The Cost of Buying a £100 Phone

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No one gets a cheap phone because they want to have a sub-par experience filled with stuttering and lagging apps. People get cheap phones because they’re cheap, and usually work just enough to justify the low price point. Take the Alcatel 1X, for example. It’s neither novel nor intriguing. It’s not trying to impress you. Hell, it runs on an operating system designed explicitly for underpowered devices. But it’s £100, and that sure is cheap. Whether you can stomach how cheap it feels is another thing entirely.

Right off the bat, the Alcatel 1X looks like the world’s most generic smartphone. On the front is its 5.3-inch 480p display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, giving you more real estate when

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