We've seen a lot of opinions lately coming from prominent blogs asking phonemakers to stop with the low budget smartphones, and the only response we could come up for it was: Why?
Of course we need to put things in context: When writers are complaining about budget Android smartphones, they're right about some things: Budget phones leave a lot to be desired. They're made with aged technology and hardware that can be more than 2 years old, stifling the progress and frenzy we saw during the HTC vs. Samsung vs. Apple innovation wars between 2010 - 2011.
Cheap, budget Android phones seem like gimmicky attempts when you compare them to the newest, shiniest toys. And it feels like companies are just trying to make up for the loss in Feature Phone revenue, while having the public be satisfied with the same stats across the board. It can mean stagnation, where companies might get a little too comfortable with these kinds of devices out on the market making their strategy more focused on staggered, cheaper to make phones rather than high-end pocket computers that are top of the line.
For this writer, it feels like more of an issue about access. Having cheaper smartphones means a larger pool of users for developers, which means more apps with more people connected to them. It also gives better freedom: People aren't all willing to shell out $600+ for a phone, that simply isn't in the budget for most wallets out there, and enslaving oneself with an extravagantly priced 2-year contract for a high-end phone isn't in the cards for most either.
Budget smartphones allow for quicker adoption of these devices, and it's also one of the hottest competing markets out there, making phone companies innovate while keeping their products much cheaper. If everyone went budget, it would solidify features on smartphones that we all can use between networks, devices and applications.
So this writer hopes, that for the sake of innovation, access and true universal mobile interaction, that budget phones keep trucking along. For the sake of innovation.
Posted by David Yi, Social Media and SEO Assistant at Wireless Emporium