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    There are a few more notable options to keep in mind like Huawei Ascend P7 (pictured above) and ZTE Grand S, which go for a fair bit more than $500. And then there are much cheaper smartphones that do compromise a bit in their specifications such as the fully unlocked BQ Aquarius 5 (which may come with Ubuntu Phone by the end of 2014), and various Firefox OS devices.

    Another thing to note is that the availability of the above phones may vary depending on your location, but chances are that with at least a few of them you may be in luck.

    If you’re worried that distant and not so well known brands that sell for a lower price must mean a lower quality that’s not necessarily true, for multiple reasons. Some of these brands may in fact be quite well known and established for quality in certain countries or regions. The fact that they aren’t so well known in your country does not necessarily imply bad quality.

    Secondly, lower price does not always translate to cheapskating on quality as realistic pricing to some extent depends on various factors relating to the manufacturing process, and they also depend on the margins. Apple phones are more expensive despite the fact that their manufacturing process is pretty efficient, but their margins are also known to be pretty high. In other words, it is quite possible to offer smartphones at lower prices without sacrificing on quality.

    Ultimately, it is a good idea to check the reviews before making a purchase, which holds true as much for these phones as it does for the well known top brands. When independent reviews consistently confirm good quality you can be pretty safe in assuming that the quality will be on par for what you get if you go for more well known brands, so why pay more if you can get something as good if not even better for less?

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    8 comments
    1. Murray Snudge

      25 August, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      All very interesting but not one Windows phone?

      Reply
    2. veronm78

      21 August, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Have the iPhone 5s but being honest I don’t think there the best phone in the world… My friend has one of them hawai ones & its better quality picture then the iPhone I find..

      Reply
    3. annoyed

      12 July, 2014 at 2:03 am

      The cheapest phone on here is 333 EURO, that’s not cheaper, that’s ballpark for most smartphones

      Reply
    4. keltypack

      11 July, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      I just got the OnePlus One. The Silk White version only has 16 GB of memory. The Sandstone Black version has 64 GB. That is the reason for the price difference. It is a beautiful (but large) phone. It is very nearly the same size as my Galaxy Note 3 (slightly narrower, but slightly taller). The CM software is a winner! The performance is great and smooth. It doesn’t have all of the redundant garbage software that Samsung puts on their phones. I think it is a winner. I just want some more invites so I can buy more of them.

      Reply
      • josh.p

        13 July, 2014 at 11:47 am

        i bet everyone asks u this but u dont have any invites left to give out do u?

        Reply
        • keltypack

          13 July, 2014 at 12:00 pm

          I don’t have any invites yet, but one I do Getty them they are all promised. Sorry.

          Reply
    5. mar

      8 July, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      what about xiaomi mi3?

      Reply
      • downsouth

        17 July, 2014 at 4:03 am

        Yes they are a top phone

        Reply
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