I prefer Gionee over TECNO and tell it to as many people as care to listen. I have firm reasons for this preference though, and I share them in this article.
Why I prefer Gionee to TECNO
Believe it or not, Gionee as a brand is more internationally recognized than Tecno. They have a dedicated page for their phones on GSMArena.com, and we all know any gadget or brand featured on GSMArena is worthy of note.
Gionee has more support
One key reason why I prefer Gionee to TECNO is support.
Seriously, having an Android phone without the support of gurus, geeks and developers can be somewhat boring and uninteresting. Almost all Gionee phones have forums on XDA, with plenty custom roms, mods, hacks and fixes. Visit YouTube, and search for Gionee, you get to see many reviews, and tutorial videos.
Tecno on the other hand, has only support on Nairaland and a few Nigerian tech sites. Kudos to some of our Nigerian gurus, some have come up with custom roms and you can always get help in their dedicated forums, but this is basically restricted to Nairaland.
They ‘actually’ release updates
Yes!! Gionee releases updates for their phones. They recently dropped 4.4.2 Kitkat update for the M2 model, I’ve also heard there’s a similar update for Gionee P4, though unconfirmed. Tecno in their whole lifetime, have never released any kind of update for their fans, you buy and that’s all. Any new update you can only get in a newer phone release.
Gionee is More Innovative
Gionee is more innovative than Tecno. They have once broken the world record for releasing the slimmest smartphone with the Gionee Elife S5.5. They also went ahead to break their own record with the recent release of the Elife S5.1 model. Their phones are nicely built. Tecno just of recent started getting better in aesthetics with their recent releases of the H7, R7, and Phantom Z.
Personally, I’ve observed that, when you pick a Tecno and a Gionee of same price range, the Gionee beats the Tecno in build, finishing, interface, and UI etc. I don’t know if its just me, but there’s always this ‘edge’ a Gionee phone has over a Tecno. So currently, if anyone asks me to recommend an affordable Android, I mention a Gionee first.