Buying Guide: Top 5 smartphones on sale between Rs 20,000-25,000

The smartphone arena in India is playing host to a slew of devices these days with companies going all guns blazing to woo the Indian buyers. The same is followed by the problem of choosing a smartphone that takes care of your needs along with staying in budget.

Here we have a list of top 5 smartphones between the range of Rs 20,000-25,000.

Nokia Lumia 1320– This has got a 6-inch display with 720p resolution and 245ppi density. The 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM gives decent merely above average processing capabilities. It has 8 GB internal memory and 64 GB card slot. A 5 MP rear camera with a miniscule VGA front camera is not the best in the class. You need to pay about Rs 22,990 for this.


Samsung Galaxy Grand 2-  It gets 5.25 inches display with a 720p display resolution. It gets a 1.2 GHz quad core processor on the inside and a 1.5 GB RAM. 8GB is what you get for internal storage alongside memory expansion ability of 64GB. At the backis a 8MP rear camera which is joined in by a 1.9MP camera unit up front. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and gets Dual SIM functionality too.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Nexus 4– This comes with 4.7-inch WXGA IPS HD (1280x768p), 318 ppi display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. The CPU configuration is 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. The Android 4.3 based device offers 8, 16 and 32 GB variants without any card slot. It can save your best memories with 8 MP primary camera and 1.3 MP front camera with features like autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, photo sphere etc.


Nokia Lumia 920– 4.5 inches (768 x 1280 pixels), 332 ppi pixel density, IPS LCD capacitive touch-screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 makes its display unit. A dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor with 1 GB RAM runs the device. It has 8 MP primary and 1.3 MP secondary cameras. It comes with 32 GB internal memory with no further extension possibility. You can get this for around Rs 22,999.


Samsung Galaxy Note– 5.3 inch (800×1280 pixels) HD super AMOLED display, Dual Core 1.4 Ghz processor with Mali 400 MP dedicated graphics processor, 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front camera, and stylus support makes it a hot buy in this price segment. Spend about Rs 20,900 to get this. Yes it is quite old a device but still accounts for a decent buy if you like the S-Pen functionality and can live with an older version of Android.


Our take:The list does not end here and there are some other good devices as well in the same price range on offer such as the Gionee Elife E7(roughly Rs 25,000 for the base 16GB model) and Galaxy S3 (Rs 22,000-23,000). The Rs 20,000-25,000 is getting crowded pretty fast. In my opinion, Nexus 4 and Grand 2 make the most amount of sense if you want an Android device. If Windows Phone is your thing, Lumia 920 makes a lot of sense. Do let us know what you think about the smartphones in this segment.

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  • monu - bangalore January 26, 2015 3:49 pm

    Could u plz advise a good phablet in (15000-21000) range .
    My first prefernce is Video calling & thn gaming.
    Plz exclude samsung galaxy grand 2 as my bro is already have …
    plz suggest a gud & latest one…as i ve gone through many phablets’ review….& now i m confused by reading review…i need a good advise….thnx for reading my querry.

  • SATPAL BOORA May 5, 2014 9:28 pm


  • Shweta Dahiya May 4, 2014 9:16 pm

    Hey thanks a lot for this list of smartphones. That was really helpful!

  • bali lollen April 4, 2014 12:11 pm

    thanks and keep it up…once again thanks a lot..

  • Hardik March 28, 2014 11:20 pm

    Samsung galaxy grand 2is best phone i love

    • manpreet June 29, 2014 9:38 pm

      can u suggest me about grand 2.I think to purchase it. bt i doubt about it’s battery.
      pls help me to choose .

  • hrishi March 18, 2014 6:52 pm

    Moto X is best Android Smartphone to consider @23999

  • Kumaran GP March 18, 2014 6:11 pm

    It’s a terrible list..

  • Rama March 18, 2014 2:45 pm

    Off topic
    *Xolo and Karbonn have officially confirmed that they are gonna release new windows phone devices in the months to comes.

    *The minimum pricing of the windows phone based smartphones are pegged around 6.5k.The best part is that even at 6.5k the WP smartphone will come with a Qualcomm chipset.The possibility of a mediatek chipset is ruled out because mediatek chipsets currently do not support Windows phone.Most probably a Qualcomm Snapdargon 200 or 400 would be found on these devices.

