Updated 18 May, 2013, 1:46 pm IST
G.O.T.Y. 2012: Mid-to-low Budget Mobiles
| by Shayne Rana
It’s been an exciting year for the budget mobile segment. There have been some very interesting models making the list of launches in 2012 with high-end features at low budget prices. While most might be from the local stands, even the bigger players have managed to dish out some very value-for-money models.
Excellent feature set with good performance
Still a worthy contender
The Karbonn A21 re-defines value-for-money in the sub-10K price bracket. This latest version manages to pack in a 4.5-inch touchscreen with good colour reproduction and very little banding, something that's quite rare in phones in this price range. The A21 is also built very well and has a very good finish, which means you won't be ashamed to flaunt it in public. The device is also powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm SoC that gives it strong multimedia capabilities. There is a minor issue with the UI, which is not the smoothest of the lot. You do, however, get Android ICS right out of the box along with dual-SIM and expandable storage, which makes the A21 incredible value for money.
There are still a few handsets that didn’t quite make it into the top 3 of GOTY listing this year, but certainly deserve a mention. These handsets have or had (in case they’ve been discontinued) much to offer in terms of features and functionality and we believe that they also made quite an impact on the industry this past year. Take a look at the honourable mentions:
Nokia Lumia 510
Nokia’s banking on the Lumia smartphone series to dredge them up out of the mire they’ve been in. So far, although the handsets themselves are high on the design and feature fronts, the Windows Phone 7 OS has been holding them back significantly from their true potential. That being said, the OS, even with its shortcomings, still manages to offer quite a lot in terms of a good user experience and Nokia’s host of handy apps. The reason we’ve included the Lumia 510 in our list is because it’s the cheapest Windows Phone 7 device that manages to give you the same user experience as you’d expect from the higher end models. Limitations aside, it’s remarkable that a low budget handset does just as well as its higher priced bigger brothers even if it has a lower resolution display and slower processor. Nokia Maps and GPS navigation on board adds a little more value to the handset's appeal and so does the fact that it's available in funky colours.
Easy on the pocket
Decent budget dual-SIM phone
Check out our other G.O.T.Y 2012 award lists here.
Tags: GOTY 2012 , Gadget of the year , tech2.com , Sony Xperia go , Micromax A100 , Karbonn A21 , Samsung galaxy pocket , Nokia lumia 510 , Lenovo S880 , , Google Android , Android ICS , Android Jelly Bean , Android 4.0.4 , Samsung , Karbonn , Micromax , Sony , Lenovo , Nokia
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