A cellphone is a must have in today’s modern society. Whether if you’re a millennial, lived through World War 2, or a baby boomer, having a cell phone is not a trend, it’s a must have.

Although needing a cell phone is one thing that’s almost mandatory to have to keep connected with the world, they can get very technology complex. And with companies coming out with the “next big thing” every month it’s hard to keep up. If you are in the market for a cell phone and just want the basic necessary functions to keep up with today’s needs and demands for being connected, choosing one can be very difficult.

You don’t need a salesperson upgrading you to a cell phone with warp-speed processing, cell phones with crystal-clear displays, a 50.0-megapixel camera, NFC (Near Field Communications) functionality, multiple windows, 500 GB of storage space, infrared remote control, wireless charging, etc., etc.

But, you also don’t want to be sold on out-of-date cell phone features that no one really cares about anymore or uses like custom ringtone functionality, push-to-talk, custom banners/carrier strings, LEDs, and physical keyboards.

Here are the essential things to consider when purchasing a cell phone for basic use in today’s society:


Screen Size/Cell Phone Size

Basically, you want a cell phone’s size to be practical for you. A few things to ask yourself when picking what cell phone size you should go with:

  • Is it comfortable to hold?
  • Will it easily fit into your pocket?
  • Is it relatively light weight?
  • Not too big or not too small?


Screen Resolution & Quality

Screen resolution is how good is the image quality that the cell phone screen outputs.

Today, a 720p resolution phone with a pixel density of 300 ppi will suffice.


Today, almost every phone has a camera. Do you need one on a cell phone? Not really if you’re going for the essentials. But one benefit of having a decent camera on your cell phone is that it could replace your point and shoot digital cameras. So, you don’t need to carry around a bulk load of gadgets. A cell phone with a camera will allow you to readily capture those epic memories readily.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder with choosing a cell phone camera quality. Usually, cell phone cameras are updated with the phones. So, if you just want a camera that is “good enough”, the camera on the cell phone should be.

Cell Phone Software Features

Most cell phones today have app software. Do you need them for basic cell phone functionality? No. But having a cell phone that has apps like Facebook or other social media applications is recommended because people use those applications to communicate as well.

Basically, you would want a cell phone that can at least allow you to send and receive text messages since that is one of the more preferably chosen methods of how people communicate these days – yes, even more than talking!

Choosing a touch screen cell phone will usually have more than enough features that you will need in a cell phone for basic use. Just make sure you have a data plan to be able to use those functionalities on the go. But, if you don’t want to pay extra for data, just make sure you’ll be able to connect to wifi for internet so that you’ll be able to use those functions when you’re in a wifi hotspot location.

Cell phone technology can be very complex making it complicating when choosing one. And with future cell phone technologies and functions coming out, it’s about to get even more difficult to keep up. Features like augmented reality (AR), flexible screens, built-in projectors, seamless voice control, and 3D screen & holograms, it’ll be a world of mess when choosing a cell phone to purchase.

But if all you’re looking for is a cell phone to do the basics in today’s society follow these essentials and you’ll be fine.

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