BUDGET Posts on XDA

How do YOU Define Smartphone Brackets (Mid-range, etc)? Price, or Specs?

The open nature of Android has led to many things. While the fragmentation experienced in the ecosystem can be frustrating due to slow updates, developers also have similar headaches to developing an Android app and having to work across different software versions and hardware configurations. The differentiation has also become notable due to thousands of manufacturers, as devices...

King of Best Phones Under $100 (Part 5)

The time has come for the conclusion of our Best Phones You Can Get Under $100 series. Over the past couple of months, Jordan has compared the performance of our Best Phones Under $100. Admittedly, none of these phones are top of the line flagship devices. It is to be expected that performance will be...

Elephone Launch The Vowney – Amazing Specs, Odd Name

When I first got my hands on an Elephone Vowney at their headquarters in Shenzhen I was over-joyed and yet ambivalent, the phone was incredibly responsive, the specs were impressive, what let it down was a small niggle, the design feels premium with a sturdy body but the gold finish on the unit I handled...

Performance on Best Phones Under $100 (Part 4)

In the exciting continuation of our Best Phones You Can Get Under $100 series, Jordan has compared the performance of our Best Phones Under $100. Admittedly, none of these phones are top of the line flagship devices. It is to be expected that performance will be low. But what is the actual performance of these...

Best Camera on Phones Under $100 (Part 3)

In the exciting continuation of our Best Phones You Can Get Under $100 series, Jordan has compared the cameras. There are many people out there that swear loyalty to a Digital SLR, but it is often said, For many this means the camera on your smartphone. In this case, would these cameras do well...

Best Phones You Can Get Under $100 Fun-boxing! (Part 2)

You've seen phone unboxings before, but have you seen "fun-boxings?" A couple of weeks ago XDA TV Host Jordan said, "Enough talk about flagships. Let's scrape the bottom of the barrel and see what can be had for those on the tightest of budgets. Let's find the best sub-$100 phone available." Jordan vowed to use four...

Only Have $100? Here are the Best Phones You Can Get (Part 1)

Enough talk about flagships. Let's scrape the bottom of the barrel and see what can be had for those on the tightest of budgets. Let's find the best sub-$100 phone available. Because the reality is that while you might be forgoing a super-high resolution screen and amounts of RAM that some manufacturers still can't take...

On Emerging Markets and The Future of Ecosystems

The smartphone industry is one of the most rewarding businesses out there for the manufactures involved, and while companies like Samsung and LG offer much more than just phones, their smartphones are arguably some of the most important products in their repertoire. Samsung’s S6 unveiling alone raised so much optimism among shareholders that Samsung stock...

A Look At Samsung’s Z1

In October of 2008, HTC released the G1 (HTC Dream), which was the first handset to run Android. For many of us, it was a game changer and in the first 6 months over a million units were sold in the US, accounting for roughly two thirds of all 3G devices on T-Mobile's network. Just over six...

Xiaomi Unveils Game Changing Budget Phone

Fast-growing Chinese OEM Xiaomi has revealed its next iteration of the Redmi lineup with a successor appropriately named Redmi 2. This phone will feature mid-range specifications that are considerably higher than those of most mid-range offerings and for a surprisingly low price, in a package that also seemingly beats most handsets the in the middle gamut when...

Alcatel Introduces Undercutting Budget Smartwatch

Alcatel, the chinese OEM known for its budget phones and lower priced flagship phones such as the One Touch Idol, has announced their entry into the smartwatch game by introducing us to their affordable wearable, a round-faced competitor to Google’s Android Wear platform, and the highly anticipated Apple Watch. Alcatel has contributed to the proliferation of cheap entry level smartphones in markets...