December 9, 2022

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Technological development

Are all budget phones bad?

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Mobile phones come in different shapes and sizes, with straightforward functions, or advanced features such as digital assistants and touch screens. When choosing a mobile phone, it is important to know what you will use it for most. Will it be for basic calling and texting, or are you looking for a more technologically advanced phone with top-of-the-range features? Looking at your daily phone usage, whether for entertainment, business use or for staying in touch, can help you in your decision.

Most brands of mobile phone have a range of devices available, from budget phones to the more expensive devices. By visiting stores or browning online, you can do research on what phone is the best for your needs. You can also browse review sites to help you choose a place to buy your phone. Reading reviews can often uncover little hidden things or problems you didn’t know about before, and are a useful way to gauge the performance of a mobile phone. You will never find a phone that has exactly what you want, but by doing research and comparing specifications, you can make your decision that much easier.

While we all want the best phone on the market, often our budgets do not allow for this, and we need to look at a more low-range option. Perhaps you are in the middle of your contract, and have dropped your phone, smashing the screen. Often buying a cheaper budget phone is a better option than having your current device repaired, giving you the freedom to carry on communicating as before, without leaving a massive hole in your budget. Budget phones have advantages and disadvantages, and we will look at both in this article.

Advantages of budget phones:

  • Budget phones are easier to use, and do not require large onboard storage as there are not as many functions available.
  • Budget phones are cheaper than their top-range counterparts, making mobile phones more accessible to lower income groups, as well as the elderly who do not need as many features.
  • While they may not have the widest choice of functions, they are still good phones, and will do the job if you require something simple.
  • Lower range budget phones might have functions that some high-end phones do not, such as fingerprint scanning to unlock.
  • While they might be cheaper, with a budget phone you get what you pay for, so the price compared to the performance is on par.

Disadvantages of budget phones:

  • Most budget phones have current low-end hardware, or high-end hardware from 2 to 3 years ago. Older hardware slows down the performance of the device.
  • Bearing the hardware in mind, performance will not be as good as a more expensive device.
  • The cameras and screens of budget phones have lower pixel quality, and the display might not be as sharp. They do not have features such as gorilla glass to prevent scratches on the screen.
  • Budget phones are not designed to be hard-wearing, and are more fragile in their design.
  • Budget phones bear the risk of hardware failure, as the manufacturer looks to cut costs in producing a budget phone.