Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Best Windows Phone under 10k

In a follow-up to our Best Android Phone Below 10k, which we published last week, we thought we'd take a dip at an other end of the pool - the best Windows Phone within the same budget. There are not many options to choose from, but the main criterion we used to select the phones to put together this article is the version of Windows Phone. All Windows Phones considered for this title run Windows Phone 8.1. And so, The Indian Geek, brings to you, the best Windows Phone under Rs. 10,000.

As usual, some pointers to keep in mind:

* Since the smartphone market is evolving, the smartphones listed here would only be valid as the 'best Windows Phone 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

Now, without further ado, our pick for the best Windows Phone below ₹ 10,000 in India, as of August 2014 awaits you past that 'Read more' link.

Micromax Canvas Win W121

Processor: Snapdragon 200, 1.2 Ghz processor (quad core)
Storage: 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM
Display : 5 inch, 720 x 1280 (720p HD)
Rear Camera: 8 MP photos (with flash)
Operating System: Windows Phone 8.1
Dimensions: 137 x 69 x 9.9 mm

Not being Micromax fans, it is with some misgivings that we award the best Windows Phone sticker on to the Micromax Canvas Win W121. With 10% more battery than the runner-up, the Canvas Win can last a bit longer than the competing offering from XOLO. And if you're comparing this to Nokia's own offerings, this will run circles around the Lumia phones within this budget - there's a better processor, more RAM and a better display resolution available here.

Though not a downside, we'd love to see more manufacturers move to onscreen buttons. If there's one thing we could change about the Canvas Win, it would be to reduce the size of the display to increase the sharpness of the display, aka pixel density.

Micromax Canvas Win website

Specficiations at GSMArena

Runner-Up: XOLO Win Q900s

Processor: Snapdragon 200, 1.2 Ghz processor (quad core)
Storage: 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM
Display : 4.7 inch, 720x1280 (720p HD)
Rear Camera: 8 MP photos (with flash)
Operating System: Windows Phone 8.1
Dimensions: 135.8 x 67.2 x 7.2 mm

With a sharper display, an arguably better-looking design, and quad-band support, the XOLO Win Q900s could have easily been number one in this list. It lost out simply due to the fact that it has a slightly lesser battery capacity (by about 10%) . Although Flipkart lists the device as coming without FM radio in certain places, GSMArena seems to think that it has FM radio. We've checked the official XOLO website, and there is no mention of an FM radio present anywhere. If the Win Q900s lacks an FM radio, which the pack leader has, that does make a difference. Note to manufacturers: In India, if you want to make a mark with a smartphone, please do not remove the provision for an FM radio. While it may not be quintessential to the techie or the geek, the average smartphone user definitely spends a considerable amount of time listening to FM radio stations. The XOLO Win Q900s definitely is nearly an equal to the aforementioned Micromax Win W121.

If there was one thing we could change in the XOLO Win Q900s, it would definitely be its battery; in today's age of smartphones, one can never have too much battery.

XOLO Win Q900s website

Specifications at GSMArena

Third Place: Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM

Processor: Snapdragon 400, 1.2 Ghz processor (quad core)
Storage: 8 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
Display : 4.5 inch, 480 x 854 (FWVGA)
Rear Camera: 5 MP photos, 720p HD video (no flash)
Operating System: Windows Phone 8.1
Dimensions: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Why is a Nokia-made Windows Phone, with a much better processor, sitting below devices from Micromax and XOLO? Two reasons - a stingy display and even stingier RAM. We can remember our last phones with 512 MB RAM and FWVGA displays from way back in 2012. The more-than-capable Snapdragon 400 should set the Windows Phone 8.1 Operating System on fire, considering that there are far less pixels for this phone to display. However, the 512 MB RAM is a definite hinderance, even for Windows Phone, which traditionally has required lesser RAM than Android smartphones. On the brighter side, though, this phone does have an excellent processor, good imaging capabilities (from its Nokia heritage) and the legendary Nokia build quality. We really can't bring ourselves to recommend this phone as an absolute must-buy, but if you simply must have a Windows Phone and you want a Nokia device, or if you just want a Nokia device under 10k, this is the one to buy. Oh, and did we mention that it comes in funky colours?

If there is one thing we would change about this phone - it's a tough pick between a better display and more RAM, but the RAM is the first thing we'd change. Really, Nokia (read: Microsoft), 512 MB?!

Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM website

Specifications at GSMArena


Charlie Thomas said...

Canvas Win Wins..... :)

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