good battery life, minimal bloatware, an excellent camera and an updated operating system. It's also important to choose a fast processor, preferably a quad-core or dual-core.
Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry are several common choices for an operating system. Android is an open-source operating system that features home screens and widgets that you can personalize. The iPhone line operates with iOS and boasts distinct services such as iTunes.
As of 2015, the major wireless carriers in the United States are AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Ask friends and colleagues who subscribe to the services of these carriers about their experiences in order to compare the advantages and drawbacks of each company.