Judging whether a particular brand is good or not is highly subjective. Of course some brands are superior and some brands are cheap junk - and sometimes a single manufacturer (like LG or Samsung or Apple or Intel) will produce vast quantity of products covering the entire range of awesome and mediocre and garbage.
Many people must buy the most fancy phone (or computer or TV or car or whatever) gizmo available. And most of these people are already prejudiced about brand - they will strongly prefer brands they trust and automatically dismiss brands they distrust, they will not seriously compare the full gambit of current products in a purely objective fashion.
The cellphone market is saturated. While there may be a suprisingly limited number of actual cellphone device ODMs and OEMs, consumers can select from a surprisingly large number of cellphone models and brands and variants (and accessories) on market. And the reality which drives any competitive market which has become saturated with competing offerings is very simple: the products tend to price themselves and you basically get exactly what you pay for. Whether the factory plants are physically located in China (or Taiwan or wherever) is irrelevant when competing across the world market.
Apple and Samsung each sell their "premium" cellular devices for $1000 and up and up. If that's what you want and what you simply must have then that's what you'll choose to buy regardless of cost (which is incidentally exactly why they cost so much, lol, even though they are also Made in China). But outside of these few blatant pay-for-the-logo branding exceptions, you can get a working touchscreen cellphone for anywhere between $50 and $500. If you want to surf and play facebook games and have all the fastest bling then a device with better specs will be a better choice, if you want to just have a working touchscreen phone which can remember your contacts and send txt messages then a lower-cost device will serve you just as well without wasting your money.
My advice is to head over to a few cellphone stores/kiosks, talk to the salespeople, play with and compare some of the devices. Get a feel of what's available, what you like, what you dislike, what you're willing to pay for. Then feed the internet details about the cellphone brands/models/devices (or features) you like and see what sorts of other approximately comparable products google spits out.
Lol @domenicocortez first off, you replied to the wrong thread. Second of all the majority of your points are quite false. Not all phones are made in China. Samsung has manufacturing plants worldwide, as does Apple, and some phones are made in Taiwan or Korea. You may want to say all phone are made in Asia but even that would be the biggest generalization ever. Second of all, I've never paid customs and I have purchased 4 phones from China and countless other items. Only time I've ever paid import fees is when using 5he DHL or more expensive expedited shipping options so that statement is false. UMI, Elephone and Ulefone are not all crap and the specs are amazing for the price. If you know have access to a computer and have half a brain it's really not hard to update your rom. If you're the type to sit their waiting for the manufacturer then yes, you are correct. You won't get updates, but to be honest I prefer to use custom rooms and update them periodically. Sorry dude but you're completely wrong on this one. All of those brands other than Doogie, how Tom and bluboo make quite decent phones. The Xiaomi note 3 pro is OK but is that in USD or cad?
I have the Redmi note 3 pro. Its an amazing phone for its price tag, and tuns of Custom roms are available to get rid of MIUI, and if you need il get into the Nitty gritty of it but yea. Overall. Great phone, lemme know if you have questions
First: all phones are made in China, all. So when i read "buying guide for chinese phones..." think its not a good title. You could say how to buy directly from China, something like that.
Secondly: you must have to pay custom tax (20$~40$) here in Canada because the limit to import is 20$ (yes i know you could bypass this rule but suppose we are legal)
@domenicocortez wait wait wait....
Since when are "all phones made in China"???
Mexico, India, heck even Thailand & Philippines make phones
As well some brands (eg Blackberry) have made in Canada devices as well (although usually only for the high end models)
Not sure what you think a "custom tax" is, but we have all kinds of free trade agreements these days so often there is no fee
But assuming there was, a CAT5 item is only 8% (which is less than some provinces pay for HST locally)
There also is no "$20 limit" to import; all that means is often it is not worth it to customs to hold items since they would become overrun by packages
I would like to know if this one is a good choice.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S
If not wich one should I get from Xiaomi
Fantastic Choice. Another choice would be the OnePlus One which you can find for rather cheap on Swappa Canada these days
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