What about the Galaxy smartphone?

YOURLifeChoices subscriber, Lorraine, points out a glaring omission from our smartphones’ issue, and would like to know our opinion of one of the less ‘glamorous’ smartphones on the market.

Q. Lorraine
Samsung also have a smart phone which uses Android and Apps…a Samsung Galaxy, yet you don’t discuss this when covering the iPhone 4, the HTC Desire and the Blackberry Curve 3G. Is there a reason for this?

I currently use the Samsung Omnia and when my contract expires was thinking of getting the Galaxy so I would be definitely interested in your observations.

A. We left the Samsung and a number of other smartphones out of the article for a few reasons. Mainly because at the time of the article it was our opinion that the HTC, iPhone and Blackberry were the best reviewed and most popular (i.e. these phones had shifted the most units) out of all the smartphones.

We decided to stick with the three mentioned as we thought giving people an option out of the most popular smartphones would make sense. However, it is not to say there are not many other great smartphones such as the Galaxy, or many of the Nokia smartphones on the market, which are suitable phones for someone looking to buy. Another reason we left some phones out was brevity. Had we reviewed all smartphones on the market we would have had too long an article, therefore we narrowed our choice down to three.

In my opinion, if you have been happy with your current Samsung phone and like the look of their new phone, then you should definitely consider upgrading. The Samsung Galaxy looks like a very good smartphone, possibly the best which Samsung has released and any phone which runs the Android software is sure to be technologically proficient.

However, it never hurts to shop around and be aware of other phones on the market. As entering a new smartphone contract is basically a 24 month commitment, go into your phone dealership and try out any or all of the smartphones you have an interest in. Don’t rush into what is a very big decision.

But as anyone who has ever crossed platforms from a PC to a Mac will attest to, changing from one brand to another can be frustrating. If you like your Samsung, are happy with its user interface, and are more than familiar with how to use it, do not just change over to the iPhone because it is the more popular phone. In this case, the new Samsung can perform most, if not all, of the tasks of the new iPhone 4, and just simply upgrading with the same brand will save you many cross brand headaches.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your new smartphone, whichever direction you choose!