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For the period of February – April 2015.

1.  Micromax Yureka – Price Rs. 8,999 available on amazon.in

Pros:  Great features for nearly half the price - Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 1.5 GHz Octa-Core 64-bit CPU, integrated adreno 405 GPU 550 MHz, which means gaming is great and so is multitasking, Cyanogen OS II means a fresh new UI with better customization options, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, which uses 30% less energy and seamless gaming experience, can play graphic intensive games effortlessly; 5.5 inch HD IPS display 1280x720 pixel resolution and 267 ppi pixel density, colors really come alive and viewing angles are decent; Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which talks of great build quality, 80 degree viewing angle; 13 mp rear camera with Largan Blue lens and Sony IMX135 CMOS sensor makes sure the pics you shoot are as lively as possible, Video mode with time lapse and Slo-Mo mode, video recording resolution 1080 pixles @ 30 fps, 5 mp front facing camera helps you pull off great selfies; 4G LTE connectivity, supports download speeds up to 150 mbps.

Cons:  You can hardly find any with so much on offer for so less, but then for the sake of it we can complain about tedious buying process; heats up while gaming, display could be better.

2.  Redmi Note 4G – Price Rs. 9999 available on flipkart.com

Pros:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-core 1.6GHz processor with 2GB RAM and Adreno 305 graphics processor, which means great gaming performance and multi-tasking abilities, 5.5" HD IPS display offers superb viewing experience; 13MP Rear camera with wide angle lens clicks life like pictures, 5MP Front camera pulls off great selfies; 3100mAh battery offer great life; 4G LTE connectivity, supports download speeds up to 150 mbps, MIUI with fresh user interface with great customization options; internal storage 8 gb, available 4.5 gb; has OTG support.

Cons:  Tedious to buy one; cannot install apps to the SD card, can hardly find anything else wrong.

Rating based on user reviews across the web – 4.2/5.

3.  Asus Zenfone 5 (16 GB ROM) – Price Rs. 9999 on flipkart.com

Pros:  2 GB RAM, 1.6 Ghz Intel Dual Core Processor, and PowerVR GPU mean business and offer superb gaming and seamless multitasking experience, can play graphic intensive games like asphalt 8, modern combat 5 easily; 5 inches IPS display with 1280x720 pixel resolution and 294 ppi pixel density, aided by Asus TruVivid technology so get immersed in life like images on the screen; great build quality with Corning Gorilla glass 3, which is scratch resistant; great viewing angles, can play HD videos, great touch response; Zen UI looks fresh with good customization; sleek design; audio quality is great.

Cons:  Battery life could be better; capacitive touch buttons with no backlighting; Jelly Bean OS, Kit-Kat would have been better.

Rating based on user reviews across the web – 4.1/5.

4.  Lenovo A6000 – Price Rs. 6999 available on flipkart.com

Pros:  5 inch HD IPS display at this price is great.  Ultra light weight and sleek design at 128 g and 8.2 mm thickness.  4G LTE connectivity, supports download speeds up to 150 mpbs.  Twin speakers with Dolby Digital sound.  8 mp autofocus camera with 6x zoom and 2 mp fixed focus front camera, more than sufficient for a price it is being offered at and also clicks decent pictures; can record HD videos and can also play HD videos.  5-point multi-touch, usually phones in this price range only offer 2 point multi-touch.  2300 mAh battery should be sufficient to offer decent battery life.  1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM, not bad for a phone in this price range.  1.2 GHz Qualocomm Snapdragon Quad Core CPU, which offers better performance compared to Mediatek chipset.  Should be able to play graphic intensive games at least in the medium graphics settings.  Getting Kit-Kat 4.4.4 out of the box is good.

Cons:  Tedious process to buy.  Capacitive touch buttons with no backlighting.

Rating based on user reviews across the web– 4/5.

5.  Microsoft Lumia 535 - Price Rs. 8200

Pros:  1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 Quad Core Processor with 1 GB RAM offers decent performance.  Great build quality with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.  5 mp front and rear camera with great editing options to extract the maximum out of the camera and can pull off amazing selfies.  Windows Phone 8.1 OS experience, different from the run of the Android OS.  Expandable Storage Capacity of 128 GB plus 1 TB OneDrive cloud storage.  5-inch IPS LCD screen with decent display resolution and sunlight readability enhancement.  MS Office preloaded, so you can carry your office with you.  WhatsApp and Facebook preloaded. 

Cons:  Touch response could have been a tad better, but I guess the bug stands fixed currently.

Rating based on user reviews across the web – 4/5


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