Five Smartphone Old Better Than New

radjab By radjab, 9th Feb 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The higher the number in the title - the newer and cooler mobile. That is, iPhone 12 priori to be more advanced than the iPhone 10. But sometimes there are exceptions, where old models are better than the next generation of smartphones. Versed in special cases the smartphone evolution on the example of popular models.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 - Redmi 4

The choice between new and more expensive Redmi 4 year old and more affordable Redmi 3 "in the secondary housing" clarified delicate nuances. Despite the fact that between the 3rd and 4th generations of the smartphone were born redmi 3 Pro and Redmi 3S, «old man» worthy of purchase in the same way as the new "just Redmi».

Because the filling performance is almost unchanged (Snapdragon 615 received a "second life" with a slightly different video accelerator 400 series), the camera is also marking time in one place, autonomy if they improved, then a ridiculous amount, and even support for the 20th range LTE (it is often used by Russian operators) new Redmi has not "delivered". Design? The question of taste, to put not versed in smart phones Redmi two generations of man - and he can not say with a form where the old mobile phone, and where updated.

To say that there is no difference at all, it would be cunning - Redmi 4, first and foremost, sports a fingerprint reader, and Android pre-installed in it in version 6.0, that is, more or less relevant. In support Redmi 3 smartphone maker spit from a high tower, so the device owners are content with Android 5.1 Lollipop or ... stitch freshest custom firmware, which has traditionally for Xiaomi smartphones in bulk.

Nobody argues that carry the latest technology in the middle class of mobile phones designed to radically new Redmi 4 Prime, but "just Redmi 4" - only his utsenёnnaya version. But in comparing the two generations of smartphones without the suffix Pro it turns out that with regard to the younger versions of Xiaomi matted fool and do not offer anything new, but it is a bad way, even when the smartphone comes in several versions - dishonored iPhone 5C will not lie.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact - Xperia X Compact

Buyers of compact smartphones, obviously, people failed, insolvent and naive. How else to explain the maniacal desire of manufacturers as much as possible worsen smartphones with moderate diagonal display?

Sony blame all sins hand is not raised, because apart from it and Apple nobody produces quality compact smartphones, but once identified himself as the manufacturer "for aesthetes" - Carry flag features a mini-leader with dignity. The Sony, unfortunately, eventually surrendered.

Some characteristics of the mini flagship priori not expected. For example, Full HD-resolution display - since the 4.7-inch HTC One secret technique 1080p placing on tiny matrices eluded telefonostroeniya masters. Yes, and autonomy in a mini-smartphone also usually not outstanding - conditional 4000 mAh at 5.5 inches screen cell phone will give greater endurance than 2500 mAh at 4.5 inches.

So - Z5 Compact, with all its disadvantages was a true flagship. The model with the most-processor, a tiny body with 4.6 inch display, a cool chamber at the time (that she did not give the pictures to the limit - is another question). For such a pleasure to the Japanese asked for as much of 40 thousand rubles, but are willing to pay a considerable sum for a unique smartphone still were.

After the Sony Z-series were sent on retirement, switched to the X-names and welcomed competition from the iPhone SE, it was logical to expect that the new CD from the "cold" and fast Snapdragon 820 will be much steeper than its predecessor. Instead, Sony cut its compact flagship to the middle class and produced entirely made of plastic (and thicker compared to its predecessor) smartphone with a six-core "stump» Snapdragon 650, and added to the configuration of gigabytes of RAM, the camera began to take off a little better picture, but lost support 4K-video shooting. And the funny thing is that the smartphone processor and degraded housing materials proved to be more expensive than its predecessor steeper and thickness close to the model-centenarians with 5,000 mAh battery. Sad girl, as would say the great schemer. Fans of high-quality compact smartphones remain with Z5 Compact, and many - and all with the Z3 Compact, and a great beginning with the Japanese compact flagship seems to come to an end. We are glad to be wrong.

Highscreen Power Five - Power Five Evo

Marvelous are your deeds, evolution! Thanks to her, Highscreen, who always was making mobiles prescription "I would not that cheap and falling apart" had got in the portfolio one of the best smartphones-lived 2015. You will not need "space technology" - Chinese budget processor from nowhere who undertook AMOLED-display, 5000 mAh battery, tightly covered with the rear cover, and a half-empty Android Lollipop, which Highscreen enough prudence not to spoil our own developments. All this joy assembly ochumet worked for how long on a single battery charge, without "glitches" and is quite reliable.

Since then, intelligent and inexpensive "centenarians heavyweight" is almost not increased - ASUS ZenFone Max has always been more expensive and not so hardy and budget Oukitel and Blackview, except irrational consumption of its 5000 mAh "pleased" more unpredictable and build quality. Old Power Five survived the tiny modernization (or rather, instead of defective 1.5GB RAM got 2 GB), but stayed on the line long, and roll out a successor Highscreen no hurry.

