Updated: 1 November 2013.
This segment has flagship mobiles from Indian companies and mid segment mobiles from the MNCs. While the Indian company mobiles beat Sammy, Sony and HTC hands down in terms of specifications, it should be remembered that it is not just about the specifications.
1. Micromax Canvas Magnus A117.
2. Xolo Q1000.
3. Lava Iris 504q.
4. Spice Pinacle FHD Mi-525.
5. HTC Desire X Dual T327W.
6. Samsung Galaxy Core I8262.
7. Sony Xperia M Dual.
8. LG Optimus L7 II P715.
Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 is the best mobile under 15k. Magnus is not actually the flagship mobile from Micromax. That honour goes to Micromax Turbo..all thanks to Hugh Jackman. Micromax Canvas Magnus have 5 inch screen, which is becoming more of a norm in flagship mobiles. HD display, and fast 1.5 GHz quad core processor. All in all, a perfect flagship material. Good job Micromax!
Now coming to Xolo Q1000 and Lava Iris 504Q. These mobiles are so similar to each other that I can give them joint second rank. It is difficult to defend ranks in case of Indian company mobiles, the reason being allmost all of them use stock android skin. So, it comes to specifications only.
If you compare first four mobiles, you will see that, Magnus and Spice Pinnacle FHD has only one difference, Magnus has 720p screen and Pinnacle has FHD i.e. 1080p screen. The reason Magnus is at top and Pinnacle at bottom (when considered only indian mobiles) is 720p display for 5 inch gives us resolution of 300ppi. This screen resolution is close to retina and hence there is not much point in going for FHD display. Also, since it is _not_ a FHD display, battery backup will be better. Looking at all these trade-off’s, I believe it would have been better to go with Magnus!
HTC devices when launched have exorbitant prices. But when price drops they start to make hell lot of sense. HTC Desire X is excellent example of same. This mobile if compared purely by specs with Micromax or Lava doesn’t stand a chance. But, specifications doesn’t give true picture of how well the overall experience is. Sense UI of HTC Desire is pure pleasure to use. The refined UI and dual core processor makes this mobile a lot better choice than sammy or sony.
For the next three mobiles, Samsung Galaxy Core has better processor and stronger battery when compared to other mobiles. hence it comes before Sony Xperia M and LG.
Sony Xperia M is non sense mobile with lot of style. If only they had launched it properly in India it would have been different picture.
I don’t have anything to badmouth LG Optimus L7 II.
The end of QWERTY mobiles is near. It is sad but real truth. Still there is BlackBerry mobile which is giving fight. BlackBerry Curve 9320 is sole fighter in this range.
You can also Consider:
There is absolutely no reason to spend 3 thousand extra, but if you must, there is Lenovo P780 you can consider. and of course there is Nokia Lumia 620, 625.
You want best mobile, go for Xolo Q1000. You want non-Indian mobile, go for HTC Desire X.
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