Which smartphone should I get? Google knows…

12 Jun 2015

Which smartphone should I get? Ask Google

Google has launched a quirky tool to offer advice on what smartphones suit people best, with users choosing certain aspects of a phone that they find important and discovering options best tailored to their needs.

As it’s Google, the latest iPhone is hardly likely to be suggested, as you’re picking from the world of Android devices.

You’re asked to choose from a list of 12 aspects of smartphone use, to greater understand what it is you are after.

Which smartphone should I get? Well, what do you want?

The options are: photos, music, ‘being productive’, social media, gaming, videos, ‘being on the go’, fitness, messaging, talking, web browsing and ‘expressing my style’, whatever the hell that means.

Google's Which Phone should I get service

Which smartphone should I get? Fill in the gaps

You pick three things, and the gradient by which you find them important – for example, you like messaging, but how often, 200 times a day? – before Google bots throw up their suggestions.

I had a few goes at this and the LG G4 was a regular feature in the top three, with Samsung Galaxy S6 or the HTC One (M9) quite common too. This makes perfect sense as they are high-end, technologically masterful devices.

Which smartphone should I get? The LG G4, it seems

Which smartphone should I get? The LG G4, it seems

But there’s also one surprising one suggested, like the Motorola Droid Turbo, for example.

If these are out of your price range then you can always ask for cheaper alternatives, which tends to suggest older models of the same phones.

It’s hardly an exact science, but a nice little service all the same. Check it out here.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic