We finally come to the bottom of the list, the sub-10K mobile phones. While these aren’t really power houses, they are feature-packed enough to get the job done. We’ve split this list into two segments – top phones under Rs. 5,000 and top three in the 5K to 10K range. Let’s have a look at what’s on offer.

iBall Aasaan – Rs.3,100 (View Stores)
Not everyone needs a flashy, pimped out phone with more features than you’ll ever use. Many just want basic telephony, which is where the iBall Aasaan fits the bill perfectly. Ok, so it’s not going to fly well with today’s urban youth, but then it’s not really targeted at them. It’s designed mostly for senior citizens or anyone having difficulty seeing the numbers on small keys.

Extremely simple

Extremely simple

This GSM phone sports extra large keys and the straightforward menu system lends it a very small learning curve, so it’s easy to operate even for a novice. It does have some basic apps like a Calculator, Stopwatch, Reminder and FM Radio with an internal antenna, so you don’t need the headset for it to work. The following are some of the specs of the phone:

  • 1.6-inch TFT monochrome display with a 128 x 64 pixel resolution   
  • FM Radio with internal antenna
  • 3.5mm earphone socket

Nokia X2-01 – Rs.3,300 (View stores)
This is one of Nokia’s more popular budget handsets. For this price, you get a robust and very functional QWERTY feature phone. The screen is decently large and is easy to read under most lighting conditions.

The budget QWERTY handset

The budget QWERTY handset

Coming from their ‘X’ series range, we get a dedicated music key, as well as good audio quality. The built-in player offers EQ presets along with enhancements like Stereo Widening. The comfortable keypad is great for all you text addicts. Here are some of the highlights of the phone:

  • 2.4-inch TFT with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution
  • EDGE/GPRS
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and USB 2.0
  • VGA camera, video capture up to QVGA resolution
  • 3.5mm earphone socket
  • Expandable memory up to 16GB

Micromax X450 Van Gogh – Rs.3,500 (View Stores)
It’s hard to get more value for your money than what Micromax offers with the X450. Called the Van Gogh, the phone comes bundled with a Bluetooth handsfree headset, which snugly clips on to the back of the phone when not needed. How cool is that?

Great value for money

Great value for money

That’s really smart thinking from Micromax, as there’s no excuse for misplacing your headset now. Apart from this, it also has a good battery life, decent audio quality, a great design and the ability to expand its use through Java apps. Here are some of the highlights of the phone:

  • 2.4-inch TFT with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution
  • EDGE/GPRS
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and USB 2.0
  • 2 megapixel camera, video capture supported
  • 3.5mm earphone socket
  • Expandable memory up to 16GB


Nokia X3-02 – Rs.6,800 (View Stores)
Feature-packed with smart looks to boot, the X3-02 is the perfect all rounder mobile phone. This Series 40-based phone features a good build quality with a sturdy feel and light weight. Although, it’s a resistive touchscreen, it’s quite responsive and there is hardly any lag in the interface.

Feature packed for the price

Feature packed for the price

Connectivity is pretty good as well with full 3G and Wi-Fi support and the battery life too is pretty good. Here are some of the highlights of the phone:

  • 2.4-inch TFT resistive  touchscreen with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and USB 2.0, USB On-the-go
  • 5 megapixel camera, video capture up to 640 x 480 resolution
  • 3.5mm earphone socket
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

BlackBerry Curve 8520 – Rs.8,900 (View Stores)
No phone listing is complete without a BlackBerry and the Curve 8520 is actually a good contender, if you’re looking for one under 10K. This one is not about all work and no play, there's something for everyone. On one hand, it offers your favourite BB services and even has a optical trackpad, like its more expensive siblings, while on the other hand, we have dedicated media keys placed on top of the handset and a 3.5mm headphone socket letting you listen to you tunes with your favourite IEMs.

Good set of features

Good set of features

The interface is quick and snappy, there’s FM radio, decent connectivity (no 3G, though!) and comes with popular apps like Facebook, GTalk, Yahoo and of course BBM. Here are some of the tech specs:

  • 2.4-inch TFT with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution
  • EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP and USB 2.0
  • 2 megapixel camera, video capture up to QVGA resolution
  • 3.5mm earphone socket
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

Micromax A70  – Rs. 7,900 (View Stores)
The A70 is a remarkable little handset and comes as a pleasant surprise from Micromax. The previous attempt at a cheap Android handset (A60) didn’t really go down too well with the general public, but they’ve recovered well with the A70.

The best Android experience for those on a shoe-string budget

The best Android experience for those on a shoe-string budget

It may not have the most impressive of specifications, but Android runs pretty smoothly. It is also backed by good build quality and design, dedicated camera keys, good battery life and easily plays SD video files. For this price, it’s the closest you can get to a good Android experience. Below are some of the highlights of the phone:

  • 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi with hot spot creativity
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and USB 2.0
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera, video capture up to VGA resolution
  • VGA resolution secondary camera
  • 3.5mm earphone socket
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB

So there you have it, our list of the best phones under Rs.10,000. In case you missed our previous listings, here are the links once more.

Top 5 smartphones under Rs. 20,000

Top 5 high-end smartphones

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