What should I get for my first smartphone?

Episode 1067 (37:56)

RJ from California

RJ is looking to upgrade to his first smartphone. He has an old Apple Computer running Snow Leopard. Leo says that since RJ is in the Apple universe, the iPhone is probably the best option. It's certainly the most popular for Mac users. But for someone who has never used a smartphone, a Windows 8 phone is also a great option. It doesn't have as many apps, but as someone just starting out, he won't miss them. Nokia makes the best ones. Android may be a bit too much for a beginner, but that's the third option.

The only issue he may run into is with his older Mac running Snow Leopard. Apple could stop supporting iTunes on older versions of OS X, so RJ may need to upgrade. The good news is, he doesn't really need to sync his phone with a computer at all.

RJ's options include the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 5C, which is essentially last year's model in a colorful case. Leo recommends an iPhone 5S. It starts at $199 with a two year contract.