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Top 5 smartphones under Rs 15,000

Last updated on: March 28, 2013 17:33 IST

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Meenal Singh

The budget for budget phones has increased now with the constantly rising purchasing power of Indian consumers. More than being a gadget of utility, smartphones have now become gadget to be shown off, lifelines! And with time, smartphones have evolved a lot, having now become synonymous with latest portable technologies. Best OS, good looks, good power, compatibility with almost all the apps form the very basic smartphones now.

When we come to budget smartphones, the sub-Rs 15,000 segment asks for phones featuring capacitive touch displays measuring around or more than 3.5 inches. Processors of 1GHz or more have become the norm. Though these are mid-range smartphones, but with the market pulling all the consumers, these phones too get the latest version of Android now. Camera does not have to be below 5MP if the smartphone is to gain success. Also the build quality, battery power, etc, are things that determine its success. As per this specifications, we bring some of the top Indian smartphones under Rs 15,000...



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1. Nokia Lumia 710
Price: Rs 13,260

It is a Windows 7.5 phone, something that paves its way to this list. Yeah! I agree it is an older operating system, but the display and the power it has been bestowed with makes the user smile. Soon to be upgraded to Windows phone 7.8, Nokia Lumia 710 would soon have better interface.

With this phone, the user gets access to all apps limited to Nokia, which gives it the winning shot. This 3G phone features 3.7-inch capacitive display, a processor of 1.4GHz, internal storage capacity of 8GB, a powerful 5MP camera, Wi-Fi and GPS enabled, at a minimal weight of 125.5 grams.

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2. Sony Xperia Go
Price: Rs 12,550

This phone makes you believe that actions actually speak louder than words, erm... appearance. Sony Xperia Go has plain-jane looks, no curves, no looks to turn on a phone maniac. But once you get to use it, you would realise that the built, rugged at it, can stand rain or dust, submerge it in water and it feels like a fish.

Under the hood power comes from a dual core processor combined with Mali GPU. The phone had been platformed on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but can well be upgraded to Android ICS 4.

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3. LG Optimus L7
Price
: Rs 12,300

Dual core processor with a speed of 1GHz. Powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the power gets enhanced by TI OMAP 4430 Chipset and sensors like accelerometer and proximity sensors. The Android operating system runs smooth thanks to a RAM of 512MB.

Comes with an in-built memory of 4GB, which could be further enhanced to 32GB. What more, there is IPS LCD capacitive touch screen measuring 4.3-inche with a resolution of 480 X 800 pixels. All this topped by a 5MP camera.

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4. Huawei Ascend G600
Price
: Rs 14,990

One of the best products within Rs 15,000, Huawei Ascend G600 comes with a dual core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB in-built storage to list the very basics of a smartphone. What impresses is an extremely powerful camera, 8MP, 4.5-inch display screen at a resolution of 540 X 960. All of this seem all the better with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich backed up by a battery of 1930 mAh.

So, in Rs 15,000, you can have a powerful camera, the latest Android platform, strongest of batteries!

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5. BlackBerry Curve 9220
Price
: Rs 8,900

If the discussion is about the best smartphone, there has to be a mention of BlackBerry handsets, in whatever range it is.

BlackBerry smartphones always outsmart others in the contemporary segment. In the current segment of phones under Rs 15,000, BlackBerry features the easiest. One of the best phones for professionals, BlackBerry gives constant access to pushmails.

The BlackBerry OS 7 platformed phone does not have many apps as iOS or Android would put on plate, but for sure the ones needed are so very available. Free BBM, 2MP camera with good video recording capacities, strong battery add to the list of features.

The screen is rather small at 2.44-inch. Overall, the phone might not seem that attractive when compared to others in the list, but then at a price as low as Rs 8,900, nothing much better can happen.

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