Graduation gifts: Handhelds that are not Apple, Samsung


Posted at Mar 26 2014 01:19 AM | Updated as of Mar 26 2014 07:12 PM

MANILA - It's that time of the year again when thousands of students graduate, with each one trying to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack.

It may be a daunting task but with this craving for "individuality" in mind, retail chain Techbox Philippines released a list of handheld choices to help one stand out in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung.

"While most people are fine with the two top handset brands, there are those who know that it pays to explore alternatives and grab something that exceeds expectations," Techbox said.

From Lenovo, to LG, to the classic Nokia, the list offers an extensive look into fifteen possible alternatives that graduates can consider.

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Lenovo offers potent quad-core powered dual-sim phones perfect for the person who maximizes the benefits of multiple networks. The S650 and S930 both offer a 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 processor, expandable storage of up to 32GB, an uncomplicated 8MP camera, and 1GB RAM. The larger S930 also features smooth Dolby Digital Plus sound.

On the other hand, the Lenovo S960 and K900 both come with a more advanced 13MP camera that is more suitable for taking crisp, sharp photos. The S960 also has a 1.5GHz Cortex A7 processor, while the K900 boasts of an Intel Atom Z2580 2GHz core that powers the latest apps and games with very little fuss.

And for Lenovo fans who won’t settle for less, the no-nonsense Lenovo K910 is the product of choice. Powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Krait 400 CPU with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2GB RAM, this handset is a reliable, uncompromising device.


For those who wish to go beyond iOS and Android, old favorite Nokia provides a worthwhile alternative. The N808 is straightforward device powered by the Nokia Belle OS. It comes with a whopping 41MP camera and Xenon flash for taking those artistic, beautiful pictures. This phone is a fine choice for the expected salvo of graduation photos.

For those who prefer the Windows Phone 8 OS for their handsets, Nokia has the N820, N920, N1020, and the immaculate N1520.

The N820 and N920 are handsets that come with a dual-core, 1.5GHz Krait CPU. The phones also feature an 8MP camera and a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. The N920 has an internal storage of 32GB, much larger than the N820’s 8GB internal memory. However, the N820 has a card slot which lets users expand the memory up to 64GB.

The N1020 is another Nokia phone that carries a remarkable 41MP camera. Far more powerful than the N808, the N1020 comes with 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor. On the other hand, champion product N1520 flies with a 2.2GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU, 2GB RAM, and a more-than-able 20MP camera. A long-lasting 3400mAh Lithium Ion battery makes sure that the N1520 won’t let users down.

These Nokia handsets feature Carl Zeiss cameras known by millions of photographers all over the world.



Korean multinational LG shares their lucky gold stars with their lineup.

The LG P713, P715, and P768 are simple, elegant, and unpretentious. With dual-core 1GHz Cortex processors, these LG handsets do the job – no frills, no complaints. These reliable devices are ideal for new graduates starting out in their careers.

For LG users who need more power in their handhelds, the E988 and the G2 are undeniably ambitious graduation gifts. With 13MP cameras, 2GB RAM, and Snapdragon chipsets running on Android OS, these phones shine with flair. The G2, with its 2.26GHz Krait 400 processor, can be upgraded to Android Kitkat.