High build quality, Great price-to-performance ratio
The Acer Liquid Z3 won't win any beauty awards, but it feels refined and dependable - it's certainly capable of carrying its own weight if you're looking for a primary device on the cheap, though it would also make a perfect work/secondary phone, especially the dual-SIM version.
Good battery life, Dual SIM, Storage can be extended
The performance is not great, but it is sufficient for everyday use with the Google Android OS, which is available in an updated version. Price-conscious buyers, who are satisfied with the most basic of smartphone qualities, should pick this smartphone up without a second thought.
Good camera, Vibrant Display, Ergonomic build
To cut it short, the Acer Liquid Z3 could have and would have been an amazing phone if it was released probably a year ago. It offers a great balance of things from the vibrant display, the good camera & the solid build quality along with the flip cover. The big catch with that however is - for Php4,490, you can get much better options with the competition - ones that don't run on low-resolution displays & ones that are using quad-core MediaTek chips instead of the dual-core kind.
Very low price point
Firefox OS isn't even in its infancy yet, but it's clear that Mozilla, operators and manufacturers have one thing in mind for the OS - budget handsets for developing markets and the ZTE Open is a colourful, cheap option. We probably won't see the OS on high end handsets any time soon, but that's no bad thing - while Firefox OS is likeable and flexible, it's hardly iOS or Android-beating in terms of feature set.
Cheery and colourful little smartphone
The ZTE Open combined with Firefox OS will make for a cheap and cheerful option for users in emerging markets looking for a first smartphone. However, in the UK Mozilla will be up against serious competition so will need a different approach to succeed.
Extremely economical, Factory unlocked, Well built for the price
The ZTE Open is basically a smartphone for people who don't really need most of the bits of a smartphone. If you want to just check the weather report, maybe look up a factoid or news story on the go, the ZTE Open is a useful and economical way to do that, while still being able to take advantage of those cheap prepaid plans. For the more tech-savvy people and smartphone enthusiasts, it's probably too limited to be worthwhile even once the software side catches up.
One of the cheapest Android phones from a known brand
The Acer Liquid Z2 stands out only with being dirt-cheap and nothing more, but that's enough for it to draw the attention of budget-conscious consumers. Despite its weak hardware, it is still a usable, full-fledged Android smartphone with access to tons of applications from Google's library. The fact that it comes with Android 4.1 Jelly bean out of the box is definitely a plus, and so is the dual-SIM option, allowing one to use the services of two carriers simultaneously.
Runs Jelly Bean out of the box
The Acer Liquid Z2's main attraction is that it runs the Jelly Bean version of Android. This definitely is a big plus as it makes the phone feel quite a bit more responsive than most budget handsets. However, the Liquid Z2 is held back by its small, low-resolution screen and relatively short battery life. As such, it's a good budget handset, but not a really great one.
Affordable price, Sturdy, portable build
With its low-resolution 3.5-inch screen and single-core processor, the Acer Liquid Z2 won't tempt gadget geeks among you. Its £90 price and Android Jelly Bean software, however, make it a good choice for new smart phone converts or even to use as a temporary phone.
Comes with a good set of headphones, Good call quality
The HTC Desire 200 has some perks going for it, like the decent audio and call quality, packing the same set of headphones that comes with the HTC One, and sporting strong loudspeaker and clean earpiece. It also flaunts a very fast camera, but its less-than-impressive entry level specs hinder the impression from the handset's advantages.
Free 50GB Dropbox storage (for 2 years)
Low-end Android smartphones are never perfect, but they aren't really meant to be. Rather, these handsets need to be just good enough to suit the needs of budget-conscious consumers. Does the Samsung Galaxy Fame fit the bill? Well, based on our experience with it we'd say that it's a nice entry-level device that will probably get the attention of the younger crowd and the ladies, in particular.