    *Most probably the devices are gonna come with the new WP8.1.The WP8.1 is set to release at Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference which is to be held at April 2nd.With WP8.1,users would get a notification bar as well as dual sim functionality.

    *Even Nokia is rumored to be producing Nokia Lumia 530 or Nokia Lumia 630 with WP8.1.

    *If anyone is looking for a low end or mid-range device and is O.K with WP,then wait for a few months and I am pretty sure we would see some dirt cheap as well as amazing WP8.1 based smartphones.

  • idea888 March 17, 2014 9:02 pm

    @Rama Reboot means what?? what will happen if we press reboot warranty will void???? and how 1 can pay for 2G and get acess for H or H+ (3G) ? is saw in Samsung my friend phone. can possible?

    • Rama March 18, 2014 12:54 am

      *Reboot essentially means switching off the device and switching it on again.I probably guess you must have heard about it in some rooting guide.A normal reboot of the device would not void you warranty but rooting the device will void the warranty.My advice is to be safe while rooting and if you find difficulty with any step just leave it cos it may do some serious software damage, fixing which might be even more difficult than rooting.

      *Yeah even I have played around with those 3G at 2G tricks but most of them dont work or are rather spoilers.I have genrally found Vodafone’s network nearly impossible to play those 3G tricks on.On airtel’s network I was able to get 3G at 2G pack by modifying the APN,Port etc but it does not work for long.After consuming 50 mb on 3G using the 2G trick my 3G speed got throttled(capped) to 2G and even though the H+ symbol was appearing on the device I was getting only 2G speed.Whats worse is that after that every time I connected to H+ I only got 2G speeds and it was necessary for me to recharge with a 3G data pack everytime I wanted 3G speed.In short after using the 3G trick on my airtel device the PAYG option was “virtually” cancelled for my number or in other words I had to necessarily recharge with a 3G data pakc every time I wanted 3G speeds.Even if you end up being sucessful for more than 50mb the trick wont work long.One of my friends downloaded as much as 10GB using the trick and later on his number was blocked and he is still not able to get it back.My general advice is to avoid all such kind of tricks and rather pay for 3Gdata and use it.These tricks look lucrative but they have long-lasting negative effects.

  • THOTA PRABHU March 17, 2014 6:32 pm

    I like your technical knowledge and authenticity on mobiles. will you please suggest a SMART PHONE WHICH IS EQUAL APPLE ON PLATFORM CDMA in the range of Rs. 25,000-32,000.

  • THOTA PRABHU March 17, 2014 6:23 pm

    thanks for all those phones information and let know, what is best for CDMA RELIENCE NETWORK platform SMART PHONE?

  • Somnath March 17, 2014 12:47 pm

    Yeah, i know all the points u have mentioned. Still thanks for the info. I am interested on the wooden panels.

  • Rama March 16, 2014 7:14 pm

    *If people at Telecom Talk happen to own a Samsung Galaxy S4,Note 3 or any other device which has a micro SD card slot.Its best not to update your device to Android 4.4 if any such update is pushed by the OEM.

    *Android 4.4 has certain changes which prevent apps from writing anywhere on the SD card and the apps can now only write at a paticular location appointed to them.

    *Recently Samsung pushed the Android 4.4 update to GS4 users in the U.K and U.S and it appears that after the update most of the apps are now not able to write on the the SD card.Even the camera app is not able to store photos in the SD card.

    *Samsung has definitely pushed out a half baked Android 4.4 update for its GS4 users which has cuased some serious issues with the SD card functionality.Samsung had also previously screwed up with Android 4.3 update for the GS3.

    *While at the same time even Google is at fault over here.There was no need to put up such a restriction on SD cards.As far as I have heard the SD card restriction has to be followed for the time being and if any manufacturer doesnt follow it they would lose their Google certification.If you ask me this move by Google is really really stupid and against the concept of Android being so called open(although I dont believe in it).This move also seems to be biased if you consider the fact that Google made devices like the moto x and moto g,all nexus device do not come with SD card support and hence the recent changes on Android 4.4 dont affect Google devices.This move is only gonna rage Samsung who is already unhappy with Google and its policies.

    *If any change occurs I would update this comment at a later time.

