Lately, I’ve been trying to check out as many phones in the under $200 segment which as many strong entries like the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon, Blu Studio 5.0C HD, ZTE Grand X, Nokia Lumia 635 and of course, the now venerable Moto X (8GB HSPA version). Then, there’s the under $400 segment which is basically owned by the Google Nexus 5.
But what if you’re trying to spend between 200 and 300? What choices are there? For some reason, there aren’t a lot of choices here. Off the top of my head, the only offerings I can think of are the LTE version of the Moto G for $250 unlocked, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ and the new Moto G which isn’t released in Canada yet.
Fortunately, if we expand our field of view we can consider phones not normally sold here. GearBest was kind enough to send me the iNew V8
, a phone that sells for $219 USD. They also gave me a coupon to share that brings the price down to $195.99. The code is:
With the coupon and after currency conversion, import taxes and brokerage fees, the V8 works out to around $260 CDN.
Never heard of the iNew company? Don’t worry, neither have but I will say, their phones never get old (sorry I couldn’t resist).