Re: The comparison will be made
Sorry, but I disagree.
I recently helped a relative replace her ageing Nokia. She was on an extremely tight budget, so we originally planned to replace it with, possibly, a feature-phone at best. Instead, we ended up with the snappily-named Samsung Galaxy Star s5280. Cost? €80 in-store, SIM-free.
(More info here: http://www.samsung.com/it/consumer/mobile-devices/smartphones/smartphones/GT-S5280RWAITV – [NOTE: Italian site, but the specs should be understandable] ).
That's an Android "Jellybean" 4.1.2 smartphone for about the same price as the ZTE Open.
(Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed the lack of 4G and even 3G support, but these are useless outside of Italian urban areas. Out here in the Italian countryside, you're lucky to get even basic 2G signals unless you live right inside a town or village. On the other hand, home broadband with WiFi is easy to find. The next Android phone up was over the €100 spending limit.)
The Galaxy Star is very much a low-end Android smartphone, but despite its low specs, it still points and laughs at the ZTE Open, while kicking sand in its face. This despite being, by Android phone standards, a weedy little thing with pipe-cleaner arms, bottle-lensed glasses and an allergy to sports.
Relying on what are, fundamentally, just grids of website bookmarks for your apps is a bloody stupid idea, not just in the West, but *especially* in developing nations that this phone is apparently supposed to be aimed at. Many potential customers barely have *clean running water*, let alone access to the mobile internet infrastructure needed to use such a phone. How are they supposed to run those apps?
(Also, if the web is so full of open standards, why aren't there more apps for existing mobile platforms already? Last time I checked, even an iPhone 1 or that Samsung Galaxy Star could run such apps just as easily as this Firefox-based device. Yet nobody seems to be jumping onto that bandwagon with any alacrity.)