You must have went through suggestions of many of your friends and relatives while choosing your new or first smartphone. But hang on a second, did you read this article ?
Accept that it’s not an easy task to make a choice in the today’s market, where considerable number of options are available to choose from. In this article I am going to discuss about the Android phones under the budget of 15000 which are really bang for your bucks. I have not taken help of any other reviews like many other websites do. Rather, I personally compared and short-listed these Android smartphones based on their features, durability, user reviews and configuration quality.
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I thought of starting with the oversold SAMSUNG Galaxy Y but its pathetic touch screen and low screen resolution prevented me from including it here. Other phone that I did not mention is the Karbonn A15, reason being unavailability. However we would love to add it here if someone from the readers could find a reliable site to purchase it. Till then lets concentrate on what we have here.
So let’s find out the best Android phone under 15000 starting with the one with least price.
1. XOLO A700 by LAVA – INR 7219
This is a hot smartphone in entry level Android phone category. With its features like DUAL SIM it is giving a fine competition to its competitor in the same range like Karbonn A21. Unfortunately due to A21’s durability to deliver ,we have not shortlisted it here.
Now let’s talk about this phone,
|1||Internal||4 GB (2 GB User Memory) which is something common this range|
|2||Expandable Memory||microSD upto 32 GB|
|3||Memory||512 MB RAM|
Processor: Injected with a powerful processor of 1 mhz which seriously gives a stiff competition in performance to other phones this in this range.
Camera: 5 MP camera with AUTO-FOCUS and LED flash ,with decent macro capabilities should be good enough to take snaps of documents. But cannot be substitute to a point and shoot camera. And, its biggest drawback is its low-light photos.In the front, we have 0.3MP camera for video-conferencing/calling .
Sound: Don’t expect BEATS audio sound,but default engine provides just fine loud sound without earphones on.
Battery: It comes with a 1700 mAh battery which can give standby of day,but long duration gaming and video viewing depletes it battery significantly .Overall its mileage is pretty much same as any other Android phones in the market.
Screen: 4.5inch touch screen with its just fine resolution of 920×540 which is usable. And its viewing angles are just above average like its color saturation. No Gorilla Glass,you have to be a little careful while using it .
Software/OS: Comes with Android’s 2nd latest v4 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System with pretty clean ROM with only default stock of softwares in it.
Performance:According to AnTuTu Benchmark, it’s hardware(CPU and RAM) performances comparatively better than any above priced phones .
Connectivity : It has a DUAL-SIM handset with only ONE 3G sim usage at a time,while other SIM can be connected to 3G.
Its traditionally equipped with GPS, bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi b/g/n radios which allows local internet connectivity.
PROS : High Performance, No Bloatware, competent look with front black glass.
CONS : Poor performance of Camera in Low-light, Average battery life
Now comes this magnificent looking phone with its marvelous sound .
2.Xperia TIPO(Dual Sim) – INR 8000
Processor: 800 Mhz QualComm Scorpion ,it ‘s not enough but not even dreadfully slow .
Camera: 3.2 MP, no front camera, no flash
Its one of the biggest drawback is it camera which delivers a handful of blurry images even during the daytime, Night Mode is just pathetic to bear with. And, if you taking it to a function or wedding to capture some memorable moments, then forget it.
Battery: Equipped with 1500 mAh battery, justifies its capacity quite well with a backup of 24 hours.
Screen: Sony did really let us down with its not so good touch in 3.2 inch TFT screen with comparatively low resolution of 320×480 Pixels. Although its touch can be calibrated using some 3rd party software, but still not the feel of originality can be felt anywhere with that. I was wondering if they could have provided IPS screen like XOLO A700, then we could have kept our mouths shut on this.
Software/OS: It also comes with Android V4 ICS(Ice Cream Sandwich), not the latest as its superseded by Jelly Bean now, but its upgradable as at the point to its release, only ICS was out.
Connectivity : It also have a DUAL-SIM variant with 3G, WiFi, GPS, just like the former discussed phone.
Sound:It’s strong point is the sound as it has SONY BRAVIA SOUND engine which gives as a majestic sound experience even without earphones. Sony is specially known for its MUSIC phones earlier with Walkman series which had proprietary Operating System.
PROS:Sound, Front Look, Battery
Cons:Touch, Poor Camera
3. Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro – INR 7999
Whenever you hear the name of “Huawei” , the first image comes into your mind is of USB DONGLES and WiFi routers right ? and would be thinking how can that company make a good quality smartphone. But you’re completely wrong about it, infact Huawei Telecom International is one of the leading PHONE makers in the world. Its Research & Development department is situated in Bangalore, India itself.
Processor : 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion
I tried different 3rd party apps and it worked flawlessly well. Multitasking seems to be its strong point which Xperia Tipo had difficulties in .
