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Buying a smartphone

Buying a smartphone

Smartphones have come a long way since the first iPhone launched in 2007. The latest models are essentially portable computers, and they're only going to get more powerful.

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Like a computer, smartphones aren't just about hardware. You also have to think of the software. In this case, that means apps. It doesn't do you any good to have blazing-fast hardware and nothing to run.

See a comparison of the best smartphones here.

Apple

The iPhone5s is the latest and greatest smartphone from Apple. It keeps the iPhone 5's, large 4-inch screen, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G cellular and a new, smaller connector. But it adds the much more powerful A7 processor and a second M7 processor for handling the sensors and extras like fitness accessories.

The cameras have seen an upgrade with improved optics and image processing, with the front camera now sporting 1.2 megapixels. The 8-megapixel rear camera has a larger image sensor for better low-light shooting, and a dual-LED flash for better colors. Don't forget - with a few additions, you can turn your iPhone into a high-end camera.

Storage is the same as the iPhone 5, with 16-gigabyte, 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte models. As usual, it keeps the same prices of $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB). However, you now have the option of three case colors: dark gray, gold and silver.

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