It’s 2014. It’s a brand new year and for some, it’s the perfect time to get a new phone to start the year off. Getting a smartphone was a thing for 2013 (despite us hit by natural calamities such as that killer super typhoon Yolanda), and I believe it’s still a thing this year, especially with the aggressiveness of local mobile brands—offering a range of android phones with features and key specs offered by global brands like Samsung, Nokia, HTC, LG and Sony with an affordable price tag. Heck there are even Apple-inspired designs you couldn’t imagine yet made available affordable as well.
So if you’re a student who got a lot of aguinaldo from your ninongs and ninangs, or plainly anyone who wants a new, powerful Android smartphone to start your 2014 right without spending more than Php 15k, then this article is for you. We’re covering 5 of the top local mobile brands of the country—Cherry Mobile, Star Mobile, DTC, CloudFone and MyPhone—and 2 of the best smartphones they have to offer, in terms of specs and their price tag! We’re aware a new local phone player is also in town (read: Kata Digital), but we decided to include its products on the next round up.
Meanwhile, you may browse through the page numbers below to view our smartphones round up to start of 2014!