What is the purpose of a smartphone today if not to keep you updated?
That means access to weather info, GPS, Google, and social media at any time, anywhere. Social media fiends especially need to stay connected … so the smartphone is the only option for regular bloggers and posters. The question is: Which one do bloggers choose to get the job done, especially bloggers who have made social media their sole occupation?
1. The iPhone
A vote was taken by Independent Fashion Bloggers (heartIFB.com), and the phone that scored at the top for social media and blogging was Apple’s iPhone — perhaps the most well-known smartphone in the modern world. The iPhone has email capabilities that outshine its competitors.
The vast number of apps available on iTunes for social media sites, photo editing, word processing, etc., make it easy to see why fashion bloggers and other social media experts prefer the iPhone as the most social-media friendly. Apple is constantly improving this little beauty. An added perk is the dual front/back camera that has been an iPhone feature for quite some time.
However, the iPhone itself and accompanying contracts can be expensive; less expensive phones will also get the job done.
2. The BlackBerry Bold
BlackBerry was the first smartphone. It made its name on email capability and Internet access. BlackBerry had it before everyone else, and in many ways it shows: it’s the most powerful smartphone out there, and includes a QWERTY keyboard that many touch-screen users envy.
With a number of blogging apps currently in development, this phone is rapidly becoming a major competitor for the iPhone. You should be aware, though, that the BlackBerry requires a stylus, and you give up a lot of screen size to make room for the keyboard.
Another note: you may need to make room in your pocket or purse for another camera, because this one isn’t quite up to par for most digital photography buffs.
3. The HTC Touch Pro 2
One of the most beautiful things about the HTC Touch Pro 2 is its size. The iPhone isn’t great for small hands, while the HTC Touch Pro 2 is more manageable, while retaining an impressive touch screen and the stylish appearance many folks look for in a smartphone.
This little darling also has a 5 Megapixel camera, so you won’t have to cart around your digital as backup in order to take decent photos on the go. The only dilemma comes with the plan: if you plan on using this phone for social media, make sure you buy the phone with a data contract, otherwise you’ll be paying some big bills. There is a tendency for sellers to send this phone out of the store without a data contract, so be aware of that when considering the HTC.
4. The Nokia N97
Nokia kind of disappeared once smartphones started evolving, but now they are back and better than ever. Independent Fashion Bloggers writer Lauren Cooke named this phone an excellent iPhone alternative, because it has all the best features of previous phones. These include a slide keyboard for long text posts, a 5MP camera, and a ton of storage room, which is vital for bloggers who intend to keep their photo albums mobile.
Though it lacks the specific blog apps that easily crowd onto the iPhone, the Nokia N97 retains the potential for usage on social media via Internet access and email capability. Plans for these phones can also get expensive, but it is entirely possible to find something on a budget if you search.
Drew Hendricks is an SEO and Social Media specialist living in Seattle, Washington.
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