The market for mobile phones is filled with devices which deliver unbelievable features. In most cases the relationship between the utility of a phone and its features is linear. However, with so many at the offering, one might easily get confused about choosing the best phone in their comfortable price range. While it is impossible to compile a comprehensive list of the best phones in the market, here is a list of the 5 best phones within a price range of INR 15,000 to INR 20,000.
Samsung Galaxy S Advance
Samsung Galaxy S Advance is a mid-range Android smartphone. It gets the ‘mid-range’ tag because of its dual core ST-Ercisson NovaThor 1 GHz processor (premium phones have moved up to quad core). It is powered by Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, which is quite dated, but delivers a super-fluid performance on top of 768 MB RAM. It has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 480-by-800 pixels (WVGA quality). The display has a Super AMOLED screen provides vibrant colors and brightness, good enough to be used in direct sunlight but the screen sharpness is less than regular LCD displays due to PenTile arrangement for pixels. It has a 5 MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash and a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video calling. Galaxy S Advance comes in 8 GB and 16 GB variants, both expandable up to 32 GB via micro SD cards. Along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Galaxy S Advance supports 3G, with 14.4 Mbps downlink. Galaxy S Advance has almost no drawbacks, and makes for a great phone for a price of INR 18,999. It is even being updated to Android 4.1.1 JellyBean very soon.
Nokia Lumia 800
Windows Phone smartphones have been out of reach for many because of their heavy price tags, however, if you are willing to pay around INR 16,000, Nokia Lumia 800 will be a great buy. Lumia 800 sports a 3.7 inch Clear Black AMOLED display, with a resolution of 480-by-800 pixels. It comes preloaded with Windows Phone 7.5. The phone has a very fluid response, thanks to 1.4 GHz processor and 512 RAM. The Windows Phone 7.5 OS is made even more functional with inclusion of Nokia Maps, Drive and Music. As for the camera, it comes with an 8 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED Flash. It can record videos at 720p HD quality at a speed of 30 fps. It supports HSDPA with a link speed of 14.4 Mbps, along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Nokia Lumia 800, is undoubtedly one of the best mid-range smartphones, and is apt for users who are bored of the Android or iOS.
Sony Xperia Sola
Sony Xperia Sola comes with a 3.7 inch TFT display, which offers a resolution of 480-by-854 pixels at an impressive 265 ppi. Xperia Sola uses mobile BRAVIA tech, which renders superior image quality. It is powered by 1 GHz NovaThor processor, along with 512 MB of RAM. The hardware gives a suitable platform for Android 4.0.4 ICS, that comes preloaded with the phone. On top of ICS, Xperia Sola has the ‘Floating touch’ which lets you highlight items by hovering over the screen, without tapping. It has 8 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with micro SD cards up to 32 GB. It has a 5 MP camera at the rear, along with LED Flash. The camera has features like autofocus, face and smile detection, panorama etc. and can record videos at 720p at 30 fps. As for data connectivity, it supports 3G (HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps), Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth. And, it goes without saying that, Xperia Sola has an outstanding music playback. From all other Sony mobiles, Xperia Sola is the best value for money device as it was priced earlier at INR 17,000 but is now selling for INR 13,790 after the price drop this week. It is a powerful device, which is suitable for both work and play.
HTC Desire V
Desire V was HTC’s first experiment in Dual SIM smartphone market. The phone comes with a 4 inch capacitive LCD screen, with a resolution of 480-by-800 pixels. For a price tag of Rs 16,190, it gives an above-average pixel density of 233 ppi. It runs on 1 GHz Cortex A5 processor and has 512 MB RAM. It is powered by Android 4.0 ICS, with HTC’s Sense UI 4.0. It has an internal storage of 4GB, which can be expanded to 32 GB with micro SD cards. It sports a 5 MP camera, along with LED Flash. Video recording is decent at 480p. It can operate in 3G spectrum and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. HTC Desire V is really a desirable phone, and has a very sophisticated look for a mid-range smartphone.
LG Optimus L9 P765
Optimus L9 P765 comes with a 4.7 inch IPS display, with a qHD resolution of 960-by-540 pixels. It runs on 1 GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, and 1 GB of RAM. When you add that kind of hardware to Android 4.0 ICS and Optimus 3.0 UI, you get a very responsive Optimus L9. The rear side of Optimus L9 has a 5 MP camera, paired with LED Flash. The camera can record videos at full HD (1920-by-1080) at 30 fps. Optimus L9 has a 0.3 MP front facing camera too for video calling. As for connectivity, it supports 3G (21 Mbps HSDPA), Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth. A massive 2150 mAh battery powers the phone, which can easily pull you through a heavy day. The phone comes with 4 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32 GB via micro SD cards. Priced at around INR 18,500, Optimus L9 P765 has many features which would otherwise be found in premium phones.
The mobile phone market is wide open these days. Even for a tight budget, one can have great a phone with many interesting and useful features. The list above is just a starting point. Even if you can’t land an Apple iPhone under INR 20k, with a little digging, one can find phones which can meet their expectations in this price range.
Asif Iqbal Shaik works with MySmartPrice, which is the best price comparison website in India that helps users find the best price for Gadgets, Books, Electronics and more. He is a computer sciences graduate [B.Tech Computer Sciences] from JNTU, Hyderabad. He loves analyzing and blogging about Technology Trends, Gadgets, SEO, Social Media and Internet Industry.