Which are the best Android smartphones available for less than Rs 7000?
These devices offer value for money and come with the latest specifications. We take you through the various offerings in the market.
Android One is a Google initiative to make smartphones accessible to all. Its India partners—Spice, Karbonn, Micromax—are offering phones with the same specifications: quad core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB storage, 1,700 mAh battery and Android 4.4.
MICROMAX CANVAS A1
The Canvas A1 is trendy and has a raised circular back camera. It runs smoothly, which makes the day-today experience enjoyable. When it comes to gaming, apart from a few titles, such as Shadowgun and Dead Trigger, which require a larger RAM, most games, including Temple Run and Angry Birds, work fine. The audio output is loud and clear. The display is bright, with good viewing angles, but closer inspection reveals a low resolution. The primary camera clicks good photos in daylight as well as indoors. The only issue is the phone’s battery life, which struggles to last a full day.
SPICE DREAM UNO
MRP: Rs 6,299
Spice Dream Uno is the cheapest offer- Rs. 6,399 ing in this category. Its design is simple, but the phone is sturdy. The display is average, but is lag-free when it comes to multitasking, media playback or basic gaming. For RAM-intensive games, it fares better than the Canvas A1 when there are no apps running in the background. The camera is average because the photographs look good on screen, but the noise is visible on zooming in. With mixed usage and constant data connectivity, the battery lasts a day. The biggest advantage of this device is the free 10 GB of cloud storage that the company is offering.
KARBONN SPARKLE V
MRP: Rs 6,399
XIAOMI REDMI 1S
MRP: Rs 5,999
The features offered by Redmi 1S are unheard of at this price point. It has a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, and is powered by a 1.6 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor. It features an 8 MP rear camera capable of recording full HD video and a 2,000 mAh battery. The interface is loaded with useful features and settings. The phone has no issues running hardware-intensive games, but tends to heat up. The only damper is the lack of a backlight for the home, back and menu keys.
HUAWEI HONOR HOLLY
MRP: Rs 6,999
The phone has a 5 inch HD display and 16 GB internal storage. The screen is bright with good viewing angles, but is bulky at 156 g. Its quad core processor and 1 GB RAM manage to deliver a smooth performance, but the phone tends to lag when multiple apps are running. The 8 MP rear camera takes good images, but suffers from noise indoors and in low light conditions.
MRP: Rs 6,999
The Moto E is a trendsetter. Its 4.3 inch display (960 x 540 pixels) has good viewing angles and features Gorilla Glass 3. The phone’s stock Android interface offers good performance and switches between apps without a hitch. It is powered by 1.2 GHz quad core processor and 1 GB RAM. The 5 MP fixed focus camera without an LED flash is a letdown.