New Delhi: Talk, email, surf the Web, instant message, take pictures, and play games – the modern day smartphone offer pretty much everything to keep you busy the whole day. But given the magnitude of choices available in the market, picking the right one can be tricky. The key thing here is to find a smartphone that allows flexibility of doing things and comes at the right price point.
Here are some in this list:
Here are some in this list:
10. Micromax A110 Superfone Canvas 2
Price: Rs 9649 (As on Saholic.com)
For Rs 9649, the Micromax A110- Canvas 2 is a value-for-money proposition.
The front panel of the A110- Canvas 2 borrows many design cues from the Galaxy Nexus. The phone's build is plastic and has a matte finish back panel that keeps the device clean and smudge free. On the front panel, the phone has three capacitive buttons, for Home, Menu and Back respectively. On the top left is the blinking LED for notifications and on the right is the front camera.
The device has a 5-inch LCD display, with offers a low resolution of 854 x 480, thus making images, icons, etc. lose their sharpness. At least an HD resolution would have been appreciated. The large display is good for those who want to watch movies, video and play games on their phone. The screen, however, doesn't appear to be of a very good quality due to poor viewing angles.
The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM along with 4GB internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB with microSD card.
The Micromax Canvas A110 has a 8 mega pixel rear camera that takes decent pictures. The videos are shot at a maximum of 720p HD resolution. The quality of the videos shot are okay and is fine for casual photography.
The Micromax Canvas A 110 comes with pre-loaded Android 4.0.4, and the interface is pretty much untouched except the little odd tweaks.
Micromax has pre-loaded some third party trial games including its own bloatware like Hookup (similar to Whatsapp), M! Zone, M! Buddy and M! Store. The phone supports 3G video calling natively, which is a welcome addition as other Android smartphones usually did not have 3G video calling feature.
The Canvas 2 comes fitted with a 2000mAh battery pack, which is clearly not enough to power such a huge screen for the entire day. Overall, it seems to be a decent buy.
9. Karbonn Titanium S5
Price: Rs 9999 (As on Flipkart.com)
For around Rs 10,000, the Karbonn S5 Titanium is a smart option. The Karbonn S5 Titanium is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8625 quad-core processor. It has 1GB RAM onboard, and Adreno 203 chip for processing graphics. There is 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. These specifications are enough to make it a good multitasker.
The S5 comes with a 5-inch qHD IPS screen, which offers a resolution of 540x960 pixels (a pixel density of 221ppi) which means that you get sharp text and decent quality videos. Although, a 720p screen could have taken it to the next level! The screen of the device is reflective so it is difficult to read it in sunlight. Videos and pictures are good but colours sometimes become little saturated.
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the overall experience of navigation through the interface is good, thanks to Project Butter and the phone's quad-core processor.
It also powered with a 8MP camera rear and 2 MP secondary shooter. The phone comes with a 2000mAh battery, which will last you a full day with medium to heavy usage, including 1-1.5 hours of phone calls, two e-mail accounts with push notifications, screen at maximum brightness, playing some music and video clips, Twitter notifications and WhatsApp chats. Again a decent buy.
8. Nokia Lumia 510
Price: Rs. 7499 (As on Flipkart.com)
The Nokia 510 is an affordable Windows Phone device. The device features Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5, 800 MHz processor, 5 MP camera, 4 inches TFT screen, 4 GB storage and 1300 mAh battery.
The 510 has a similar design like that of Lumia 610 and Lumia 710, incorporating unibody polycarbonate shell and soft touch texture on the back. It has a thickness of 11.5 mm with height and width of 120.7 mm and 64.9 mm respectively. The Lumia 510 comes with a screen resolution is 480×800 pixels which is okay for this price range. The internal memory for Lumia 510 is 4 GB with only 2.5 available for user along with 256 MB of RAM. There is no card slot for memory expansion.
The 510 has a battery life of 1300 mAh which gives a 653hr of standby time and 8 hr talk time(3G) and 739 hr of standby time and 6 hr talk time(2G) . The music playback time is upto 38 hrs.
