All the brouhaha surrounding Reliance’s new JioPhone, has made for an eventful proposition in the erstwhile neglected entry-level segment of the market. By unveiling its first-ever feature phone, the Mukesh Ambani-led company has joined the likes of Nokia, Micromax and Samsung (among others), that offer really affordable devices to their users. (हिंदी में पढ़ें)
Let’s have a look at the best keypad phones that you can get today on a really small budget (under Rs. 3,500).
As we said, the recently launched JioPhone is currently one of the best basic mobile handsets you can get for yourself. With the device, you get a 2.4-inch QVGA display, SD card slot, headphone jack, camera, torch light and FM radio.
Other than that, you get features like NFC and mobile payment connectivity (set to be out later this year), content streaming facilities, as well as all of Jio’s entertainment apps. All of this for a sum of Rs. 1,500 (that too is refundable after three years), we think, is a steal.
By bringing back a modernized version of its 3310 handset, Nokia’s has attempted pander to old school Nokia enthusiasts (and gather new ones, of course), and added features including a 2.4-inch TFT display having a 240x320p resolution, dual GSM SIM slots, and a 2MP rear camera.
The phone also packs in a 1,200mAh battery and has Bluetooth, FM Radio, and microUSB 2.0 as connectivity options.
Samsung Guru Music 2
Originally launched last year, this one here is a dual-SIM phone, and, as the name suggests, comes with features a storage capacity of 3000 songs at a time. It has a 2-inch screen, TFT QVGA display, 800mAh battery, and microUSB connectivity.
Micromax X1i 2017
The Indian company isn’t far behind in the feature phone department, with its dual-SIM X1i handset offering features like a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 0.8MP rear camera and a 1,300mAh battery.
Also, its 30MB in-built storage space can be further extended till 8GB, while its other notable features include a flashlight, FM radio, as well as Bluetooth connectivity.
Another one of the rejuvenated Nokia’s wares, the 130 comes clad in a polycarbonate body with a ‘scratch resistant’ color coating on the top, and offers a 1.8-inch QVGA (240x320p) TFT display, a 1,020mAh battery, LED torchlight, and a 4MB RAM.
It also has an inbuilt storage space of 4MB that can be expanded to 32GB. Other than that, the 130 has micro USB 2.0 and Bluetooth connectivity, FM radio and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Best Keypad Phones You Can Buy
So, these are some of the best basic phones that you can buy in India as of today. Even though you can buy a functional 4G VoLTE smartphone for about 3500 INR today, the android experience at the entry level segment is hardly gratifying. Many people who actually use their phone a lot for calling will still be better off with a basic keypad phone in this budget and these are some of the best feature phone options to choose from.