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Mid-range war

24 Dec , 2012  

Hey Guys ,been a long time since I wrote  a post, partially due to no wi-fi in my college for fresher’s and mostly because of  lack of Nokia enthusiasm. Needless to say I was sad and gloomy about the business strategies pursued by nokia.

 

Well back to the point, recently I somehow managed to screw the IC’s of my Nokia C5-00 and my micromax tablet flushes every time when I run internet on it. With no smart devices around me I felt lonely, So I decided to buy a new Cell phone or tablet(cell phone most probably). Being an Indian middle class person from a small town Ranchi my budget was from 15k to 20 k.(273$-363 $)approx.. i somehow convinced my little heart to go for Android or windows phone instead of symbian.

 

But to my Bitter surprise I was unable to find a single perfect mid range device which could satisfy the hunger of my Smartphone needs. Not just only nokia but also Samsung,LG,Sony.

 

Here’s the list of devices I cropped for my self:- lumia 800,Nokia 603,Lg l9,L7,galaxy Duos, galaxy tab 2.0,Xperia U,Miro,Sola,P. and sorry I don’t have faith in micromax phones.

All the devices are in mid range 15k-20k.I couldn’t choose a single one of them all.Why??????

Here are the reasons:-

 

1.Lumia 800– Great Looks ,Design ,hardware but No FFC,Poor battery,no WP8 upgrade and its at the end of high time.God only knows when WP7.8 will come for it. Discarded.

 

2.Xperia U– Good Looking, dual core, nice build, but only 4 gb user accessible memory and a poor screen & camera  to cope up with.

 

3.Xperia Miro & SOLA– Single core, no ffc and a poor  camera. and the low res screen.

 

4.Nokia 603– Its symbian hence it is flawed. Otherwise a top notch hardware wise.

 

5.Lg  L9 & L7– These two were the most fav to me. Specially L9. got 4.65 inch screen dual core TI omap 4430 and a gpu,ICS really got me going but the hardware design was far from good. And the camera 5mp only was a big joke though capable of 1080p HD.

But the thing is if I don’t want to spend 19k for a  5mp camera which is poor. Also LG is not  good with its battery and future promising updates.

 

6.Samsung galaxy tab 2- This one came under consideration but the screen and slow processors didn’t make me go for it. I have heard some horrible stories of its battery life. period.

 

7.Samsung Duos– I saw this phone and it hangs frequently, low ram, even the system apps takes forever to load, and the boot time made me go to sleep.

 

8.SAMSUNG GALAXY NEXUS– yes it’s a bit pricey at 21k and I thought to go for its beautiful HD screen and fast updates then really struck me. But its 5mp camera broke mah heart. I won’t be getting a manufacturer warranty (Deal barker).There are a thousand broke cases of Seller warranty. Hence Nexus was denied.

 

Its not that Cell phone companies can’t build a perfect Smartphone. also there’s a case that some compromises had to be made to make it a mid-range device. But hey few years ago we had those perfect devices available at 18k.remember N82 was priced at 18k for two years and still sold.  Or Nokia could have joined android and Lumia 800 running it should have been perfect.perhaps biggest flaw is in windows phone ecosystem where you can’t do as we used to do in symbian.neither iphone is getting any cheaper .I phone 4 8gb now costs 26k.

 

Hope companies do not forget that while making their flagships all 40k+ they need to be affordable too in order to succeed.

 

 

Arvind Kumar

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