We often wonder which smartphone to buy. I decided to do the opposite and prepared a list of phones whose prices (to put it mildly) do not encourage buying. These are not bad devices – simply the manufacturers of these devices have hurt them with an absurd quote.
Some time ago I recommended you 10 smartphones, which in my opinion are worth buying. In my post I indicated these models, which in my opinion are almost unrivaled at their price or offer so many good and interesting solutions that it is worth spending hard earned money on them. If someone has not yet looked at this material, I attach the link: https://www.gsmmaniak.pl/602882/najlepsze-smartfony-top/ One of the stages of creating this entry was a visit to online stores, where I checked the prices of individual models and compared them with competitors. Just then I noticed that the amounts you have to pay for some phones are (to put it mildly) absurd considering what they offer. So I came to the conclusion that I will devote a separate article to them, which you are reading, ie TOP-10 smartphones, which are not worth buying . Before I get to the bottom, a few explanations. First of all, none of the smartphones listed below is hopeless, weak or bad – ba, the vast majority of them, if not all, are pretty decent products . The problem is, however, their prices, which for me are not adequate to what we get. Secondly, I rate the amounts in the official Polish distribution , so it does not matter that it is cheaper to buy them at auctions, at importers or in foreign stores. We are talking about Polish retail prices in authorized sales channels. Thirdly, do not treat this entry as an oracle . If you think I am wrong and the price of a given model corresponds to what it offers, then go ahead and write about it in the comments. In the end, I am not infallible, and the article is after all a collection of my thoughts and a private opinion. And fourthly, the last one: when describing the problem of a given smartphone I will focus on why its price is in my opinion inadequate . If you want to get to know these devices better in every possible way, then I encourage you to take a look at their reviews, which I attach in the links (if the test of course was published here).
LG is one of those manufacturers that can kill the sense of buying your phone by mounting a hopelessly weak processor in it. Although I do not think that it is worth buying only smartphones with the most powerful processors, however, MediaTek MT6750 (S) with the Mali-T860MP2 graphics system is a joke, if we get it in the equipment for about 1500 zlotys. Exactly that costs the LG Q7 model in the official Polish distribution . LG quite quickly noticed that something was probably wrong with the price, because the promotion for this phone was already organized. It is true that you still have to pay PLN 1499 for it, but as a gift we get PLN 300 for further purchases and annual screen insurance. I still do not think that this is an opportunity to live, because at this price we will get LG G6, but it's great that something is starting to happen. After all, it's a pretty good phone out of the processor, but certainly not at this price.
Since we're at LG and weak processors, I can not fail to mention another smartphone from this manufacturer. The LG K9 is the successor of the LG K8 2017, a model with a basic specification that will satisfy the needs of only the less demanding customers. Already this device did not knock down the performance, so it is hard to call a good decision in the LG K9 even a weaker processor. If you do not remember which unit is the heart of the LG K9, I remind you that we are dealing with the Snapdragon 210 processor, which currently goes mainly to … watches. I would understand that if the LG K9 was much cheaper, but its official price is almost 600 zlotys ! A bit weak.
Samsung Galaxy A6 / A6 +
Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6 + appear together in this post because their prices are just as absurd. Our test and comparison of these smartphones showed that they are quite successful smartphones, however, buying them for 1399-1449 PLN and PLN 1599 respectively does not make much sense. Particularly exaggerated is the price of Galaxy A6, which not only has a weak processor in this class, but also a low-definition HD + screen and a microUSB connector. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A6 + already has a Full HD + display and more powerful components, however, Snapdragon 450 is still not enough in equipment costing over PLN 1,500. The worst thing is that the average components show their weakness in everyday use, which is unforgivable in this class. The conclusion is simple – Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6 + have to stand firm to be a viable purchase.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime
#Xiaomi Better? Usually this is because Xiaomi is quite commonly associated with a very good value for money. You do not need to look for examples – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is one of the leaders in my list of recommended smartphones. However, even Xiaomi offers phones that are unprofitable. One of the worst priced Xiaomi smartphones in the official Polish distribution is Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime . Putting on him almost 800 zlotys is pointless. 5.5-inch HD screen, Snapdragon 435, plastic housing and not very impressive battery do not convince, when for similar money we can hunt in Poland devices such as the aforementioned Redmi Note 5 or Xiaomi Mi A1. Xiaomi smartphone, which is not worth buying – it's probably a rare phenomenon, right? 😉
The iPhone 6 is a phone from 2014, so it has long been to leave the store shelves and disappear from sales in the official distribution. At one point it was, but quite surprisingly the iPhone 6 returned to Poland in the middle of last year. This is a new version, with 32 GB of memory, which the price of authorized partners is about PLN 1,500 . It does not make much sense to spend that amount on a four-year phone, even if it's an iPhone. Sure, this particular hardware will still get system updates, but what if it has only 1 GB of RAM ? The times have passed since such amount of working memory worked well with iOS. The camera does not go crazy either, especially the selfie camera, and the work time on one charge is only mediocre at best. I know that a relatively cheap iPhone tempts, however, the iPhone 6 model is better to avoid. On the next page you will find the next part of TOP-10.
