A comprehensive guide to help you choose the right mobile.
In recent years, the market has literally been flooded with mobile phones. Cell companies are releasing swarms of handsets to make sure that they don't lose out on any particular form factor. Like it or not, touchscreen devices have outdone their keyed counterparts. Except when it comes down to offering features at an affordable price. Many touchscreen phones are available at an affordable price, but usually end up ruining the user experience with bad touchscreens. This makes the purchase of such devices totally pointless.
After seeing Apple successfully chomping off a big slice in the high-end mobile segment pie, almost every big name in the IT industry is trying its luck in this crowded market. The result is cutthroat competition between manufacturers, but finally it's the user who is gaining here, so we are not complaining.
Crowded, isn't it?
Today, even so called no-frill phones have a long list of features such as an MP3 player, Bluetooth, browser, messenger, etc. Phones with impressive specs are now common in all segments. However, do they really deliver what has been promised by their manufacturers? Well, you get the answer only after buying the phone. That is pretty late, by which time you have no option but to defend your decision. Seeking advice from the shopkeeper might sound like a good idea, but they will usually sell a device that is more profitable to them.
Basically, it is not that easy to find a mobile that suits your needs and budget. With this buyer's guide, we are trying to make things a little bit easier for readers. Before you head over to the comments section to complain about the non-inclusion of your favourite mobile, please note that we have given a considerable amount of importance to build quality. You don't want a phone that has a great spec sheet but cannot survive normal Indian use ("rough use" by International standards). We understand that not everyone is willing to buy a phone that costs an arm or a leg just because it's a piece of cutting-edge technology. Therefore, we have listed and recommended phones in different categories, based on the price tag. Again, the prices will vary depending on which part of the country you are from, so we have sourced the prices of most devices from online stores such as LetsBuy and FlipKart.