I have a problem. Once upon a time we’d get budget, network-branded phones delivered to the Coolsmartphone HQ and they would be.. for want of a better word.. crap.
Now they’re not. They’re really not, and when I see someone walking around with a “big name” budget phone it puzzles me a bit. You know the phones I’m on about. It’ll be a Samsung JK3, an LG Y1 or a Motorola “Youth” or an Alcatel Basic. It’s bonk. What have you bought that for? You went ahead because the nice man at the shop said it was a “big name” and, although the screen is 4″, it takes terrible photos and has the screen resolution of a calculator, you bought it because he seemed nice, it was from a big manufacturer and it was cheap.
Have a look at this Vodafone handset. It’s £159 on Pay As You Go or you can get it on contracts for as little as £23 per month. It’s powered by an octa-core Qualcomm 1.4GHz Snapdragon 435 CPU, has 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage and you get a microSD card slot for more.
All good so far. Then, then you get a 16 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash. It takes good pictures too. Up front, an 8 megapixel camera. The screen is a 5.5″ IPS LCD unit which has a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. That’s full HD.
It’s won awards for the design. It looks nice, really nice, and I can walk around with it for less than £160.
Sure, there’s a little bit too much border at the top and bottom of the screen, but .. come on.. I’m picking at flies. I’m picking at smaller flies than I used to back in the day, when we were being sent network-branded phones with low-res screens and “plastic fantastic” build quality. This is solid, well designed, with a snappy fingerprint sensor, a great screen and the very latest version of Android.
I’m writing the review for this one. I’m literally in the middle of it, but during this video unboxing I noticed just how terrible my garden table looked, so I ended up getting a tin of paint out and I’ve re-painted the whole thing. You’ll see the difference between the photos and videos :) Nice eh?
See? That’s what a very good, but very cheap, network-branded phone can do. It can take good photos, it runs relatively quickly and it’ll even make you re-paint your garden furniture. Boom.
Yes, I need to de-weed the patio too. There’s just not enough hours in the day..