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Need a smartphone upto Rs 25K


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I want to buy a Android smartphone budget upto 25K
Screen size >4.3 inches <5 inches
Usage is normal phone calls texts and surfing , maybe some movies, very less gaming
Currently using Moto Defy which is sort of aging (2 years 2 months)

The phones under consideration were
Sony Xperia SP , C
Samsung S4 mini, S3

When I went and physically looked at all these models Sony Xperia ZR (but this adds almost 5k to the budget) grabbed my attention more. I may rethink on the ZR

Could anyone suggest suitable options



Answering the questionnaire as required below
1. Budget?
25k max but can stretch if it gives a really good phone upto 30K

2. Display type and size?
4.6-7" preferred, less than 5" ...

3. Form Factor? bar, slider, flip?

4. Preferred choice of brand?
any brand want something different. It seems every one has Samsung only

5. Preferred input method (QWERTY, touchscreen, numpad, touch-n-type).

6. What camera option you want? Please specify need for flash, autofocus, front facing camera.
flash, autofocus, HDR, panorama, above avg low light performance.
Good camera required--front facing cam not really used .

7. Preferred operating system? (Android, Symbian, iOS, Windows Phone etc).

8. Preferred connectivity options (3G, Wifi etc)Please specify clearly.
3g, wifi, bluetooth, usb-otg,

9. Preferred applications (Flash, Swype, GPS, etc)?
Nothing in particular

10. Primary use of handset (multimedia, camera, mails, internet, gaming etc)?
calling, internet browsing,multimedia, camera, light to no gaming

11. Any specific mobile phones in consideration?
Xperia SP,C,ZR. HTC 500 open to other suggestions

12. Any other info that you want to share
Now own a Moto Defy on MIUI but having lot of problems since last few days
Need to upgrade



Right off the assembly line
If your budget is 25K, then LG Nexus 4 would be a great choice. It has great specs and is made by Google, so you would be getting all the Android first! And it has a sexy design too! :)
Or else if you could extend your budget to 30K and wait for a few weeks, you could buy a LG Nexus 5 which is the successor of Nexus 4. Performance is mind-blowing and design is great! too It is the first phone to have Android Kitkat! The only downside is that Camera is little disappointing ( but that's just a software bug, you will soon receive an update to fix that! ) :)
I would probably say you to buy the Nexus 5. But it's your choice. :)
// Sorry for me recommending only Nexus! But I just love NEXUS! xD


Get Nexus 5
its the beast available for 29k for 16GB model...
2.3GHz Qualcomm Krait 400 on Snapdragon 800
4.95" True HD IPS+
1080x1920 display with massive 445ppi
Corning gorilla 3 glass protection
8MP camera with optical image stabilization
latest stock vannila android OS 4.4 aka KitKat
Adreno 330 GPU(the beast aha)
Lots of sensers ( Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer )
limited storage.(no SD slot)
slightly under powered camera.

as it is google product you wi get quick updates :)


Your Budget : 25k unless phone's really worth, then extendable to 30k.
Your choices : Sony Xperia SP , Xperia C, Samsung S4 mini, S3.

Xperia C has mostly received negative reviews as its highly overpriced for a mediatek device.
S4 mini is average at best, but at some point, you will detect a bit of lag during multitasking & imo, s3, is very old now..
Xperia SP is a decent choice. But since, you have a 25k budget, i'd say :

1. Nexus 4 - handles multitasking better than SP..but has an OK camera. Receives fastest updates.
2. Nexus 5 - the latest one from lg..will release any day now..preorders have started..has probably the most VFM specs in sub 30k phone, but again, a OK camera. good enough for the casual clicker.
3. Xperia Z or ZR.
Get Xperia Z, if u can find it below 30k,otherwise ZL is good too..... Nexus 5 has even better performance + fast updates, battery life is similar but 16gb storage only, user accessible should be approx 12.5gb. If u can live with it, then its the best phone.

Another option is Xperia ZR, which has better battery life than others but has 720p screen but it's waterproof. Also it's more compact than others.
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