By Ayoola Ilesanmi, 9JEducation
Tuesday, July 30 2013
Tuesday, July 30 2013
Considering the number of Android phones out in the market now, deciding on one to get would mean a lot of research based on individual preferences which include size, added features, brand names....and for a great number of people, price.
It is important to note that not all Android phones are Google certified. The difference being that the Google certified Android devices have passed certain Google device tests and have “official permission” from Google to carry the Google brand, basically one could say the certified devices have the Android operating system running on them and also Google apps which include gmail, google+, youtube, Hangouts(Gtalk), Google Now, Maps, Google Translate and most importantly the Play Store, where you purchase and download apps. Brands in this category include Samsung, LG, Motorola, Acer, Benq, Sony Xperia, HTC, Techno, Infinix, Huawei e.t.c
While the “uncertified” devices only carry the Android operating system and preinstalled/Factory installed applications, It is not impossible to find some “uncertified devices with the Google apps installed on them, nor is it impossible to actually buy an uncertified device and modify the installation oneself, but that would take some technical know-how and most times the applications are unstable because the hardware on the device does not meet certain requirements to run those apps. Most “China” Android phones fall in this category other newly sprouting brand is ‘Be-Social’.
That being said, we don’t have the luxury to walk in a store and pick up a contract line that comes with a high end smartphone making it “affordable” so we end up having to break the bank to purchase the smartphone at its retail price. This makes it extremely difficult to get the phones we “want” and eventually, we end up with the phones we can “afford”.
Based on that here’s a list of “affordable” devices that aren’t exactly at par with the high end devices, but would give any of those said devices a run for their money and also have the same or seemingly close to the generic functionality of the high end devices.
- Techno Q1 - price ranges from N15,500 to N19,000
Tecno Q1 is an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Dual SIM smartphone with complete Qwerty keyboard, 2.6-inch capacitive touch screen, speedy 3.5G connections and a 5 mega-pixel camera with LED flash. The Q1 also comes pre-loaded with Whatsapp, GMail and over 600,000 apps available for download at the Google Play Store.
The Tecno Q1 features a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM, which will offer a decent performance considering the price. It is loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich, which is great considering that the older Gingerbread appears to be the standard for most Android phones in its price point.
Tecno Q1 has a rear 5 megapixels camera with flash and a 0.3 megapixels front facing camera.
- Techno N7 - price ranges from N27,500 to N31,000
Tecno N7 is a dual-SIM Android 4.0 OS powered smartphone with a large and responsive 5.0" capacitive touch screen display with 1.2GHz Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon S4 Processor and 512MB RAM. A 5-Mega pixel main back camera with flash. It supports MicroSD up to 32GB comes supplied with a 8GB card.
- Techno Phantom A (F7) - price ranges from N34,500 to N36,500
The Tecno Phantom A, also known as Tecno F7, is a stylish 5.0 HD touchscreen and dual-SIM smartphone. It features a 1.0 GHz dual-core Processor and 1GB RAM, 9.1MM super Slim Body, expandable microSD (up to 32GB), 8.0 megapixel Back camera with flash, 1.2 megapixel front camera and has the Android 4.1 OS Jelly Bean operating system upgradable to 4.2.2.
- Infinix Race Bolt - price ranges from N26,000 to N28,000
Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream, this device features a 4.0'' high resolution display, 1.2GHZ Dual Core CPU and also 512MB of RAM, a 8.0MP back camera with flash and 0.3MP front facing camera, the standard connectivity options Wifi, Wifi hotspot, GPS, AGPS, USB and Bluetooth. Its a dual sim phone like all the others where one sim serves for data and the other is just for voice calls.
- Infinix Race Eagle - price ranges from N31,000 to N34,000
The sides of the Infinix Race Eagle are lined with a glossy silver strip with a flat front. The back is mostly flat but slightly curved at the edges, with the camera bulging out slightly. The Infinix Race Eagle has a 5.0” capacitative touch screen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.
It has the usual connectivity options WiFi, WiFi hotspot, GPS, and Bluetooth, It also has built-in sensors (G-sensor, proximity sensor, and light sensor).
The phone is preloaded with Google Maps, an FM radio, Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo, and other applications for everyday use. With a 1.3MP front facing camera and 8MP rear facing camera, this phone easily tops the list performance ad feature wise, one draw back though, its not entirely easy to handle for people with small hands.
- LG Optimus L5 II Dual - price ranges from N18,000 to N22,000
Smaller than the previously mentioned phones, the LG Optimus L3 II Dual has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3.15MP camera, dual-SIM, and fast 3G Internet data service enabled on one sim. Also running Android 4.0, It features a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM, standard connectivity options - WiFi, WiFi hotspot, GPS, and Bluetooth. A single 5MP rear facing camera without flash.
- HTC Desire C - price ranges from N24,500 to N26,500
With a 600MHz processor and 512MB RAM the HTC Desire C does not stand out performance wise, but what it lacks in performance it makes up for in application storage space much larger than other devices in the same category and also sporting authentic sounds brought to you by Beats Audio™. Running Android 4.0 on a 3.5” inch screen with HTC Sense 4, the HTC Desire C is relatively smaller but quite catching to the eye almost feminine. Expandable storage with the MicroSD up to 32GB and 4GB internal storage the HTC Desire C sits strongly as a favourite in the “Affordable” bracket.
There you have it, the top most popular “affordable” Android phones in the market, now its up to you to decide which suits you the most.
Ayo is a System Analyst at Fertile-Tech Business Systems and ardent technology enthusiast. He is passionate about hardware and loves electronics.