    • Feroze Mohamed March 17, 2014 5:02 pm

      Yes its true. And it is KITKAT feature and not related to Samsung. Its for security. And if u r using a rooted device like i do (note 2 with note 3 OS) then u can override the limitations.

      @OP why is NOTE 1 listed ? Its too old to consider now, there won’t be any software upgrades either.

      • Rama March 17, 2014 7:05 pm

        *well bro the kitkat update lets apps to write only at a specific folder instead of not writing at all.The camera app usually stores all the photos in the DCIM folder and thats the specified folder for camera.But people using android 4.4 on S4 are reporting that they are not able to store photos also in the DCIM folder of the sd card.If samsung would have made the 4.4 rom correctly then by all means photos must be stored in the DCIM FOLDER of the sd card because thats the specified folder.

        *Most people do not even know whatt rooting is

        *Security is just a term google using to hide its action.if google really wants to make android secure ask them to bring back app ops.

  • Somnath March 16, 2014 6:05 pm

    Waiting for Moto X. Coming soon in flipkart. Fingers crossed.

    • Rama March 17, 2014 12:20 pm

      *The moto x page is now live on flipkart

      *Only one order per person will be allowed

      *Unfortunately moto maker is not coming in India and you would have to choose from a set of 5-6 colours.

      • Somnath March 17, 2014 12:47 pm

        Yeah, i know all the points u have mentioned. Still thanks for the info. I am interested on the wooden panels.

  • Rama March 16, 2014 5:30 pm

    *Once again the author has forgotten to mention the battery of Nokia Lumia 1320.Its the battery of the Lumia 1320 which makes it different from other devices.The Nokia Lumia 1320 has a whopping 3400 mah battery.

    *The Nexus 4 is kinda old now.Although its still a good device but devices like Gionee Elife E7 have better specs than the Nexus 4 at the same price point.Apart from that is the fact that devices like Samsung Galaxy S3,HTC One X etc have more or less the same specs as Nexus 4 but are available at the same price tag and have better designs,cameras and batteries as compared to the Nexus 4.I really dont think buying Nexus 4 makes sense at this point of time if you consider the fact that within a few months Nexus 4 is gonna come out of Google’s 18 months update window and there is a slight possibility that Google might stop giving updates to the Nexus 4.The Nexus 4 is still available for a whopping 26k on flipkart.My sugesstion is to look fro alternatives or rather just pump in 4k more and buy the Nexus 5 instead.

    *The Samsung Galaxy Note is still a good device if someone wants Samsung’s S pen functionality but the specs are too damn low for the price.

    *The Nokia Lumia 920 is still a solid device and best for those who have butter fingers.I still find the Nokia Lumia 920 a better device than Nokia Lumia 925 because Lumia 920 comes with wireless charging out of the box.A few months earlier the Nokia Lumia 520 was available for as low as 15k on flipkart but now the price has shot upto 25k.

    *The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a moderate device from every angle.Moderate in specs,features etc.

    *My advice is to wait for a few more months.All these devices especially the Galaxy Note,Lumia 920,Nexus 4 are fairly old now.I am pretty sure that between April and June Nokia would release a new Windows phone device with dual sim capability and a revamped Windows Phone 8.1.Apart from that during this period even branded manufacturers like Sony,Samsung and HTC(Desire 816) are gonna release new devices.

    • sravan March 16, 2014 10:37 pm

      Dear Rama, I like your technical knowledge and authenticity on mobiles. will you please suggest a good mobile in the range of Rs. 8,000-12,000.

      • Rama March 17, 2014 1:19 am

        *I would strongly suggest that you add 500rs more to your budget and buy the moto g at 12,500rs.The moto g is currently the best mid-range device and provides a lot for its price.The only downside is that I am not too sure about motorola’s after sales service.As far as the specs is concerned the motorola moto g can handle moderate HD games,and perform all basic tasks without any significant lag,It has a big battery and also dual sim capability.
        *Big battery
        *Decent specs
        *Stock like Android
        *Dual sim
        *Android 4.4
        *Available exclusively at flipkart
        *Not too sure about after sales support.

