Finally there is a mainstream alternative to the sleek beauty and versatility of the iPhone 4, and that alternative is called the Samsung Fascinate. But does this newcomer compare to the classic groundbreaking technological capabilities that we saw in the iPhone 4? What about design, user friendliness, and most of all performance? Are there any ways in which the Samsung Fascinate outperforms the iPhone 4? Is there really any competition here?

Similar to the iPhone 4, the Fascinate sports a four inch screen, a 1 gigahertz processor, and a pre-installed microSD card that gives you 16 gigabytes of space. It has a resolution of 480 by 800 and a tiny five megapixel camera. Besides these basic specs you can buy many additional accessories, including chargers and cases, to both protect and beef up your little machine. The Fascinate is a beautiful smartphone, easily comparable aesthetically to the iPhone and even a little bit lighter in weight. Like the iPhone 4, it combines STMicroelectronic’s 3-axis gyroscope for 6-axis sensoring together with a 3-axis accelerometer, allowing for easier navigation and better gaming. The Fascinate’s camera is similar to the iPhone 4′s camera except it doesn’t have a front facing camera. Like the iPhone 4, the Samsung Fascinate also comes with Stereo Bluetooth connectivity and Wi-Fi Wireless-N.

Compared to the iPhone 4, the battery on the Samsung Fascinate provides a long time of functionality even though active use. If you push it hard, however, it will probably still need to be charged at least every other day. The Fascinate also comes with a groundbreaking text inputting program named Swype. Giving it a slight edge over the iPhone in the area of text inputting, Samsung Fascinate’s Swype is an easier and quicker way to input text on a smartphone by allowing users to slide their fingers from letter to letter, only lifting at the end of each word. Swype also comes with algorithms designed to correct errors and a word guessing feature.

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The Samsung Fascinate has 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities and allows users to use their Fascinate as a wireless modem for sharing Internet use. With this feature, as many as five additional users with compatible Wi-Fi enabled devices can tap into the Internet along with you. The Internet connects well and works fast, even for streaming and gaming. The phone on the Samsung Fascinate works very well with great clarity and almost no distortion. Even the speakerphone performs above average with a soft yet easily distinguishable tone to it, unlike the iPhone’s piercing speakerphone. Dropped calls are few and far between, which is important in the high paced business world of today.

A great business or social tool for use with Verizon Wireless, the Samsung Fascinate is very easy to use, has plenty of handy features, and on top of that is attractive, light, and compact. The official word is out. Your new smartphone has arrived.

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For the last couple of years, mobile phones in Kenya have been displayed with price t5ags that only the rich could acquire one. Most recently, manufacturers have to the rescue of the common citizen in trying to make sure that everyone is connected with a budget phone that can make calls and also connect to the internet. Thanks to these kinds of brands that have put their concern to the most oppressed citizen in Kenya. The counterfeit manufacturer has received a big blow after this consideration owing that he will not again steal the hard-earned money from Kenyans.

The truth is told that these budget phones may lack those breathtaking specifications like big screens, high-resolution cameras, long-lasting battery and other super specs but at least you will have the basic performance like making calls and sending texts in the palm of your hands. That is the most important thing you can do with a mobile phone in Kenya. Having said that, I have prepared a good list of cheap phones that you buy and make your day memorable rather than live hustling trying to raise more than 20,000 just to buy a big metallic phone which can still serve the same purpose. Below is a short list of few of cell phones that are in the Kenyan phone market today. Check it out folks!

Kenya's Mobile phones

Cheap mobile phones in Kenya

  1. Samsung Galaxy J1
  2. Vodafone Smart Speed 6
  3. Microsoft Lumia 640
  4. Moto G 4G
  5. OnePlus X
  6. Motorola Moto E
  7. Microsoft Lumia 435

Samsung Galaxy J1

This mobile phone was initially released in India and later hit the UK market in few months. It is not that kind of Samsung phones with a large screen, but it still serves the purpose…the year the purpose of calling and sending texts messages. Now what we experienced in that initial year of 2015 was nothing but cheap phones and easy entry mobile phone. Most importantly this mobile phone in Kenya has been accepted by a large pool of customers, and more are still replacing their phones with this same gadget. That means that this phone has something unique to offer to Kenyans.

That being said, Samsung Galaxy J1 has a small screen of about 4.3 inches and comes in three colors namely blue, white and black. As you all know, the price has to go hand in hand with the specifications. You don’t expect an 8MP camera with such less amount of money. This cell phone has 5MP and a back cover made of plastic material. Additionally, its processor is about 1.2GHz which is super slow, but your price needs such a price. Anyway, it has all the basics from camera to the internet. You can get one and save yourself huge amounts of money.

