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memory card and eventually fill it, you easily can transfer the
data to a larger memory card.
3 Determine whether you prefer a touch
screen, keypad, or mini-keyboard.
Modern smart phones provide various ways to enter text.
During the past several years, smart phones with touch
screens as their primary input device have been penetrating
the market. Some smart phone users prefer touch screens
because the phone does not require additional space for a
keypad or mini-keyboard, but others find it more difficult
to type on a touch screen. Most newer smart phones with
touch screens also include handwriting recognition. Smart
phones with keypads might make it easier to type for some
users, but others do not like the unfamiliar feeling of keys
arranged in alphabetical order. In addition, you often have
to press the keys multiple times before reaching the letter
you want to type. Mini-keyboards are available on some
smart phones, such as the BlackBerry and Samsung Alias.
Mini-keyboards provide a key for each letter, but the keys
are significantly smaller than those on a standard keyboard.
Most smart phone users type on mini-keyboards using their
7 Check out the accessories.
Determine which accessories you want for the smart
phone. Accessories include carrying cases, screen protectors,
synchronization cradles and cables, and car chargers.
How to Purchase a Portable Media Player
Portable media players are becoming the preferred
device for listening to music and watching videos on
the go. When choosing a portable media player, it is
important to consider features and characteristics
other than the physical size
and amount of storage space.
This section lists guidelines
you should consider when
purchasing a portable media
4 If you will be synchronizing your smart
phone with a program on your computer,
select a smart phone that is compatible
with the program you wish to use.
Programs such as Microsoft Outlook allow you to
synchronize your e-mail messages, contacts, and calendar
with your smart phone. If you would like this functionality,
purchase a smart phone that can synchronize with Microsoft
Outlook. Similarly, if your company uses a BlackBerry
Enterprise server or Microsoft Exchange server, you should
consider purchasing a smart phone that can synchronize,
either using wires or wirelessly, with those servers.
1 Choose a device with sufficient storage
Audio and video files can consume a great deal of storage
space, so be sure to purchase a portable media player that
has enough capacity to store your audio and video files.
You also should consider approximately how many media
files you acquire each year, and make sure that your device
has enough storage space to accommodate these files for
years to come.
5 Compare battery life.
Any smart phone is useful only if it has the power required
to run. Talking and using the Internet on your smart phone
will shorten battery life more quickly than when the phone
is powered on but not in use. If you have a choice, be sure to
purchase a battery that will allow the phone to function all
day. Pay particular attention to the talk time and standby time.
If you plan to talk on the phone more than the advertised talk
time, you might consider purchasing a second battery or an
extended battery if your phone supports it.
2 Determine which file formats your new
portable media player should support and
how you will add files to your library.
Some portable media players are designed to accept new
audio and video files only through a program installed on a
computer. For example, it is easiest to add media files to an
iPod using the iTunes program. Other portable media play-
ers connect to a computer using a cable and are displayed in
Windows as a removable disk. You then can add files to the
media player by dragging the files to the removable disk icon
in Windows. The portable media player must support the
file formats you are using. You can determine the file format
by looking at the file extension on the media files you wish
to transfer to your portable media player. Before purchasing
a portable media player, make sure that it can support the
file formats you are using.
6 Make sure your smart phone has enough
memory and storage.
If you are using the smart phone to send and receive
picture, video, and e-mail messages, and to store music,
purchase a memory card that not only is compatible with
your computer and smart phone, but also has adequate
storage space for your messages and files. If you purchase a
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