Recently, we have seen a lot of news in the papers on the launch of the latest mobile phones – Samsung Galaxy S4, the Blackberry Q10 and most recently the HTC One. Interestingly, there is a battle over who offers the best deal out there which is great for all of us as consumers!
Souqalmal.com have gone out there and researched all the different mobile phone plans and prices from STC, Zain and Mobily and in addition, we have listed a comparison table about each mobile phone’s technical specifications, so here is a run-down of the facts:
The Blackberry Q10 is being offered by all three telecommunication companies and the price ranges based on the mobile phone package you choose and the contract length. So for example Zain is offering the phone for free if you choose their Elite package which comes at a monthly fee of SR450. On the other hand, STC offers you the mobile phone for free if you sign up for an 18 months contract and take their package worth SR249 monthly. As for Mobily, you can get the phone starting from SR599 with their monthly package of SR299. These packages come with free minutes, SMS and data. Find out more about the various packages that STC, Zain and Mobily offer.
Sleek interface; High quality feel; An ample feature list to satisfy the wider audience; Extensive variety of Blackberry specific contract options in the GCC as well as an expandable memory slot. If you miss your BlackBerry keyboard, but abandoned it for the iPhone and an Android device, the Q10 will lure you back. It’s a well-designed phone with solid physical buttons and impressive operating system.
Limited App store availability in comparison to the competition; Change in user interface will involve a learning curve for most users; Lack of differentiating features when compared to others.
Samsung Galaxy S4
You can get the new Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone from Zain for free with their Elite package at a monthly fee of SR450. Otherwise, STC and Mobily offer you the mobile phone from a starting price of SR899 and SR399 with their packages that come at a monthly fee of SR249 and SR299 respectively.
Stable operating system; Large number of Apps; Large variety of accessories based off the success of the Galaxy S III; Very impressive specs and expandable memory slot; Replaceable battery
It’s hard to find fault with the Galaxy S IV before release, aesthetically it looks like a carbon copy of the S III, but with a major jump in specification. Build quality will be a major factor, along with battery life given all the additional software features Samsung bolt onto the Android OS. Time will tell whether it can be as successful as its predecessor and sell over 50million units globally!
This mobile phone comes to you from STC only at a starting price of SR899 with the monthly package of SR249. You can also choose from their two other plans that come at a monthly fee of SR99 and SR149 but offer you the mobile phone at a price of SR2099 and SR1629 respectively.
The HTC One is an exercise in thoughtful, beautiful design. It’s wrapped in aluminium, not plastic; it’s big but not too big; substantial but not heavy. Better screen quality; High quality feel; Large number of Apps.
Battery not removable; Memory is not expandable. And there’s always another Android phone looming right around the corner that may be able to knock the current champ off its pedestal
All of these phones are formidable devices, and will happily occupy your pocket until the next big push in technology, and then you’ll probably have to revisit the same soul searching which led to the phone you already have in your hand or pocket as you read this.
Written by: Perry Philipp & Paula Wehbeh