Spotify, TV, news, YouTube, multi-player games, web browsing, video calling, streaming live events.
Think about it for a second- we consume huge amounts of data every second of every day and never stop to consider that our phones are mere portals for everything that is out there. Take away the internet and you have a product that can make phone calls and send and receive text messages. It can take photos and play games that would have to be downloaded by a computer which is attached to your phone with a wire. How awful.
When you are considering a new smartphone, you need to consider just how important web access is to your needs and if you think it isn’t, you are probably wrong. Modern-day smartphones need the internet like you and I need air and water. If you want to download a new app and then use it properly, chances are you need the internet to get anything from it. If you want to talk to friends, you are perhaps less likely to phone or text someone when you can IM them or video chat with them. You of course need data for this, as much as you can get and in as many places as possible.
You need to consider the battery, screen quality and everything else such as the network you are on, coverage and data allowance. Fortunately all of the high-end Android phones now come with super-fast data compatibility, screens that work everywhere and 100,000′s of apps to choose from. There is no deep point to this article except to say- consider your ability to connect anytime and anywhere with your phone. It could be the most important feature of the entire experience.