Difficult texting, Low-res screen
We can see the Samsung Galaxy Fame selling a fair few units, especially given its super low price tag, and we don't see that as a bad thing, given that the majority of users will likely be young, and wanting a way of connecting to Facebook, but for anything more substantial, the handset really struggles.
Attractive design, Decent camera, Affordable price
The Samsung Galaxy Fame is attractive, cheap and has a decent camera. It's let down though by its sluggish processor and lacklustre screen. Unless you're desperate to put a Samsung Galaxy phone in your pocket, you can spend your money more wisely elsewhere.
Good range of Android features, good camera for the price
The Samsung Galaxy Fame comes out just ahead of its nearest rival the Galaxy Young because of its superior camera. But while its processor appeared better on paper, in practise the lack of RAM held it back and the larger screen actually has a slightly lower pixel count. It's a pretty good budget Android, but if you're not fussed about the camera, you might be better to save a few quid and plump for the Young.
Good quality photos, Above average call quality
We believe the Samsung Galaxy Fame is definitely good enough for the needs of average budget-conscious consumers and will probably get the attention of the younger people. It offers a nice solid design, good quality of its photos as well as an attractive feature set. Its low resolution display, occasional performance issues and poor quality video recording, however, should make you think twice before you buy it, but overall, the Fame is a more than decent low-end Android.
Great call quality
The Sony Xperia E dual was born to be used for voice calls. It offers outstanding call quality and can handle two SIM cards simultaneously, meaning that those who own it can take advantage of two carriers' deals, thus saving some cash along the way. Besides, its performance isn't too bad, so it can be a decent entry-level handset for users on a tight budget.
Good balance between functionality and affordability
Sony Xperia E dual is an excellent offering, striking good balance between functionality and affordability. The snappy performance came as a nice surprise to us and if it wasn't for the limited storage for installing apps we'd be recommending it in a heartbeat.
Yet, even as things stand now, the Xperia E is a very competitive package that will tick the right boxes for many and would provide a lot of bang for your buck.
Feels much like a toy
The Xperia E Dual is a great phone for those looking for an entry-level Android smartphone on a budget. The build quality is excellent and the performance is decent. The dual-SIM feature offers the option to keep your professional and personal life separate. In short, if you want a market-tested brand with the features of a smartphone, the Xperia E Dual Android phone is a good choice.
Sits comfortably in the hand
The Sony Xperia E dual is a good dual-SIM smartphone for little money. One should not expect too much besides this function though. The case is undoubtedly fancy, but the stability is not ideal. The card reader allowing up to 64 GB is a useful feature considering the small internal storage provided. The integration of the dual-SIM function proves to be good in Android. An update to Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is yet to be released by Sony though.
Good HD video capture
The Sony Xperia go is an average device no matter how you look at it. It has a pretty good processor for its class, and we can live with the low-resolution screen, but the unpleasant plastic casing may ruin the experience for you. Still, it'll be best if you can try the phone out first prior to purchase, to see if you can live with it.
Rugged IP67 certification
Stunning to look at and comfortable in the hand, from the box the Sony Xperia Go is an all-round hit. Sadly with continued use the Sony Xperia Go fails to live up to these initial high expectations, with a number of irritating niggles emerging to add a slight air of infuriation to what is a largely well rounded device.
Bigger screen and two processor cores
The Xperia go has few real rivals: rugged smartphones are gaining popularity but you wouldn't say the niche is too crowded yet. Sony have done well to position themselves on that market and it doesn't look like it has cost them a fortune to build the Xperia go. It can appeal to both urban users who wouldn't mind an extra level of protection against the elements and those who embrace an active, outdoor lifestyle. What they need is a phone that will survive a splash, not make one.
The Sony Xperia Go is one of the most attractive "rugged" phones we've seen. It's slim, it's small and it runs the versatile Android OS. However, its rugged credentials don't extend beyond waterproofing and dust protection, and thanks to the low-res screen it feels like you're trading in a lot to have the option of dunking it in a pint of water if it misbehaves.
