Top 5 Budget Phones of 2014: Motorola Fights Nokia Lumia, Samsung Galaxy Light, Google Nexus 5

Top 5 budget phones of 2014Sure, the iPhones and Galaxy S3s of the world might have many takers. There are still billions of buyers out there who would much rather buy budget phones. Sure, they might not have the finest make, but they are often loaded with features without costing you a bomb. Here are some of the best budget phones to buy in 2014:

Motorola’s Moto G: This Motorola phone is known to be featured with Android operating system and is known to be available with a display screen of 4.5 inches. For a phone of 8 GB internal storage capacity, the price is $179 and for 16 GB internal memory storage capacity, the price may go up to $20. This is an ideal phone for gaming purpose and has great internet speed as well.

Samsung’s Galaxy Light: This Android phone has a screen of 4 inches and can connect in a fine way to the 4G networks. As it is featured with removable backpanel, you can change the battery or the memory card easily. This amazing device is available at a rate of $240.

Lumia 520 and Lumia 521: Both these Nokia smartphones are available with 4 inch display screen and 5 megapixel camera. They are featured with 4G connectivity and also include removable batteries. The Lumia 520 is available at a price of $99 and the Lumia 521 is available at a price of $126.

Google’s Nexus 5: With this smartphone you can enjoy an amazing Android experience. Even though it is available at a rate of $349, the specifications are brilliant. The camera, storage capacity and various other features of this device are known to be excellent.

Motorola’s Moto X: This device is known best for it’s battery life. Currently through the Motorola website, you can buy this device only for a rate of $329. The best thing about this phone is that it is always-on listening ability.

All the budget phones mentioned above are sure to prove to be a worthy buy.… Read the rest

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Are Nokia Lumia 520 And Nokia Lumia 720 Going To Slash Sales Of Samsung Galaxy S3?

 

 

Former world leader in mobile phone technology Nokia looks all set to enter the race once again. The company is all set to develop an extensive lineup of affordable smartphones to cater to the emerging markets and snatch away the top spot from Samsung or should we see it’s ruling king Samsung Galaxy S3…

With this in mind, Nokia unveiled two new Windows-based smartphones, the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 720, at the MWC 2013, which were more reasonably priced. In addition, the company also showcased the Nokia 301 and Nokia 105 phones priced at around Rs 4,500 and just over Rs 1,000 respectively. The Lumia 520 is priced under Rs 10,000 and the company is hopeful that it would make Windows Phones more popular among the consumers.

They say there’s a lot of profit in numbers, and as Nokia tries to play catch up with companies like Samsung and Apple, we’d say it’s a good call on Nokia’s part. While the latter two companies have achieved premium status in the highly competitive mobile device market, Nokia needs to look at alternative segments to increase its profits.… Read the rest

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Nokia Lumia 610 vs. HTC Desire C vs. Sony Xperia Tipo: The War Among Budget Smartphones

 

Android’s becoming the most popular smartphone OS all over the world and it’s of no surprise to its ever-growing fan base. But Nokia’s also trying to play catch up with its reinvented image and selling smartphones running Microsoft Windows Phone. The competition’s heating up not only in the premium category for smartphones, but even the budget range has a lot to offer. Today, we compare three of the more recently released budget smartphones – the Nokia Lumia 610, HTC Desire C and Sony Xperia Tipo.

The OS: The Nokia Lumia 610 runs on Windows Phone 7.5 or Mango, while the Sony Xperia Tipo and HTC Desire C run on Android 4.0. Now, all these models are running on a slightly older version of their respective OS, but we don’t think it would be too much of a concern as they all run quite well. Our only concern is that Android has been designed to run efficiently even on minimalistic hardware unlike Windows Phone, for which Microsoft has set rigorous hardware criteria. Does that make the trimmed down Lumia 610 a little sluggish?

The external features: The Xperia Tipo is a relative letdown, having a very small screen of just 3.2 inches, which we feel is just not enough to be able to enjoy all features of Android. The Desire C is slightly better with a 3.5 inch screen, while the Lumia 610’s 3.7 inch screen is adequate for viewing the tile design of Windows Phone conveniently.

Even in terms of camera, these 3 phones are equipped with only a rear camera. We wish in this age of 3G, phone makers appreciated the importance of a front-facing camera and included it in the standard package within their phones. The Xperia Tipo again loses out in the race, being equipped with a mere 3.2MP rear camera, while the Lumia 610 and Desire C have a respectable 5MP camera in their rear. The Lumia 610 scores extra points for having an LED flash for its camera too.

The internal specifications: As always, this is one of our favorite review categories when comparing devices. Inside the Xperia Tipo is an 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, which gives it a slight edge over the Desire C’s 600 MHz equivalent. Both phones have a decent 512MB RAM, which we feel would just about suffice for basic Android functions. The Lumia 610 also is powered by an 800 MHz ARM Cortex A5 processor, but has only 256MB of RAM.

In terms of storage, the Xperia Tipo gives the user just about 2.5GB of internal memory, while the Desire C has 4GB of internal memory. Both these phones have microSD card slots for additional memory. The Lumia 610 has 8GB of internal storage but doesn’t come with a card slot to expand its memory. So if you think you’re going to need more than 8GB of memory on your phone, look in another direction.

Ironically, the Xperia Tipo with its small screen size has the biggest battery among these 3 phones – 1500 mAh. The Lumia 610 has a 1300 mAh battery, while the Desire C has a 1230 mAh battery, which we doubt will be enough to keep the phone powered all day long, especially when using e-mail or playing games.… Read the rest

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