To compare non smartphones versus smartphones, you need to answer two key questions:
1) What do you need your phone to do? and
2) How much are you willing to pay?
Actually, you get what you pay for, and more capability will cost you more money. For some users, it may be a black-and-white decision with no shades of gray: they either want plain telephone service, or they want a phone that will do it all.
There are non smartphones that do a great job of just making calls.
For example, the Samsung m370 does only one thing, but it does it well. This is a basic phone that delivers great voice capabilities, has an over-sized keypad, and carries the familiar clamshell design that makes using it very comfortable. Call quality is excellent, and it can help you keep your monthly bills low since calling is all it does.
However, the phone has no extra features. There is no expandable memory slot for music storage. If you need any capability at all other than calling, you won’t find it in this phone.
There are some non smartphones that do have extra capability such as e-mail, texting and some other functions such as a camera. These devices usually are designed to run on proprietary firmware which is tied to the phone itself.
The main factor that differentiates non smartphones from smartphones, is that they generally can’t run third-party applications. This is significant, because unless the phone manufacturer decides at a later time to include an additional function in a “firmware upgrade”, you can’t add additional functions to the phone. You have no way to add new capability to a non smartphone.
Now let’s consider the cost of the devices.
The purchase price of a phone depends on whether it is purchased with or without a service contract. Phone service without a contract is generally on a month-to-month basis, and can be cancelled by the user with no penalty.
Smartphones without a contract are generally priced in the range of $400 – $750, depending on memory capacity and features. Refurbished earlier-generation smartphones can be bought for significantly less.Non smartphones without a contract are usually priced in the range of $50 – $150, but 數碼通優惠 some can be higher.
Most service contracts run for a 2-year period and almost always have a penalty for early termination. Since the phone is sold to the user at a discount, the carrier absorbs the cost of the discount and recovers it over the life of the contract. For that reason, the carrier charges a penalty for early termination.
Non smartphones with a 2-year contract are generally priced in the range of “free” (no out-of-pocket cost) to $50-$75, some higher. Smartphones with a 2-year contract are priced in the range of $100 – $300, depending on memory capacity and features for the latest model. Refurbished prior models are available for considerably less.