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Re: Taking the Plunge is this phone too good to be true? Bedove X21
It looks like a Chinese phone. Are you in the US? I can't imagine that this phone is carried by any of the major US wireless providers, so you'd probably be buying it unlocked, and then getting your own SIM card.
Frankly, I'm always wary of devices from manufacturers that aren't well known in the US. The big ones like Samsung, Motorola, LG, and HTC are all reliable, and the Chinese companies that are halfway decent are probably ZTE and Huawei. But Bedove? If you buy it, you should be prepared to have suboptimal support, and probably expect greater unreliability. Remember also that phones that aren't intended for the US market often don't have access to the main Google Play store for apps--instead, you're stuck with 3rd party stores like GetJar, or even shadier ones that are more likely to harbor malware.
In terms of specs, 512 MB of RAM is relatively low these days--most higher end phones have at least 1 GB. The available memory of 2.8 GB is the phone's internal storage, which isn't that much. Even though you can insert a larger SD card, the problem with Android is that you can only install apps in the phone's onboard memory, and these days, 2.8 GB isn't that much. So if you plan on installing a bunch of apps, you'd probably find yourself running low on memory sooner than with other phones.
If you're in the US, there are a lot of excellent phones out there for $150 or less, as long as you're willing to sign up for a 2 year contract. If you don't want to sign up for a contract, there are still a number of decent phones with no-contract services like Virgin or Boost.