So a few days back I had a friend who wanted some advice for buying a phone, with a budget of 5,000 INR.
These were the criterions I threw at her for making sure she gets the money has to offer.
1. Operating System
These days, one of the most important things about a phone has become the OS(Operating System), even though there isn’t a lot you can demand in 5K budget range, there is a stiff competition.
Android is always the best, you have apps which you can always use to get almost the same services of a high end phone with Android. Not to mention What’sApp/Viber presence which means you can be part of the conversation, with everyone.
My pick for an Android phone in the 5K range would be :
1.S5302 Galaxy Y Duos Lite
Symbian OS : Symbian is the original Nokia operating system, and it’s homely, extremely easy to use. And has What’sApp/Viber.
My pick for Symbian OS :
1.Nokia Asha 302
Bada OS : Is the low end Samsung OS, which is pretty basic, and doesnt have many apps (vs Android/Symbian) .
No WhatsApp/Viber. This OS is almost dead, not to mention, shit.
iOS is for rich people. You can’t get it for 5K. Ever. Apple is blaah.
2nd thing for 5K budget phone would be to make sure you have a memory card slot. With music being an essential part of a mobile buyer,she/he would need this. Not to mention memory for the pics you take on your phone, for the apps and best, for using phone, almost as a pen drive/portable memory if you carry your USB cable along.
3rd and one of the most important things you need to keep in mind while buying a phone is MORE is ALWAYS better for Processor speed(600Mhz-1.2GHz) and with RAM. The more proc speed and RAM you have the better your phones performance will be. Strap on a great proc speed+high RAM with an Android and you are going to have a great device.
4th…make sure you know what you need in your phone. What your requirements are. If you need a torch in your phone, you’ll probably need a Nokia-Symbian phone, but if you get an Android with a flash(thus – torch) you can always get an app which will let you use the flash light of the camera as a torch light, that is a classic example of having a good OS/Android/iOS.
Also, these are my POVs. For me OS is most important, for people it might be something else.