After deciding a provider and plan, finding the best phone to fit your lifestyle is next. While all consumers are unique, it is safe to say that most likely you'll fall into one of following personality profiles.
The Adventure Phone
Life is an adventure, and you enjoy exploring the world around you. That's not to say we'd necessarily find you trekking through the rainforest, or over the peaks of mountaintops - but you like having fun outdoors.
You're probably the type to be fishing in the stream or camping in the countryside rather than sitting at home and watching it on the Discovery Channel. There's a part of you that loves the thrill, the relaxation, and the simple pleasure of being away from civilization: watching the dusk sky, or gazing at the stars.
So whether you're finding the next great adventure or daydreaming away in the corporate cubicle farm waiting for the weekend to come, you'd rather be doing it than sitting at home watching it on the Discovery Channel.
But what does this mean about the perfect phone for you? Your phone better be able to keep up with your unpredictable pace and unpredictable circumstances. Being outdoors so much, your phone isn't just a convenient device to talk on, it's also a connection to civilization.
You need it to perform just as well in the woods and rain as it does in your everyday routine. Not to mention needing a phone to get you out of the thick of things. GPS, quad band, two-way radios, and getting a signal are more important than what a phone looks like. Chances are with all the roughing you do, it'll get scratched a bit as well.
The Business Phone
To you, it doesn't matter if you're running a business, a marathon, or for political office. Life is a race, and time is too short to be standing still. You strive to stay one step ahead of the pack, and multitasking is your way of life.
There is so much to do, and such little time to accomplish them. So whether you're eating breakfast while driving to work or getting the afternoon workout during your lunch break, you always manage to find ways of saving precious minutes.
That's why you need a phone as hard working, well-rounded, and ambitious as you; something that can keep up with your quick pace, and aid you in your quest for productivity.
A device which suits your busy lifestyle should be an all-in-one phone; a phone that can do just about everything; a gadget that can save you the additional bulk of lugging the laptop and PDA. But software applications and battery life are just as important to make sure you can work long through the night.
That being said, you need to stay as organized as possible, without spending a lot of time organizing yourself. For you, there are new victories to be won, and causes to become a part of, and being a part of so many activities can spread your time a little thin.
The Fashion Phone
You thrive in the urban, high-rolling jungle. So whether you're just rolling into your local coffee shop for a quick pickup, or sauntering into a night club in a chic suit, you've got the style that turn people's heads.
Half of getting things done is how you look pulling it off; and you do it in style. A colorful personality, you like to standing out with no worries when new things and people come your way. Keeping up with the latest trends, you aren't afraid to start revolutions of your own because you know dull convention is.
Always making a statement in a crowd, you need a phone is as unique as yourself. Unorthodox designs don't faze you, as long as they are aesthetically pleasing, sleek, and fashionable; and the fewer there on the streets, the better. In fact, once the phone starts becoming mainstream, you'll probably lose interest and look for the next hot device.
If this isn't your first phone, you've probably already scoped out the hottest phones from Asia. For you, a phone more than convenience, it's part of your wardrobe. And you care just as much about how it looks as how it performs.
The Fun Phone
Deep down, you've still got the little kid inside you. Since you're a bit playful, you aren't afraid to act a bit goofy. But you know when to take things seriously, and when to take a joke.
You live a colorful life, and want a phone to reflect your personality. Always looking to add a bit of excitement and entertainment in your life, you can't sit still wasting your day away. To you, a phone is more than a communication device; it's your escape from the mundane.
To keep your mind occupied, look for a phone with melodic ringtones and customizable themes. Also make sure to include J2ME or BREW platforms, so games can be installed and removed as your interests change. But keep in mind that to achieve the best gaming experience possible, a large color TFT screen is necessary for vivid colors and fast refresh rates.
But we don't have to tell you how to have a good time. Being a little too old to be carrying around a Game Boy now, the phone is the next best thing without the awkward stares.
The Functional Phone
You're all about the substance than the flash. Chances are you've got a schedule to keep, and you don't need hassles in your way. Not one for overly risky ventures, you probably prefer the tried and true. There's something nice about predictability and knowing what you can count on and what to be prepared for.
To you, time should be spent with people and on doing the things you want to do, more than the way in which you do it. And you want a phone for talking to people you care about.
So whether you're on your way to work, picking up a friend for dinner, or making plans to save the world, you want reliability - a device that you can depend on to get the job done.
You don't need all the bells and whistles, and just want something that you can count on to work. A phone is a way to communicate with friends and family. If you wanted a camera, radio, or organizer with it, you probably would have already bought one. Concentrate on finding a device with an external antenna. And without all the gadgets and accessories, you can focus on what really matters, reception.
The Messaging Phone
Dexterity is the name of the game, and your fingers do most of the talking. That's not to say you're not social, just that sometimes it's just easier to say it in words.
With a fairly active lifestyle, sometimes you're not in the right environment to talk. Whether it's just too loud in the club, during a business meeting, or just spotty reception on the subways, text messaging provides a convenient way for your friends to leave you short notes that you can conveniently answer with your fingers later.
To you, function matters more than form. And you probably prefer a full QWERTY keyboard to make life easier on the thumbs. With all the text messaging jargon you go through, you've experienced the pains of predictive text and are always on the lookout to speed up your typing.
But that's not all you care about. A large screen eases the task by providing more lines of text to view. And multimedia messaging and a built-in camera are probably in the back of your mind as well.
Regardless, we don't have to tell you a picture is worth a thousand words; most likely you've already found all the shortcuts to optimize speed and efficiency.
The Trend Setter Phone
Talk about in the know; in the ever-fickle world of public opinion, you welcome change, and can adapt easily chaotic trends and fads. Being well connected, you usually know the next best thing before others know it even exists.
Whether at work or play, you don't mind indulging yourself every now and then. You need a phone to match your personality; something that strives to achieve perfection.
Quality is most important to you, and you wouldn't object spending a little more having the peace of mind knowing that it's been meticulously crafted and designed.
Chances are you pay attention to the news and current events. And can probably already rattle off a list of the hottest phones in Asia, as well as the most anticipated unreleased phones on the horizon. Nothing is out of your reach.