Over the last six months, Nigerians have contributed to driving the growth of the local and global phone manufacturing industry with huge spending on smartphones and other mobile devices.
Various brands of mobile phones were released by local and foreign manufacturers in the first half of the year and Nigeria’s teeming family of mobile phone users ranked among top phone buyers in the world.
Technology Times writers, Kolade Akinola and Kayode Oladeinde dig through phone retailers, user communities and several other channels to present the top market makers among Nigerian phone buyers in the first part of 2014:
Tecno Phantom A3
The Tecno Phantom A3, a popular smartphone from the Asian device maker that has successfully connected with phone buyers in Nigeria, features the fastest-ever processor of the company’s device range.
[blockquote right=”pull-right”]The Tecno Phantom A3 is also rigidly-built and comes out of the box with some extras including an earpiece, USB cable, USB charger, flip case and a power bank, the king of accessories that you pay extra for from rival phone makers. [/blockquote]
Phantom A3 ranks among the top-selling smartphones in Nigeria because of its simplicity, style coupled with its relatively affordable price point.
Phantom A3 is equipped with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), 1.0 RAM and 4GB of internal memory and Micro SD card support. It comes with a 2,440 mAh removable battery and 8.0mp camera. Phantom A3 also has an ultra-large screen complemented by a slim body built that is both concise and elegant.
The Tecno Phantom A3 is also rigidly-built and comes out of the box with some extras including an earpiece, USB cable, USB charger, flip case and a power bank, the king of accessories that you pay extra for from rival phone makers.
With all its interesting features, the Tecno Phantom A3 comes priced at N49,999, which is a smartphone deal when compared with other brands with same quality and features that sell at steeper price points.
The Blackberry Q5, one of the good performers from the stable of the popular smartphone maker that goes by same name, is a mobile device featuring a 3.10-inch display and powered by 1.2GHz processor alongside 2GB RAM.
The BlackBerry Q5, which also features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera, was unveiled May 2013.
Blackberry wants its users to get the best out of the Blackberry Q5 with the Time Shift and Story Marker applications, features that makes it unique from other smartphones.
Story Maker lets you make your own story in the form of a movie using pictures and videos that are saved on your BlackBerry device.
Time Shift mode lets you take a bunch of photos at once so that you can pick the best one of the set.
You can fix a badly taken shot by swapping in different expressions for any person until everybody is picture perfect with the Time Shit mode.
The internal storage falls short of only 8GB, but luckily you can include up to a 32GB expandable memory card. The Blackberry Q5 is available in white, black, red and pink colour options. It also features a classic BlackBerry design with a full QWERTY keyboard in the style of the older Blackberry Curve devices. It has an average price tag of N37,500 in Nigeria.