There’s no denying it – smartphones have become pretty pricey. With such a saturated market, it’s innevitable that lower-cost options will emerge, and ones which compete on the spec-front with the big-name brands out there. We’ve taken a look at three affordable smartphones available in South Africa that deliver the best bang for your buck.
Xiaomi Mi 4
Xiaomi’s Mi 4 offers almost everything you want in a high-end flagship smartphone — beautiful design and snappy performance at a price that’s just too good to pass up. While it resembles the appearance of Apple’s iPhone 4, the phone has enough of its own unique features to create its own identity in the market. For one, the rear is plastic, but you can remove it with a suction cup and swap in a different design. Xiaomi has covers ranging from wood to something that resembles marble.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5GHz. That’s similar to what you’ll find in other high-end flagships. Other specs include 3GB RAM and either 16GB or 64GB of onboard storage, but there’s no microSD for expandability.
The Mi 4 has a 5-inch display with a full HD resolution (1,920×1,080 pixels). According to Xiaomi, it has a colour gamut accuracy of 84 percent, 17 percent higher than the
The Mi 4 also runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) but with the company’s own MIUI skin. Xiaomi has made substantial tweaks to the Android operating system and MIUI has a whole suite of features you don’t normally see on Android.
The InnJoo One is an elegantly built smartphone that has an entirely new design, gentle curves around the edges and a beautifully crafted metallic frame that wraps round the phone giving it this premium look and makes it design competitive with some high end devices. The InnJoo One comes with a 5-inch IPS display screen with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display is good and delivers a clear, sharp and bright viewing capabilities. The display delivers HD viewing for movies and other multimedia experience. Viewing angles are also very impressive on the device.
There is a 13MP auto-focus rear camera, as well as an 8MP front camera also does reasonably well under abundant light. The only notable exclusion is an Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) feature, so you need to ensure your camera is stable before taking a picture.
The InnJoo One runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS and is powered by a 1.4GHz Octa-Core processor, but it uses a custom UnnUI, which gives users the ability to customise their UI experience a little more than the standard Android UI.
With the Swift, London-based smartphone company Wileyfox has produced a tremendous bargain of a phone. It’s not perfect, but it exceeds most of what else is out there at the price so clearly that we can’t help but love it.
Its specs are almost exactly the same as the Moto G, as it has a 5-inch, 1,280×720 resolution display, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and a 13-megapixel camera, but its price is a fair bit cheaper than any high-end smartphone.
One of the really unusual parts of the Wileyfox Swift is that it runs CyanogenMod rather than its own custom UI or standard Android, and it’s this software that provides a bunch of customisation options to give you the tools to get the most out of the phone.
The Swift certainly has a lot of attractive features, not least its classy design, customisable OS and 16GB of storage (around 12GB of which is available to the user), and it’s a great option for those looking for a feature-packed device without bursting your budget.