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Guess the Phone: Why You Shouldn’t Judge A Phone Until You Use It

by Brandon Russell | November 2, 2013November 2, 2013 12:00 pm PDT

When this device hit, it was a bigger deal than people gave it credit for. Through a combination of decent specs, nice design and attractive price, it had the characteristics to stand up against the best. However, it was widely overshadowed by the market’s desire for the latest and greatest and, sadly, that was never part of this device’s pedigree, especially since it didn’t dive head first into the phablet trend. In fact, it’s one of a few Android devices with a “small” screen not designated with a “Mini” name.

Because of its price, this device was always fighting an uphill battle, perceived as something not worth the time or effort. But, as we came to find out, it actually punched above its weight, showing that you can’t write a device off based on its price or, like the Moto X, its specs. Perhaps the handset’s biggest obstacle was its size; in a market dominated by smartphones with screens pushing five inches, this mystery device had a display that not many new handsets come equipped with these days.

To be fair, this wasn’t the most exemplar Android device on the market, but, for its price, it was especially terrific for new smartphone owners. Equipped with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM and 5-megapixel shooter, this device had the kind of specs that were once considered worthy of flagship status. It just goes to show how quickly the market evolves, but it also underlines how great specs aren’t just reserved for hero devices. In the grand scheme of things, that’s always a win for consumers.

Last week’s Guess the Phone was the Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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