The Kenyan smartphone market 2013 witnessed increased activity as manufacturers fought to win the loyalty of demanding consumers with more suave gadgets.
The smartphone became more affordable due to price wars as phone makers fought for revenues from growing demand for Internet-enabled mobile devices.
Experts say 2014 will see manufacturers become more creative with their products to keep a hold on the market.
About 100,000 smartphones are sold monthly in
The Samsung wave continued to dominate the mobile-phone market, a year after the Galaxy series was launched for middle-class consumers.
Beauty, awe and bulk
The South-Korean manufacturer also boasts of a widened range of products from Note 3 (Sh75,000) to Galaxy Pocket (Sh8,700).
A surprise contender for the prime market share is Nokia's Windows phones—the Lumias—that have gained traction over the past few months.
Still, consumers were able to sample products by new contenders like Mi-Phone and
Here are the smartphones that made a bold statement in
It came rather late in the market (early this month), but the Lumia 1020 is a marvel—a digital camera that can make calls.
With a 41 mega-pixelled camera, which boasts of various apps like
The PureView technology by Nokia (partly
The retail price is Sh80,000.
The HTC One is a beautiful smartphone. Introduced in February, it exudes elegance and sophistication.
At Sh65,000 the consumer can sample the 4.7-inch Android phone.
Overall, the design and construction of HTC One makes one disregard any imperfections it may have.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Built with an aim of outdoing laptops, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the world's most powerful smartphones.
Accompanied with Galaxy Gear smart watch (another innovative but superfluous product) it targets high-end consumers.
It has a 5.7-inch display for video-conferencing, data input, games and movies.
For Sh75,000 one can also enjoy the bliss of playing with a stylus (S Pen function) on the super-clear (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution) screen.
Sony Xperia Z1
Another cameraphone, the
Samsung Galaxy S4
This is the improved version of S3, a Sh74,000 product that can be controlled by one's eyes. If you look away while watching a video, it pauses until you stare at the screen again.
With impressive colours on its 5-inch screen, the consumer is rewarded with a more rounded phone.
Huawei Ascend P6
The miniature Ascend Mate, the P6 exudes class and beauty. It costs about Sh42,000.
This is the first smartphone in
A variant of LG's G-series, the G2's operating buttons—volume and power—are at the rear.
And like the HTC One, the G2 has dashing colours on its 5.2-inch screen.
The device is retailing at about Sh60,000 and targets mainly corporate executives and large consumers of data.
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