Google’s new website wants to help you find the perfect Android
Struggling to decide which Android-powered smartphone is right for you? Google wants to help.
The search giant has launched a new website that helps you find the perfect phone based on how you tend use your device. Simply tell it which features are most important to you and it’ll suggest devices that you should check out.
Unlike iOS, its biggest rival, Android is available on a wide range of devices from a whole bunch of different manufacturers. So no matter what your budget, there will be a variety of devices to choose from — and it isn’t always easy to decide which one’s best for you.
Google’s new tool lets you choose what you’ll use your device for most — gaming, listening to music, taking photos, social media, watching video, keeping fit, and more. You can select as many as you like. It then suggests devices that would be good for you.
But is it accurate? Well, it’s not bad. If you love music and video, it’ll suggests handsets like the HTC One M9 and the LG G4. If you want to be productive, it’ll suggest devices like the Motorola Droid Turbo and the Galaxy Note 4, which both boast excellent battery life.
But when I chose “taking photos” as one of the things I’ll use my device for most, it suggested the One M9, which has been slated for its camera, while the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge weren’t even in the list.
That doesn’t mean it’s not a useful tool for narrowing down your choices, so it’s well worth trying out if you’re in the market for a new smartphone and struggling to choose between them. But it shouldn’t replace reviews and customer feedback.
The other thing to note is that the tool is currently geared to U.S. customers, but it can be used outside of the U.S.