Android is taking over the smartphone marketplace like a fire. From the time I last wrote about top 5 Android phones to buy under 10K in India, a lot has changed in this market. Yes, this is a rapidly advancing market with international players like Samsung controlling the market but Indian players like Micromax, Karbonn also contributing to the lower segments of the society with decent quality Android phones. So, why people love Android? Since its inception, Google has developed the smartphone operating system to a level that it is the closest technological friend to a person. With touch screen phones ruling the India market, Android being a Open Source OS, has been the most preferred choice for the manufacturers. Other reasons why it has been readily accepted are the features and customizations the OS offers to manufacturers/ end users. Every month dozens of new Android phones are launched, but here I have picked a few which I think are the best buy options at this price range at this time. Let’s start with my top 5 Android phones to buy under Rs.10000 in India in this season.
#5 Spice Coolpad Mi-515
Spice Mobility & Coolpad, one of the biggest budget smartphone manufacturers of China, teamed up to bring the Coolpad series of Android phones to India with Spice Coolpad Mi-515. The phone does a decent job at the price this is pitched. This phone has a Dual SIM capability and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Under the hood it boasts a 1.2 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6589 Processor & PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU with 1 GB RAM. Out of which only 650 MB is available for the usage, which is a little disappointment. The screen is 5 inches in size with qHD resolution of 540×960 pixels. Features a 5MP rear & 0.3 MP front camera, rear camera is capable of recording 720p videos. To support this hardware, the device runs on a 2000 mAh Li-Ion polymer battery. Overall, this is a decent device. Do not accept much out of it. I also doubt the service support offered by Spice Mobility. Spice Coolpad Mi-515 is priced at Rs.9999, which makes it as the last choice for a phone under Rs.10000. Buy Spice Coolpad Mi-515 here.
#4 Micromax Canvas Doodle A111
Micromax devices have improved a lot in past year or so. Specially the Canvas series of Android phones have done wonders for this brand. Undoubtedly, Micromax is the only Indian brand which has been accepted by the Indian consumers & is giving tough competition to international brands like Samsung & Sony. Second device in our series is a canvas, the Canvas Doodle A111. This device was developed keeping in mind the Samsung Note concept with a stylus support to scribble on the screen to write & draw. The device does a decent job as Micromax has put quite good hardware under that plasticky shell. It is also a dual SIM phone with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Runs on 1.2 GHz Quad Code processor & 512 MB RAM which is slightly on the lower side to run a graphic rich software. A massive 5.5 inch device is a good feature to work with a stylus, but the resolution is on a very lower side with only 480×854 pixels. The camera is 8MP auto focus on the back & a 2 MP on the front to support Skype calls. The USP of the device is that it comes with a stylus & supports note taking & drawing applications. So, if you are looking for a budget Note like phone, this can be a good option. But, don’t expect great performance by this device & the screen can be a big issue with this device. It is priced at Rs.9900 which is decent for the screen size & features it offers. Buy Micromax Canvas Doodle A111 here.
#3 Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562
This device is no doubt inferior on the spec sheet as compared to the others on this list, but still manages to be at this spot because of the fact that it is from Samsung. You can trust Samsung over the hardware they are using plus the support they may offer over the other Indian brands listed above. This device looks pretty good, follows the new design specs by Samsung which is based on the S3 design. This is a dual SIM device with a 4 inch 480×800 pixel screen. Under the hood, a 1 GHz Cortex-A5 & Adreno 200 GPU with 768 MB RAM. In general the performance of this device would be comparable to any one of the above listed phones. The primary camera is of 5MP auto-focus with LED flash & a 0.3 MP secondary camera. The phone runs Android 4.0 ICS with TouchWiz interface. Battery life is decent with 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery. Yes, all the specs are lower than other phones, but trust me the performance & the build quality is better than any of them. If you are afraid to try Indian brands and want a decent daily utility Android phone under 10K, this is your only option. Buy Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562 here.
#2 XOLO Q800
Xolo phones are known to host Intel processors running Android OS. It can be said that Lava has improved there flagship series Xolo pretty well in past few models they have launched. This device, I must say is pretty impressive on papers & hopefully does the job well in daily usage as well. Comes are a price around Rs.9999 & is well ahead of the other two devices I have featured above, making it the number 3 choice for me. Talking about the specs: a 1.2GHz Quad Code MediaTek processor & PowerVR SGX544 GPU to provide excellent graphics; 1GB RAM & 4GB internal memory which can be upgraded to up to 32GB via microSD card; comes with Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on board. The build quality is excellent, you won’t feel that it is clunky or squeaky in daily usage. Supports dual SIM & is powered by 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery. A optimal 4.5 inch qHD screen makes it a right screen size for the resolution. The primary camera is 8MP powered by BSI & CMOS sensor to make your images look lively. Also supports a front 1MP camera which is decent to make Skype calls on WiFi or 3G. Apart from that standard Android features are available, Xolo has not done much with the software part and the OS is pretty stock-ish. This is a powerful phone & can be a good option if you love graphic rich apps or games on your phone. At a price under 10K, this can be a good option, if you do not have trust issues with the brand. Buy Xolo Q800 here.
#1 Micromax Canvas 2 A110
This is Micromax’s most selling device in the recent times & is totally awesome with the looks, features & price it comes. Just under 10K, this device offers everything you need to have premium looking device which is capable of doing high end tasks & games for you. Well built, 5 inch LCD screen 854×480 pixel screen with good color reproduction. The touch is fluid & gives great response. The battery life is amazing with a 200 mAh Li-Ion tank. It is loaded with 1 GHz Dual Core MediaTek processor & 512 MB of RAM. The camera captures stunning images with a 8MP shutter & a dual LED flash. Design wise it is one of the better built device. Comes with 2GB internal memory which is upgradeable to 32GB via microSD card. Comes with Ice Cream Sandwich on board but Micromax has been generous enough to release the Jelly Bean OS for this phone. This phone is priced at Rs.9500 & is one of the best phones to buy under 10K in India currently. This device not only gives you a premium feel but also performs well in your daily tasks. Buy Micromax Canvas 2 A110 here.
These are my opinions & there may be some points I may have missed, would love if you point out those issues & can also suggest other phones that may fall into this category.