Welcome to this week’s edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. This week, we talk about the best Android phone under $400, some battery saving tips, Qualcomm Snapdragon vs MediaTek SoCs, and more. Let’s get started!
I am on $300-400 budget on my next phone. Which one should I get? – MrGarchomp123
The best Android smartphones within the budget you’re looking for are the Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto X. The Nexus 5 offers the best solution for anyone looking for a high-end device at a great price, and what the Moto X lacks in specifications, it more than makes up for with user experience and some very useful features.
If you’re hoping to save some money, you should definitely take a look at the new line of Asus Zenfone smartphones, that won Android Authority’s Best Smartphone(s) of CES 2014, as well as the Moto G. You’ll find a bunch of useful review and first look videos in the playlist below.
Battery saving is always a hot topic for Android users, and many apps like Battery Doctor recommend a full cycle charge at least once a month. How much merit is there to this? I have come across mixed opinions. – sirjargon1
While some pundits and blogs may say that it is a good idea to do a full cycle charge, the cold hard fact is that each lithium-ion battery comes with a limited number of cycles. The best way to prolong the battery life is to keep the charge between 10% and 90%, or even 20% and 80%, depending on what is more convenient to you. Granted, you don’t have to fanatical about this, and it’s okay to charge the battery fully. But try and avoid discharging the battery completely, as well as not keeping the phone plugged in for a long time, once it is fully charged. You can find out more about how to prolong your li-ion battery life here.
Which processor is actually better and faster for phones? Snapdragon or Mediatek? I heard that mostly MediaTek’s processors are slow and often lag, while Snapdragon does its job at its very best. – Andrew Beh Jian Yuan
The simple answer is that the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are the higher performing one compared to (equivalent) MediaTek SoCs, and has been seen consistently not only in benchmarks, but general real world performance as well. That being said, the Snapdragon processors are generally more expensive, and is mostly found in high-end devices like the HTC One, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Xperia Z1, and others. On the other hand, the MediaTek processors may be slower, but are also more cost effective, and allows OEMs to manufacture budget-friendly devices that still have sought-after features like quad-core processors.
And, it has to be said that the current crop of MediaTek processors are a far better option than anything that was available in budget devices over the past few years. If you want to find examples of cheap devices featuring quad-core, and even octa-core, MediaTek processors, all you need to do is look at smartphones that are proving to be quite popular in China and India.
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