Are flagship devices dead?
Motorola, Vodafone, Alcatel, Huawei; all of these manufacturers have recently released devices which fall into most people’s “budget” category. Take the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen), readily available for around £150 or from £17 per month, but are they any good?
In a word, yes. You’d be hard pressed to tell the difference in the performance between this and a top spec. flagship device like a Sony Xperia Z5 or Samsung Galaxy S6 when doing day-to-day activities like texting, calling and browsing the web.
Sure, the display is a little brighter and colours a little more accurate on these £500+ behemoths when compared to a budget blower; but this is only apparent when you put them alongside each other and intentionally look for differences.
If you take an alternative stance and look for features on the lower-cost device that trump its expensive cousin, you’d be surprised what you find. These cheaper devices often have less powerful processors and lower resolution screens meaning you can eek out more runtime from its battery, which is often removable as well, should you need to swap it when on a long journey or replace it after a couple of years of usage. Repairs are less costly, and you will often find SD card slots so you can carry around your favourite film or album without eating into your device storage.
So there you go, in a nutshell most users don’t need an iPhone 7S+ or a Samsung Galaxy S14 Ultra Max; nearly all the features of these souped-up pocket rockets are available on a much lower monthly package!