Prosser’s Pro-Tips: Choosing your next smartphone

How to know what you want before picking up a new phone

Jacob Prosser

There is no greater feeling: Your contract is up, and you can get a new phone!

When looking at your options, it’s good to know the strengths and weaknesses of the phones available. From battery fiends to Instagram addicts, there is a perfect phone out there for you.

If you are an Instagram-loving, photo-taking phenom. . .

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are great phones to look into. Both of the newest versions of Apple’s popular smartphone have received great reviews when it comes to their 8 megapixel shooters. While there are phones out there with higher megapixel counts, that isn’t the only factor in taking great shots, as Apple keeps proving. With its simple, easy-to-use interface and snappy performance, the iPhone is a great buy if you’re looking to capture each and every one of your college memories. The iPhone 6 starts at $199 while the 6 Plus starts at $299 for most carriers with a new contract.

If you’re a note-taking, wanting-to-be-productive student. . .

Then give Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 a look-see. With its giant 5.7” display and excellent multitasking interface that allows you to run multiple apps at once, this is a great phone for those who want to multitask. Included within the handset is a stylus called the S Pen that allows you to efficiently and accurately take notes (or simply doodle when you’re bored). While larger, phablet-type phones aren’t for everyone, the Note 4 is great in what it brings to the table (when it isn’t being used as a table). The Note 4 is available on contract for $299.

If you like customization and options. . .

Then, speaking in broader terms, any Android phone on the market is for you. If you’re loyal to team Android, you already know this. The current flagship Android phones on the market are the Samsung Galaxy S5, The LG G3, and the HTC One M8. All three pack a punch in their own way and have distinct features. The Galaxy S5 is water-resistant, allowing full submersion in water in depths up to 3 feet for up to 30 minutes. The LG G3 has a beautiful high resolution screen, and it’s camera uses an actual laser for quick focusing when taking pictures. Lastly, the HTC One M8 has the classiest looking design you will find on any Android handset.

If you like simplicity and a stream-lined interface . . .

Then you’re probably already on and should stick with #TeamApple. As stated above, the newest iPhones are great for photo capturing and have a straight-forward, incredible easy to use interface. The newest duo of Apple phones have finally joined Android devices and bumped up their screen sizes: the 6 features a 4.7” display, while the 6 Plus gets Apple in the phablet game with a 5.5” screen. If you’ve already invested in the Apple ecosystem with your current iPhone, then sticking in the Apple family and buying a 6 or 6 Plus is a no-brainer.

The great thing about the current smartphone market is that, at the end of the day, it’s hard to go wrong, regardless of which phone you end up buying.

Jacob is a sophomore studying communication.