Android smart phones are selling faster than hot pancakes. And one of the main reasons why Android devices are gaining popularity is because they are available in various price ranges. From $100 to about $900, Android devices can be picked up based on how much you wish to spend. Cheap Android smart phones especially are one of the major reasons for the popularity of OS. However, cheap Android Smart phones may not always be the value for money. We do not generally recommend cheap android smart phones, why exactly is that? These are our top five reasons:
1) Sub Standard Hardware: When you spend money buying a smart phone, chances are you are going to be using the phone for at least an year. Cheap Android Smart phones usually do not offer premium build quality. the devices usually have cranky plastic construction with lots of creeks and hardware that does not last. The hardware is prone to easy scratching and even the coloring occasionally is not uniform. Hence, due to lack of good hardware at least so far on cheaper or budget android phones, we do not recommend it.
2) Terrible Touch Screen Experience: Most of the cheap android smart phones, especially in the range of below $100 have resistive touch screen. Now for those who want to use a touch screen device for the first time, it is still doable, but going from capacitive touchscreen to resistive can be an awful experience. There is usually no multi touch and screens are terribly calibrated. You could touch one point on the screen and yet would get response of some other point. Hence solely because touch screens on cheap android smart phones are horrible, we strongly advice you from getting them.
3) Low Spec’d Devices: Most of the cheap android smart phones are low spec’d. Especially the RAM and internal memory of these devices are really low. As a result you can hardly install any apps on the device and some of the apps are just not compatible with low specs of the device. These cheap Android Smart Phones lag terribly and the moment you install about ten to fifteen apps there is a perpetual warning to delete some of the apps to make space. The phones are not helped by large amount of bloatware that OEM’s ship these devices with which take away the space.
4) No Android Updates: Android phones receive plenty of updates. However, cheap android smart phones usually are stuck on the Android version they ship with. It could be age old ginger bread or even ICS, but do not expect any of these devices to get any sort of updates. As a result, your device would be quickly outdated and you will be deprived of any of the goodness that Android does release.
5) Lack Of Community Support: One of the best things about Android devices is the ability to customize the device and run custom ROM or a custom kernel. However, with cheap android smart phones you can never be sure of community support. Most of these devices are not global launches and as a result you can never be sure if there would be any development if at all that would take place. You are destined to run such devices on stock factory images and often nobody even bothers to find a way to unlock the boot loader of the device or root it. As a result, you cannot even run the apps such as titanium backup or set cpu which require you to have a rooted phone.
So as you can see, even though cheap android smart phones provide you an insight of the Android world, it’s usually not a great experience. Android as an OS has plenty to offer and sometimes, you do feel that these cheap android smart phones do not do justice to what is a very capable eco system. What are your views about such devices? Do let us know in the section below or tweet in to us at @Blogtechnika or @Techverarp.