Its other significant features include music player, document viewer, video/photo editor, 7 GB free SkyDrive storage, Stereo FM Radio, A-GPS support, Lumia's apps like Nokia Maps and 3 months of free Nokia Music, people hub like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Overall, it is good for those who want to switch on to Windows phone.
7. Lava Xolo A500S
Price: Rs. 5990 (As on Flipkart.com)
Xolo A500S is a sleek and stylish handset that comes with great build quality. The handset is light weight at 122 grams and slim too with 9.31 mm thickness. The breadth is 63.37 mm and the length is 125.16 mm.
It has a 4-inch WVGA display, powered by the latest 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 chip that has integrated Wi-Fi, FM, GPS and Bluetooth and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 720p video recording capability and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone comes with dual SIM support with dual standby.
Although the company says the phone has an auto focus camera, it is not. If you tap the screen to focus it just shows the rectangle and beeps and really doesn't do anything.
The battery is of 1400 mAh capacity with over 7 hours of talktime. The handset comes pre-loaded with XOLO Power app for optimal battery performance.
6. Micromax Bolt A67
Price: Rs 5616 (As on snapdeal.com)
The elegantly designed Micromax Bolt A67 (White) has a slim profile that makes it an easy to handle phone. The display measures 4.5 inches and supports a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels to give crisp visuals. The handset is powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM, making multitasking on the device quite easy. Bolt A67 runs on Android 4.0 Sandwich operating system.
The phone possesses an internal storage of 1.2 GB which can be further enhanced to 32 GB for storing your files and data. The device gets its juice from 1850 mAh battery which promises up to 4 hours of talk time. The smartphone also allows you to connect to the internet with its Wi-Fi and exchange files with its Bluetooth connectivity.
The device also features FM radio, music player and video player.
5. Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle
Price: Rs. 9999 (As on Flipkart.com)
The Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle is a well balanced phone with a new design and decent hardware on the inside. The device is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8225Q processor and has 512MB of RAM. It has 4GB internal storage out of which 1.2GB is user-accessible. The memory can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card.
It is a dual-SIM dual-GSM (2GƱG) smartphone that sports a 5.3-inch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 540x960 pixels. The phone comes bundled with a stylus and runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
The Canvas Doodle smartphone will sport an 8-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front facing camera. The camera will offer features like multi-zoom, wide screen video and night mode recording. The phone comes with a 2100mAh battery.
Remember, if you are looking for a smartphone for pure gaming, online capabilities or for a great camera, then probably the Micromax Canvas Doodle is not the phone you would want to get.
4. Karbonn A9 Plus
Price: Rs 6,346 (As on Indiatimes.com)
The Karbonn A9+ is a good multitasker. It is a trendy and sleek smartphone that features a 4-inch display screen with a WVGA resolution. There are dedicated touch-keys for home, menu, back and search on the front panel. The homescreen can be customised by adding shortcuts and widgets for applications, functions and contacts.
The device runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system and has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. It comes with a 5 megapixel primary camera along with a 1.3 megapixel front camera. The 5 megapixel primary camera comes with LED flash and autofocus. The music player is capable of playing audio formats like MP3, MIDI, WAV, AMR and AAC. This phone also supports graphic and video formats like JPEG, JPG, AVI, 3GP and MP4. There are pre-loaded multimedia applications in the Karbonn A9+, such as YouTube, Flickr and Picasa. Games can be downloaded from Google Play, the application distribution platform for Android.
The smartphones gets its juice from a 1420 mAh battery, which offers a standby time and talk time of up to 200 hours and 4 hours, respectively. The internal storage capacity of this phone is 3 GB (2.5 GB available to user) and can be expanded up to 32 GB by a microSD card. Overall, a good buy looking at the price tag.
3. Samsung Galaxy Trend Duos
Price: Rs 8090 (As on snapdeal.com)
The Samsung Galaxy Trend GT-S7392 is the latest addition to the 4-inch Galaxy devices series from Samsung. In terms of design, the phone is no different from previous Galaxy phones. The device has a curvy body having a single physical home key with two touch-based keys on the either side of it below the screen. On the top there is an earpiece along with the Samsung branding. The right panel has a power/lock button while the volume rocker is on the left. The 3.5mm headset jack sits on the top panel and a MicroUSB slot with the mic is located at the bottom.
