(Family Features) From managing emails to connecting with friends, a smartphone can do a great number of things. But all of these features can be overwhelming when you're in the market for a new smartphone. Since a smartphone purchase often includes a binding contract that can last for years, it is important to ask yourself a few of questions before making the commitment.

Whether you are a savvy, resourceful consumer, someone looking for an inexpensive way to become a first time smartphone user, or a budget-focused head of household, you need to find the right smartphone that fits your lifestyle. Here are a few tips to get you pointed in the right direction towards a satisfactory purchase:

What will you use it for?

Before you are enticed by a shiny television advertisement for the hottest new device, decide what the primary functions will be. If you want the ability to search the Internet or communicate through social media apps, a smartphone with a user friendly keyboard and an extensive data plan may be what you're after. Consider if you will need the phone for work, play or both.

Contract plans, and even some non-contract plans, force you to pay for data, minutes or texts that you may not need or want. But some providers, such as TracFone, allow you to pay only for what you use, and any unused talk, text and data carryover as long as you keep your service active. For more information, visit www.tracfoneandroid.com.

Where will you use it?

It's important to choose a carrier that offers reliable coverage for the areas where you will be using your phone the most. Providers, such as TracFone, offer nationwide coverage across America's largest and most dependable networks.

What's your budget?

In your research, be sure to look at both the cost for the phone and the monthly contract. It's also important to ask about any extra fees associated with the device, including activation or termination fees. Affordable Android smartphone plans from TracFone include talk, text and data and start as low as $7 per month. Smartphones can be expensive devices, but with a little research you should be able to find a deal for one that can help you do more, without spending more.

With advancements that seemingly occur every minute, it can be difficult to keep up with the ever-changing smartphone. When looking for one to fit your lifestyle, it's important to ask yourself a few simple questions. Doing so will ensure you choose the best phone to fit your lifestyle.

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