When it comes to buying a smartphone, there’s always plenty of choice for the customers. But the problem with choice is that the customer is often confused between two or more smartphones. That’s exactly the case today with a plethora of smartphones available in stores like the Galaxy S III, the HTC One X, the iPhone 5 to name a few. And to make that decision rather easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of smartphones you should strictly stay away from, and we mean it!
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus
How can we leave the Nexus smartphone out of the equation? Well, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus which broke cover last year is still one of the prime candidates for an Android smartphone buyer. The reason being its no fuss usability and quicker updates compared to others as it is supported directly by Google. It is actually still pretty much in demand due to those reasons, and while the prices have drastically dropped the demand hasn’t one bit. That’s what a Nexus device means to the Android world. However, it’s that time of the year when a new Nexus is about to be announced. And all indications point towards a LG branded smartphone, which we saw in detail courtesy of a few leaked shots. So it would actually make an awful lot of sense to wait and see how the next Nexus device pans out to be. It pretty much seems like the next big thing in Android with the first of its kind Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core chipset. Also, inevitably, the Galaxy Nexus will lose its demand after the new Nexus hits stores. So waiting should be a wise thing to do.
The Samsung Galaxy Note (2011)
The Galaxy Note by Samsung took us all by surprise initially. Not only because of its unique form factor, but because of the confidence Samsung had in it. Rightly tagged as a phablet (a bridge between a phone and a tablet), the Galaxy Note was undoubtedly one of the unique smartphones of 2011. Although fellow Korean manufacturer LG tried to step into the scene with the Optimus Vu, the Note still remained in a league of its own. That was until Samsung announced its successor last month in the form of the Galaxy Note II. The phablet will now make its way to the U.S via T-Mobile on October 24. It is already available throughout Asia though. This new phablet is miles ahead of the original Note both in terms of design and the hardware inside, so it would make sense to try out the Note II before planning to spend big on a smartphone. The Note II is believed to retail at $700 or more for the unlocked version when it hits the shelves here in the States. It has a better and faster quad core Exynos 4412 chip clocked at 1.6 GHz, a slightly bigger display at 5.5-inches, 2GB of RAM and a design pretty similar to the Galaxy S III. The battery has been beefed up too, so you can do a lot more with the bigger display.
The HTC One X
HTC announced this beauty back in February along with a few other smartphones. But this one grabbed our attention mainly because it was the first smartphone out there to feature NVIDIA’s quad core Tegra 3 SoC, which is known for its GPU centric performance. And mind you, this was back when the Galaxy S III was merely seen in the rumor mill, so any quad core smartphone was obviously a big deal. But times are different today, the American variants(with dual core Snapdragon S4) and the global variants of the smartphone are fairly old in the market now. But HTC is trying to make a revival of sorts with the One X+ which will closely follow design elements of the original One X but differ in terms of under-the-hood specs. So when an upgraded variant is almost about to hit the market, it hardly makes any sense to purchase the relatively older sibling. So we recommend you to hold off your plans of getting the HTC One X if you’re considering it.
The Apple iPhone 5
Where shall we start with the iPhone 5? This long awaited successor to the iPhone 4S has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. While the hardware inside the device is still top notch (except for the camera and the chippy body), it’s the software that killed the buzz of most iFans. I’m not the one to speak wrongly of a good device, but Apple seems to have dropped the ball with this one. Widespread accusations of Apple hurrying the launch of the device are still being heard, while Apple tries to forget the Apple Maps fiasco. So why exactly should you not get the iPhone? Well, no, we don’t want you to wait for the iPhone 6 (or the iPhone 5S). It would make sense to look towards alternatives (read: Android or WP8) or just wait till Apple does something about the software glitches. If I were given a choice between the new iPhone and the new Lumia 920, I would pick the latter merely for its design and simplicity. The iPhone 4S also would be a better choice considering how little people expected from it. I don’t think we need to speak about Android alternatives as their capabilities are unparalleled post the Jelly Bean update. But if 4-inch+ devices are your preference, the HTC One S should be perfect for you. You might alternatively want to look into Sony’s offerings as well.
The Nokia Lumia 900
The Lumia 900 is no doubt one of the better known WP7 running smartphones, joining the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 in the list. The smartphone was supposed to be the next big thing after sliced bread, or at least Nokia thought so back when it was announced in January. Although it hit the markets relatively later, the smartphone was praised for its simplicity and Nokia’s exclusive offerings (Nokia Drive, Nokia Music et al). It seemed rather obvious though that the device would be outdated in no time with Windows Phone 8 right around the corner. In a matter of few months after its launch on AT&T, Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system and along with it some bad news for the existing crop of WP7 users. The bad news being that Windows Phone 8 would not make its way to WP7 devices as there was a switch in kernel and MS wanted to head in a new direction. A rather minor Windows Phone 7.8 update was decided upon for the existing users which would bring all the cosmetic changes of WP8 to those deprived users. This obviously didn’t go down well with the customers as they didn’t expect their beloved smartphone to get outdated that early. And now, four months post the WP8 announcement, we’re looking forward to the new Nokia Lumia 920 which is a major upgrade from the existing crop of WP smartphones. The Lumia 920 packs a 4.5-inch ClearBlack PureMotion HD+ display, an 8.7MP PureView camera and the dual core Snapdragon S4 chip. So getting the Lumia 900 now would make absolutely no sense as it probably will be even more outdated by the time it reaches your hands. We suggest you wait for the Lumia 920 (if WP is your thing) or have a look at the range of Android flagships coming your way.
So there you have it. These are the smartphones pretty high up on my list of things you shouldn’t buy now. I’m sure there are plenty more out there, but it’s hard to mention them all here. I hope this has been comprehensive enough in letting you pick your next smartphone. Let us know if you have any other smartphones in mind that should users should stay away from.