Mobile Phones Buying Guide

Which Mobile Phone Suits My Lifestyle?

Generally, mobile phones come in three styles:

  • Candy bar: Conventional screen and keypad.
  • Clamshell: Folds in two halves.
  • Slider: Keypad is hidden under the screen.

Test The Screen

Colour screens are standard in most mobile phones, but size, resolution and colours can vary. A Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen gives better resolution and brightness because each pixel is lit individually. The better the screen resolution, the better the images will be displayed.

Memory Is Important

Standard internal memory ranges between 10MB and 32GB (iPhone); consider 64MB as the minimum.

  • A separate memory card slot can add additional storage space.
  • A model with a memory card slot is preferable for storing MP3 files and digital photos.

A Built-In Camera Is Handy

Even the most basic mobile phones come with an in-built digital camera featuring flash, auto-focus, zoom, self-timer and continuous shooting, as well as low-resolution video recording.

  • Look for a resolution of at least two megapixels.
  • If you're looking to enlarge and print the images look for five megapixels or more.

Tips For Longer Battery Life

Lithium-Ion batteries should last for around 10 to 14 days (standby), and two to eight hours (talk time), depending on features and usage.

Here are some ways you can extend your phone's battery life:

  • Use your phone sparingly; turn it off when you don't need it.
  • Don't let the battery run flat too often; apply regular charges.
  • Keep the battery cool; overheating could result in permanent damage.
  • Screensavers, wallpapers, Bluetooth, etc use up battery power; turn off the features you don't need.

Stay Connected

  • Bluetooth:
    Short-range (up to 10 metres), cable-free technology used for connecting and transferring information — like music, video or images — between devices such as mobile phones, laptops, PCs, PDAs and digital cameras.

  • USB 2.0:
    Connect to a desktop to synchronise and transfer files using a USB cable.

Keep In Touch With SMS, Email And Internet

Along with text-based SMS (Short Message Service), most mobile phones send and receive MMS (Multimedia Messaging Services) messages, such as photos, videos and music.
Some mobile phones, especially more expensive ones, support push email; whenever new e-mail arrives it is instantly transferred ("pushed") to the handset.
In phones – both prepaid and on plans – with a Web browser, you can use the Internet to send and receive Web mail through Yahoo!, Gmail and Hotmail. Most phones also feature Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) browsers that allow users to browse Internet sites configured specifically for mobile phones.

It's A Multimedia Device

If your mobile phone plays MP3s, its memory — both in-built and external — is important. As a guide, 1GB of memory stores about 250 songs. Check whether the phone takes a standard 3.5mm headphone jack or the manufacturer's own. Mobiles with an FM tuner play music without needing to fill the phone with files or worry about storage capacity.

Smartphones Do It All

A smartphone is a mobile phone that combines features usually found on a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) or a computer, like Internet access, the ability to send and receive e-mail, and to edit Office documents. Other features of smart phones can include calendars, calculators, GPS, MP3 players, camera and video functions, and third party applications.

Please confirm your selection

Store Picker

Travel Mode