Not All Cheap Android Phones Are Created Equal

I wrote the following piece back in November 2013. Since then I have become even more suspicious of the value of deals offered by Mighty Deals.

I received an email from Mighty Deals last night offering me an Android mobile phone for the bargain price of £39.99.

If you haven't heard of Mighty Deals they are one of the growing band of companies offering eye catching short term deals via the internet, sort of similar to Groupon, Kgbdeals and Wowcher but with the emphasis on low price technical gadgets.

Now £39.99 for a mobile phone running on the Android operating system seems like a great price. So what are this phones specifications? Here is what Mighty Deals tell you:

Android 4.1 operating system ♦ Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled ♦ Front and rear cameras ♦ Available in black or white ♦ Dual sim ♦ Supports TF card up to 32MB

That looks pretty impressive, but what don't they tell you? Well for a start they don't state:

Screen size ♦ Screen resolution ♦ Processor type and speed ♦ Inbuilt memory ♦ Battery life

These are the important things that determine the day to day usage of the mobile phone. The fact that they don't tell you these things make me suspicious that this may be a slow unresponsive phone.

Dual SIM is an interesting feature that is not normally found on phones sold in the UK. It allows you to put two SIM cards on either the same or different mobile networks at the same time, so for example you could have a Vodafone mobile number and an O2 mobile number both on the same telephone.

If I was in the market for a cheap pay as you go mobile phone past experience would make Carphone Warehouse my first point of call. The Huawei Ascend Y300 Carphone Warehouse are currently offering looks interesting as a cheap Android phone.

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