Great design and build
The Sony Xperia Go is therefore fine looking, easily the most handsome and powerful rugged phone out there. The fact its waterproof, able to deal with life's little mishaps definitely adds a great USP to the mix. We're not sure that this excuses the low resolution screen or out of date operating system, but the Xperia Go has plenty of appeal. In turn, anyone who wants a waterproof looker and can splash out £220 needn't look elsewhere.
Excellent design for a rugged phone
We often refer to the challenge of cheaper phones revolving around sacrifices, and we feel that Sony has made some excellent decisions here. The Xperia Go is a rare example of a phone that has been designed for a specific type of smartphone users, and we think it ticks the appropriate boxes. When the alternative is to envelope an iPhone in a huge rubber case, the Xperia Go seems excellent for those of us who usually damage our phones on the weekends.
Good call quality
Sony has cut a few corners to achieve the very affordable price of the Xperia U, like the lack of oleophobic coating and microSD slot, but these are still overshadowed by the cool design and the contemporary specs like a dual-core processor and screen with good pixel density.
Where it really dropped the ball, however, is the camera module - we've seen better 5MP shooters in Sony handsets dating back to 2010, especially in the video capture department.
Solid construction, Clear display
If you're not caught up in today's obsession with enormous display sizes, the Sony Xperia U is a great choice of smartphone.
It has all the speed, power and features of the larger Android models that cost two or three times as much - your only compromise here is seeing it all through a smaller display.
The only noticeable weaknesses here are the phone's video performance, which is terrible despite the 720p claim, and the lack of onboard storage space.
Fantastic screen and a two-day battery life
The Xperia U is one of the best smartphones we've seen for under £200. For this price you get a capable handset providing higher performance than some more expensive rivals all with a fantastic screen and a two-day battery life. The phone's maind downfalls are limited storage and old software, although this should be updated one day.
Better upper mid-range devices
We were hard pressed in finding fault with this device, as it is essentially a down-scaled version of its big brother, the Xperia S. Still, the Xperia U does not skimp on the features and can still hold its own against all mid-range devices and some of the upmarket ones as well. Given its fairly reasonable asking price, this is one of the better upper mid-range devices that you can get right now.
Good build quality
The Xperia U might not be the top of the pile but for a low-cost Android phone it's got quite a lot to offer. Admittedly at the moment it's stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but Sony is due to rollout an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich very soon and we're sure that'll make it a much snappier device than it already is.
Good screen resolution
The Sony Xperia U looks like a promising low-end Android phone. It has an attractive design and a good screen resolution for a device likely to come with a competitive price tag. However, its limited internal memory and the fact it will initially be sold with an outdated version of Google's Android software may diminish its appeal.
The Sony Xperia U rounds off our reviews of the Xperia NXT range and ends the line up on a high. It really is the little Xperia that could with its sharp LCD screen, dual-core processor and decent camera. While the screen might be too small for some, at 3.5-inches, it's iPhone sized which seems to work for millions. Our only two major gripes with the Sony Xperia U are internal storage and gone off Gingerbread.
Battery life was pretty good overall.
The Xperia U is decent, but we can't look past the two glaring issues. The first is the screen: maybe we're nitpicking, but we wouldn't be able to live with it for an extended period of time without becoming extremely irritated. Secondly, the omission of a microSD card slot, especially with the limited internal storage space, is a crying shame. Everyone may be quick to promote the cloud for content storage, but high-speed internet isn't as ubiquitous as some may think.
User interface is pretty noisy
The REX 90 is definitely a feature-rich phone, but not without a few quirks. The missing flash, absence of GPS and multi-tasking features, the issue with the power switch and the necessity to transcode the videos are a few areas of concern. Adding to this list is the hefty MRP of Rs 6,490, which makes it a bit dicey for the phone to draw potential customers. By investing a few hundreds more, one can opt for the Samsung Galaxy Y, which is an Android-based smartphone.
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