Continuing our trend of presenting the top smartphone picks in different categories, today we bring you the best smartphones from entry level category. Do not let the term ‘Entry Level’ misguide you. Smartphones in this category give the highest bang for your buck and they’ve certainly proved their mettle in our country with soaring sales. In case you’ve missed, we’ve already shared our top picks in mid range and high end category. Without further ado, here are our top selections.
Motorola Moto G (2nd Generation)
The Moto G (2nd Generation) refined the wildly successful Moto G by providing it a bigger screen, better speakers and the same ergonomic feel which is a Motorola trademark. It comes with a robust build quality, dual SIM functionality, a 5 inch 720p LCD display laced with Gorilla Glass 3, Quad-Core CPU based on Snapdragon 400, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Internal Memory with expansion slot, 8 MP Primary Camera and a 2 MP secondary camera. The best part about the device is that it offers a near stock Android experience which is bound to receive the latest updates from Google in a timely fashion. Dual front facing speakers can get pretty loud and add a lot to the overall experience.It currently retails for Rs.13,000 & is easily among the most capable Android smartphones you can buy in this price range.
Microsoft Lumia 730
Microsoft Lumia 730 comes of as a strong contender in the entry level smartphones segment with a very capable camera and a fluid user interface. It comes with Windows Phone 8.1 which is a massive improvement over the previous iteration and comes to head to head with Android and iOS in terms of core functionalities. Lumia 730 comes with a 4.7 inch 720p OLED display with Gorilla Glass 3, Quad-Core CPU based on Snapdragon 400, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Internal Memory with expansion slot, 6.7 MP Primary Camera with Carl Zeiss Optics and a 5 MP wide angle front camera optimised for selfies. It retails for Rs. 14,800 and is a great choice for Windows Phone fans on a budget.
Huawei Honor Holly
Huawei Honor Holly makes it to this list because of its very high feature to price ratio. In layman terms, it can give you the best value for your money. Currently retailing at Rs. 7000, the Huawei Honor Holly competes directly with Moto E and Xiaomi RedMi 1S. It comes with dual SIM functionality, a 5 inch 720p LCD display, Quad-Core CPU based on MediaTek chipset, Mali 400MP2 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB Internal Memory with expansion slot, 8 MP Primary Camera and a 2 MP secondary camera. It comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Emotion UI 2.3 on top of it. If you’re looking for a great android device below Rs. 10,000 that is easy to buy (Yes, We’re looking at you Xiaomi) go for Huawei Honor Holly.
After acquiring exclusive rights over the Cyanogemod OS in the country, Micromax launched Yureka smartphone which comes with Cyanogenmod 11 out of the box. Micromax Yureka offers a great smartphone experience for the price and is sold exclusively on Amazon India on a registration system. It comes with 4G support, dual SIM functionality, a 5.5 inch 720p LCD display laced with Gorilla Glass 3, 64 bit Quad-Core CPU based on Snapdragon 615 SoC, Adreno 405 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB Internal Memory with expansion slot, 13 MP Sony IMX315 (f/2.2) Primary Camera and a 5 MP front camera. It currently retails for Rs. 8,999 and is a steal considering the price. Cyanogenmod offers one of a kind experience and tech savvy consumers looking for a rich customizable smartphone experience should definitely check this device out.
Xiaomi RedMi Note
Xiaomi RedMi Note is featured on this list and it comes as no surprise. Every single device launched by the company in India has received rave reviews and a massive supply-demand gap. RedMi Note offers great build quality along with good specifications at a low price tag. Currently retailing for Rs. 9999, It comes with 4G support, dual SIM functionality, a 5.5 inch 720p LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, Quad-Core CPU based on Snapdragon 400 SoC, Adreno 305 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB Internal Memory with expansion slot, 13 MP Primary Camera and a 5 MP secondary camera. It also comes with an ample 3200 mAh battery which will last a day (or two) based on your usage. It is certainly not easy to buy this device, owing to the flash sale system, but it is worth the effort.