In the last few weeks there has been a marked increase in Australians looking at buying relatively unknown brands of smartphones and tablets from China. At face value, the reasons for doing so are quite clear. Non-recognised brand names seems to correlate with upwards of $100 less for a device that claims to have the same specifications as a Samsung or Apple smartphone. These devices are generally unlocked and usable on any network too which leaves the consumer free to select the best deal available from service providers. There is, however, always the chance that when a deal seems to be too good to be true then it usually turns out to be just that.
If you are looking at buying a handset or tablet from China, the first and most important advice is to look only at the Lenovo and Huawei brands. Although not widely recognised names in Australia, these are two brands which have made some market impact around the world, with both manufacturers in particular seeming to be targeting African nations. Lenovo and Huawei handsets both run on the Android operating system (OS), which will be familiar and recognisable to most Australian users.
Generally around the world Lenovo and Huawei devices have attracted positive reviews; with most users indicating that the device does all that you could want it to and ask of it. If your concern is less about a brand name and more about what the device can do for you then both are worth looking at. There are, however, dangers you should be aware of – especially if the apparent lower price is a key determining factor for you. Read the rest of this entry »