“Battery life: This is important for the days you forget your charger or power bank. How can you possibly utilize all the functions of your phone if it just shuts off on you? So that’s number one for me on the days that I forget my charger.
Reception: You can’t use your phone without strong reception, so I rank this almost equally with battery life.
Camera: For the sake of preserving memories, I think a good camera is very important.
Storage Capacity: If you use up all your storage, how can you take more pictures? And apps, of course, can’t function if you max your storage.
Data Usage: I’m pretty good at managing my data usage, I try to rely on Wi-Fi as much as I can so I don’t really touch my data that much.
Design: My decision is not really based on design, it’s pretty much functionality and utilization for me.”
— Eileen M. Agahan Igcasenza, executive director, Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce
“Battery life: 50% — I’m always on the go, so it’s not always easy to plug in and charge up.
Reception: 46% — If you have a phone and it will only work as a camera/calculator because you’re out of coverage all the time, why have a phone at all?
Storage capacity: 2% — As long as I can open my email and take pics to help me remember things, I’m good. I stream everything else.
Design: 1% — My design criteria is two-fold. Does the phone fit comfortably in my back pocket? Check. Is the phone slim enough so I can fully manipulate the screen one-handed? Check.
Data usage: 1% — I have unlimited data, so while conscious of usage, I’m not really conscious of usage.
Camera: 0% — Meh. My first digital camera was five megapixels and I was good with that.”
— Ryan Mummert, general manager, Title Guaranty
“Huh? You mean these are all the things my phone should have…?”
— John Rivera, consultant and assistant professor, University of Guam
“Reception: Can you hear me now? Out of everything, this is the most important one. Dropped calls, GPS usage and being able to understand the other person is critical.
Battery life: Extremely important. It is very important to have continuous connectivity. I pretty much manage all my daily tasks through the phone.
Camera: This is extremely important. Not only for selfies, but to actually transmit documents and capture candid shots.
Design: I think I have tried them all. The best design thus far is one that is waterproof and does not shatter at a single drop. One that can fit comfortably in my pocket.
Data usage: It all depends. Certain plans have unlimited, but some slow down whenever you hit your peak. Very annoying.
Storage capacity: I can live with just a bit of storage space. I download everything onto my cloud network.”
— Charlie Hermosa, general manager for Guam and Micronesia, American President Lines Ltd.