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Best QWERTY mobile phones to suit your pocket!

Last updated on: October 19, 2010 12:05 IST

Best QWERTY mobile phones to suit your pocket!

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Best QWERTY mobile phones to suit your pocket!

A look at the features and prices of top 10 budget QWERTY phones for this festive season.

There was a time when a mobile handset used to come with an antenna to catch the tower! Remember your first handset? It was not only bulky and heavy, but was also not good look-wise? Well, gone are those days and the mobile handset industry has eventually travelled a long way to reach where it is today!

Antennas gone, came the sleeker and good-looking mobiles with better keypads for easier texting.

Handsets like Nokia 3310, Samsung N700, etc have ruled over the market for long and are still considered among the best of phones.

Today, mobile phone industry shows a drastic jump that has landed up with smart phones, QWERTY keypads or/and touch screen handsets. Today's trend is either QWERTY or touch screen, and while most of the touch screen phones are priced high, we have many QWERTY phones to pick from and many of them won't make holes in your pocket too!

Keep clicking NEXT to read about Exhibit's list of 10 QWERTY handsets that could suit your budget... Enjoy!

 

 


Image: A collage of QWERTY phones available in India
Photographs: Exhibit
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1. Nokia E63; Price: Rs 8,500

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Nokia launched its entry-level budget QWERTY mobile E63 mainly for the text-addicts. This plastic body bar handset is 113x59x13 mm in size and weighs 126g. It has a 320 X 240 pixels 2.36" colour TFT screen and a 1600 X 1200 pixels with inbuilt 2 Megapixel camera.

Interestingly, the camera has a zoom and a flash along with several setting features.

Video recording option is available with resolution 320x240 15 fps and it supports video formats of 3GPP and MPEG 4/H.263.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and 3G are enabled in the handset. The inbuilt memory is not so huge with 110 MB but it is expandable to 8GB.

With games, java and flash lite loaded in the phone and a very good battery backup (as usual for Nokia phones), the Symbian OS handset quite rightfully stands at the top of budget QWERTY phone list.

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Image: Nokia E63

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2. Samsung Corby Text; Prce: Rs 5,000

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One of the most popular handsets of recent times that's Samsung Corby Text!

If you love texting and smooth chatting is all what you want, Corby Text is for YOU!

Targetted mainly for the young bunch, this QWERTY phone has a Google text messenger, 7 social networking sites links, chat style MMS to name a few alluring features.

The bar phone measures 112x59.6x12.9mm and weighs 94g. The 2.2" TFT LCD screen is 176 x 220 pixels in size and comes with a 2 Megapixel camera having a resolution of 1600 X 1200.

The mobile has a Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE and WAP 2.0 Internet browsing facilities available. It has an inbuilt memory of 40MB and option for expanding it.

If you are okay without a flash camera, Wi-Fi and 3G, spend Rs 5,000 and get your Corby Text.

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Image: Samsung Corby Text

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3. Micromax Q7; Price: Rs 5,000

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Micromax is the new kid in the block, and gosh, it is doing quite well in the Indian market.

With stylish looks and several features, Micromax models like Q55 Bling, Q5, Q3 etc. have won many hearts.

Q7 Ezpad is one of those having a QWERTY keypad and plenty of mind-blowing features of the high-end mobile phones.

And the price? Affordable one to easily own!

Micromax Q7 is a Wi-Fi enabled handset with dual SIM support. There are two separate call buttons to navigate from one SIM to another. The bar phone has Facebook, Opera Mini, Nimbuzz and multi-messenger links preloaded to target the net-savvies.

The phone measures 110X59X10.7mm and weighs 100g. The 2.2" QVGA screen, 2 Megapixel camera, multi-format music player and video player, all harmonise with the catchy price tag.

It has an inbuilt memory of 78MB which is expandable to 4GB. The talk-time is pretty okay with 4.5 hours.

EGPRS/WAP/MMS,Bluetooth(A2DP) and WiFi connectivity are the main attraction of the phone. Oh yes, it has Stereo FM radio and Java enabled games applications too.

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Image: Micromax Q7

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4. LG GW300; Price: Rs 4,899

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Is it a Blackberry? Well, this is what you are gonna be asked if you carry an LG GW300!

This attractive full QWERTY candybar handset is a sleek phone with 2.4" TFT screen with 320X240 pixels display.

It measures 115.5X61X12.8mm and weighs 95g. It has a 2 Megapixel camera and supports video recording too.

It comes with an internal memory of 15MB which is expandable to 16GB and supports GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth and has an option for USB connectivity.

Battery backup is good with 5hours talk-time and standby up to 400 hours. FM radio, games and the vibrant colours (blue and red) are the other attractive features of the phone.

