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Are you looking for a new cell phone or just getting tired of the old one? In that case, you will want to compare phones to get the one that meets your needs. There are two basic ways to compare phones -- by carrier or by manufacture. Let's use the example of an Apple iPhone 3g and an HTC Incredible.

The companies released both these phones at approximately the same time. Apple uses AT&T at a carrier. The Incredible uses Verizon. In a side-by-side comparison, they are very close to being the same with Apple being a bit better in some areas to include the battery life, the radiation emitted, and network. HTC has a FM radio and Apple 3g does not, Incredible has a larger pixel count on the main screen, cost, and microSD card.

If you compare them both by manufacture, you get about the same result by comparing them technically. One of the better ways is to get a user comparison. That way you have a more subjective look at how both phones compare in actual use by their owners. You accomplish this with reviews of the two phone carriers and manufactures. You can find many sources for this, as most manufactures want you to know about their product, and how it matches up to the competition.

If you get a wide enough spread of sources, you can determine how most people feel about the product you are thinking about buying. Some companies, such as PC Magazine, do their own comparisons. One example is how networks stack up against one another. PC Mag found that Verizon's new 4g Lite was faster than most other options out there with speeds that often rival internet connections.

In addition to testing the general use of the 4g network, they tested the different areas of the United States. Most of the other areas favored Verizon 4g Lite. The only exception was AT&T in the rural areas.

As you can see, there are many ways to compare phones. You can do a side-by-side comparison. You can check out the review of the phones you are interested in. You can let certain companies do the research, and just look that up on the internet. No matter which way you do it, by doing some research, you can see how the phone you are interested in compares to all the other phones out there. That way you can make a quality buying decision.

Last Update: 8/1/2011
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