Smartphones have a way of influencing what other people think about us and whether you know it or not they surely do say a lot about us. As times move and new technology emerges, the cost of purchasing a new smartphone is increasing by each wake. Smartphones in 2017 seem to be in competition on which one can get the highest pricing, case in point, iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Not everyone has the capacity to spend a fortune on a device, yet it still requires you to spend more on airtime and will require to be charged probably twice as much as your current device. However, if you are in the market for a new smartphone and are the kind that thinks the affordable Chinese smartphones that have taken hub in the Kenyan smartphone space are not your thing, then here are 5 former flagship smartphones that are surely worth your money now that they have taken a price dip.
Sony Xperia Z5
The Xperia Z5 was launched in September 2015 when Sony smartphones were taking a beating from the competition. This is not to say the phone was or is bad, no, contrary to that, the device is a worthy flagship with lifestyle features such a water proofing, great 5.2-inch display and a legendary glass-on-glass design. The only caveat of the device, was the processor, Snapdragon 810 that was reported to have overheating issues, but no worries, the phone does not explode. Other features include, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 2900mAh battery, a 23MP camera, side-mounted fingerprint reader and currently running on Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Xperia Z5 is going for around Ksh.32,000 and it takes the crown as the most worthy device on this list.
Anyone who loves smartphone photography will tell you that the Huawei P9 was not a joke when it came to taking great shots. Launched back in April 2016, the P9 was Huawei’s first dual camera phone carrying the Leica branding. The Huawei P9 features a 5.2-inch display, 12MP dual cameras, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, USB-C, rear-mounted fingerprint reader and a 3000mAh battery with Android 7.0 Nougat update. If you are serious about smartphone photography, then this device is a steal for you, currently going for around Ksh.35,000.
Featuring a Snapdragon 820 Processor, 5.2-inch QHD display, 12MP camera, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, front-mounted fingerprint reader and a 3000mAh battery that can be quick charged via USB-C, the HTC 10 will get you the attention you crave. The device is currently running on Andorid 7.0 Nougat with a planned upgrade to Android Oreo in the horizon. The HTC 10 was especially built with audiophiles in mind, the sound that comes out of this device and the earphones bundled in the box are still one of the best we have ever gotten in a smartphone and all that is available for around Ksh.37,000.
Chances are, you don’t know about the LG V10 and you are to blame because this is one device that is a head turner. The V10 has two displays, the main display is a 5.7-inch QHD display with a secondary always-on display above it that measure 2.1-inches that let’s you access quick shortcuts, show you notifications or just display your name on your phone when the main screen is off. The V10 is powered by a Snapdragon 808, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, has a 16MP camera that is great for video recording and Dual 5MP selfie shooters, one for standard selfies and another for wide-angle selfies and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader all enclosed in a military grade, shock-resistant body that can take drops that would destroy the phone below.
The V10 was made for video lovers, both watching and recording. It currently runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and retails for Ksh.39,000. Oh, it has great AKG earphones bundled as well.
I am not an iPhone fan but let’s not lie, I want me an iPhone X but since that price is absurd, here’s an iPhone that anyone looking to join the Apple team can comfortably purchase. The iPhone 6 is still a great device that spells out “class” all over it. It looks the part and still plays the part. Since Apple never bothers with specs, I will do the same here and just ignore the specs all together, but I will just mention that it has a headphone jack and now runs on the latest iOS 11.
You can join the super society class of iPhone users by simply parting with Ksh.43,000 for a 32GB version iPhone 6 and I assure you, no one will care that the device was released three years ago.