TIP OF THE WEEK

There are so many choices when shopping for a smartphone these days, and the differences can be very subtle. Here are some of the key things you’ll want to look at to make sure you find the one that works best for your needs.

Screen size: Get the right-size screen for the things you’ll want to do. Buy a phone with a screen smaller than 5.5 inches if one-hand use is important to you or if you have smaller hands. Get a bigger-screen phone if you like to watch a lot of videos or play games, or simply want to have an easier time navigating on your touchscreen.

Display: For a phone’s display, color quality and brightness matter more than resolution. Pay attention to how bright the display is, if it will be easy to see outdoors, and how colorful the panel is. The very latest phones even offer high dynamic range (HDR) for displaying even more colors.

Battery: Many factors, including the screen size, processor and operating system, determine how long a smartphone lasts on a charge. A decent benchmark is to look for a smartphone with a battery capacity of at least 3,000 mAh. Any phone that lasts longer than 9 hours of straight 4G LTE use is considered very good.

Storage: Given that some apps and games can easily take up more than 1GB of storage, not to mention how many high-res photos and videos smartphone owners are capturing, go for as much internal storage as possible. Some models offer just 8Gb or 16Gb; however, the minimum on premium handsets these days is usually 32GB. Adding a micro SD card can also help expand your storage. This option’s available on many Android phones.

Design: Determining good smartphone design is purely subjective. Many people prefer a metal or glass design; others, plastic. If you’re concerned about durability, look for a phone that is water-resistant. A handful of phones also now feature a shatterproof glass display.

— Brandpoint

THE LIST

According to Forbes the best states for business for 2017 are:

1. North Carolina

2. Texas

3. Utah

4. Nebraska

5. Virginia

6. Georgia

7. Florida

8. Colorado

9. North Dakota

10. Indiana

NUMBER TO KNOW

$2.4 billion: The Arby’s Restaurant Group recently announced that it will acquire Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.4 billion in cash. BWW has more than 1,250 locations in 10 countries, while Arby’s has more than 3,300 locations in seven countries.

TECH TALK

Cyber Monday sales near $7 billion

According to Adobe Insights, Cyber Monday sales for the 2017 holiday season topped $6.5 billion, which was a 16.8 percent increase from last year’s sales. Black Friday was also record breaking for online shopping as shoppers spent $5.03 billion — a 17 percent increase from 2016. Small Business Saturday and Sunday also had a combined $5.12 billion presence among American spenders.

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