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Top 5 phones below Rs 6,000 for July-August

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Though there are too many choices in this bracket, most of them offer the same features and functionalities. We have picked up these five based on the quality, features and price.

If you are planning to buy a phone and your budget is less than Rs 5,000, then you are likely to be flooded with options and most companies have a number of phones in this price bracket. In fact, some companies (most Indian brands) manufacture phones for this group only. But if you look closely, all these phones mostly offer the same kind of features and functionalities.

So how do you differentiate? Here is our pick from this range and we hope that it will be of help.

Motorola EX119

Motorola has just introduced this dual SIM touch and type phone. The phone has a large five-row Qwerty keypad with separate keys for alphabet and numbers. There is a 2.4" capacitive touch screen as well. The combination works well for people who socialise and teXt a lot though phones.

Besides, the phone also has a 3 megapiXel camera, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth and USB for connectivity. The phone plays videos and a 3.5 mm jack for plugging in your favourite earphones. FM Radio, Opera Mobile Browser and eXpandable memory of 32GB makes it a good phone that is both convenient to use and has full feature list that you eXpect in this price bracket.

Price: Rs 5,500

Samsung Chat 322

This is one of the most popular handset in the Indian market and comes from Samsung, which is now regarded as the second largest handset manufacturer behind Nokia in India.

Chat 322 offers dual SIM functionality with very smart design which gives it a look of an eXpensive phone. The phone comes with a Qwerty keypad and a 2.2 inch display. The C3222 is the first dual active SIM device from Samsung to sport a Qwerty keypad. The dual SIM active mode renders both the SIM card active at all times.

The Chat C3222 features a 1.3 megapiXel camera with 4X digital zoom. It can also capture videos in QCIF resolution at 15 fps (nothing great but useful).

There are regular social networking apps, which works well in conjunction with a nice keypad. The Multi Instant Messenger app aggregates MSN, Yahoo and Gtalk chat clients.

A 1,000 mAh battery powers the Samsung Chat C3222 and gives 12.8 hours of talktime. The 60 MB of internal memory on the phone can be eXpanded up to 8 GB via a microSD card.

The C3222 features a music player with DNSe 3D sound technology, FM Radio with recording and comes with a 3.5 mm audio port.

Connectivity options on the Samsung Chat C3222 include GPRS, Bluetooth v2.1 and microUSB port. The C3222 features an Optical Trackpad for better menu navigation. Other features in the Samsung mobile include Mobile Printing, Offline mode, Voice memo and Voice mail.

The phone is attractively priced at Rs 3,800.

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