Make the smart choice
Which company offers the best- value smartphone? Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson compares four
DESIRE 816 HTC
htc. com/ au IT’S a discount phone but its best features should not be discounted. The HTC Desire 816 ( far right) is a slick, plastic recreation of the HTC One, with curved corners, front- facing speakers and a 5.5- inch, 720p touchscreen you wouldn’t expect on a sub-$ 400 phone. Its profi le is just 7.9mm thin, and it not only has a 13- megapixel rear camera but a 5- megapixel “selfi e” shooter upfront. Cutbacks have been made to its processor ( 1.9GHz quad- core), storage ( 8GB), and RAM ( 1.5GB), but phone users who add a memory card should appreciate its inclusions.
LUMIA 930 NOKIA
$ 729 DON’T get distracted by the bright phone cover. It’s the 20- megapixel camera in the Lumia 930 ( right) that deserves your attention. The 5- inch, full HD, AMOLED screen adds to its appeal. A 2.2GHz quadcore chip comes as standard. However, users can’t expand its 32GB memory and face a limited app selection.
XPERIA Z1 COMPACT SONY
sony. com. au FEW smartphones can be operated with one hand these days, but this shrunken Xperia is petite enough for the job. The Z1 Compact ( top left) features a 4.3- inch, 720p screen and, like its big Xperia Z1 brother, it features an impressive 20.7- megapixel camera, 16GB storage and waterproof body, though it compromises with a slower, 2.2GHz quad- core chip, lower- resolution screen, and 9.5mm thickness. This mid- range compact caller is better than its price or size suggests and its camera should attract fans.
MOTO E MOTOROLA
$ 179 YOU can’t buy much technology for $ 179, giving Motorola rich pickings for its budget smartphone. The Moto E ( right) tempts featurephone users with a 4.3- inch touchscreen phone, 5- megapixel camera, the latest Google Android software and a dual SIM feature. There are trade- offs, including a fi xed- focus camera, no front- facing camera, a 1.4GHz dual- core chip and a lower resolution screen. Its design and usability are commendable for the price.