The season of light is almost upon us, and it’s time to clean out those cheque books and polish up the old credit cards. It’s a time for deals and spending your hard earned and saved cash, and we’ve got some great ideas for you. In this years Diwali Get Gadgeted segment, we’re starting you off on a budget of Rs. 20,000. We’ve listed some cool products that you’ll be able to fit into this budget to ensure all your gadget hunger is satisfied. Let's take a closer look:
Targus APB25US – Rs. 2,200
If you're buying a brand new phone, it's very likely to be an Android. And we all know battery life can be a problem. The last thing you want this holidays is to have your phone battery die out on you just when you need it the most. Enter Targus' APB25US Backup Battery for smartphones. It's got a 2,000mAh capacity, much more than most phones these days, so you can expect an additional day or more of battery life with your phone. The device is easy to carry around and has LEDs to notify you of the current charge; it charges really quickly as well.
Always stay charged
SanDisk 8GB microSDHC card – Rs. 290
The next item in our list to get-gadgeted is an 8GB microSDHC card from SanDisk. Take out your mobile device and go on a clicking-spree this Diwali to capture all those fond memories, as the card lets you store roughly 5200 images (5MP camera resolution). Priced at approximately Rs. 300, the expandable memory will let music fiends save up to 2000 MP3 songs. This Class 4 card is compliant with Hi-speed USB 2.0 specifications. SanDisk backs it with a five year warranty. The 8GB microSDHC card is also available online through tech shopping sites like Flipkart, eBay and Tradus.
Enough space for all your media requirements
Karbonn A9 – Rs. 8,100
If you’re looking for a mobile phone under 10K, the Karbonn A9 offers good bang-for-buck without compromising on features. This beats the HTC Explorer at this price by offering a larger screen, dual-SIM functionality, front facing camera and a faster 1GHz CPU. The A9 is quite aesthetically appealing as well and runs Gingerbread. You also get expandable memory, Wi-Fi and a rear-facing 5MP camera. Unlike most phones in this price range, the Karbonn A9 also crams in many sensors including an ambient light sensor, something that many of the smartphones in this range often miss. For a street price of roughly Rs. 8,000, it makes a very good buy, giving you great features for the price.
Slick and slim with great features
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6 – Rs. 7,265
You can’t get a better digital camera than the FH6 if you don’t have a budget of more than Rs 8,000. Available in five colours (including blue, pink and yellow), this 14.1 MP digicam combines style with an excellent feature set. At 119 grams, it’s the lightest and the most compact in the segment, which makes for an excellent travel companion. The FH6 defeats its competitors on two big counts. Its 24 mm lens, which is the widest in its class, allows shooting large groups of people and vast landscapes with great ease. Secondly, the large F2.5 aperture (again the best in class) is great for shooting in low light. Other features such as 5x optical zoom and 720p video recording are pretty standard. Although greater zoom ratio and full HD video recording would have sweetened the deal, you can rest assured that you’ll get great-looking photos and videos with this tiny yet powerful shooter.
Incredible for the price!
Techies, do keep in mind that these products are available online as well as off the shelves. The price could vary depending on where you choose to shop from, as online deals will be quite different from those in the shops. So look carefully for the best possible deal you can get and have a very Happy Diwali.
Do let us know what devices you'd opt for as alternatives to these options. We'd love to know how you'd get Gadgeted in a budget of Rs. 20,000, and stay tuned to this space as we bring you bigger budgets and more goodies you could fit into them.
Publish date: November 8, 2012 9:27 am| Modified date: December 19, 2013 3:58 am
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