[/blockquote]Once upon a time, it cost UGX US$12,000,00 to buy a terrible smartphone. Its now 2016 and you can get a new smartphone for little as UGX 330,000. While developers struggle to produce new gimmicks and technology for their top-end handsets, the quality of entry-level smartphones is improving at an incredible pace and these are that sale the most in Uganda anyway. We give you three reasons why you should consider a 330,000 Uganda shilling smartphone for your next device.
They support the same apps as high-end phones
There are some apps that I consider essential to a good smartphone experience, and if a UGX 330,000 phone couldn’t run WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook Messenger or a web-browser, I wouldn’t even be writing this article.
But most modern smartphones run most of the same apps equally as well, whether they cost UGX 2.4 million or UGX 330,000. A cheaper phone might struggle with some of the more graphically intensive games, but the majority of popular or common apps are built to work with as many devices as possible, and that includes sub-UGX 330,000 smartphones.
They have improved Cameras
As the prices of processing chips and camera sensors gets lower, expect to see features that used to be for the privileged high-end phones now on low-end phones. It is now days easy to find a cheap phone with a good camera. Even cameras on mid-range phones struggled occasionally, producing poor, grainy images in low light conditions .
Thankfully, manufacturers soon became aware of the importance that most people placed on the cameras in their phones, especially withe selfie craze we have nowadays and set about solving the problem. As we plunge into 2016, the just-over-UGX 330,000 Xiaomi Redmi 3 and One Plus is set to arrive with a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera.
Like the phones themselves, entry level camera technology is improving fast, and if you want to do is take simple shots to share with your friends and family, you can now do that on a budget.
They can look just as good
Phones costing UGX 330,000 or less aren’t exactly new, but in the past, cheap handsets often looked terrible. That’s not the case anymore and the introduction of the UGX 340,000, metal unibody Xiaomi Redmi 3 is arguably the tipping point where the low-end goes premium.
This would have been unheard of just a couple of years ago. Whether Xiaomi is really profiting from making low priced phones with high specs or if it is part of a huge marketing campaign, I don’t know. But it’s great for us consumers because we’re being offered well-designed, aesthetically appealing devices at more attractive prices than ever.
In a Nutshell
If you want to use your phone to play HD games, shoot 4K movies or watch Full HD video, or you’re serious about photography, you will need to spend more than UGX 330,000 bucks. But if you just need a phone to take suitable pictures, install the latest apps and look good? Well, it’s 2016, people, and now you can have all that and more for a very reasonable price indeed.
That’s my take on phones in the sub-UGX 330,000 price bracket. What’s yours? Let me know in the comments.