Our job requires us to go through a variety of phones day in and day out, and over the years we have realized that we tend to use the ones that are good looking and easy to handle a lot more frequently than the uninspiring few that might even have a beast of a chipset roaring underneath. (हिंदी में पढ़ें)
How a smartphone looks and how easier it is to wield is a judgment criterion that has consistently escalated on our priority list. Of course, what can be termed as a great smartphone design is highly subjective.
And this is how our rule-book goes:
- Doesn’t really matter if its plastic
- 2.5D glass helps, though.
- Uniqueness scores candy points
- Slim profile makes handling a breeze
So, here are a few best-designed phones you can get for under Rs. 20,000.
Nokia 6 that recently launched for an unexpectedly cool price is perhaps the only full metal body phone that you can buy under 15,000 INR as of today. It’s carved from a single block of Aluminum 6000 that’s CNC machined and sandblasted, has pleasantly sharp edges, and feels extremely premium. The 2.5D glass on the front and
The 2.5D glass on the front and well-optimized stock Android Nougat are plus points.
Nubia Z11 Mini S
If metal is what you crave, the Nubia Z11 Mini S is perhaps the most premium looking full metal unibody handset that you can buy for under 20,000 INR.
On the front, there is the regular 2.5D glass and breathing red light on the home button. On the rear, the red camera ascent on the camera, the rounded edges, the U-shaped antenna bands and sandblasted metal – all add up perfectly. And since it’s compact, handling is no trouble at all.
Moto G5 Plus
The latest Moto G looks a lot better in person than in pictures. And we are talking about the plus variants here (the base Moto G5 looks rather cheap). What works in its favor is one-button navigation + fingerprint sensor on the front, easily manageable form factor, and the subtle textures Motorola has added to the aluminum back and adjoining metal-finish plastic. Simple stock Android experience and a decent camera are added bonus.
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The Vivo V5s is a slim plastic phone with 2.5D glass layered on the front. The neat metal-finish back has U-shaped antenna bands, which are brazenly lifted from current generation iPhones but do enhance its aesthetic appeal.
The phone is slim, has well-balanced weight and a good-enough 20MP selfie camera. Like all other Vivo phones, the V5s has a good quality screen protected affixed on the display out of the box. And Vivo bundles a decent quality TPU back cover too.
Asus Zenfone 3
The Zenfone 3 is one of the rare few phones that offers metal and glass construction for under 20,000 INR. Asus is using 2.5D Gorilla glass on both front and rear and the signature concentric circle pattern shines through them. In our opinion, the phone looks best in black.
It has also got one of the best cameras in this budget that can record stunning videos in good outdoor lighting.
Apple iPhone SE is another great design option and after the recent price cuts, it does make some sense to buy it if you need something ultra compact and something that is Android free.
It looks almost identical to the iPhone 5S save for the matte finished side edges, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Somehow it still feels refreshingly different to other Android phones available in this budget. It offers consistent performance and packs the same camera sensor as the iPhone 6S. We’d advise you to purchase the 32GB variant.
Samsung Galaxy A7/ A5 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) and Galaxy A5 (2016) are a bit dated as of today, but they are still decent good looking options for basic users. If you need a tier-1 branded phone with perks like Samsung Pay and good quality AMOLED display, and if prefer buying from the offline retail stores, you could consider the two Samsung A-series phones as well.
Last updated on 15/06/2017.