Best Upgrades for Your Smartphone, Tablet

Thinking about a new phone or tablet? Find the best options for your business.

July 8, 2014

Advances in technology seem to move at the speed of light, making it difficult to know when you should upgrade to the newest gadget. As soon as you purchase your new smartphone or tablet, a newer option could come and render your purchase obsolete. Luckily, we've got guides to help you figure out the right time to buy, as well as the product that will best suit your needs. Below are the contents of our 2014 smartphone and tablet product guides. You'll find all the information you need to make an informed purchase, as well as slideshows of what's on the market.

Product Guide: 2014 Smartphones Product Guide:
2014 Tablets
A Phone or a Phablet?
Phablets, or phone/tablet hybrids, come with bigger screens and more advanced features. But they come with their own set of drawbacks, too. Here’s how to decide.
Prioritize Your Needs
Consider what you want your tablet to do. That will help narrow your choices.
Shop for Service First
The options you have as far as what kind of phone you buy will depend on the carrier through which you have your cellular plan. Make sure you like your carrier first.
Terms to Know
You’ll hear these phrases often when you’re looking for a tablet. Know what they mean.
Terms to Know
Brush up on your smartphone lingo so you’ll understand what terms mean when assessing a phone.
What Your Peers Are Using
A couple of practitioners dish about why they chose their tablets.
Check the Reviews Before Buying
There are plenty of websites that cover news in the mobile-phone market and offer reviews on products. They’ll let you know what you’re getting into before you purchase a phone.
What's On the Market
See a slideshow of some of the latest tablet models to choose from.
What Your Peers Endorse
A few practitioners talk about which mobile phones they use and why.
Basic and Budget Phones
For those on a budget, choices include basic phones as well as great deals on older handsets.
The Latest and Greatest
Here’s a sampling of some of the latest smartphones to hit the market in the various operating systems.
Graham Wood
Senior editor

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