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.
The Blackberry Q10 takes a bow as the device marker’s first hardware keyboard-equipped smartphone that runs on the new BB10 operating system.
For today’s mobile professionals, one of the key attraction of the Blackberry Q10 is the Hub, which serve as a universal inbox that collates message from emails, BBM, social networks, chats, incoming calls, text and much more.
Blackberry Q10 comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 3.1-inch touch screen display and 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera.
Despite the introduction of Blackberry Messenger, the device maker’s popular messaging service on Android phones, the Blackberry Q10 still delight business users with its messaging abilities and wireless connectivity options.
The Blackberry Q10 web browser is fantastic and it allows users to open attachment in seconds with native apps and scroll through thousands of emails and contact in seconds.
Apple iPhone 5s
The Apple iPhone 5s comes with superb and exciting features but one that stands out is the ability for you to unlock your phone with a touch from your finger.
For instance checking your phone dozens of time a day or even probably more is a basic act. Entering a pass code each time might just slow you down, which you do to prevent access to your phone, as a security precaution.
Your unique finger print can also approve purchase from the iTunes store, the App Store and iBooks Store, so you don’t have to enter your password manually.
The iPhone 5s also comes with an ultra fast LTE wireless with up to 13 LTE band which makes its maker prides as being more than any other single model of smartphone. This means that even more iPhone user can experience fast download and upload speed in more places around the world.
With the built-in App Store, you also get direct and access to the best choice of mobile apps anywhere as there are over 900,000 of them, according to claims by Apple.
The iconic Apple iPhone is not often affected by constant market price movements as it still retails at an average price of N117,000.
Huawei Ascend P6
Huawei Ascend P6 represents the Chinese smartphone maker’s biggest attempt to join the Android elite. Huawei seems to have succeeded as the Aspire P6 boasts a level of design and a range of quietly innovative features that are in many ways worthy of major rival smartphones.
Packed with high technology including a fast 1.5 Ghz Quad core processor and huge 4.7” HD screen that makes the Huawei Ascend P6 ideal for entertainment from movies and catch up TV to some 700,000 apps from Google Play.
Slender, beautiful and just 6.18mm thin, the Huawei Ascend P6 is incredibly strong and come built with an aluminum alloy frame and back cover.
It has a sensational 5 Megapixel camera on the front which is ideal for the group shots and video calls.
Solo may not be among the biggest players in the Nigeria mobile phone market yet. In fact, the company may be relatively unknown to many but it is gaining space in its ground battle with the devices it been releasing lately.
[blockquote right=”pull-right”]The Solo S450 is an Android Jelly Bean 4.2 smartphone from the Nigerian device maker equipped with Solo Music, the company’s rich entertainment platform that offers free unlimited streaming and download of over 20 million songs through out the life cycle of the device ownership. Now, that is what we call an unlimited entertainment deal! [/blockquote]
We can confidently say that Solo S450 is now packed with what it takes to compete with the big global brands.
The Solo S450 is an Android Jelly Bean 4.2 smartphone from the Nigerian device maker equipped with Solo Music, the company’s rich entertainment platform that offers free unlimited streaming and download of over 20 million songs through out the life cycle of the device ownership. Now, that is what we call an unlimited entertainment deal!
The mobile device offer full access to the Google play including BBM services and comes bundled with one-year free data service from Etisalat Nigeria.
Solo S450 has dual SIM capabilities and 16GB of internal memory coupled with an SD card that is expandable up to 32GB.
Now, the sweet song from the company is that with these cool features including unlimited music service and one-year free data, Solo S450 come well priced at below N30,000
HTC One M8
The new HTC One M8 is essentially designed as a premium smartphone but one of its cool new feature is the Motion Launch.
The Motion Launch features detect when you pick up the HTC one M8 or pull the device out of your pocket and when you double-tap the the screen while its off, you unlock the phone!
Another interesting feature of the HTC one M8 is the secondary camera lens. Positioned above the headset is ultra pixel cameras that detects depth of field. What that does is that you can take a photo of your friend and the HTC One M8 camera will automatically determine what is in the foreground and background. Using the phone edit mode,you can then blur the background or foreground if you so wish.
The HTC One M8 also enable you add filters to the background and even crate 3D-style image using the dimension plus settings.
HTC One M8 comes price at N127,000.
The Solo S350 is a dual-SIM 3.5 inch touchscreen Android smartphone from Solo Limited, a Nigeria phone maker.
The elegant smartphone comes with market-first Solo View, a digital video-on- demand rental service that allows users to stream, download and store both Nigerian and international movies, TV shows and other general entertainment for up to two weeks on their mobile devices.
With Solo S350, you also get free data for a year from Airtel (500MB monthly) and Etisalat (100MB monthly) on condition that you load minimum airtime of N1000 monthly that can then be uses to make calls and send text messages.
If music and video are your entertainment choice, you should consider getting the Solo S350 as it lives up to the promise of its makers.
The Moto E, the new device from the American technology company is intended to compete against feature phones by providing a durable low cost alternative for first time to smartphone owners and low-budget-minded consumers.
Moto E which was unveiled May this year and priced at just N20,500 sports a 4.3 inch display at qHD resolution and has 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot that can extend storage to 32GB.
Moto Ealso feature a 5MP camera at the back but does not have a front-facing camera. The 1,980mAh battery is touted to last an entire day on a single charge.
With the Nokia X smartphone users can discover the world of Android apps with access to hundreds of thousands of other great apps.
The Fastlane feature of the phone enables fast, smooth access to favorite apps. The 4-inch display smartphone displays recent apps, photos, Facebook posts and more onto a single screen. With the 3 megapixel, user of the Nokia X smartphone can customize their home screen to their taste.
Other key features include a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory and expandable MicroSD of up to 32 GB.
The Nokia X retails at an average of N19,000.
Sony Xperia Z1
With the waterproof Sony Xperia Z1 you take pictures while swimming in freshwater for up to 30 minutes. The dust-resistant smartphone comes with a 20.7 megapixel camera with pulsed LED flash and auto focus. Its 2.0 megapixel front-facing camera comes with the Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor.
The Near Field Communication feature of the phone supports the viewing of photos and videos from smartphone to TV. The ability to play music through wireless speaker is also enabled. Other features include Google Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core processor, 2 GB RAM and support for microSD card up to 64 GB.
Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is is a rugged smartphone that is resistant to sweat, rain and liquid.
Its faster Auto Focus feature enables users to capture important moments of movement more quickly and in focus. The ultra power saving mode helps to save and extend battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 offers an excellent viewing experience a smartphone can offer. Its FHD Super AMOLED display is brighter with more clarity, delivering a deeper and more vivid screen view.
The Adapt Display feature of the smartphone analyses incoming lights and the contents being viewed and automatically optimizes the colour range, saturation and sharpness of display.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is sold for about N100,000.