Vodafone Smart Speed 6

Vodafone Smart Speed

Even Vodafone has not been left behind in offering some of the best cheap mobile phones in Kenya. It is a big industry with a very challenging industry but either way this brand has tried to remain on the board and keep on pushing great phones to our phone industry. If you have been forced to pull out a large amount of cash, wait for a little since Vodafone is here for you this year. With just 7,000 you will get a chance to enjoy a slow speed of 1.0GHz and take photos with 5MP camera in a snap. Save all your stuff on an 8GB internal storage and watch all your movies on 4.5 Inches screen all the time. My question is, does your cash count now? If yes join Vodafone and spend less.

Microsoft Lumia 640

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For the best Windows phone at a very low budget, consider buying this low-end phone by the name Microsoft Lumia 640. The best thing about this mobile phone is its battery that lasts long like 1998 spots of rain. Additional to this, the display serves its purpose since its 5 inches with a 720p screen and available in few bright colors that can fit both young and old. On top of this, this top-end phone comes with 8.1 windows operating system and can be upgraded to Windows 10 by the end of the year. So what does such a phone has to offer? Think of what you can do with 8MP, 8GB, and 4G networks! Its speed is about 1.2GHz with a big screen of about 5 inches. That is very enough to spend your hard-earned cash today.

Moto G 4G

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They say cheap is expensive but to me, I say cheap has good specs. Kenyan mobile phones are not expected to have that many specifications. Whatever specifications that comes with them, Kenyans will surely accept them willingly. Moto G 4G is one of these phones that have something for your budget and comes packed up with a 4G network for today’s clear and speeding internet. All cell phone may offer the same network, but let’s give credit when it’s due. Talk of a decent camera and an awesome 4.3 Jelly Bean that can be upgraded to 4.4 Kit Kat. All this for just 7,500 is something everyone will run. It’s a smartphone that fits your budget, and you don’t have to finish up your pocket to get a huge mobile phone. Go for the cheap!

OnePlus X

OnePlus X

Never worry about the price at any given time. First, inquire about the specs and the quality of the phone. Your money is equivalent to any mobile phone in Kenya. Be optimistic that everyone can work for you. It is possible to own this phone with very little money out there in outskirts of Nairobi. It’s a cell phone that you can buy for your loved ones and make them rejoice during their special days like birthdays and anniversaries.

If you are thinking of now owning this phone, then you are thinking right. The phone comes with a 5 inches HD screen with a whopping 3GB RAM. Do not forget the phone has a good camera of 13MP that you can take beautiful pictures all the time. Its internal memory is up to 16GB, and you have the option of upgrading it using a Micro9 SD store your movies. I wouldn’t wish to confuse you, but I always tell my audience to research widely before settling to any phone. Get your facts right and always have a list of your top 3 phones as you enter that shop.

Motorola Moto E

We have to agree that Motorola is known to give fare prices to their users. A mobile phone in Kenya going for less that 10,000 is a good deal to turn away from. This Motorola Moto E matches its price, and everyone is happy with that. This cell phone offers great specs compared to its price. Think of a 410 processor and big screen of 4.5 inches; it’s just a good offer I tell you. The memory will also go for this phone while running, 1GB and 8GB respectively with an option of the upgrade is something cool for you too. There is a 5MP camera to help you in keeping happy memories. Pimped with an Android Lollipop, this phone has the great responsiveness you can think of. Go out there and grab this phone now.

Microsoft Lumia 435

Some of you say a big no for Windows phones. It’s okay but owing to the money you have; you have no option than to accept this mobile phone here in Kenya. Imagine operating a phone running on Windows 8.1 and can still be upgraded to Windows 10 in few months to come. Microsoft smartphones usually are small in size but not small in good specifications like a 4-inch screen display with great pixels. Additionally, specs include a 200 processor, 2MP, 8GB storage memory and 1GB internal memory. You can get this phone going for a good price in Kenya. Put your money well and wait your day for buying. It won’t cost you many friends.

Conclusion

I know the list has been long buying; all in all, you have got something that you can refer to when you are out there doing a window shopping in Nairobi. Mobile phones in Kenya can be very confusing, and you can get yourself buying a fake smartphone without your knowledge. The best thing is to visit these shops with a friend who understands well about cell phones in Kenya. Alternatively, visit well-known phones or those phones that are owned by these bug companies like Safaricom or online shops like Kilimall or jump. The price should not worry you much since with a minimum of 5,000; you have got a good smartphone in a palm of your phones.

By the look of things, one day we will be buying mobile phones in Kenya at a minimum price of 3,000. How will that be? As for me, I can’t wait for those coming years. There will be no much need for such a long list. Cell phones in Kenya will be easy to find, and even children will own one or two phones. That being said goes out there and owns that phone of your choice. It’s a free world folks!

 

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The iPhone’s growing popularity has made it a great benchmark to compare to other smart phones in the market. That said, how does the T-Mobile G2 compare to the iPhone 4? Here are some of the differences to consider.

