Android devices span the gamut between being incredibly inexpensive and virtually unaffordable. Unlike the BlackBerry or iOS system, Android devices are installed on a large variety of different types of device — from watches to cars. If you’re in love with the Android OS — or if you’re developing applications for the system — you may be interested in finding out more about the least and most expensive Android devices.
The 5 Least Expensive Android Devices
If you’re looking for a cheap Android device, you’re in luck. There is an incredible volume of inexpensive Android tablets and phones within the market. These cheap Android devices may be fairly inexpensive, but they are still generally solid and can run Android applications.
- The Datawind Ubislate 7ci. At $37.99, this Android tablet is about as expensive as a nice lunch out for two. This tablet is 7.2 inches by 4.8 inches, making it compact but still solid. The tablet is surprisingly attractive, but it does have a rather weak screen. Nevertheless, this is a great starter tablet for the kids or for travel.
- The Sunnycube V7. This tablet is $69.00 in the United States and less in China. The Sunnycube is more powerful than the Datawind Ubislate and comes with 512 MB of RAM and a total storage of a mere 4 GB.
- The Daxian XY100S. Though the name is not going to win any awards. The Daxian is one of the least expensive smartphones on the market. The Daxian is a little less than $100 and has a 4.7″ display. It has all the features of a traditional smartphone, including a camera.
- The Spreadtrum Smartphone. If you want the least expensive smartphone possible, it may very well be the Spreadtrum at $50.00. The Spreadtrum comes with 256 MB of RAM yet still has both a front and rear camera.
- The FunTab Mini. For the kids, the FunTab Mini is a $50 tablet that comes with a screen tablet and is designed for children that want to play Android games.
The 5 Most Expensive Android Devices
Interestingly, the most expensive Android devices don’t have very good specifications. Overall, the majority of the costly Android devices are actually costly because of external features, with the actual Android operating system installed as an afterthought. If you’re interested in getting the best of the best in Android, you may want to ask about the details of the internal specifications rather than the external specifications before you make the plunge.
- The Constellation tablet. By Vertu, the Constellation tablet is $6,690. What does this premium cost get you? Well, it’s covered in sapphire crystal and made of polished titanium.
- The Vertu Ti. Another Vertu entry — Vertu appears to have a rather specific product line — is the Vertu smartphone, at a price of $10,000. The smartphone doesn’t have incredible specifications; it’s just extremely pretty.
- The Tag Heuer Racer. This smartphone is made out of titanium and carbon. It has a 3D interface, yet its specs are not fantastic. It’s $3,700 for a phone that is still running Gingerbread.
- The Lamborghini T700 has been designed by both Prada and Ferrari. The resulting amalgamation has a crocodile skin exterior and weighs in at a hefty $2,750 price tag — but then, that’s only about five times more than an iPhone. With a 5 MP camera and small display, this phone is primarily about exclusivity; it’s limited edition.
- An Audi car. With the Android OS soon coming to Audi, Honda and GM vehicles, the luxury Audi may very well become the most expensive Android device. The most expensive Audi is the R8, starting at $126,400.
The fact that Android has such an expansive grasp can only be a good thing for those that love the operating system. As Android expert Scott Garcia with Armor for Android says
, “The traditional Android consumer is not traditional. Android consumers are every class, every industry, every age group and every social group.” Developers may also find that this also gives them a broader consumer reach; they can target both the very wealthy and those that don’t have much disposable income.
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About Author: Christopher is a writer for antivirus company, Armor for Android. Christopher has worked in the Android security field for several years and provides content and advice to Android users. When Christopher isn’t writing, he’s mountain biking or training for triathlons.