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Does high end spec matter anymore? Product in 2013 proved it does not!!!!

If this question was asked one or two years ago, the answer would probably be yes, but now, it has come to me, as a tech enthusiast, to realize that the spec is not too important anymore

Now, let me explain, if we looked back in 2013 (an awesome year for tech news by the way), we can see that not just big, high end spec phone was getting praised, but also lower end phones, like the Nokia Lumia 520 or the Moto X, the Moto G. And  these phones are really good devices, that got a lot of positive reviews. Not to mention a lot of devices today running last year spec like the Lumia 925, 1020. And iPhone, they might not have the highest spec (although since Apple introduced the A7 chip with 64 bit architecture, that is arguable), it’s always a reliable device.

At this point, for those whom had not used these devices, you might ask why we are giving these phone such a high rating even if they are not that impressive spec wise. I’ll break it down to you with a quick review of each phone that I mentioned above. But keep in mind that these are not the only phone that prove spec are not matter anymore

Almost every Windows Phone

You probably saw this coming, I mean, after all, Windows Phone known for their reputation of running smoothly on almost ANY hardware (except for the Ativ S Neo and the HTC XT, because there were some report about lagging and minor bug). If you can bypass the apps issue, you can enjoy Windows Phone with its Live Tiles (Or Metro UI) looks and actually be compelled to use it. For example, the Nokia Lumia 520, it is rocking a Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1GHz with 512 MB of RAMs, if you think this phone cannot handle day to day use, you are dead wrong because it is capable more than what it’s appear to be. Not only it is a complete task of just being a phone well, it has allowed you to run some apps on it, maybe play a few games if you’re bored. It is just one cheap and reliable device.
(Just a reminder, I count out the Lumia 1520 since it is one of the higher end phone spec wise)

Moto X, Moto G

The Moto X can be one of the perfect example. Just for a refresher, the Moto X is the phone made by Motorola, manufacture in the US, and it has the ability to listen to you even when it’s in standby mode, and that make the best using experience ever. Also, you’d think that need a high end chip like the Snapdragon 800, but no, it is running on a Snapdragon S4 with an X8 Mobile Computing System chip to handle this task while other high end spec phone cannot perform these task the way the Moto X does. And the Moto G is similar to Nokia Lumia 520, it does not run on Windows Phone OS, but it does, as of today, should be running 4.4 Kit Kat, which will help its ability to run smoothly (which it already does when it’s coming out).


Well, we all know that the iPhone was never famous for its spec, it’s known for its consistency, performance, and reliability. Part of that is because apple have their own CPU, and manufacture their own phone, so most of the product come out, in theory, should be perfect. Another reason is the fact that Apple care about all the aspect of their product, not just software, but hardware. Apple makes their product feels premium, and durable in the hand (although we all know that it is not). These two combined make the best in hand feel, and one of the best using experiences.

Bottom line

Ok, the main point is when you walk into any store to buy a phone, don’t just look at the spec sheet, because as for today, spec sheet does not tell you the whole story of how the phone will perform. For example, the Galaxy Note 3, beautiful device with one of the best spec in the market, but always got bugs down by the Samsung TouchWiz UI. In other words, the spec does matter in some aspect, but it is not the only thing that makes a Smartphone become valuable

Picture source: Google



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