Q2, the second quarter of financial year (April to June) is here and with it has come a plethora of gadgets & devices, & obviously mobiles too. From Sony to Nokia, every tech giant has launched smart phones, including in the budget range too. For all those out there considering buying a cell phone and getting bombarded with all the choices, here’s a small guide for you to help you choose the best phone.

1. Sony Xperia E1 Dual:

Sony Xperia E1 Dual

Price

RS 9,500 or $233.11

Size

4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)

Memory

512MB RAM, 4GB internal

Camera

3.15 MP, no secondary

OS

Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)

CPU

Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7

GPU

Adreno 302

E1 dual is the successor to the E dual series. It is a dual SIM device. One of the most appealing factors of E1 is its design; it’s an eye candy. Plus it has a Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery capable of delivering over 8 hours of talk time on 2G networks.

2. HTC Desire 310:

HTC Desire 310

Price

RS 10,000 or $244.42 approx

Size

4.5 inches (~218 ppi pixel density)

Memory

1GB RAM, 4GB internal

Camera

5 MP, VGA secondary

OS

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

CPU

Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7

GPU

Mali-400MP2

A dual SIM phone, Desire 310 seems like the competitor of Moto G. Decent specs bundled in an affordable price, it boasts Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery capable of 11 hours talk time on 2G.

3. Micromax Canvas Power A96

Micromax Canvas Power A96

Price

RS 9,900 or $220

Size

5.0 inches

Memory

512MB RAM, 4GB internal

Camera

5 MP with flash, VGA secondary

OS

Android OS

CPU

Quad-core 1.3 GHz

Micromax obviously comes with a dual SIM but the striking feature of this phone is its 4000mAh battery capable of over 13 hours of talk time.

4. Nokia X series (X, X+ & XL):

Nokia X series

Price

RS 8,500 starting or $147+

Size

4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)

Memory

512MB RAM, 4GB internal

Camera

3.15 MP, no secondary

OS

Forked Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

CPU

Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5

GPU

Adreno 203

This one is my favourite of the lot. Nokia has made a loud come back with the X series. From Here Maps to Skype to Plants Vs Zombies 2, Nokia X has everything that one could dream of. No need to mention the battery, it’s going to be best in class obviously. Oh and all the X series are dual SIM.

5. Panasonic P31:

Panasonic P31

Price

RS 11,990 or $266.44

Size

5.0 inches

Memory

1GB RAM, 4GB internal

Camera

8 MP with flash, 0.3 MP secondary

OS

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

CPU

1.3GHz quad-core processor

Battery

2000mAh

Right now, P31 is looking the best among all the smart phones with its eye-popping specs coupled with an entry price tag. If the after sale service turn out good, we might even have another mobile giant coming up. Best of all, it is Dual SIM.

6. Micromax A119 Canvas XL:

Micromax A119 Canvas XL

Price

RS 13,990 or $310.89

Size

6.0 inches (~184 ppi pixel density)

Memory

1GB RAM, 4GB internal

Camera

8 MP with flash, 5 MP secondary

OS

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

CPU

1.3GHz quad-core processor

Battery

2450mAh

With a monstrous screen, and 9 hours talk time, this phone might do well with almost everyone. Even the camera is great, thereby giving an overall high score to this mobile. It has dual SIM.

7. Xolo Q700s:

Xolo Q700s

Price

RS ~8,800 or $222.2

Size

4.5 inches (~218 ppi pixel density)

Memory

1GB RAM, 4GB internal

Camera

8 MP with flash, VGA  secondary

OS

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

CPU

1.3GHz quad-core processor

GPU

Mali-400MP2

Battery

1800mAh

The camera quality is good and so is the battery backup, but one area this phone lacks greatly is in the after sales service which is considerably poor. So unless you are sure you won’t need any services after buying, you better opt for another smartphone. It is dual phone.

8. Nokia Lumia 525:

Nokia Lumia 525

Price

RS 9,500 or $231.09

Size

4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)

Memory

1GB RAM, 8GB internal

Camera

5 MP, no  secondary

OS

Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Black

CPU

Dual-core 1 GHz

GPU

Adreno 305

Battery

Li-Ion 1430 mAh

Even though the battery might seem low power, but it still delivers a whopping 17 hours of talk time on 2G networks and nearly 11 hours on 3G network. For all hard core gamers, this is one of the best handset out there capable of running even Asphalt 8 with no lag. Plus there is a really cool music software and free Sky Drive service too.

There, a total of 8 cool budget phones have been released, and it isn’t even the fourth month of the year yet. Obviously 2014 is going to turn out as the year of the cheapest smart phones. So for now, make your pick quickly and then enjoy this year before selling your phone and getting the next latest phone.

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