Once upon a time, whenever one had to get a new phone, brand was a major factor. Maybe not the topmost of them all, but it was usually on top. Time was when we would laugh at the idea of using a Tecno phone but all that has changed – my previous phone was a Tecno and I am currently using an Infinix. What changed? – Quality I guess.
Even more brands are making their way in to the market – a recent trip to computer village left me pretty inundated with names like Malata, Obi, Opsson, mi-tribe, Innjoo, Wiko and so on. other brands like Huawei, Alcatel and Nokia have released flagship phones to give top brands like LG, Motorola, Samsung and Apple a run for their money.
What does this mean for the everyday user?
For the everyday user there will be advantages and attendant disadvantages
Lower costs of smartphones, easier access to smartphone device, expanded knowledge and increased tech savviness will be advantages enjoyed by the everyday user. All these will in turn mean a larger market for local content developers and Nigerian app developers will have a larger market base to start with – thereby causing an improvement in the local app ecosystem.
The downside – quality
A big question arises as to the quality of these devices – how trustworthy are they? While it is true that , the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) through its enforcement department had from time to time embarked on checks to ensure quality, these activities have to be intensified to make sure that we do not end up shooting ourselves in the foot both now and in the not too distant future.