The Ra­tio­nale Be­hind a Budget Phone

The Economic Times - - Personal Technology -

A num­ber of people look at buy­ing a phone as an In­vest­ment. Their think­ing is: a phone is typ­i­cally the most-used de­vice. Plus, it will be used for at least a year — hence it makes sense to in­vest in a high-end phone that will not get ob­so­lete as soon as you buy it.

Yes, high-end smart­phones have tons of fea­tures, but we’ve seen that most people don’t use their smart­phones to the fullest. For ba­sic use that in­cludes calls, SMS, Face­book and mu­sic, you don’t re­ally need a full HD dis­play. And if you’re not big on pho­tog­ra­phy, you don’t need a 16MP cam­era with hun­dreds of set­tings. For this per­son, a budget phone is an ideal choice.

There might also be some people who think that spend­ing too much on a phone is a waste. Com­bine this with planned ob­soles­ence (new smart­phones with new fea­tures are launched ev­ery few months, mak­ing older ones ob­so­lete) that lures con­sumers to buy the lat­est de­vice and you be­gin to see why budget smart­phones are so pop­u­lar.

An­other rea­son for some­one opt­ing for a budget phone is if they al­ready own a tablet. The large screen of the tablet is bet­ter for so­cial net­work­ing, multimedia and read­ing. The phone is needed pri­mar­ily for voice calls and text mes­sag­ing — any budget phone is good enough for this.

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