5 Smartphones in your budget just under the 7K mark
Smartphones have changed the way we work, play or party. Entry level smartphones joining the band wagon offer everything from productivity task to social networking to full movie playback making the investment worth it.With smartphones under the budget of Rs. 7000 offering a 5-inch display it couldn’t get better than this.
- Micromax Canvas Xpress 2
Andorid KitKat, 5-inch (1280x720px) HD IPS Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, 3G, Dual SIM, 1GB RAM, 8GB (internal), micro SD, 1.4 GHz MTK6592M octa-core processor, 2500mAh battery, 13 MP rear 2MP front camera
Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 has a golden metallic frame that is perforated at the bottom for speakers with a rubber finish curved back. The bright display screen is even visible under the sunlight and comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen. The device is way ahead of its competitors especially when it comes to 3D graphics and game handling plus comes with USB OTG.
The smartphone comes with pre-installed apps from Micromax but can be uninstalled anytime to free up storage space as it comes with only 8GB. The camera quality is decent as you can get good macro shots and a single charge can last an entire day.
- Redmi 2 Prime
Android KitKat, 4.7-inch (1280x720px) HD IPS display,4G, Dual SIM, 2GB RAM, 16GB (internal), micro SD, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, 2200mAh battery, 8MP rear 2MP front camera
A fully laminated touchscreen with solid build quality with a display that comes with vibrant colors and text that can be read even under sunlight in bright setting, Redmi 2 Prime is a smartphone that performs smoothly while browsing, editing images or handling apps. Full HD videos, audio, phone calls all are loud and clear and the camera offers clear macro shots with a wider front camera lens if you too are in to selfies. All in all a good buy as the device handles most productivity tasks, USB OTG and running for a full day with a single charge.
Android Lollipop, 5-inch (1280x720px)HD IPS display, 3G, Dual SIM, 2GB RAM, 16GB (internal), micro SD, 1.3 GHz MT6582 quad-core processor, 2200mAh battery, 8MP rear 5MP front camera (dual flash)
A dual tone finish sets this smartphone high up than its competitors even from the look of it as it comes with a textured back panel and a large bezel around the screen making it wider plus the controls on it are backlit. The touchscreen phone can handle 3D games and HD videos with neatness and the sound quality is also good. The Mach 5 comes with pre-installed apps that can be uninstalled to clear up space. The smartphone comes with a remote control app that works well with TV and cable set-top boxes plus battery life that runs for a whole day.
The Titanium Mach 3 works pretty well when it comes to mobile photography as the device front camera has an LED flash that results in good photos. Close-up shots are sharp and show details in well-lit environment.
- Swipe Elite
Android Lollipop, 5-inch (1280x720px) HD IPS display, 3G, Dual SIM, 2GB RAM, 16GB (internal), micro SD, 1.3GHz MT6582 quad-core processor, 2500mAh battery, 13MP rear 8MP front camera
An all-black encompassing device that is sleek and has an almost unibody appearance well-equipped to handle HD content and productivity tasks, Swipe Elite is a fast performer that comes with USB OTG and call recorder. A customized user-interface that can be used to personalize the Elite without any disturbances but the device lags when it comes to battery as it does need to be recharged more than once to complete a day. The images produced by both front and rear camera are not that great and lacks a punch here.
- Phicomm Energy 653
Android Lollipop, 5-inch (1280x720px) HD IPS display, 4G, Dual SIM, 1GB RAM, 8GB (internal), micro SD, 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor, 2300mAh battery, 8 MP rear 2MP front camera.
The solid build quality comes with a slippery feel due to its smooth back panel and slim profile. The laminated touchscreen device appears glossy with bright screen colors. It can work as both entertainment and work device as the HD videos play without any hiccup while the work documents can be edited efficiently. The USB OTG support lacks here with low support for 3D games or photo-editing. A weak voice pick up is also noted but otherwise the audio input with ear phones seems good. The cameras seem to lag here as the details are missed out on the images captured. But for a 4G device that works well on a single charge Energy 653 is a good option for smartphone users under budget.