Before trying out the Idol X, I had never used an Alcatel OneTouch phone before. In fact, I knew very little about the phones and TCL, the company that makes them. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from a phone of a less recognizable brand than say, a Samsung, LG or HTC product.
But the Idol X makes quite an impression.
Have you been thinking about getting a tablet but wasn’t really sure if it was worth it? Most tablets can’t measure up to laptops and the few that do cost a pretty penny. But even the cheaper ones can put a bit of a dent in your wallet. That is, until now.
I recently had a chance to test out the UbiSlate 7Ci, which has the distinction of being the world’s cheapest tablet. As the Canadian-based DataWind as a low-cost alternative to mobile devices for people in developing world, the device retails here for only $37.99.
DataWind’s UbiSlate 7Ci. (HO)
The UbiSlate 7Ci is actually part of a family of low-cost 7-inch tablets, which includes the $79.99 7C+ and the $129.99 3G7. The main difference between them is that while the 7Ci is Wi-Fi only, the 7C+ and 3G7 run on the Edge and 3G networks, respectively. Other than that, the specs are roughly the same.
HTC Desire 601. (Supplied)
The HTC Desire 601 is a midrange phone that strikes a good balance between affordability and functionality — and it comes with some pretty impressive features and bundled software.
HTC One Mini. (Supplied)
Back in April, I reviewed the HTC One and it’s a good quality phone. But you might not like the size of it. If you find the 4.7-inch screen too small, you might want to check out the HTC One Max phablet with its 5.9-inch display.
But if you want something smaller, the HTC One Mini may be more to your liking.
BlackBerry Q10. (Supplied)
Now, I’m sure many of you hardcore BlackBerry fans have already ran out and bought the Q10. Having a smartphone with a physical keyboard is the main reason most BlackBerry fans have stuck with the company formerly known as Research in Motion over the years, even as Android and Apple phones took over the market.