I was going to open this article with a clich that Indians are a value conscious lot. But to be honest, everyone likes their money's worth. Nobody wants to get a lemon when they are paying for an orange. Unfortunately, there are many such lemons out there in the mobile phone market, masquerading as oranges. But this article is not about those lemons, err, phones, this article is about oranges that are selling at the price of lemons.
Fruit analogies aside, this article is about phones that offer a lot more than what their price tag may suggest. Here are some of the best value for money handsets that are available in the market today.
Sony Ericsson Cedar
Although our first choice was the Nokia X2 because it clearly had more features when you compare spec sheets, it was only after we used both the devices that we realized that Cedar was better of the two. It has a nice compact design with sturdy build quality, a very comfortable keypad, a really nice display and fast interface. It also offers features like multi-tasking and 3G, which the X2 crucially lacks, and is more than a match when it comes to things like audio quality.
The X2 may have a 5 megapixel camera, but as we found out, it did not necessarily make it better, as the quality was nowhere as good as what the numbers suggest. In the final analysis the Cedar came out on top and hence gets our vote as the most value for money phone under Rs. 6,000.
LG Optimus One
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Even though Android has been around for some time now, good inexpensive Android phones have only started coming out recently. But out of these the one that has stood out for us has been the LG Optimus One. LG does not really have a track record of making excellent mobile phones and their older phones were average at best. That is why we were a bit surprised by the Optimus One, as it genuinely is a good phone. Yes, it does have its flaws, but we are willing to ignore them at this price point. For Rs. 12,800, the LG Optimus One does nearly 80 percent of what the more expensive Android phones do at less than 50 percent of their cost.