Buying a high-end smartphone is like solving a tough puzzle. Out of several top smartphones launched by all major handset makers, very few manage to stay in the stipulated price segments. Most launches happen for the Google Android platform and very few for the Windows Phone 8 platform.
With that obvious bent on the Google Android based smartphones side, the Windows Phone 8 devices also offers great set of features. Here are the five best smartphones that one can consider for a price range of Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000.
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia’s camera marvel for Windows Phone platform is slowly taking a step back with the new Lumia 925 up the anvil. The Lumia 920 has a 4.5 inch HD ClearBlack IPS panel display with PureMotion HD+, which makes images very clear even when you move them and also allows users to work on the display while wearing gloves.
The display supports 1280 x 768 pixel resolution natively and therefore offers 332 pixels per inch density. This display has been constructed using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology. This Windows Phone 8 phone also performs very fast thanks to a dual core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 mobile processor with Adreno 225 graphics chip and 1 GB RAM. It offers 32 GB on-board storage, but no micro SD card slot.
If you want a really great camera, you can’t really get anything better than Nokia Lumia 920. It features only an 8.7 megapixel camera, but it features Carl Zeiss optics with mechanical image stabilization that works better than any phone camera out there, and matches even the expensive cameras in this area.
You also get very good low light imaging capability and many software enhancements to play around with the images and videos. And it’s not just the camera; even the display is pretty awesome. Only possible drawback can be the non-removable 2000 mAh battery promising about 10 hours of continuous talk time. Read our thoughts about the Lumia 920 smartphone as part of the review here.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung’s Galaxy Note II is the second-generation phablet (Phone-tablet hybrid) device launched last year. It has a gorgeous 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and supports 1280×720 pixel resolution natively. Samsung has packed a quad-core 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 mobile chipset with 2 GB RAM.
Accompanied by the powerful Mali-400MP graphics chip, this smartphone has recently got the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update. The large screen estate can be used to enjoy fast mobile web with dual-band Wi-Fi network or 3G networks. This phablet has 8 megapixel camera at the back to record full 1080p HD quality videos and there is a 1.9 megapixel camera in the front for video chat.
The Note II supports variety of the audio and video formats. The beastly part of this device is the 3100 mAh battery that keeps it going even when you use the GPS chip with A-GPS and GLONASS. If you wish to know how exactly does this device perform in real world usage, check out our review of the Galaxy Note II.
Large real-screen estate and battery pack drove us to choose this over Samsung Galaxy S III. We are aware that this smartphone lies on the border of Rs. 30,000 limit but even if you have to give couple of bucks extra, it is totally worth it.
HTC One X+
While HTC Butterfly is the best Android in terms of specifications currently, it is not yet available in the retail stores, so HTC One X+ is the next best thing that you can buy. It’s not a bad choice given that it is much cheaper, and with ebay.in offering it for Rs 37,400, it’s even a better deal.
The One X+, according to the company, is 27 per cent faster and has 37 per cent better battery life than the One X. The HTC One X+ features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with HTC Sense 4+ user interface, 1.7 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 AP37 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The One X+ comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD 2 display with 720p resolution and is protected by Gorilla glass 2. The One X+ also features an 8 megapixel camera with an f2.0 wide aperture lens in the rear while a 1.6 megapixel camera is in the front for video calling.
The HTC One X+ has 2100 mAh battery and 64 GB internal storage as default but additionally it offers 25 GB of Dropbox cloud storage free for two years. Additionally, it features Beats Audio technology for the best in class audio experience and also HDMI connectivity through USB port for big screen video experience.
LG Google Nexus 4
LG recently launched the Google Nexus 4 in India at a fantastic price of Rs 25,990 for 16 GB model. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch IPS display with 1280×720 pixel resolution natively and constructed using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology.
Measuring 9.1 mm thick, the Nexus 4 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro mobile processor with 2 GB RAM to run the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smoothly. LG has packed variety of sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Ambient Light sensor and digital Compass. At the rear, the phone has a 8 megapixel camera with LED Flash and 1.3 megapixel camera in the front.
LG has packed a 2100 mAh battery that promises about 15 hours of talk time over the 3G network. You can read our thoughts as part of our review of the LG Google Nexus 4.
HTC had joined the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon with its flagship 8X smartphone and surprisingly has not released a new phone after that. The HTC 8X features a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display that supports 1280×720 pixel resolution natively. Measuring 10.1mm thick, the HTC 8X has a nice feel offering built.
It houses a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 mobile processor with 1 GB RAM. The HTC 8X packs GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support for better location locking. At the rear, there is 8 megapixel camera with LED flash to click high quality images and record 1080p HD video. HTC has packed 1800 mAh battery pack and offers the handset in four different colours – California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow. We reviewed the HTC 8X and our thoughts are presented here.