The budget smartphone market in India is pretty crowded and it is hard to find a device that is above the rest. We do the footwork for you and find out the top 3 smartphones on sale in the country which cost less than Rs 10,000.
Nokia Lumia 520:
The world’s highest selling Windows Phone 8 smartphone puts in a strong case in its favour in the sub Rs 10,000 category. It is on sale for around Rs 9,000 in the country from a slew of online and offline stores.
Nokia Lumia 520 comes with the following features:
· 4 inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
· 1 GHz dual core Krait processor
· Adreno 305 GPU
· 512 MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage with memory expansion capacity of 64GB
· 5MP rear camera without flash, no front camera
· 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connectivity
· 1,430 mAh battery which is capable enough to last you a day on moderate usage.
· Nokia’s exclusive Lumia applications.
Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus:
The successor to the uber successful Micromax Canvas 2 is one of the cheapest quad core phones with a 5 inch screen in the country.
It can be bought for around Rs 9,500-10,000. Here’s a list of its specifications:
· 5 inch screen with a 854 x 480 pixels resolution.
· Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
· 1.2 GHz quad-core processor which is a Mediatek unit.
· 1 GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a memory card slot being made available as well to expand the memory by another 32GB.
· 8MP rear camera with flash, 2MP secondary camera.
· 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth take charge of the connectivity department.
· 2,000 mAh battery that will last you a little under a day.
BlackBerry Curve 9220:
Blackberry devices may not be the most popular ones out there on sale but they account for the best QWERTY keypad smartphones on sale. The good old fashioned keypad device is on sale for around Rs 8,500 in the country. Here’s a list of its specifications:
· 2.44-inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels
· A well-spaced QWERTY keypad
· BlackBerry OS 7.1
· 512 MB RAM, 512 MB internal storage capacity with memory expansion capacity of 32GB.
· 800 MHz processor
· 2MP fixed focus camera, no front facing camera.
· Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 2G connectivity are present. It misses out on 3G connectivity.
· 1,450 mAh battery which provided a battery life of around a day and a half.
Our Take : Those are the top 3 smartphones across major software platforms in the country. All of these make for a good buy depending upon your requirements. If you like the big screen experience and like to play a lot of games, Canvas 2 Plus should be your choice. If you are a fan of the good old keypad, then the BlackBerry offering puts forth a strong case in its favour and if you want a smartphone that has a simplistic intuitive UI and you want to try something new, Lumia 520 should be the choice. Which side are you on?