Just about 4 years ago, Samsung launched the Galaxy Ace, probably the company’s first attempt into selling budget smartphones. However, using the phone or any other low budget phone of that time would clear you of the fact that the phones were low budget only. They would be extremely slow, their displays would be low quality and camera quality would be beyond questioning. The motive though, was quite clear. Sell budget phones to the cost concerned, and flagships to the others. Come back to the present day (2015) and you’ll see that things are now not as they used to be. Budget smartphones today may not give you the best of specifications, but software and the cheaper yet better than before hardware ensures that your phone works just as any other phone would.
Both Google’s Android and even Microsoft’s Windows Phone are experiencing a lot of growth in the low-end part of the market worldwide. People who don’t have enough money to afford an iPhone are buying other budget smartphones. This increasing focus on cheap smartphones has benefited everyone. With KitKat, Google focused on making Android run better on lower-end hardware, dramatically cutting the amount of memory Android needed to function. Windows Phone has always run well on lower-end hardware in addition to its awesome powerful hardware counterparts.
Google’s “Android One” program is currently attempting to push very capable $100 Android phones. Microsoft is also focusing on the low-end with their Lumia smartphone business— most people are buying these Windows Phone devices because they’re very cheap.
Of course, software is just a small part of the story. Hardware has improved dramatically and has become much cheaper, and this allows for much cheaper— but still capable— smartphones.
The sub-par experience of phones with slow, laggy interfaces has been banished by some of the cheaper phones available today.
In the Android arena, Motorola’s new Moto G costs just Rs. 10,000. It doesn’t have a tiny, cheap screen— it has a roomy 5-inch display. It won’t be the sharpest display panel if you place it next to a Rs. 40,000 phone, but it’s not bad. The phone runs the latest version of Android— Android Lollipop. Its camera is just about as good as the camera on the iPhone 4S— an older iPhone, but one that still costs Rs.17,000 today. Thanks to the march of technology, this phone’s CPU seems about as powerful as the CPU found in the Samsung Galaxy S3. You won’t be putting up with an extra-slow, laggy interface— you’ll have a nice large screen, a decent camera, the latest version of Android, and the ability to run practically every Android app with good performance— all for such an affordable price.
Even if Rs.10,000 is a bit on the higher end for you, you can also get a Moto E. It doesn’t have the same specs, but is available for just Rs.5000.
So, what was our point in blabbering so much about low-end and mid-range smartphones?
Flagship phones define the brand, they are like the ambassadors or show stoppers for each brand and in today’s world, they share a fair amount of market too. But are they really worth all the hype?
They surely have amazing specifications and can easily smoke other smartphones, but if you are an average user, we would recommend that you use a phone which is well within your budget instead of saving up cash to get the big guys.
If, like me, you are a tech maniac and love to use the best of the best, then flagship phones are meant for you. Buy them, cherish them and have fun with them. It just depends on what type of user you are.