Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
25th Oct 2012
Most people are already on their Diwali shopping sprees. If you've ended up spending too much on clothes and left with not more than 10 grand for a phone, you're at the right page! Cutting-edge smartphones cost almost as much as a pair of kidneys these days. So forget about those, and limit your hunt to the pocket-friendly segment. True, none of these phones have fancy features, but they'll be good enough to get the job done. Thanks to Google's Android OS, you now have smartphones under the Rs 10,000 mark. But don't just stick to an Android on the basis of impressive specs; build quality and user experience are equally important. So here's the list of handsets that we consider the most worthy options:
5. Nokia Asha 200
Street Price (As On 25-Oct-2012): Rs 3800 (Adexmart.com); Rs 4000 (Saholic.com, Flipkart.com)
The Asha 200 has an impressive build quality, and it looks decent. It comes with a music player, a 2 MP camera, and 32 GB microSD card support. On the messaging front, the QWERTY keypad does a stellar job. Although it is a low-end phone, it does feature built-in apps for Facebook and Twitter. If you're looking for a sturdy dual-SIM phone, the Asha 200 is the way to go.
4. Samsung GALAXY Chat
Street Price (As On 25-Oct-2012): Rs 8500 (Saholic.com, Infibeam.com)
If you love Android and also need a QWERTY keypad, the GALAXY Chat is made for you. It features an 830 MHz CPU which is capable of handling Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Apart from that, the handset packs in a 3" capacitive touchscreen, a 2 MP camera, A-GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Needless to say, it's a value package for touch-and-type UI fans.
3. Nokia Asha 311
Street Price (As On 25-Oct-2012): Rs 6400 (Saholic.com, Infibeam.com, HomeShop18.com)
The Asha 311 is perfect if you're looking for a an easy-to-use feature phone. This compact unit offers a clutter-free Meego-like UI, great sound quality, a 3.2 mp camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, and a bunch of features that you generally find on smartphones. The Asha 311 also has TV-Out functionality. Add a 3" display protected by Gorilla Glass, and you get the smartest "dumb" phone on the market.
2. Superfone Canvas A100
Street Price (As On 25-Oct-2012): Rs 10,000 (Shopping.Indiatimes.com)
Can't get the big and expensive Samsung GALAXY Note 2 out of your mind? Don't lose heart, there's an affordable alternative from Micromax. Dubbed the Superfone Canvas A100, this dual-SIM handset features a 5" screen — great value for movie buffs. It's powered by a 1 GHz CPU that does a commendable job handling Android 4.0 (ICS). Apart from that, you get a 5 mp camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The A100's build quality is also quite good. In fact, there's hardly a handset around that offers such value for money!
1. Sony Xperia tipo
Street Price (As On 20-Sep-2012): Rs 9500 (Indiaplaza.com, Saholic.com, Flipkart.com)
There are many Android handsets below the Rs 10,000 mark. However, most of them are either fugly or have poor build quality. The Xperia tipo is an exception: It features a sleek design and scratch-resistant glass. Powered by an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, the Xperia tipo packs in a 3.2 mp camera, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, Assisted GPS, and a 32 GB microSD card slot. With Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) onboard, what more would you ask for at Rs 9500?