Software/OS: Installed with Android Froyo (2.2v) ,but upgrading to 4.1 is not a problem and it performs quite.
Camera: Although it cannot replace a Point and shoot camera, but still comparatively good snaps can be clicked with it.
It seems like this smaller battery as compared to others might underperform,but you are absolutely wrong as it gives a backup of a over a day.Thanks to its refined processor.
Screen: Bright colors with good resolution strikes a match of Good display.
Connectivity: Its also accessorized with WiFi , Bluetooth v2.1, 3G(HSDPA) , microUSB v2.0 .
PROS: Multi-Tasking, Down to Earth Looks, Handy, Battery.
Cons: I couldn’t find any,can you ? then do mention below in comments.
Now comes a phone which is well equipped and a an eye-catching phone. Its the
4. Sony Xperia U – INR 10,500
Its extraordinary looks is the one of the arch reason for including it in the list
Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex-A9 Processor , which makes is comfortable to upgrade to Android ICS or Jelly Bean .
Software/OS: Comes with Android Ginger Bread(v2.3) which can be seen as a drawback for technological backward who face problem in updating it .
Screen: the 3.5″ LCD panel with WVGA resolution provides bright enough display even in Sunlight.
Camera: 5 MP with AUTO-FOCUS and LED ,Front camera of 0.3 MP.
The camera delivers comparatively better as compared to different phones in the same segment. However, in low-light you may be a little disappointed(without flash). Its AUTO-FOCUS is quite quick and provides a good experience taking snaps.
Battery: Equipped with a battery of 1350 mAh,but runs for a day with some juice left in it.
Sound: with Sony 3D surround sound audio technology,you experience the best sound in a mobile.
Connectivity: 4G(HSDPA 14.4 Mbps), 3G(HSUPA 5.76 Mbps)
The X-factor : White STRIP at the bottom which changes its colour according to the theme/colour on the screen makes this phone completely unique till date to any other phones in the market .
PROS : White Colour Flexible strap , Battery backup , Camera ,handy(lite weight)
Cons : Still running on Old Android OS Ginger Bread (v2.3.7)
Next in the list is.
5. Micromax A110 Canvas 2 (Dual Sim) INR – 10,890
Micromax is known for breaking norms in terms of price/configuration in their phone. This phone is heavily inspired by the SAMSUNG’s Galaxy phone family. Let’s have a look at the specifications.
Processor: 1 GHz, Dual Core with 512 MB ram. I know you may complain of low ram, but all phones is this budget provide the same. Software/OS : Android v4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to Jelly Bean.
Screen: 5-Inches IPS screen with FWVGA, 854 x 480 Pixels resolution . The screen size is the biggest in the price range .
Camera: 8 MP with Dual-Flash with 0.3 MP Front Camera . Don’t expect awesome quality,however you can expect 5mp images from it. Pictures taken in Daylight are decent but still contains a little bit of noise .
DUAL-FLASH provides a upper edge in close-up photos.
Battery: 2000 mAh
Decent amount of battery capacity,runs efficiently for a day.Can give backup of a day and a half if WIFI/GPRS is switched off.
Sound: With its Default engine, they provide sound somewhere near Sony Xperia U.
Connectivity: 3G, WiFi, A-GPS, Bluetooth, USB.
PROS: Low Price , Looks , Battery backup
Cons: Camera picture quality, build quality not that good.
And here comes the last phone in my list,
It’s from the Oldest Smartphone makers HTC (High Tech Computer Corporation).
6. HTC One V – INR 11,000
Processor: single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor .
The phone stutters while swiping over different home screens while simultaneously running 4 others apps which shows it’s a bit low in processing power. Not a con though, but you may notice.
Software/OS: Android v4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which is easily upgradable to Jelly Bean from an official update by HTC itself.
Screen: 3.7-inch touchscreen , produces accurate colors with least saturation even in Sunlight .
Some of its users says that its Screen is too Glossy and cannot bear scratches .
Memory: 4GB internal (0.9GB user available) , expandable upto 32GB
Camera: 5MP with LED flash produces decent pictures in moderate daylight. However in low-light it really suffers to deliver. Overall still better than Micromax.
Battery : Its 1500 mAh battery is capable of giving strong backup of a day and a half. The handset played an HD video file continuously for 6 hours and 4 minutes which is appreciable for a phone in this range.
Sound : Beats Audio, therefore he sound quality is quite impressive and casual non power users will be very pleased with the phone.
Connectivity : MicroUSB v2 , WiFi , Bluetooth v.4 , A-GPS with Google Maps
PROS : Build Quality , Sound , Battery backup
CONS : Less Internal Memory , less RAM .
So these were the best smartphones under 15000, hope you liked them. If you know any that we may have missed, then let us know.