Let’s accept it, a smartphone’s outlook holds as much importance as its functionality. We all take a great deal of interest in picking the correct and the best designed smartphone. So to help you in making the best choice, we have listed the 10 most stylish smartphones based on their design as well as features.
Under Rs 6,000 – Xiaomi Redmi 1S
With such an ultra-affordable price tag which falls under 6000, Redmi 1S stands tall at features and design too. Even though it isn’t stylish , it features an understated design and feels rigid. It is the only smartphone in the segment which comes with 720p HD display with Dragontrail glass protection. It sports an 8-megapixel camera and a decent 1.6-megapixel front camera. The phone is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chipset along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable to 64GB. Overall, Redmi 1S is packed with good looks and specifications.
Under Rs 10,000 – Lava Iris X1
Yes, even homegrown smartphone brands have learnt to manufacture attractive smartphones and the Lava Iris X1 is the proof. Although it looks a lot like the iPhone 4S, you have to admit that it looks good and is priced at just Rs 7,000. It features a 4.5-inch WVGA IPS LCD screen, an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, 1.2GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM23550 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage space, dual SIM card slots and runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Under Rs 15,000 – Sony Xperia E3 Dual SIM
The Sony Xperia E3 has got it all, great looks as well as good specifications. It runs on Android 4.4 out-of-the-box and features a 4.5-inch WVGA LCD capacitive display. There is a 5-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and a VGA front-camera. The Xperia E3 comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB of internal memory, expandable by additional 32GB through microSD card slot. The connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots (HSPA+), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, A-GPS, and microUSB v2.0 port
Other Notable Stylish Smartphones: Motorola Moto G (2nd Generation)
Under Rs 20,000 – Gionee Elife S5.5
The Gionee Elife S5.5 is not only the most stylish smartphone under Rs 20,00 price bracket, it is also second most slimmest smartphone in the world, just a hair thicker than its recently announce predecessor, the Elife S5.1. The Elife S5.5 features a metallic unibody design and looks very attractive in the golden colour trim. It has a 5-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, 13MP rear camera with 1080p video recording and a 5MP selfie-centric front-facing camera. The device is equipped with an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal space, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
Under Rs 25,000 – Motorola Moto X (2013)
When Motorola announced the ultra-customisable Moto X (2013), the whole world went gaga over its attractive design and ergonomic size. It features a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 10-megapixels camera with 1080p video recording, 2MP front-facing camera, 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage space and a 2200 mAh battery. It comes in various colour options and material trims such as bamboo.
Under Rs 30,000 – Sony Xperia Z1
Sony has a habit of designing attractive smartphones with elegant designs which gets shown off in the Xperia Z2. The device which was unveiled during MWC 2014, is now selling for just under Rs 30,000. It features a 5-inch FHD Triluminous display, 20.7-megapixels Exmor RS camera sensor, 2MP front-facing camera, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (with microSD card slot), and runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It not only looks great, it is also quite durable, thanks to its shatter-proof display and IP57 certification for water and dust resistance.
Under Rs 35,000 – Apple iPhone 5S
After the recent price drop, the Apple iPhone 5S is selling for just around Rs 35,000. No one can argue over its stylish and rick looks, thanks to its metallic unibody design with chamfered edges. It features a 4-inch IPS LCD Retina display, a finger-print sensor, an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. It runs iOS 8 without breaking a sweat, thanks to its 64-bit dual-core A8 processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of internal storage.
Other Notable Stylish Smartphones: Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)
Under Rs 40,000 – HTC One M8
When talking about the overall package of smartphone design and functionality, the HTC One M8 stands way ahead of other smartphones. Taking que from its predecessor, HTC added perfect dimensions to the One M8. The smartphone features a 5-inch full HD capacitive touch screen. The device has 4-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. It is powered with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. It has 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage which is further expandable up to 128GB. The was recently offered a software update which made it compatible with 4G LTE networks in India. Other connectivity options includes dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0 + LE, IR Blaster, NFC & microUSB v2.0 port.
Under Rs. 45,000 – Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the one true mini smartphone that is not only powerful but also manages to turn some eyeballs with its stylish and sleek design as well as attractive colour options. It is available in red, white, green and black colour variants. The Xperia Z3 Compact offers great performance, thanks to its 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (storage expansion up to 128 GB). It has a handy 4.6-inch HD Trilumninos IPS LCD screen, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The Xperia Z3 Compact supports HSPA+ 42Mbps networks, 4G LTE (1800MHz), NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0 + LE & MicroUSB v2.0 port.
Other Notable Stylish Smartphones: LG G3
Above Rs. 50,000 – Sony Xperia Z3
The Sony Xperia Z3 has a stylish and sleek design. It not only bears great outlook in its new bronze colour variant, it also offers great performance. It has 5.2” FHD Trilumninos IPS LCD screen, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording and a 2-megapixel front camera. It is powered with 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset. It has a 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is further expendable up to 128 GB. The Xperia Z2 supports HSPA+, 4G LTE (1800MHz), NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v4.0 + LE & MicroUSB.
Computer science engineer turned technology blogger. Following consumer electronics industry closely from 2006, he can now predict pretty much where the market is heading. He has a dream to own Android, Windows Phone and iOS smartphones all at the same time.