The story of why it is sometimes better to buy an inexpensive smartphone

Relatively recently on one of our sitesthere was material discussing the topic of inexpensive smartphones and the fact that they could well replace the flagships for people who do not need a cool camera. On the example of some models from different manufacturers, the argument came to the fact that the flagships can no longer offer something fundamentally new, while inexpensive brands successfully use the developments that were very expensive a couple of years ago in their smartphones. So they reduce the gap from the "leaders." The other day I happened to be on the road with an inexpensive smartphone, and I am ready to share what feelings I experienced.

Beautiful appearance always attracts the eye. Manufacturers began to pay more attention to this.


  • 1 Benefits of an Inexpensive Smartphone
  • 2 A smartphone is cheaper than 10 000 rubles
  • 3 Can a budget smartphone replace the flagship
  • 4 Hiking Navigator
  • 5 Camera cheap smartphone
  • 6 Inexpensive smartphone vs flagship

The advantages of an inexpensive smartphone

First of all, I want to tell you why I tookit’s an inexpensive smartphone with you. The fact is that I went to the Oktoberfest beer festival, which is traditionally held in Munich in late September - early October. I accustomed myself to the fact that on the road you always need to have a spare smartphone - you never know what. As a rule, I took either one of my old devices, which I have not had time to sell, or one of the editorial flagships. This time I decided that you should not carry two expensive smartphones with you to such events. Moreover, besides the festival itself, hiking was planned in the mountains, where the smartphone can be damaged or lost.

Not so long ago, we purchased several inexpensive smartphones for various editorial needs, including a couple of models Honor, Jinga Picasso Note, BQ Brave and Haier i6. I took the last one with me.

The choice fell on him, since the restI already know smartphones very well, and I have come across different models of these brands more than once, but I haven’t done anything with Haier before. I decided that he should not stop working before he even started, but I did not need more from him. I just needed a spare dialer.

A smartphone is cheaper than 10,000 rubles

The cost of the Haier i6 that I chose,is about 7,000 rubles, which is quite a bit even against the background of the budget segment. That is why I chose him. It seems to work quite well, but it's not a pity to lose if something happens.

It’s hard at the airport to sit without a smartphone in your hand

The first joy of having just thissmartphone happened to me already at the airport. Somehow, my “clip” broke for extracting a SIM card, which I fastened to my backpack. Her sting just bent, and when I started to straighten it, it broke off. As a result, I could not insert my travel sim card into the iPhone 11 Pro, which was my main one on this trip. The only candidate for its installation was Haier, which seemed to be a substitute before. At this moment I rethought the pluses of the removable back cover, which I had not really liked before.

An interesting observation: Depressed people use smartphones more often than others. Is it true?

I still rearranged Simka, but it was precisely this that made me treat the state employee not as a fallback. For me, it has become a full complement to the main smartphone.

A car can be any color if it is black. - Henry Ford

I cannot share the opinion of Henry Ford andtransfer it to smartphones. I love unusual colors for an accessory so familiar to all of us, but I did not really like the color of Haier i6 due to the combination of shades. Nothing personal, just a matter of taste. Over time, I was able to get used to it, and even a little bit like. At the same time, I can’t say that such experiments with color are the lot of inexpensive smartphones. Think of the famous Huawei P Series and Honor V Series gradients.

Can a budget smartphone replace the flagship

Despite the increase in autonomy in the iPhone 11Pro, which I am currently actively testing, a state employee very pleased me against its background. For five days on the road, I charged it only two times (including full charge before leaving the house). During this time, I used maps, took photos and made calls. All this I did not do as often as from the main smartphone, but enough to assess the battery capacity (in Haier it is 3000 mAh) and the cost-effectiveness of the smartphone.

He removed the cover and gained access to the SIM cards and battery. Such a scheme can sometimes be very convenient.

Last time I noticed autonomya few months ago, when I used some Chinese monster with a 6000 mAh battery. This was the only plus of that smartphone. Otherwise, he was rare ... Well, you see.

I always thought that every smartphone is worthabout as much as asking for him. If you are ready to buy a flagship, it will be an excellent device, if you are ready to buy a state employee and do not present flagship requirements for it, it will most likely not disappoint. Now I have once again made sure that smartphones are no longer divided into good and bad. Just everyone represents their category. Here are just the difference between the categories decreased.

For work and personal purposes, I used HuaweiP30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 +, OnePlus 7 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro and many other devices. We can say that I am demanding on the speed of work, but even in models cheaper than 10,000 rubles, I do not notice much inhibition. Of course, she is, but she is not as critical as before. The above, however, does not apply to games and demanding applications. Here, state employees lose to the flagships, like the Yaroslavl “Shinnik” of Munich “Bavaria”.

The drop-shaped cutout in the screen is now even in the most inexpensive models

Hiking Navigator

I already said above that one of the main functions,which I used in the Haier i6 was navigation. As offline maps I use MapsMe. I liked this application even before I got all the functions he has now, like voice navigation and walking routes.

Probably the best offline map app. If you know better, write in the comments. Or in our Telegram chat.

This time for city navigation and walks aroundmountains I also used these maps. I also had the same application on the iPhone, but for obvious reasons, I preferred to use a more affordable smartphone for navigation. And, you won’t believe it, Haier did a great job. For obvious reasons, the application started a little longer, but it worked perfectly.

With a map, it’s fun to pace the open spaces

In the beginning, I even doubted the correctness of my decision to entrust this smartphone to my route, but when I arrived at my destination, I realized that the fears were unfounded.

Camera cheap smartphone

Such a familiar camera interface

Pleasant surprise about autonomy andThe quality of navigation was replaced by mixed feelings about the camera. When it came to complex scenes, such as high contrast panoramas, the Haier i6 main camera predictably pashed before the advanced solution used in the iPhone 11 Pro. That's just such a comparison looks a little strange. In general, it still shoots well, and you can not compare it with smartphone cameras for the same money, released 2-3 years ago. In some scenarios, it is even quite capable of competing with mid-range models.

Shot on a Haier i6. Scenic view of lake Lautersee

Shot on a Haier i6. Bright picture with a slight tendency to oversaturation.

Shot on a Haier i6. There are small gaps in the shadows, but generally tolerable

Shot on a Haier i6. Rainy weather in a bavarian village

Shot on a Haier i6. Not the hardest scene, but the camera still worked fine

It's not about the 13 megapixel resolution, but howThe camera worked out vivid panoramas of mountain landscapes. For this reason, I did not even take an expensive smartphone with me to the mountains, limiting myself to Haier i6 and DJI OSMO Pocket for video and more complex photos. I did not need more.

Now you will not surprise anyone with a dual main camera in a smartphone. This is another confirmation of the arrival of flagship technologies in the budget segment.

Inexpensive smartphone vs flagship

Everything I did on the road with the Haier i6, once againreinforced me in the thought that the cost of a smartphone has ceased to strongly affect its quality. Expensive smartphones, of course, will work faster, they will have a better camera and they will be more durable. But the state employee can sometimes be more autonomous. It works many times worse if you do not require maximum speed from it in PUBG, and it is not so scary to lose or break it.

Even that appeared on the screen of my smartphonea couple of scratches will not make me conclude that he is bad. Good glass is expensive, but getting a scratch on a ceramic Samsung Galaxy S10 (yes, it also gets scratched over time) and on a smartphone for 7,000 rubles are completely different things.

In addition, given that some state employees,including my Haier i6, equipped with NFC and Android 9, it becomes even more pleasant that there is now a choice for every taste and every wallet. Public sector employees will not replace your flagship, but they are not as bad as they were a few years ago.