Blog/20180305 Which Mobile
The question of "which mobile for development" has been a constant companion for me. Less so for myself, but more about recommending phones to humanitarian and development workers (in the broadest sense). This article just came out https://www.ictworks.org/mobile-phones-disaster-responders-humanitarian-aid/ and makes some very valid points.
Here are some additional thoughts:
- GSM Arena is a really valuable resources, especially in view of their battery testing. https://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3. I wonder whether there is scope for a development-focussed forum, where hum/dev workers can post their experiences with phones, especially the lower-end ones? Do similar battery testing?
- Here's a sheet I made some time ago: http://bjohas.de/go/budgetandroidphones
Here are some phones that I have looked at (but don't have, in order of increasing cost):
- Landvo XM100Pro (see http://bjohas.de/go/budgetandroidphones) - representing "small brand" phones - not an unreasonable spec, but poor battery life. (Some of these brands may become bigger, e.g. Tecno seems to be quite widespread in sub-Saharan Africa).
- Nokia 2 (Seems to be available from Amazon UK / US now). Battery rating "109". https://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_2-8513.php. This is a low spec phone, with a large battery - the way it should be (4100mAh).
- Motorola E4 Plus. With a 5000 mAh battery, one of the largest batteries you can get today. Not battery tested on GSM Arena though. https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_e4_plus-8722.php
- Motorola Z Play (I agree with the above article author that it's a good phone). Battery rating about "100". https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_z_play-8310.php. Not available from Motorola any more.
- S8 Active - ruggedised, and increased battery life, but at the top end of phone costs.
- An older model: The motorola Defy.
Special mention: Fairphone.
What's also interesting to note (as we all know), newer/higher models don't mean all that much regarding battery. For example the Motorola Z2 Play and the (older) Nokia 3 have poorer battery life than the Z Play and the Nokia 2. (Also the new Nokia 1 @ 2150mAh won't have anywhere near the battery life than the Nokia 2.)
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