First and foremost, the operating system is obviously different from the system run on Apple’s iPhone. Like most high end smartphones, it runs on an Android powered system: in this case, Android 2.2 Froyo. This is the latest edition of Google’s mobile phone operating system. Some differences between the Android OS and the iPhone OS can be considered advantages. To be more specific, Android allows for more customization and many kinds of widgets. Some users prefer the iPhone system because it is simpler and more streamlined, however. The new iPhone operating system has been upgraded to run multi-tasking, but it isn’t exactly the same as the multitasking capability of the Android system. Other benefits of the Android system are voice to text translations, GPS directions, and the ability to install any application that is built for the operating system. In contrast, the iPhone system only allows you to use apps that have been approved by Apple. The decision between these two operating systems is a personal preference.

T-Mobile G2

As far as computing power goes, the Apple iPhone wins. The A4 processor provides it with the ability to process at about a gigahertz, and it offers up memory for 512 MB of RAM. In comparison, the T-Mobile G2 will come equipped with an 800 megahertz Qualcomm Scorpion processor. While the processor speed is a little slower, the memory will be the same. The difference between the two processors most likely won’t be noticeable during most activities, but the iPhone does have the edge in this area.

While the computing speed of the iPhone may be faster, the internet connection on the T-Mobile G2 will beat it out. It will either meet or beat 4G speeds, connecting at between 3 and 6 mbps on average. The iPhone 4 is restricted by the slower AT&T’s 3G connection.

As far as the keyboard goes, there is a world of difference between the two phones. One of the best T-Mobile G2 accessories is the slide out keyboard that comes standard with the phone. While some users like the simplicity and aesthetic appearance of the iPhone’s virtual touchscreen keyboard, many users prefer the feel of a physical keyboard. For these users, the T-Mobile G2 delivers.

The screen on the G2 is slightly larger than the iPhone 4, which makes it good for viewing videos, movies, and images. On the other hand, the resolution on the iPhone is much higher at 960 x 640 pixels, where the G2 only provides 480 x 800 pixels, making the image on the iPhone much clearer. The cameras on both devices are very comparable to one another, both providing five megapixel picture taking capability, and video recordings with qualities as high as 720p HD with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Both also have an LED flash. The software on the iPhone does come with a program allowing you to edit movies. The iPhone also provides a front facing camera, allowing for face to face chat, while the G2 does not.

The T-Mobile G2 allows more customization in terms of Google G2 accessories and is more open ended when it comes to T-Mobile G2 chargers.

Global mobile manufacturers may be moving from large to LARGER touchscreen smartphones but Sony Ericsson has not forgotten about the compact smartphone market. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro is a one of its kind with a compact 2.55 inch full screen display.

The X10 Mini Pro was recently released (June 2010) as an improved alternative to the X10 Mini. Both the Mini smartphones are powered by a Qualcomm 600 mhz processor and have Android installed as their operating system. The Mini Pro was initially installed with Android OS version 1.6, but is upgradeable to the quicker Android OS version 2.1. The newer version of the Android OS comes with essential upgrades such as an improved virtual keyboard and HTML 5 web browsing capabilities.

With the release of the Mini Pro, a common question roamed the minds of interested buyers. Why should I get this phone when the Xperia X10 Mini Pro comes with an additional slide out keyboard? The slight difference in thickness of the two phones measures 2mm, a figure that doesn’t seem to make a difference.

One thing that made a huge difference though, is the slide out QWERTY keyboard. Sony Ericsson perfectly analyzed the ergonomics of a handheld QWERTY keyboard and strategically positioned the keys for an extremely comfortable typing experience. The effort has reaped them huge rewards, as positive feedbacks have been overwhelming.

As a member of the Xperia family, the X10 Mini Pro comes with the elegant Xperia gallery and the accommodating Timescape UI. Timescape is Sony Ericsson’s solution to social network integration. The application monitors updates from your social networks and unify them on a 3D animated timeline. Additionally, contacts in your address book displays recent status updates and tagged photos. Don’t forget to visit Sony Ericssons’s “PlayNow” mobile store that sells games, apps and music.

Aside from the attractive interface, the Mini Pro comes with a 5 megapixel camera to satisfy your photography needs. The camera snaps high-res photos and includes useful features such as video recording, LED flash and camera modes. Music lovers will also stand to benefit from the Sony Ericsson handsfree kit as it isolates noise to bring you crisp music and solid bass.

Plenty of negative feedback have been heard about smaller touchscreen smartphones. It has, however, been a great experience with the X10 Mini Pro. Navigation has been a breeze and you shouldn’t expect to meet with difficulties such as small virtual buttons. One considerable downside is the lack of compatibility with a couple of Android applications, due to the slightly lower resolution display. On the other hand, the upside is the QWERTY keyboard. The precise keyboard facilitates accurate typing for people with larger fingers. This reduces the need for usage of the onscreen virtual keyboard.

Should you be looking for a compact and affordable smartphone that is great in handling multimedia, pick up the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro. You’ll love this friendly and intuitive mobile companion!

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