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This post was updated in January 2015.
Given how popular Android phones have gotten lately, everyone is looking to get one and most people mistakenly believe that a cheap Android phone will do pretty much the same things an expensive one can. While this is true to some extent, since Android is an operating system and technically any device running it should be able to support the same range of applications and games as any other, you should have no illusions as to the difference in user experience. Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t buy a cheap Android phone.
#1. Low Display Resolution
Cheap Android phones, even those with respectable screen sizes (4 inches) generally have lower resolutions. Anything less than 720p is not going to be as sharp and crisp as you would expect. While you may not notice the difference in the interface, you will be able to make out clear jagged edges in games, especially 3D ones and your movies/videos won’t be very crisp either, regardless of their native resolution. You should at least go for a phone with 720p resolution to enjoy media consumption.
#2. Less Random Access Memory (RAM)
What is an Android phone without multitasking? Running an app or two is one thing but truly enjoying the multitasking potential of the operating system requires RAM. Most cheap Android phones come with under 1 GB of RAM, which will leave your phone stuttering and redrawing, as it struggles to keep up with memory intensive tasks and games. Trust us, once you get the hang of it, you will want to run several of your social media/Chat apps along with essential utilities, without wanting your phone to keep you waiting every time you tap the screen.
#3. Less Internal Storage
Granted most phones these days come with external memory options, internal memory is still very important for an Android device. The apps you install will all be stored in the internal memory of your phone, while the data can at times be moved to the external memory (with the help of other apps). Nevertheless, keep in mind that external memory will only be useful for media storage (photos, music, videos) and will not hold your applications. Once you start installing all the goodies, you will soon find yourself running out of space. It is recommended that you opt for a device which has a minimum of 8 GB internal storage (not likely for cheap devices). Anything less and you will be regretting it sooner than you think.
#4. Slow Processor
Mhz and Ghz are not everything. Even if a cheap Android phone comes with a 1 Ghz processor, don’t think of it as comparable to your Desktop CPU. A single-core 1 Ghz processor in an Android phone is only good for basic tasks and casual gaming, if you run anything even slightly intensive, you will notice performance drops. Instead, if you spend a little more money to get a decent dual core phone, it will last you much longer and you will be more satisfied with the overall performance and responsiveness of your device.
#5. No Front-facing Camera
Most cheap Android phones come without a front-facing camera – which, you might think is no big deal. However, once you start enjoying the freedom of communication afforded by your new device, you will come to miss the ability to have the occasional face-to-face with a friend. Moreover, there is no fun taking your own pictures without a front-facing camera!
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