phonesSmartphones are almost taking over the mobile marketplace. The versatility more than makes up for the battery life trade off, and newer phones are gaining in this area too.

In addition, the warehouse of apps available for these devices makes them even more useful as all around tools. There are apps for shopping lists, making your phone into a scanner, games, music and even a remote control.

If cost is a concern, check out this article from CNN Money comparing costs of some popular models.  The real cost of a smartphone is in the use – how much do you use the majority of the features. If you only talk and text, these phones are not for you.  But as someone who is a power user, I can state that you get very comfortable having all that convenience at your fingertips.  I can update my blogs, take and edit photos and send tweets from my phone, read digital magazines and books and still have enough battery life for lengthy conversations and some text messaging.  Oh, and I can never be lost with my built in GPS.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Droid Bionic and wished for an update to Gingerbread on the EVO.  A couple of days ago my wish was answered and an update was downloaded to my phone.  This type of service extends the useful life of a smartphone and makes it a better investment than models which cannot be updated.

So, make your wish list of features and get to the nearest mobile provider or go on the web to Amazon or Wirefly to compare prices.
And if a large screen is as important to you as it is to me, check out the HTC EVO. Or, slightly smaller screen but with a keyboard, the HTC EVO Shift.

I’m interested in the experiences of people with other types of smartphones such as the Droid, iPhone (any model) and Samsung models.  Please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts.

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