But successful model yet received the follower under the big name Power Five Evo - they say, Look, our famous smartphone has evolved and has become even better! If you look at the performance of the processor - yes, it has increased dramatically. But that's it - cheap IPS-display does not spoil any picture quality nor the efficiency, the processor has become a fan of "to eat". All the same empty operating system that have forgotten how to efficiently use energy, such as the terrible camera and all-plastic casing. And most importantly - a ridiculous level of autonomy of the competition with 4000 mAh. That evolved.

The answer, in fact, lies in the fact that neither the first nor the second smartphone have not been produced Highscreen - Russian brand first bought the license to issue Gionee Marathon M4 with the re-plate, and then, when it became necessary to find a successor for Power Five, procured a license for branding Ramos M7. That turned out to be the first smartphone quality long-lived, and the second - not just the will of the case. Today Highscreen released hardy, but not cheap Power Five Max, which again cool "on paper" and can compete with the best centenarians in 2016. Did he, as "evolution Paver FIVE" disappointing - in check.

Meizu M3s - Meizu M5

According to the ability to produce the same smartphone Meizu consecutive years can compete with "AVTOVAZ" himself! The Chinese have managed to release Meizu M2 Note, which was ... worse than the previous M1 Note. Well, you know, the MediaTek decided to produce less fast processor MT6753, because the success of MT6752 bothered to sell the older model, who does not happen.

But what about the fact that instead of metal, fast and one of the most profitable public sector in the Russian market, Meizu M3s mini, the Chinese offer "nikakuschy" plastic the M5, which is no different from the old model of anything, except for an increase at 0, 2-inch diagonal screen? This is no discount on the simplified case or older accessories Meizu does - old model in the Russian market more on the symbolic 1,000 rubles for each of the available complete sets.

And I can already see how enthusiasts begin to lecture that de smartphones M-Series - a model for the Chinese market with a native plastic housing and a simplified filling. But Ms index - a distinctive feature of the "luxury" -ispolneniya budget Meizu. But even in the future M5s almost all the features are the same with the old metal precursor, and, therefore, it seems, we are waiting for the continuation of "Santa Barbara" with the same actors, even without progress in price. It is a pity - competing Redmi 4 Prime gone far ahead.

HTC One M8 - M9

"Smooth" modernization models in the same package - a common practice for manufacturers of smartphones. In the end, Apple regularly shake up the filling of old iPhones, adds to it the S index, and sells a model with the same design of the new buyer. In early 2015, HTC One was a super-fashionable smartphone, so it is no wonder that the Taiwanese have decided to do without a revolution in the guise of a leader with the change of generations.

Slightly different key layout, a more capacious battery, the new rear camera, the new processor - that's the main difference from the generation M9 M8. But the design of "uh-ninth" is so brilliant that only the camera and can be used as the sole argument in the choice between the old and the new flagship HTC.

A summed developers smartphone processor, Qualcomm and its Snapdragon infamous 810 - in 2015 it was the most unstable, overheated chip and voracious of all that could be found in smartphones. It is only then mobile phones on the basis of a failure to acquire a series of Snapdragon steel thermal grease or cooled using termotrubok inside the body, but the HTC were "pioneers" and established the most powerful processor in the smartphone one of the first.

Cloudy processor warmed "tightly knit'' One M9 so that the performance of the new smartphone under load fell twice, and then it turned out to be slower (and much hotter) than its predecessor. HTC nodded first to the fact that the smartphone is not optimized firmware, and then began to blame Qualcomm's, which excuses, saying, "Our processors are fine, but who do not agree - fool myself." Later Qualcomm indirectly acknowledged his guilt and told about the mysterious new revision Snapdragon 810, which is not too hot. This information, too, proved to be false, because new parties HTC One M9 and equally affected Sony Xperia Z3 + continued to be unstable or even willfully off at a high CPU load. HTC has finally released a firmware update that ... reduces the performance of the smartphone to the one in which the temperature remains within the normal range.

All this was accompanied by a circus completely wild changes in the price of the new model. Initially, HTC asked for the novelty of 40 thousand rubles, but the demand is, to put it mildly, did not meet the expectations of sellers, so very soon M9 «collapsed» 30 thousand, while the informal vendors smartphone can be bought for 25 thousand.

But even such an attraction of unprecedented generosity does not look so attractive when you consider that the HTC One M8 in 2016 can be found easily for 15-17 thousand (version with 16 GB of memory). This circumstance did not add his goofy charm rear camera, but high-quality stereo speakers, a good display and a super-effective design for the One M8 preserved even on the side of its conveyor life. Thus the old HTC ''bury" his successor, and in 2016 decided to issue Taiwanese radically new HTC 10, but that's another story.


Iphone, Smartphones, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Xiaomi Redmi, Xperia X Compact

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author avatar Rothman
20th Nov 2017 (#)

Yeah, you are right. We shouldn't blindly accept the idea that newer is automatically better.

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