So you finally decide to get a smartphone to enhance your productivity via apps and provide entertainment for you on the go but you do not have enough cash for the fancy Galaxy phones or Apple’s iPhone. You decide to go for a mid-range to lower-end smartphone model which is friendly on your pocket and which still affords you the opportunity to use a smartphone. This is all well and good but you must be informed that there will be certain tradeoffs and I’ll quickly run through some of them.
The first major trade-off that you will notice is that the battery life of your budget smartphone may not be as stellar as you want it to be. Most times you might find yourself looking for places to charge earlier than you expected.
This is not necessarily true. There are a number of budget smartphones with far better battery life than their higher-end siblings. Examples: BlackBerry Curve 9320, and Nokia Lumia 610. Sometimes, the smaller displays and lower-power processors mean that budget smartphones have better battery life than more powerful counterparts. – Editor-in-Chief
Another huge trade-off that manufacturers make when producing a budget smartphone is to include a display that is not as good as obtains on higher end models. Another thing to note is that the said display might not be equipped with superior screen technology such as Corning’s Gorilla Glass display which protects the screen against scratches and falls.
Memory space is also something manufacturers tend to skimp on when making budget smartphones even sometimes equipping the phone with as low as 256 megabytes of RAM. In-built storage is most times equipped with the bare minimum, good luck installing those huge memory consuming games. A thing to note however is that most manufacturers include expandable storage slots via micro-SD card.
Your budget smartphone may never be offered a software upgrade or even minor patches due to the fact that it may not be the flagship device of the manufacturer. Forums like XDA-Developers may not have a forum thread for your budget Android smartphone for example so you’re stuck and alone when anything happens.
These are some of the pitfalls of buying a budget smartphone. It is important that you understand these to avoid unrealistic expectations from your budget smartphone. If you own a budget smartphone what has your experience with it been like? Do share in the comments section below.