Nokia Asha 210(Approx. Rs 3,800)
The 210 brings the beautiful design language of the Lumia series to the budget Asha phone range. Nokia calls it the ‘QWERTY smartphone for social sharing’ because for starters it has a well designed QWERTY keyboard, is a very affordable smartphone, and because it has a built-in Whatsapp key that lets you chat with your friends at the touch of a button. And the phone comes with many built in social networking apps like Facebook and YouTube. The 2 megapixel back camera lets you take beautiful self portraits using inbuilt voice guidance. You can use the Nokia Xpress Browser along with the built in WiFI and can use a Slam feature to share content by just tapping your phone. The sleek phone is available in blue, white, yellow and pink colours.
Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330(Rs 7990)
Samsung seems to be hell-bent on taking its Galaxy branded smartphones to every segment of the society. The Galaxy Chat, as the name suggests is for those who like chatting using Qwerty keyboards. It runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, has a 3-inch TFT capacitative touchscreen, and runs on a 850MHz processor. With the 2 megapixel primary camera, 4GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card, and the usual smartphone essentials like bluetooth and WiFi, the Samsung Galaxy Chat, available in white, black and pink colours is in effect an affordable Galaxy smartphone on which a QWERTY keyboard has been slapped.
Motorola EX226(Rs 3699)
Motorola may be down. Very down in fact, but is not yet out. The Motorola EX226 is prime example. In the time of huge touch screens, Motorola has decided to put a tiny weeny 2.4 inch touchscreen on top of a QWERTY keyboard. The phone boasts of Motorola’s legendary design, has a 3.15 megapixel primary camera, has two GSM SIMs, is both GPRS and EDGE enabled and the in-built 50MB memory can be expanded up to 32GB using a micro SD card. It comes with in-built apps like Facebook and since the phone is Java enabled, you can install Java based applications of your choice. And at `3699, it is a very affordable QWERTY phone.
Micromax Q75(Rs 2699)
The Q75 is the QWERTY phone from the Indian maker of quality phones, Micromax. This dual SIM phone capable of carrying two GSM SIMs has a 2.4-inch TFT display, a 3.2 megapixel primary camera, and an expandable storage capacity of 8GB using a microSD card. Evoking classic BlackBerry phones, the Q75 has a trackball to let you navigate through the pre-installed apps like Zenga mail, that supports multiple mail accounts, Snaptu that lets you connect through Facebook and Twitter and the messaging app Nimbuzz. The Java enabled phone has support for GPRS, EDGE and has built in WiFi using which you can browse on the built in Opera Mini browser.