Best Cheap Non-Chinese Smartphone Alternative

Technology Feb 12, 2021

Happy new year to everyone. Had a hard time picking what to eat today with so much food on the table for the new year. Hope our next new years will be better, but I am still very happy to spend it with my family, and later with many of my friends online.

So, our article is about the best affordable alternatives to cheap Chinese smartphones. I believe there's a huge market out there looking for good alternatives to powerful, low-cost Chinese smartphones. We have India, after multiple border clashes, and people in many Southeast Asian nations because of territorial disputes, and many more.

There are a few alternatives, depending on where you are from, but the hardware that comes with Chinese smartphones, like Xiaomi, is really hard to beat given the price tags they come with. They are incredibly affordable, especially considering the performance they offer.

However, we often overlook the software side. In my opinion, Chinese smartphones, including those from top brands like Xiaomi, tend to have bloated software. They almost always come with unnecessary pre-installed applications that some argue pose a threat, either in terms of privacy or as an additional attack surface for hackers to exploit, but ultimately slowing down your phone by consuming extra resources.

Many times, I believe, good software outweighs slightly subpar hardware. If there's one company in the world that excels in software, I believe that's Google. However, Pixel phones—Android devices sold by Google—are expensive, especially for those with limited funds to spend on a device, and that is where Android One comes in.

Originally created, I believe, by Google for faster Android updates, Android One involves minimal modifications to how Google, the company that develops Android, designed it. It is the closest non-Pixel phone to working the way Google envisions an Android phone should look and function. Android One has created a family of smartphones with Pixel-like software without the hefty Pixel-like price tag.

My recommendation is none other than Nokia. Nokia has introduced smartphones with very affordable prices, ranging from low-range to mid-range. Nokia's phones, being part of the Android One project, assure an Android experience close to what Google intended Android to be.

This is in contrast to Samsung, another contender that I believe serves as a good alternative to Chinese smartphones. Samsung is excellent, especially in terms of hardware, but in my opinion, they don't perform as well in the low-range and mid-range devices, with their One UI being a better fit for high-end phones.

I believe the Pixel-like software in Nokia phones compensate for the slightly lower specs compared to Xiaomi smartphones. Additionally, the quality—or should I say, reliability—of the hardware, in my opinion, is quite impressive, possibly due to their partnership with Foxconn, the company known for manufacturing iPhones, and Nokia's world-renowned quality control.

So that's our article/recommendation for today. I hope you all have a happy day, and I appreciate you spending this time with me. Happy New Year again, everybody.

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