Jul 22, 2015 04:32 AM EDT
While Samsung has really dominated the Android smartphone market for the longest time, not everyone prefers to get a mainstream phone. More than that, not everyone would like to purchase a device within Samsung’s flagship price range. The Android smartphone market is rather robust, and there are tens of other phones available, for every Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, or Samsung Galaxy S6.
The phones listed were chosen for their price, as well as the robustness of their technical specs, hardware, performance, as well as availability within the US Market.
Asus Zenfone 2. The Asus Zenfone 2 comes in two quad-core variants: The 4GB RAM offering, and the model with 2GB RAM. The 2GB RAM model clocks in at 1.8 GHz, and costs only $199, off-contract. On the other hand, the 4GB RAM model clocks in at 2.3 GHz and costs $299. Still a whole $250 less than a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge.
The Asus Zenfone 2 models come with either 16, 32, or 64GB in internal storage, has a 13MP main camera, as well as a 5MP front cam for selfies. It’s a good-enough workhorse with everything you need in a phone. The Asus Zenfone 2 comes in Osmium Black, Ceramic White, Glacier Gray, Sheer Gold, and Glamor Red.
HTC Desire Eye. The HTC Desire Eye comes in at $459 off-contract. This is just around $100 less than a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, but since $100 buys around 8 or 9 pizzas already, that’s a huge deal. This beauty comes in two striking variants, Coral Reef, which has a white and neon-red scheme, and Blue Lagoon, which has a light and dark blue scheme. Under the hood of this fun-looking phone is a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage. The beauty of the HTC Desire Eye is in its twin 13MP cameras: 13MP on front, and 13MP on the main camera. It’s a good-spec’ed, sleek beauty positioned for the younger market.
A great plus for the HTC Desire Eye is that it is waterproof, so if you ever accidentally toss the HTC Desire Eye while taking photos on the beach, it’ll be okay for up to 1 meter in depth, and for up to 30 minutes of immersion. Thirty minutes are about enough time to fish the HTC Desire Eye out of the water.
There’s no need to spend around $500 for a phone. With mid-range choices like these, you get to have a powerful device on the go, at a price that’s good for your budget. It’s like getting your cake, and being free to eat it, too.
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