Best Five Budget Smartphones of 2014
There is a lot of talk about the flagship smartphones when they are launched. They come with all the bells and whistles bringing some new features to the market. While these devices are impressive and help a brand, build its image, there is another class of devices that cause a stir when they are launched. These devices aren’t necessarily high end but they offer the best bang for the buck you can get. Mobile price in India is an important factor and this factor drives the sales for many manufacturers and devices. Here we list five devices that offer excellent value for your money and are worth every penny you spend on them.
This is Motorola’s latest entry into the smartphone market and it caused a lot of stir when it came out. While the specs aren’t exactly stratospheric, the price tag makes it a bargain. It looks very much similar to the Moto G but a bit smaller. You get a lot of options for the back panel. It comes with an impressive 4.3 inch display that has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The display isn’t termed as an IPS LCD in the spec sheet but it is just as good. It gets a dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset. It gets a decent GPU and 1 GB of RAM, which is plenty for a dual core device. It is a dual SIM device and comes with a 1980 mAh battery which is huge for the device. It gets a very average 5 megapixel camera but you can’t really ask for more at this price point. The software is close to stock and is blazingly fast. It runs the latest Android KitKat and you get all this for just 7K.
This is quite an impressive smartphone considering the features it has to offer for the price. It has got a 5 inch semi HD display, which is pretty decent. On the processing duties, it has got a quad core processor on a Snapdragon 400 chipset. The Adreno 305 GPU is decent and it gets 1GB of RAM. While the Moto G has got similar hardware, it hasn’t got a micro SD slot. This device comes with 8 GB of internal storage and a micro SD slot. It comes with an 8 megapixel primary camera which is decent and runs almost stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. While it was launched with a higher price tag, now it is available for around 12K via various online retailers making it an excellent value for money.
This is the device that redefined its segment Moto G
People were desperate to get their hands on this device when it was launched in India. We got the dual SIM version in our market with the option of 8 and 16 GB of storage. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with the quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It comes with 1 GB of RAM and runs latest android KitKat. The interface runs pretty smooth on the device and you won’t have any complaints at all with the device. The 4.5 inch 720p display is very impressive and the high pixel density makes it very crisp. The device is quite handy due to the small size and using it with one hand is really easy. The 8 GB variant is available for 12.5K and the 16 GB variant for 14K. We wouldn’t recommend the 8 GB version because you will get almost 5 GB of free storage and there is no expandable storage.
Google went crazy with the Nexus devices launching them at unbelievable prices. The Nexus 4 that came out earlier was an impressive piece of hardware at a price that was too good to be true. Then came in the Nexus 5 and all of a sudden it was the new value for money benchmark. The Nexus 5 has got a very impressive 4.95 inch full HD IPS display. The display has hardly got any bezels around it and that makes the size of device pretty good to handle. It is lighter than the Nexus 4 and very slim as well. It runs a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and comes with 2 GB of RAM. It is available with 16 and 32 GB of storage options. The 8 megapixel camera isn’t very impressive on paper, but performs very well in actual usage. The only weak point is the 2300 mAh battery which doesn’t cope up very well with the powerful hardware. The mobile price in India for the Nexus 5 is at 29K for the 16 GB variant and 33K for the 32 GB variant, but as it has been around for a while, you can find better deals at some stores.
Okay, you people must be calling us crazy for putting this device in the list but there is a very good reason. The Xperia Z1 is a sleek smartphone with front and back made of glass and an aluminium band running around it. It has got a 5 inch full HD display and is waterproof and dustproof. It runs the same hardware as Nexus 5 so it is pretty powerful as well. This device is available at a price higher than the Nexus 5 so some might say there is no way it can be here. But for that extra money, you get a better design, waterproof body, a superb 20.7 megapixel camera, bigger 3000 mAh battery and support for micro SD cards. People who like the Nexus 5 but need a bit more can go for this device and all these extra features justify the premium they are asking for. It would double up as a point and shoot camera for most people and as the device is waterproof, it is an added advantage. It is available for around 38K with most retailers.
Author : Kundan sirivastav