Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Best Android Phone below Rs. 10,000

Consumers are price conscious - whether in India, or abroad. We want the most bang for the buck. The interesting deciding factor in a country like India is the purchasing power. The average consumer in India does not wish to spend too much on a smartphone - yet, we would like to get the most powerful smartphone that we can for the money we have. Despair not, for we at The Indian Geek, bring to you, the best Android smartphone under Rs. 10,000.

Some pointers before we take you through our top picks:

* We have not considered brands such as Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, etc.

* Since the smartphone market is rapidly evolving, the smartphones listed here would only be valid as the 'best Android smartphone under ₹ 10,000' for a limited time

The Indian Geek does not deal with the sale of any of these products.

* Anyone reading this who has more to add or points to contest our picks, please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below

Go ahead. Click the 'Read more' link below to see our pick for the best Android smartphone below ₹ 10,000 in India, as of August 2014.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

 Processor: Snapdragon 400, 1.6 Ghz processor (quad core)
Storage: 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM
Display : 4.7 inch, 720 x 1280 (720p HD)
Rear Camera: 8 MP photos, Full HD (1080p) video (with flash)
Operating System: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Dimensions: 137 x 69 x 9.9 mm

The Redmi 1S is the best Android phone under Rs. 10,000. Period. Whether it's the Snapdragon 400 processor, or the 1 GB RAM, or the 720p display with Glass, the Redmi 1S ticks all the checkboxes for a decent midrange phone (Let's not forget that the Moto G with almost the same specifications sold like hotcakes just 6 months ago at launch!). It's fast, it's got decent build quality, and basically has everything one could only dream of, south of Rs. 10,000.

The only downside to the Redmi 1S is it's definite limited availability - right now, a Redmi 1S can only bought at 2 pm on 2nd September, at Flipkart. Considering how quickly its elder sibling, the Xiaomi Mi3 has been selling out (around 2.4 seconds to sell out of 20,000 phones!), we expect this cheaper, more cost-effective version to sell out even faster. Oh, and the Mi UI may be weird if you're already used to the concept of the App drawer in Android - but at this price, we doubt anyone would complain about the OS.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S website

Specficiations at GSMArena

Runner-Up: Asus Zenfone 4 (A450CG)

Processor: Intel Atom Z2530 1.2 Ghz processor (dual core)
Storage: 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM
Display : 4.5 inch, 480x854 (FWVGA)
Rear Camera: 8 MP photos, Full HD (1080p) video (with flash)
Operating System: Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
Dimensions: 136.8 x 67.9 x 11.3 mm

The Zenfone 4 (A450CG) makes the cut for the second-best smartphone one can buy under 10k in August 2014. This is a recent entrant, having been announced after the slightly older, slightly cheaper, and smaller-screened Zenfone 4. The very capable Intel processor (makes it the only phone in this list that can shoot 1080p video!) coupled with a well-rounded specs and a competitive price point makes this a worthy buy.

If there was one thing we could change in the Zenfone 4 (A450CG) line, it would be the display - FWVGA stretched out over 4.5 inches is not our idea of a smartphone to be sought after in 2014.

Asus Zenfone 4 (A450CG)

Specifications at GSMArena

Third Place: Motorola Moto E

Processor: Snapdragon 200, 1.2 Ghz processor (dual core)
Storage: 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM
Display : 4.3 inch, 960 x 540 (qHD)
Rear Camera: 5 MP photos, 854x480 video (no flash)
Operating System: Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
Dimensions: 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm

With a lesser processor, lesser display and a lesser camera than the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, the Moto E doesn't seem to have anything going for it. Add to that the lack of a rear LED flash, the lack of a front-facing camera, and we're left wondering why we're even talking about this phone. The primary reason why this phone makes the cut to the third place as the best Android smartphone under 10k in India right now is because of its Motorola heritage, and the fact that the OS is not custom-flavoured; it's near Google Experience. In our own experience with the Moto G and the Moto E, this does make a significant difference to the performance capacity and capabilities of the phone.

So for those of you who are unwilling to venture out into Xiaomi or Asus territory, the Moto E has got you covered. Even the not-so-high display resolution can be forgiven, but the one thing we certainly can't digest is the lack of a front-facing camera - that is the biggest downer for the Moto E.

Motorola Moto E website

Specifications at GSMArena


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