So many Smartphones in the market today, each with some amazing features that it sometimes becomes very difficult to choose one. Especially when you have a mid range budget and there are loads of phones available for the same price. Before there were not many decent options available under Rs.10000. But in these recent years there have been lots of smartphones with great features available under 10K. You get a touch screen, decent camera, wireless connectivity, a good battery and so many others depending on the brand. Some features to look for are the OS version it’s running on and processor speed, screen size, 3G etc. Below mentioned are the phones that could be the best buys within a budget of around Rs.10000.
We have differentiated the categories depending on the OS – Windows, Blackberry and Android. Some phones below are few hundred bucks higher than 10K but we still have included them to not miss out on good ones.
Nokia Lumia 520
If you want to buy a Windows 8 phone around INR 10K then Nokia Lumia 520 is your best bet. The phone itself is worth boasting about for its amazing looks [it carries the standard Nokia Lumia Design] and for its features. It has 4-inch WVGA screen powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1GHz Dual Core processor and 512 MB RAM which is expectable at this price. It has 8 GB internal memory which is comparatively more than any other phone offering at this price and can be expanded to 64 GB. The OS is Windows 8 which is upgradeable to WP8 Amber. It has a primary camera of 5MP with geo tagging and autofocus feature. The 1430 mAh Nokia battery is pretty good to support you through the day.
Paaji’s Comments: Want to switch away from android or interested to try a Windows phone in a budgeted range, than Nokia Lumia 520 is your best bet.
Blackberry Curve 9220
Recommended for BlackBerry Loyalists. If you are a Blackberry fan and want to buy a blackberry but have restricted budget then this phone is for you. It is loaded with Blackberry 7.1 OS and 512 MB RAM in a QWERTY styled body. It comes with its dedicated BBM and probably you love it for that. Though with a large battery, it is thinner than its predecessor Curve 8520. It has a full plastic body but built quality is quite good. The camera is just 2MP with fixed focus which is a drawback. Internal memory is 512 MB but expandable upto 32 GB.
Paaji’s Comments: You can give it a shot if you are die hard Berry otherwise some Android phones offer better features at the same price.
Lava Iris 505
Lava iris comes with a giant 5 inch display with 480*854 pixels. It is powered by 1.2 GHz dual core processor 512 MB RAM and Android 4.2 OS. It comes with 4 GB internal memory. It has an average 5MP primary Camera ably supported by 1.2 MP front Camera. It has 2000 mAh battery which is not bad and can see you through the day with few recreational activities (on your phone). This is an average phone but you may like it for its looks.
Paaji’s Comments: You should buy this phone for the giant display of 5” and not so bad battery life comparatively. You should not if you want a quad core processor, higher pixel density and good camera. The phone should have been priced a little lower considering other phones in this budget offer more.
Intex Aqua Wonder QuadCore
This interesting offering from Intex deserves mention. Intex Aqua Quad Core comes with a 4.5 inch IPS capacitive touch screen with 540*960 pixel resolution. It runs on Android 4.1 Jellybean, 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor and 512 MB RAM. It has 4 GB internal memory and supports dual Sim cards. The quality of camera is good with 8 MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera for video calling and chatting.
Paaji’s Comments: Good display, Good processor, Good Camera within 10K. Some ignorable drawbacks are 512 MB RAM & 1800 mAh battery. So if you are more of a photographer than a gamer than you can choose this over S1 Titanium.
Panasonic T11 is the recent release from Panasonic in its budget phone series. The device is powered by Android 4.1 Jellybean & comes with 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and 1 GB Ram (this is where it scores over Intex Aqua) which is decent. The camera seems average though with 5 mega pixels. It also has a secondary VGA camera at its front. The looks of the phone are not bad and has a glossy back cover finish. It comes with 1500 mAh battery which is quite very low.
Paaji’s Comments: If you are looking for a phone with good camera and larger battery life, you will be disappointed. However performance wise it is stable. It would not be a bad choice for its price. You can give it a try or choose other among the list.
Now this is one device which has captured the attention of many and has at the same time got good reviews from many Tech enthusiasts and mainly audience. It houses a Android 4.2 Jellybean OS, 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor and 1GB Ram and 4GB internal memory which is quite very good at this price. Coming to its looks and display – It comes with 4.5 inch IPS-LCD display with a decent 540*960 pixels. The looks of the device is pretty good like others in its series. The Xolo Q700 has a 2400 mAh battery, is said to provide 17 hours of 2G talktime and 16 hours on 3G. The drawback is only the camera which is not apt for low light but that’s a minor hitch. Overall Xolo Q700 is good option to go for under 10K.
Paaji’s Comments: With a little extra spend, XOLO Q700i is the good option to go if you wish a good camera could do more good to the existing above features. The only plus thing is that Q700i has 8MP rear camera and 2MP front in contrast to the 5MP and VGA. Other features pretty much remain same.
Karbonn S5 Titanium
Though priced slightly above 10k, the phone is worth that extra bit to be included. It has an amazingly large 5-inch qHD display with 540*960 pixel resolution. It runs on Android 4.1 Jellybean with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory which is pretty decent. The primary camera is 8MP with autofocus capabilities and 2MP secondary front camera. The performance is quite good and it’s a worthy upgrade to Titanium S1. The Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery should support you through the day with a heavy usage like games, browsing etc.
Paaji’s Comments: If you are looking for a phone with good performance especially to support your many Apps and Games & with a good Camera then this phone is definitely worth a shot.
Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle
Micromax captured the markets with its Canvas series. Most of its products have taken off quite well. A11 Canvas Doodle runs on Android 4.1.2 Jellybean and 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor with 512 MB RAM. It comes with a 5.3-inch display with 540×960 pixels resolution. It has 8 MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera at the front. The phone also comes with a stylus that lets you jot down notes or draw on the screen. Also the built and looks are quite good, comparable to high end devices.
Paaji’s Comments: At a price tag of Rs.10,000, if you are looking for a Smartphone with a large display, and a quad-core processor, but can compromise slightly on RAM, GO for it.
Best Smartphones Under 8000
If you looking for budget phones under Rs 8000, than these below are good contenders –
Xolo A 500s
This is another budget phone offering from XOLO. XOLO has gained strong foothold in its budget smartphone series. The device comes with a 4inch display with 480*800 pixel resolution. It is powered by Android 4.2 Jellybean OS and 1.3 GHz dual core processor. It comes with 512 Mb RAM and 4GB internal memory. These features are pretty good at its price and performance is also not bad. It has 1400mAh battery (which is a drawback) and can provide upto 10Hrs of talktime on 2G network. The phone supports both 2G and 3G network.
Paaji’s Comments: Comparatively at a price less than INR 7000/-, the device offers a fairly decent functionality. This should probably rank as the best Smartphone under 7K.
Karbonn S1 Titanium
Karbonn Titanium S1 is another budget offering from Karbonn. It comes with a good 4.5 inch qHD IPS LCD display with 540*960 pixels. The device runs on Android 4.1 Jellybean OS, 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory which are very decent features at its price. It however compromises on Camera front with only 5MP primary camera, supported by a secondary camera. Also the 1600 maH battery is bit less if you are game lover.
Paaji’s Comments: This is one phone loved by many for its pretty decent features at such a low price. Performance wise the phone stands up but lags on the camera and battery front.
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