My Journey In Choosing My New Phone

Yes!!!!!! I know this is not a book review. I’m trying to diversify my blog just a little. Today I’m going to share with you my decision-making process of buying my new phone and if you are like me and don’t think you should spend more than US$200 for a phone….then keep reading!!!

So, $200 for phones are what the experts may consider as cheap or budget-friendly phones, and budget-friendly is my favourite words to hear/read in any sentence….lol.
So when I decided I wanted to change my phone, I had no idea what I wanted, I just knew I wanted to spend no more than $200, a good camera phone, good battery life and NO Samsung.
So, of course, I started my research on the best budget-friendly smartphones, keeping in mind a good camera is a priority.

***Please keep in mind I am not an expert in this field.

After reading multiple articles and watching countless Youtube videos, I rounded off my search to 3 brands:

By the way, when I was deciding on phones the Moto G6 was not yet released which is also a very good choice.

All three phones were about $200 with the Moto G5 plus being $205 for prime members or $220 standard price…which was fine by me.
-All three were rated fairly well for being good cameras, the difference in performance not that noticeable, which I could live with.
-Proficient software
-Updated Andriod OS
-All three had a slick modern design
-All released in 2017, the Honor 7x released October 2017, Mi A1 released September 2017 and Moto G5 released February 2017.
-All phone accommodated 2 sim cards which I would eventually need.

So what phone to choose????.....the struggles!!!

After a lot of consideration, I decided on the Xiaomi Mi A1….Why you may ask? Cause that phone is not very popular or even known in my country. Well, I love the design of the phone, even though it may not be the most original design (iPhone 7 anyone???). I chose the gold, but I really wanted the rose gold but Amazon was out.
The Mi A1 runs on stock android…….what is stock Android I hear you asking. Well, I learnt that stock Android, also known as vanilla or pure Android, is the most basic version of the OS design developed by Google. The biggest advantage of stock Android is fast updates. Smartphones running on it are among the first to get upgraded to the latest version of OS.

The second reason is that stock Android smartphones are bloatware free, meaning they don’t come with pre-installed apps from the manufacturer that you probably will never use….like ever.

The third advantage is storage, you have more available storage due to the lack of all the developer's unnecessary apps that takes up more space on your phone leaving you with little to nothing.

The Mi A1 came with Andriod 7.0 Nougat but was updated to the Andriod 8.0 Oreo in less than a week of being used. Unlike the Moto G5 and Honor 7x, that is available in 32GB built-in storage the Mi A1 comes with 64GB built-in space……Hello, more storage for the same price…..Sold!!!!
Overall I’m loving my choice, my phone works as well as promised. I have over 60 apps installed and am only using 38% of my storage. With minimal usage, the battery life on this device last for 2 days, but with constant usage, I can still get a full day out of it. It said it has the capacity to facilitate fast charge but I don’t have that feature so I'm hoping the next upgrade will allow that. But regardless it’s an awesome phone!!!!