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Smartphones at Rs 5,000: Android and the decreasing price of ‘good enough’


The most costly and much affordable smartphones in India is a little bit of crazy. At the very top the line, you find the iPhones and Galaxy Notes selling for more than Rs 50,000 and some even touching Rs 60,000. And at the bottom of the pyramid, you will get an Android phone for under Rs 3,000.

The expensive ones won’t be worth their price. The most affordable ones are purely functional without letting you actually take advantage of Android—you’d be the best off with a dumb phone by Nokia in those scope.

So where does a “good enough” Android experience start as well as what do you need for this? Couple of months, that price keeps decreasing as manufacturers are able to fit better hardware at lower prices. Till just one year ago, Rs. 10,000 was the lowest I would go to in recommending a smartphone. But that’s modified now with the latest crop of devices similar to the Xolo A600.

It’s not that these are generally fantastic phones. But unlike handsets previously to be available this range, they don’t suffer from poor hardware. If you aren’t going to buy the top-of-the-line phone, there are always going to be some compromises. But in this new lot, those compromises have been reduced.

A very current survey by Nielsen showed that the Indian buyer has three things on his or her mind when purchasing a smartphone: brand, battery and screen. And so far, purchasing a phone for under Rs 10,000 meant either compromising on screen quality or battery life. However, phones such as the Xolo A600 and Micromax Canvas A77 is now meet those criteria at Rs 7,500. Yup, a brand like Micromax no longer is seen as inferior.

Get the Xolo A600. The screen is bright, vibrant, legible under direct sunlight, and also has good viewing angles, that’s an oft-demanded feature by people who commute a lot and can’t always hold their phone in a certain way. And its battery life clocks in at over 18 hours of average use and 6 hours of continuous video playback. That’s adequate for most users.

Even apart from that, the phone is perfectly functional.


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