If we took a few minutes to compare a new iPhone XR, which starts life at $749, and compared it to a $130 Android-based smartphone, which would come out the winner?
Stats vs. Usage
That’s the battle Apple faces. Price and features. Google’s new Pixel 3a starts at $399 and comes with the latest Android OS, very good camera, and all the malware-like tracking built into Google’s apps.
Let’s go cheaper.
T-Mobile’s Metro has a special on the Coolpad Legacy. Coolpad? Yeah, I never heard of it, either, but it should be obvious that not everyone can afford $449 for an iPhone 7 (seemingly similarly equipped to the Coolpad Legacy), and if you can, wouldn’t it be a better deal to buy three of the Android phones instead?
What does this look like to you?
All smartphones have a similar look. Flat slab of glass and metal, rounded corners, big screen, apps.
And, Android Pie, Google apps, and only $130.
Coolpad Legacy’s display is larger than iPhone XR, but not by much. It comes with a 4000 mAh battery, dual cameras on the back (16MP and 5MP) and a 13MP selfie camera. The full retail price is $180, but T-Mobile’s Metro has a discount which brings the price down to as low as $30 if you switch from another cellphone carrier.
Elsewhere, Coolpad Legacy has 3GB of RAM, and, like iPhone XR’s entry-level model, only 32GB storage, but it has a microSD expansion card slot so adding memory won’t kill you. And, yes, it has Wi-Fi, an older Bluetooth version, plus GPS, NFC, and, a built-in FM radio to go along with various sensors, including a fingerprint sensor.
Coolpad Legacy has me missing the days of plastic back panels. It doesn’t scratch, I don’t have to use extreme care when setting it down on a table, and I’m not that worried if it slips from my hands.
Fair enough. Most iPhone users also buy a plastic case for the same reason.
Why does Coolpad Legacy exist? Certainly it isn’t to make money.
Coolpad has a goal to become a brand for families with a smartphone that appeals to new phone users, those who want an affordable device, and older people who want a big screen and a battery that lasts for days, all at a great value.
Apple. Or, rather, Apple’s ecosystem. Android smartphones become riddled with malware within a few months of usage. When something goes wrong, there are no Coolpad or Android Genius Bars to visit. The basic apps Miller mentions are Google, so privacy remains an issue, too. What we don’t know about such inexpensive smartphones is how long they last. What kind of photos and videos does it take and how do those compare?
More importantly, are the differences enough to make someone leave Apple’s ecosystem?