Cheap Smartphones: To Buy Or Not To Buy

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There’s a huge number of really expensive smartphones on the market,armed with the best possible features like huge high-resolution touchscreens, powerful processors, good cameras and others. However, not everybody wants to buy phones with so many features; moreover, not everybody can afford them. Of course, the mobile market offers cheaper phones with more “modest” specs, too, and it’s great. But are those phones really worth buying? Do we lose many useful features with the price cut? Let’s try to find this out!

Almost all famous smartphone manufacturers have several cheap phones to offer. HTC’s One V is perhaps one of the most famous mid-range phones at the moment. It runs the latest version of Google’s OS – Android 4.0 ICS, just like the other phones from the One line, but other than this, it has nothing to boast of – 3.7-inch screen, 1 GHz processor and 5MP camera. However, the carriers in most countries will offer it for a rather low price or even for free with a contract, and its unlocked version won’t empty your wallet, too, so the phone will be rather popular despite its not that powerful features.

Samsung is the next manufacturer that offers several cheap phones from its famous Galaxy line. The Galaxy Ace is perhaps the most famous one among them, but there are even cheaper ones, too, like the Galaxy Y. All those phones are rather good despite their price, and though they can’t really be compared to the high-end ones, they will always find their buyers (I myself own a Samsung Galaxy Ace and I like it a lot!).

LG has also announced a rather cheap phone lately – the L3, which is something like the HTC One V, and Motorola has the Motoluxe. There are many other examples, too, and they all make us understand that the best smartphone manufacturers make a number of cheap phones, and those phones surely have their demand.

On the other hand, are those cheap phones good or bad? Actually, a single-core processor clocked at 1 GHz is of course weaker than a dual-core 1.5 GHz one, but it doesn’t mean it’s too slow and not responsive at all. The Samsung Galaxy Ace has only an 800 MHz CPU, but it’s still very popular, and none of its users has ever been dissatisfied with its performance.

Second, mid-range phones don’t usually have very big screens, and many people think it’s a serious shortcoming. But hey, the iPhone 4S comes with a small screen, too, but it’s still a great phone! Yeah, you can say that the iPhone has a very high screen resolution, and mid-range phones don’t, but usually what you see on the screens of those phones seems fine for human eyes anyway.

Mid-range phones usually come with 3 or 5MP cameras. The pics they take are a bit smaller than those shot by 8 or 12MP ones, but they are usually of rather high quality, especially if taken outdoors. We’re not buying phones for their cameras – cameras are just a nice addition, so usually 5MP cameras are also enough for most users.

So for a considerably smaller price you can get a mid-range phone, which is of course a bit slower than and not as cool as most high-end ones, but still rather decent ones. So… why not? If you can’t afford

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