Sony Xperia XZ2
Sony has long waited for a fresh breeze in its portfolio, and when it did, the Xperia XZ2 was created. Flagship that did not meet the expectations of most fans of the brand. Admittedly, Sony boasted a great pre-sale of the Xperia XZ2 with the PS4 console as a gift, but ultimately the smartphone did not become a hit. Rumors say that sales were lower than expected, which made Sony even resign from returning to the tablet market. To be honest, this situation does not surprise me, as the Sony flagship has few features that make it stand out from the competition. Paweł described it best in his Xperia XZ2 review, so let me quote it:
Sony Xperia XZ2 is a smartphone too expensive. His design, as well as equipment (except the SoC chip) do not indicate at all the flagship that can compete with the Samsung Galaxy S9, or the much cheaper Huawei P20. Because although the Sony Xperia XZ2 has a lot to offer, in many respects it has considerable deficiencies in the competition.
Huawei P20 Lite
For several years, Huawei creates a medium, which, by its name and appearance, refers to the flagship smartphone line. Unfortunately, there are no components behind it, which is particularly painful for this year's Huawei P20 Lite. The main problem of this particular Huaweia is Kirin 659 . It is true that it is a decent performance chip, but it does not fit the phone for PLN 1599, and that's exactly what Huawei P20 Lite costs in the official distribution . The power of the processor is still to survive, because it is the level of Snapdragon 630, however, the Mali-T830MP2 graphics still remembers 2016 and can not cope with the Ful HD + screen as good as it would be in this class. The price of the Huawei P20 Lite hurts all the more because the closely comparable levels of Huawei P Smart and Honor 9 Lite are noticeably cheaper. It is a pity that the producer abstained from the premiere of the Kirin 710 chip, because thanks to it, the Huawei P20 Lite would be almost perfect.
Samsung Galaxy S9
In my eyes, one of the least profitable flagship this year is Samsung Galaxy S9 . Although I do not think that this is an extremely bad device, because it has its obvious advantages (great screen, outstanding and unfortunately a single camera, solid workmanship or top performance), but price at almost PLN 3600 definitely too much a lot. Why do I think so? Mainly because Samsung has castrated this model in relation to the larger Galaxy S9 +. The smaller version did not get a dual camera and only has 4 GB of RAM, which is not enough in the 2018 flagship class. I do not see much sense to pay extra for this model, and do not buy a much cheaper Galaxy S8. The sales results of the Galaxy S9 show that not only I think so.
Wiko View Prime
To describe what does not suit me at the price of Wiko View Prime, I will use the final part of my review of this smartphone:
Wiko View Prime has exactly the same problem that LG Q6 once had – it is definitely too expensive. The French have apparently found that a screen of 18: 9 surrounded by relatively narrow frames is enough for a smartphone to cost 1149 PLN. I do not share this opinion. It's true that I enjoy 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory, but Snapdragon 430 is not enough at this price. I can not say that the smartphone is free, but it could always be faster, even with Snapdragon 625.
Wiko View Prime is not a bad phone. There are basically no such. However, there are telephones poorly priced and this belongs to this group, so I put it in this list. By the way, I'm glad that his successor is much more interesting equipment – Wiko learns from mistakes, and that's the most important thing.
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel 2 XL is the only exception to the accepted rule that I rate the amounts in the official Polish distribution, because this model is not available in this way. Selected stores downloaded it on their own and valued it on cosmic amounts. Currently, the price of the variant with 64 GB of memory starts from PLN 3499 , and to the version of 128 GB you have to add some more . It is still less than at the beginning of the sale, when the prices were well over PLN 4,000 . Pixel 2 XL is undoubtedly a great equipment, with a great camera and 3-year manufacturer support, which is Google itself. However, this is the equipment of the previous generation, which still costs as much as the new flagship of the competition. In addition, it has 4 GB of RAM, which obviously has no major impact on the smoothness of operation, because it is exemplary, but it is of great importance for multitasking – even great optimization is not able to replace an additional 2 GB of memory.
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