Does Brand Matter when Buying a New Smartphone?

ID-10079769Some people care about the brands of the products they use, most especially when buying new clothes or appliances. I used to think that I’m not one of them.

But recently, I realized that I’m very particular when it comes to gadget brands. I always prefer buying a gadget made by top brands like Apple and Samsung. Although these brands are trust worthy, there are actually other less popular brands that can provide the same smartphone specs and features at a lesser price.

My S3 Mini Experience

photo of S3 Mini Box
First ever photo of my S3 Mini.

 One of the reasons why I got the S3 mini as my new smartphone is because it’s made by Samsung and the S3 name associated with it. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is very popular in the Philippines and people easily recognize this brand. Of course, I also considered its specs and if it’s worth the prize. However, there are actually a lot of smartphones that are similar in specs. Plus, they are quite cheaper compared to the S3 Mini (more on this later).

I really didn’t have any doubts about my S3 Mini (because my boyfriend got it for me:)). But recently I have experienced a few annoying problems with my phone. This made me realize that just because I got a smartphone from a trusted brand, it doesn’t mean that I would be immune to problems (yes, I know I’m the only one who probably thinks like this. Hehe).


Most of my problems are associated with the phone feature. Here are some of the problems I’ve experienced:

  • The person I’m speaking with can’t hear me sometimes (even though I’m not on mute).
  • There are times when I can’t hear the person on the other line.
  • When I call a number, the call doesn’t go through. It gets ended just right after I dial.
  • Text messages won’t send.
  • I lose signal or the signal is weak.

Often times, the problems would solve itself. But it’s quite inconvenient when these things happen, most especially if I’m making or waiting for an important call.

What’s Out There?

With the technical problems I was having, it got me thinking. What if I chose a different phone from another brand? As some of you know, I recently started Gadget Watch, a YouTube tech show that reports the prices of popular gadgets and recent releases. Because of this, I got exposed to different brands of smartphones.

photo of Alcatel One Touch Idol

In addition, I also reviewed the Alcatel One Touch Idol for Digital Spidey, and I ended up really liking it. It’s got the perfect screen size (4.7”), it also runs Android, and the camera (8 MP) is pretty decent. It also has the same price range with the S3 Mini. I got the S3 Mini for P10500. The Alcatel One Touch Idol, on the other hand, is priced at P11200 at And this smartphone is just a tip of the iceberg!

With these experiences, I realized that there are actually tons of smartphones out there. Not only that, there are also a lot of options on where to buy gadgets—not just in malls or official outlets. Like recently, I discovered that you could actually buy gadget accessories and various smartphone brands from Zalora Philippines.

What’s Next?

I’m still going to use my S3 Mini. I don’t have any plans in buying a new one yet. But the next time I’m going to buy a new gadget, I’m definitely going to check out more options from other brands—not just Apple and Samsung.

Sometimes brand matters. Usually, it depends on what people are comfortable with. But it also wouldn’t hurt to check out other brands like Lenovo, Alcatel, HTC, Huawei, etc. when you’re buying a new smartphone or other gadgets.

The important thing is to get a quality product with the most “bang for your buck”.



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Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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