What would you do if you had limited budget in hand and you wished to enjoy all the smartphone-like features? Thankfully there are enough smartphone models that boast of high end smartphone level features, but very few actually perform when it comes to real-world usage.
Amidst the crowded budget segment, getting the best Android phone is always a challenge because new models continue to pour in every month. Here we present a list of five smartphones that work fine for the budget segment.
Sony Xperia E
Sony had announced the pocket-friendly Xperia E with 3.5 inch display last month in India. The display is made of scratch resistant glass and packs 320 x 480 pixel resolution offering about 165 pixel per inch pixel density. Unfortunately, the screen supports touch for up to two fingers only. Inside the 11 mm chassis, Sony has packed a single core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM722A mobile processor with 512 MB RAM. The phone offers only 2 GB on-board storage to the user.
So if you install too many apps and keep them on the phone’s memory, it will become sluggish. At the rear there is a 3.15 megapixel camera without flash and there is no front facing camera. Packing a 1530 mAh battery, this smartphone is small and compact enough for basic apps such as for social networking. Sony Xperia was launched for Rs 9,999 and can be purchased at a best buy price of Rs 9,499 or lower.
Xolo B700 is one of the dual core mobile processor smartphones in the budget segment. Featuring a nice 4.3 inch display, Xolo B700 supports 960 x 540 pixel resolution natively. The display is crisp enough to enjoy text and visuals. Inside the chassis is a dual core 1 GHz MediaTek MT6577 mobile processor with PowerVR SGX 531 graphics chip. This smartphone packs 512 MB RAM, 4 GB on-board storage, a memory card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS support. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Xolo B700 offers a fluid experience.
Read our review of Xolo B700 to know more about it. The Xolo B700 can be purchased for as low as Rs 8,190 from popular online retail destinations.
Karbonn S1 Titanium
Karbonn had introduced the S1 Titanium earlier this year to join the league of budget smartphones with a bundle of surprises. The S1 Titanium features a 4.5 inch IPS LCD touchscreen display with 960 x 540 pixel native resolution. To power this nice display, Karbonn packed a quad core 1.2 GHz mobile processor with 1 GB RAM and 4 GB on-board storage.
Of course, there is a memory card slot to add a microSD card. At the rear is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. There is also a front facing camera for video chats and self-portraits. This phone runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and offers FM radio for music lovers. Other features include Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS with A-GPS support and a 1600 mAh battery pack. The Karbonn S1 Titanium can be purchased for as low as Rs 9,099 from online retail websites.
Lava Iris 502
Lava lures every one with the 5 inch Iris 502 smartphone. The downside is that the display supports 800 x 480 pixel resolution – mostly found in 4 inch or larger devices. This smartphone supports dual SIM configuration and is powered by a 1 GHz mobile processor with 512 MB RAM. There is only 4 GB on-board storage, but one can add up to a 32 GB micro SD card in the memory slot. At the rear, the Iris 502 flaunts a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and auto focus for better imaging.
In the front rests a VGA quality camera for video calling. Faster web browsing is supported by 3G network connectivity and WiFi network support. Packing a 2000 mAh battery, this phone promises decent talk time. We did take a quick look at the Iris 502 and you can read our thoughts here. Lava Iris 502 is available for as low as Rs 7,499 from both online and offline retailers.
Intex Aqua Wonder
Intex offers the dual SIM configuration supporting Aqua Wonder with an attractive 4.5 inch touchscreen display. This display supports 960 x 540 pixel resolution natively and packs a dual core 1 GHz mobile processor along with 512 MB RAM. It offers only 1.93 GB on-board storage for users but one can always add a microSD card in the memory card slot. Imaging is powered by an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and autofocus for best possible captures. There is a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front for video calling.
By default, Aqua Wonder runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and supports a faster mobile web experience with 3G and WiFi network support. It also packs Bluetooth and a bunch of regular sensors. Featuring an 1800 mAh battery we feel it might be just short of providing enough battery life. The Intex Aqua Wonder can be purchased for as low as Rs 8,199 from online retailers.