The phone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM. It's got a 4-inch WVGA display with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. The Trend Duos has a 3-megapixel rear-camera, 4GB of internal memory, microSD expansion up to 32GB, and a 1,600mAh battery. The Trend Duos, as the name suggests, is a dual SIM phone.
The Galaxy Trend Duos, on the connectivity-end, has support for 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. The smartphone runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich verison 4.0 with the user interface optimized for India with support for regional languages.
The phone is a smart buy at this price point. However, the camera is a bit of a disappointment.
2. Samsung Galaxy S Duos
Price: Rs. 9599 (As on Flipkart.com)
At first, the Samsung Galaxy S Duos strikes resembles with Galaxy S III. It has the same rounded-edge design, the button appearance and form. But it is different from Samsung's Android flagship. It looks more raw, gives cheap plastic feeling and has a much thicker body.
With a 4.0-inch TFT LCD display and a WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels) the device fits the image of a mid-range handset. The 233 ppi of pixel density is okay, but quite far from high-end models.
The device comes with a single-core 1GHz Cortex-A5-based processor on a Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon S1 chip. It works along with 768MB of RAM, which is not quite enough for demanding games. The Adreno 200 graphics used will do for games like Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride, but don't expect handling more 3D and 2D graphic intensive titles.
The Galaxy S Duos runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with the latest TouchWiz out of the box. Here you won't find the advanced features such as SmartStay, S-Voice or PopupPlay which can be found in SIII.
It is a dual-SIM phone that gives you the option to juggle with two SIM cards.
The device supports 3G and Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn. Bluetooth is supported at version 3.0, and rounding up the connectivity package is an A-GPS chip. The Galaxy S Duos comes with a 5-megapixel shooter on the back capturing images at 2592×1944 of resolution. It is an autofocus camera with a single LED flash. It has a battery life of around 1,500 mAh which will last through a .
Though, the lack of 720p video recording is a disappointment, overall the device is good.
1. Nokia Lumia 520
Price: Rs. 8340 (As on Flipkart.com)
The Lumia 520 is Nokia's lowest-end Windows Phone 8 mobile at present. It lacks most of the flair and neat extra touches of the Lumia 620, but yet a solid Windows phone.
In terms of design, the Nokia Lumia 520 is just like its other Lumia siblings. It comes in a host of colours such as yellow, blue, red along with the usual black and white. Since it is not a unibody smartphone, you can access the battery and the SIM slot. The device offers good ergonomics with textured finish giving you a bit of extra grip and the carefully curved rear sits comfily in your hand. Nokia Lumia 520 is slimmer and lighter than the Lumia 620 and Lumia 820. In fact it looks slightly premium in terms of looks when compared with the Lumia 620. The Nokia Lumia 520 is 9.9 thick and weighs 124 grams.
Screen resolution is 800 x 480 pixels, resulting in pixel density of 233ppi. Though, the sharpness is a bit low, it is okay for a low-end phone it's perfectly good. Moreover, its brightness is uncomfortable to gaze upon in most situation.
It has a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8227 CPU and 512MB of RAM. That's the same innards found in the Lumia 720, which is a significantly more expensive phone. It is a pretty good phone for day-to-day operations.
The Nokia Lumia 520 comes with 5-megapixel camera at the rear which can record video at up to 720p. The good thing about the camera is that it is an autofocus rather than fixed focus system, which is usually on-board most budget smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 520 comes with Windows Phone 8, which offers features like enhanced performance, USSD commands support, and resizable live tiles.
The Lumia 520 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and Adreno 305 GPU. It comes with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable by another 64GB via a microSD card. The company is also offering 7GB of cloud storage via SkyDrive for this smartphone. The Lumia 520 comes with a 1430mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the 1300mAh battery on the Lumia 620.
In short, if you want to go for a phone that is not Android, then you can opt for Nokia Lumia 520.
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