Pocket science

Published: 27th October 2012 12:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2012 12:27 PM   |  A+A-


Karbonn A7+ (Rs 6,990) Some of the best, cheapest Android phones are coming from the likes of Karbonn, whose A7+ is a prime example. You get Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS running on a phone with a 1GHz processor, that supports a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen. There is a 5-megapixel primary camera with dual LED flash for those low light photos, 512 MB of RAM, support for two GSM SIM cards, and expandable storage up to 32GB through microSD card. You get all the Android goodness in a package that comes in black and white.


Samsung Champ Neo Duos C3262 (Rs 3,190) If you want a well packaged, cheap, dual-SIM, touch screen phone that gives you the near smartphone experience, don’t look any further than the Samsung Champ Neo Duos C3262. That is if you don’t mind the tiny 2.4 inch TFT touchscreen. For your price you get a 0.3 megapixel primary camera, support for two GSM SIM cards, an internal memory of 20MB and an external memory slot that supports microSD cards up to 32GB, all packed in a tight little body that is available both in white and black. To make good use of that touchscreen, you get a pre-installed pack of social networking apps like chatOn messenger, Facebook, Twitter etcetera.


Lava C81

(Rs 2,999) The first thing you notice about the Lava C81 is how beautiful it looks and how cheap it is. For hard earned `3,000, you get a 3.5-inch touchscreen that supports two GSM SIM cards. There is a 1.3 megapixel primary camera and an expandable memory slot that supports microSD cards up to 8GB. Because it is GPRS-enabled, it has e-mail capability, and comes with pre-installed apps like Lava Buddy, Yahoo, and MSN. There is also Wireless FM Radio capability with recording. All of this comes in a small, compact white or iron gray package that is sure to attract some eyeballs.


Nokia Asha 308 Dual SIM (Rs 5,576) Nokia knows that Indians love their Dual SIM phones. That is why it came up with a Dual SIM phone in its Asha range. The 308 tries to bring Series 40 OS up to smartphone standards. Behind the 3-inch capacitive touchscreen you will find an 800MHz processor and 20MB of internal memory along with a slot for microSD cards that supports up to 32GB. With the Easy Swap dual SIM slot, you need not switch off your phone if and when you want to switch your SIM cards. Add the Nokia Xpress Browser, excellent maps, EDGE connectivity to the 2-megapixel rear camera and you have an affordable almost-smart phone.


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