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Published On: Sat, Feb 23rd, 2013

Five best smartphones below Rs. 10,000 – Which one will you buy?

Smartphones are expensive and there aren’t a lot of options other than those Android phones. There are still few phones which cost less than Rs. 10,000. Intrinsically speaking, if the phones are too cheap, then they aren’t too good in terms of quality. Hence, people often pay more money just to get good quality. However, the smartphones made for Indian brands are cost much less than the foreign phones and they also give you better value for money.

In this list, we haven’t included phones from Samsung, Sony, and LG. Indian phones, were ones poor in quality but now they are as good as the foreign ones. Some Indian phones often make the foregin products look outdated. Hence, we  are including more Indian phones in this list.

1.Micromax Canvas 2 A110 – (Price Rs. 9,990)

This is the most popular phone from Micromax; it was launched 3 months ago and has sold above 3 lakh units to date. It is a very high end phone offered for lesser money and hence a lot of people are pouncing on it. This handset comes with five inches screen with resolution of 854×480 pixels. There is IPS or In Plane Switching technology used which has better quality than standard LCD screens and it also gives better viewing angles. The contrast ratio too is much better.

Micromax Canvas 2 A110 has dual core 1GHz processor inside which keeps the phone really fast and there is also 512MB RAM. On the back, there is eight megapixels camera and it has dual  flash. There is also front facing camera for making video calls. Other features of this device are Android 4.0.4, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, dual SIM connectivity, 3G, 2,000mAh battery, 32GB expandable memory, proximity/gravity sensors.

The demand for this phone is very strong and some retailers are selling it for Rs. 12,000. Micromax Canvas HD A116 will be launched soon and some buyers are waiting for it instead of buying the A110. The A116 will be even better with an HD display and quad core processor inside. It will be more expensive as well.

Micromax Canvas 2 A110

2. Nokia Lumia 510 (Price Rs. 9,500)

A lot of people believe that Nokia is a sinking ship and with Windows Phone OS, they have simply delayed the sinking process. If you still want Nokia phone, then there is the Nokia Lumia 510 which is both fast and reliable. This phone will get updated Windows Phone 7.8 OS. The price of this handset is Rs. 9,500 and for this cost, the phone is awesome.

Nokia Lumia 510 comes with 800 MHz processor inside and it has Windows Phone 7.5 OS out of the box. It is one of most affordable smartphones having Windows Phone OS inside. This phone comes with four inches touchscreen display having native resolution of 480×800 pixels. the processor is a bit slow at 800MHz and there is just 256MB RAM inside.

Rear side of this phone has five megapixels camera with LED flash and f2.4 aperture. We expect it to give modest photo quality. There isn’t any front facing camera here. Unfortunately, this phone doesn’t have any microSD card slot and you just get 4GB internal storage.

Microsoft offers SkyDrive feature of cloud storage but Indian’s won’t use it extensively. Other features in this phone include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio, microUSB port, ambient light sensor, 3.5mm headphones jack, and accelerometer. This phone requires microSIM card inside which is  a bit surprising. There is 1,300 mAh battery pack inside which has rated talk time of 8.4 hours in 2G.

Nokia Lumia 510

3. BlackBerry Curve 9220 (Price Rs 9,990)

BlackBerry Curve 9220 phone is made for budget conscious smartphone buyers. It has all BlackBerry goodies inside like BBM, secure e-mail, etc. However, there isn’t any 3G connectivity here. This phone has BlackBerry OS 7 inside and the price of this handset is Rs. 9,990. This is the least expensive BlackBerry Curve phone in market and also the latest one to have the new OS.

Just like most BB phones, this one too has full QWERTY keyboard inside and it lets you type easily. There is 2.4 inches QVGA screen and this phone also has two megapixels camera at the back. Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity, FM radio, and memory can be expanded to 32GB using microSD card.

BlackBerry Curve 9220

4. Lava Iris 501 (Price Rs. 9,000)

Lava Iris 501 is made for people who want to buy the Micromax Canvas 2 but think that price is too high. Lava Iris 501 has same features, build quality, and performance. The specifications too are similar. This phone costs one grand less than the Canvas 2 and it has good quality screen with good viewing angles.  The processor is fast and the camera quality is as good as its MP rating. There is also a bigger 2,300mAh battery inside.

Lava Iris 501 has five inches WVGA screen having a resolution of 800×480 pixels. Other features include dual core 1 GHz processor, five megapixel rear facing camera, and VGA front facing camera. This phone runs on Android 4.0 or ICS OS and Lava is giving four gigabytes of microSD card free with this handset. Other features on this phone include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, etc.

Lava Iris 501

5. Xolo X500 (Price Rs 9,000)

Xolo X900 was the first ever smartphone to have Intel processor inside. This handset had smooth performance and sturdy build quality. Xolo X500 is the successor to that phone and it is dual SIM phone having Android OS inside. The manufacturer is offering JellyBean update.

Xolo X500 is a promising phone having good specifications. There is Intel Atom 1.2 GHz processor inside with 512MB RAM. This phone has three and half inches IPS display and it plays HD 720p videos.

This phone comes with five megapixels rear facing camera but there is no front facing camera. Connection options include Wi-Fi, 3G, EDGE, and GPRS. It also has Bluetooth and USB connectivity. This device has 1,500mAh battery inside which is expected to give good back up.

Xolo X500

Lava Xolo X500 comes with four gigabytes of internal storage and there is microSD card which can take maximum 32GB cards. The price of this phone is Rs. 9,000. However, if you want similar specs with lower price tag, then check out the A500 which is almost same except for Qualcomm processor inside.

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