I was stoked when I bought my Nexus 5 in late 2013. Back then, I distinctly remember feeling frustrated at the smartphone market being dominated by USD500-650 Apple and Samsung phones – for that price, you could get a cheap laptop computer. To make matters worse, it was extremely common for buyers to find themselves locked in an oppressive long-term contract with a soulless telecom giant – essentially an outrageous arrangement to pay off the exorbitant cost of the phone in installments.
I paid USD350 for my Nexus 5, and it was a relief to finally have access to a powerful new phone at an affordable price. I immediately proceeded to extricate myself from my odious contract in favour of a no-hassle, low monthly fee plan at a smaller service provider – and I’ve never looked back.
Over the last couple of years, the smartphone market has seen an explosion in competition. Asian manufacturers like LG, HTC and relative newcomers like Xiaomi have slowly but surely been chipping away at Apple’s market domination. More recently, there’s been a fresh spate of exciting new contenders into the affordable smartphone space – and not a moment too soon – it’s just about time for me to upgrade my trusty Nexus 5 🙂
Have a look at these upcoming phones:
- 2015 Moto X Pure – Starting at USD399
- OnePlus Two – Starting at USD329.99
- OnePlus One – Starting at USD300
- Xiaomi Mi 4i – Starting at USD200
- 2015 Moto G – Starting at USD180