Top smartphones for newbies

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Joe capitalises on a life-long love of blinking lights and upbeat MIDI soundtracks covering the latest developments in smartphones and tablet computers. When not ruining his eyesight staring at small screens, Joe ruins his eyesight playing video games and watching movies. Twitter: @Joseph_Hanlon

The rise of the smartphone has been so sharp and sudden that it would be very easy to feel like you're being left behind with your old talk-and-text model, while the rest of the world is zipping past you with the entire internet in their pockets.

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Using a smartphone, like using a new computer, will take some getting used to. Like computers, smartphones run on unique operating systems, and these systems each have different strengths and weaknesses, as well as quirks that may make them more difficult to understand initially. If you don't consider yourself particularly tech savvy, we recommend checking out the iPhone or one of the new Windows Phone 7 handsets by Nokia. The systems used by these phones are the most straightforward of those currently available.

If you're new to the wonderful world of smartphones, and you're looking for a gentle introduction to these powerful new devices, we've put together a list of our favourite phones that should make the transition somewhat easier. We've identified some of the cheapest smartphones, as well; phones that put their dumb-phone equivalents to shame, but are inexpensive enough to pass on to a friend or family member if you find them too difficult to use.




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EesK posted a comment   
Australia

Edit I mean Galaxy S111.

 

EesK posted a comment   
Australia

Why do you guyz push Apple products so hard. I just heard your podcast on the Galaxy S11 and you make it sound like a phail?

You realise your American counterparts are far less bias :)

 

Will1505 posted a comment   

Nice review. I think the lumia 710 should be infront of the 800, just because of price. Also probably the wildfire S over the explorer.


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