        *Secondly I would suggest the Nokia Lumia 525 at 10,000 which is also a very good windows phone.Multiple reports have confirmed that the Lumia 525 works very very smooth and can also play HD gmes smoothly.Apart from that you can be sure about Nokia’s after sales support.

        *1GB ram makes HD games as well as multitaksing a breeze.
        *Nokia’s build quality and after sales support.

        *Only single sim
        *Apps on windows phone are comparitively less.Although I would like to mention that most of the common and popular apps are present.

        Third I would recommend Xolo Q800 which is currently available for 10,000 at flipkart.The device has a premium feel and decent specs.Most moderate HD games can work smoothly on it.It also has stock like Android and dual sim capability but just like moto g I am not too sure about after sales service of xolo.However the one advantage xolo q800 has over moto g is that its available with local reatilers and dealers unlinke moto g which is exclusively available on flipkart.
        *Good design
        *Stock like Android
        *Moderate HD games would work well
        *Dual sim
        * Not sure about after sales service

        Fourth I would recommend the Samsung Galaxy Core,The device comes with a dual core processor and 1GB of ram.However the spoiler over here is the adreno 203 GPU which wont provide good performance and HD games might not work smooth.Apart from that I have generally found Samsung’s Touchwiz to be a bit laggy.But however you could be sure of Samsung’s after sales service.Price is 12k
        *After sales service
        *Dual sim
        *low specs for the price
        *samsungs touchwiz which is laggy

        Fifth I would recommend the newly launched Sony Xperia E1 dual.The phone will not play HD games very smooth but it can play it and perhaps better than Samsung Galaxy Core.The device has dual sim,good build quality,decent specs and Android 4.3.The only problem is that it has 512 mb of ram.All this just for 9k.
        *Good bulid quality
        *Decent specs for the price
        *Good after sales service
        *Stock like android
        *dual sim
        *not sure about HD games.
        *low ram.

        *If you have any other queries just drop down a comment and I would try to resolve it.

        • Vino March 17, 2014 10:24 am

          dear Ram pls tell about I ball andi quadro 5h

          • Rama March 17, 2014 12:10 pm

            *Yeah thats also a good device but it has a lower rating than Xolo Q800 on flipkart.Apart from that the 12MP camera is not working as promised whereas xolo gives better cameras on their devices compared to other local manufacturers.Anyhow one could buy the device if they go by raw specs but by personal use and by recieving comments from others I am confident that xolo Q800 is a good device whereas I am not too sure about Iball andhi quadro 5h.

        • sravan March 17, 2014 4:13 pm

          Thank you Dear Rama, for the extensive reply you have given.


  • Pulak March 16, 2014 5:11 pm

    You forgot the Xperia SP. :/

  • Shivang Singh (SS) March 16, 2014 5:07 pm

    A test comment

    • Rama March 16, 2014 5:36 pm

      *Good to know your real name.

  • Shiv March 16, 2014 5:06 pm

    BlackBerry Z10 at a price point of 16-17K is one of the best buys in less than 20K segment. I have been using this phone for sometime now, and its brilliant.

    Should have been considered.

    • Rama March 16, 2014 5:35 pm

      +1 bro even I have heard that Z1 got some pretty awesome reviews by tech writers world wide but considering BB’s app store I find it difficult to recommend the device,however there is a certain work around to install android apps.

      • Shiv March 16, 2014 9:03 pm

        All the android apps are working flawless except True caller. Mails are revelation. Gestures and typing are simply mind blowing.

        And add the Famous BlackBerry Security unlike Android and…Voila. BlackBerry seems to have just got the pricing right. Loving it bro…after 1 year on Android…feels superb on it.

        • Rama March 16, 2014 10:10 pm

          *I know bro and I think the keyboard on z10 is the best amongst touch screen devices.As far as I had read it seems that the when you type a word the device tries to predict what the word is gonna be and displays it on the top of the for example if i wanna type prediction. After typing p and r the word prediction would appear on top of e.A really innovative feature if you ask me.Any how there is a big difference between creating a good product and selling a product in good quantity.creating a good product doesnt guarantee good sales in todays smartphone industry and thats exactly whats happening with devices like htc one moto x and even the z1.

  • Rahul March 16, 2014 4:50 pm

    I will buy mobile only if the exixting one breaks or is stolen and now when manufacturers make new models with one new thing 😛

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