The year 2013 has been the 'year of smartphones;. Manufacturers have put in great thought in building uber-stylish handsets with superior features and high-end hardware. From fingerprint scanners to intuitive user interfaces, we saw it all. Today, we are looking at the best smartphones priced over Rs 25,000. With smartphones now being priced as high as half a lakh, we decided to bring to you the three best devices that are a perfect blend of style and performance, and are well-priced at the same time. 

Winner: Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5 – best value for money

Our first pick is undoubtedly the Nexus 5. It has almost everything that one would look into a high-end smartphone and is loosely based on the high-end LG G2. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which is seen in phones priced well over Rs 40,000. Add to it a 5-inch 1080p display, robust build and pure Android experience with future updates, and it is definitely a great value for money device at Rs 28,990 for the 16GB model and Rs 32,990 for the 32GB model. There is no other device offering these functionalities at the price point. Read our complete Nexus 5 review to know more.

First Runner-up: LG G2

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New design, feature-loaded LG G2

LG G2 is one of the most powerful smartphones available in the market. It features almost everything that you will find in the Nexus 5 and a little more. Firstly, it brings refreshingly new design to the monotonous bar shaped smartphone market and LG also includes some great software features to further spruce up the experience. Currently selling for around Rs 36,000, it is one of the most value for money flagships in the market. The lack of expandable storage is possibly the only major downside to this phone but if you make your peace with it, the G2 has all the bases covered. It’s very well built, blazing fast, has a gorgeous screen, has more gestures and features than you’ll ever need and very good battery life. Click here to read our complete review of the LG G2. 

Second Runner-up: Sony Xperia ZR

Sony Xperia ZR

Water and dustproof Sony Xperia ZR

The Sony Xperia ZR is a great package, given its price of Rs 26,000. Firstly, it gets IP58 certification under its belt, which is a tad higher than the Xperia Z in offering water and dust proof abilities. These abilities also make it a perfect smartphone for the Indian user. The device also gets a dedicated camera shutter button for all your underwater shooting. Overall, it is a worthy contender in the market full of smartphones equipped with quad-core processors, given its specs and price point. Read our Sony Xperia ZR review to know all about its performance.

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