When we speak about phones, not all think about spending more than 500$ on their new device. There could be several factors that can influence this decision but most of all it’s the belief that they feel the expensive phone will get old in a matter of a year, if not a few months. Yet, those people wouldn’t want to have a phone that induces pain in their digital life. We are talking about a budget smartphone with decent features. But does it even exist? With technology advancing at a crazy fast pace, the answer is definitely “yes”. Good performance, the camera features and the apps could be the basic elements to look forward when buying the phone. Few years back, people used to resemble budget phones as ‘cheap’ phones with terrible features and performance. With the technology at par, device manufacturers are deeply engaging themselves in marketing- Affordable is not “Cheap”. These days the smartphones are not just are low on budget but also feature decent specifications and are alluring to go along, serving the basic purpose of day-to-day digital life. Here are my top 5 picks, in no specific order:
Moto G (3rd Generation- 2015 Edition)
After two successful predecessors, Moto G series has undoubtedly been one of India’s top budget smartphones. Semi-Powerful specifications at the budget price makes it competitive against other top brands in the budget-segment. Priced at Rs. 10,999/-, this device though launched with Lollipop edition, Motorola has already confirmed Marshmallow updates for this device.
With Advance IPX7 water resistance, Moto G is a beautifully crafted phone which comes with 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The phone is backed by a long-lasting 2470 mAh battery. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Processor with 1.4 GHz Quad Core CPU and Adreno 306 with 400 MHz GPU. Supporting 4G LTE, the Moto G 3rd Gen also features 5-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Moto G remains the best affordable phone money can buy right now.
Alcatel has been trying to make a mark in Indian market. It’s been around for a while now, but against the likes of Motorola, Xiaomi, the manufacturer is facing a tough challenge. Nevertheless, there is one phone that’s made a spot in this budget range – Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. Running on Android Lollipop edition, the device sports 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (~312 ppi pixel density).
It is powered by upper Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU and Adreno 306 GPU. The device also packs 13MP primary camera and 5MP secondary camera. Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is priced at around Rs. 15,000/-. It has 16GB internal storage which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.
OnePlus brand has made a revolutionary entry in the Indian market. Not just with amazing fan following but even in terms of the brand value, the company had been producing some great devices. However, One must admit that their invitation system was annoying. Making into the list of budget smartphone is OnePlus X.
The phone features 5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Resolution: 1080p Full HD with 441 PPI. It comes with primary camera of 13 MP and a front Camera of 8MP. Powered by Android Lollipop v5.1.1 by default and Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU, the device has Adreno 330 GPU. Other key specification includes: 16 GB internal memory which can be expandable upto 128GB using MicroSD card, 3 GB RAM and Non-removable Li-Po 2525 mAh battery.
Honor, a sub-brand of Chinese Huawei has entered in the United States and has great plans to make a big entry to the US market in 2016. The devices comes with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. It packs a 13MP primary camera and 5MP front facing camera. It is powered by Android v5.1 Lollipop edition. This Dual-SIM supported device features 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 128 GB using microSD.
The device features a cool unlocking mechanism using fingerprint scanner with just six steps to recognise your print. Once you’ve done that, you can unlock the device by placing your finger in any direction. With Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53; and Adreno 405 GPU, this device packs 3000mAH Li-polymer battery with smart power 3.0. Not to miss its awesome design body constructed out of metal- inspired by the Guggenheim Museum of Art. The device is priced at around Rs. 13,000/-.
Xiaomi has been one of the most prominent budget smartphone brands in India. Launching series of devices in India, it’s making its clear footstep in the budget segment and looks like they are here to stay. One of their most popular budget smartphone is Xiaomi Redmi Note Price. Priced at around Rs. 7,999/-, the device sports 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280×720 HD 720p. The smartphone has 13MP primary and a 5MP secondary camera.
Powered by Android v4.4 KitKat and MIUI 7 OS, the device also comes with 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core processor and Adreno-306 GPU. It has 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB internal memory which can be expanded upto 32GB using microSD card.