However, the main seduction is the bundle of social networking features like Facebook and Twitter and the unique LiveSquare application for managing the contacts with images.

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Image: LG GW300

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5. Movil IQ100; Price Rs 3,200

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Bling Telecom's flagship brand Movil Mobile has recently launched IQ100, a fully loaded innovative calling device with features like answering machine, social networking and multimedia.

The QWERTY mobile has a 2.2" TFT screen, dual SIM support facility and 0.3 Megapixel VGA camera with flash and video support.

The phone measures 111x62x12.9mm and weighs 97g. Apart from the Gen Y looks, the phone has features with links to social networking sites like Yahoo, MSN and Facebook and the unique 'call attendant' function which receive calls and stores messages to playback them whenever needed.

Phonebook backup function is also there and the phone comes with a 2GB expandable memory.

FM radio, MP3 music player, Bluetooth and multiple games are few others to allure today's youth.

And yes, the battery is good enough to backup up to 12hours! A high-end multimedia phone at just Rs 3,200!

Amazing, isn't it?

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Image: Movil IQ100

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6. iNQ Chat 3G; Price: Rs 7,400

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What would do you when you are away from your PC?

iNQ brings the best solution with Chat 3G which is 'an ultimate social tool'.

Loaded with Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, Widgets and iTunes Sync, this 3G-enabled phone is mainly targetted for the Gen Next.

The candybar handset is available in several trendy colours like red, yellow, pink and black.

It measures 114.5x61x12.8 mm and weighs 122g. It has a 3.2 Megapixel camera and a secondary camera as well. The TFT display screen is 2.4" in size, internal memory is 100MB which is expandable up to 4GB and it supports GPRS, EDGE, 3G and Bluetooth along with options for USB connectivity.

The style is attractive and the features are worth the price Are you thinking about grabbing one iNQ Chat 3G now

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7. Sky Mobile Rainbow i Price: Rs 3,900

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This one's a fully loaded gadget! Sky Mobiles recently launched Rainbow i which is a Wi-Fi enabled phone. The main features are the direct connectivity links to social networking sites and the HD camera.

Yes, you can do Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube on your handset.

The phone has a dual SIM support facility, latest WACK technology to save the battery power by at least 30 per cent, Bluetooth and a 2" LCD TFT wide screen display.

The 1.3 Megapixel camera has G-sensor, 2D image support and 3GP/MP4 videos. It has hands free FM radio and MP3 player feature and the battery backup is for 4 days in standby time.

The memory can be expanded up to 2GB and the fashionable look reach out to the market trend.

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8. Spice QT-66; Price Rs 5,999

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A smartphone from the house of Spice Mobiles, Spice QT-66, is another addition to the list.

The multi SIM QWERTY candybar handset is a smartphone in the literal sense of the word!

The 2.4" TFT screen, 2 Megapixel camera with zoom and other features, up to 16GB expandable memory, 3 hours talk time battery power along with Wi-Fi, WAP, GPRS, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, FM radio with telescopic antenna and recording, up to 30/3GP video recording and more are the main features of the phone.

Trendy to look at, easy to handle and extremely useful, Spice QT-66 quite deservingly finds an entry among the picks of best QWERTY handsets.

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9. Zen Z-77: Price Rs 3,299

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Zen Z77 is also a multimedia phone at a pocket-friendly price. It has a dual SIM (GSM+GSM) support facility and is equipped with features like Bluetooth, GPRS, WAP and USB.

The LCD display is 2.2" and the camera is 1.3 Megapixel with digital zoom, night mode, effects mode and white balance, with video capture and video playback.

The 2.2" TFT display screen captures a prominent size in the 111.5 x 60 x 13.3mm candybar. The memory can be expanded up to 4GB and the talk time is up to 5 hours.

Besides there are other regular features like FM radio, MP3 player, e-mail and MMS. If you are looking for a backup phone with all the latest features balancing reasonably with your budget, Zen Z77 is the perfect choice.

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10. Videocon V1675: Rs 5,800

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Videocon's has launched V1675 a dual SIM handset with attractive looks and several useful features.

The TFT display screen is 2.4" (landscape) and has an optical trackpad with messaging optimised QWERTY keypad.

Good news for the netizens as this handset has Google, Facebook, Twitter, E-Buddy, MSN and Yahoo Messenger enabled in it.

It has dual camera -- a 2 Megapixel camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera. It measures 112X61X12.5 mm.

It has EDGE and Java enabled for applications and games. FM radio and MP3 music player are the entertainment section along with opera mini browser, Bluetooth streaming and USB support.

The memory can be expanded up to 2GB and the talk time is up to 4 hours.

Which one are you gonna buy this festive season?

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Image: Videocon V1675

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