Technology is changing so much these days â€“ who would have thought a decade ago that not having a decent phone was a cardinal sin?
And if you still don’t even own a mobile phone, then you really need to change that â€“ and quick, especially if you want to keep in touch with older children, and for your business. Here is a roundup of some great new smartphones for busy mums.
LG Optimus 3D smartphone
With a 4.3-inch touchscreen, LG Optimus 3D displays 3D images and videos; press this 168g Android smartphone’s side 3D button and the 3D Zone opens, which includes games, a camera, a video recorder and 3D apps.
You can surf the web, and there are three pre-loaded games on this device – handy for keeping kids of all ages entertained when out and about â€“ or when you need to take an important phone call undisturbed.
This smartphone has a fast processer, which gives the device enough power to handle video recording as well as playing them back in 3D. The LG Optimus 3D features two 5 megapixel cameras which enable the device to record a video or image at two different angles, enabling the clever 3D effect.
Samsung Galaxy Ace
Somewhat resembling the iPhone 4, the 113g Samsung Galaxy Ace has a simple design with a 3.5-inch screen. The display is sharp and responsive, the device is capable of fast downloads via the device’s wireless internet connection.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace also features a good quality, 5 megapixel camera and flash. It has Google’s very own Android internet browser which supports Flash, so you can watch videos on the web. Again, this is perfect keeping the kids quiet when travelling on the road. The Android browser also means it’s really easy to download games and programs from Android, and there are plenty of free apps to choose from online at the Android Market, too.
HTC 7 Pro
The HTC 7 Pro features a QWERTY keyboard which slides out and has a clever screen-tilting mechanism, which makes writing email or text messages on quick and easy.
The tilting action comes in handy as the screen can be put at varying angles when typing, which makes it much more comfortable to use when typing.
Compared to other smartphones on the market, however, this is a fairly hefty phone, weighing in at 185g, and while the slide-out keyboard on is useful, it’s also slightly stiff and can require a little force to put it into place.