Guide to Smartphones for the Modern Mom

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Modern moms are 38% more likely than the general population to use a smartphone, and they’re 28% more likely to use a tablet, according to a 2012 report from BabyCenter and Nielsen. Mobile moms demand nimble smartphone technology that goes beyond IMs and email with aplomb, and that looks stylish too! In addition, they need devices that adapt to the particulars of being a mom, like juggling toddlers, toys, bottles and smartphones or bluetooth devices.

FINDING THE RIGHT SMARTPHONE
Selecting the right smartphone for a mom-on-the-go means aligning functionality with lifestyle and personal choice. Don’t choose a smartphone based on brand name recognition alone; sit down at the computer, pull up a few carrier websites, and do some window shopping and brainstorming. List the kinds of things you want to be able to do on your phone and what you’d like to handle on the fly. If compatibility with other devices in your household or family is a concern (an iPhone for an all-Apple family, for example) take that into account as well. What’s your price range? Take your list of requirements to the store and get a salesperson to help target a selection that fits the bill.

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Then go hands-on with each device. Do the menu systems and displays seem logical to you? Is a smaller or larger screen more comfortable to read or type on? Do you prefer a touchscreen or a physical keyboard?

Whether you can afford to buy what’s hot right now or you just want to know what’s leading the pack, consider the devices featured on this top five list from the Houston Chronicle.

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