For some mobile users one of the main criteria for purchasing a new handset is the multimedia capabilities that the phone brings to the table. More often that not it’s the audio player that ends up being one of the main reasons for a handset being popular, other than the budget of course. With that in mind, here are a few multimedia handset choices for those with a budget of Rs. 5000.

Micromax X360 – MRP – Rs. 4999, Approx. MOP – Rs. 3775
The X360 is Micromax’s music phone that’s tied up with MTV for content. It’s a chic looking well constructed handset that’s also comfortable to use. Micromax has also included a 2GB microSD card with the handset that’s loaded with plenty of popular music, MTV reality show videos and wallpapers of popular VJs. The main feature is of course the Wolfson and Yamaha sound engine that the X360 is equipped with. This seriously enhances the over all audio output. It even has an 8 band graphic EQ for a further customization. The bundled handsfree is also quite comfortable to use. If you’re looking for a handset purely for calls, messages and kick-ass audio, the X360 is a really good choice.

The Good: Well designed
Excellent audio player
FM radio has good reception
Bundled 2GB card comes with plenty of MTV content
The Bad: Lacks Social Networking features,
No Email support,
Video playback didn’t work out too well
The Rating: 3.5/5

Intex IN 4495 – MRP – Rs. 4500, Approx. MOP – Rs. 3895
Intex’s extremely funky IN 4495 manages to easily incorporate a touchscreen display into an otherwise standard candy bar form. Like the X360, the IN 4495 also comes with both EQ presets and a customizable graphic EQ which make a significant difference to the overall audio output. The well placed 3.5mm handsfree port means you can opt to use your own earphones if they happen to be better than the ones bundled with the package. Like Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, the IN 4495 also has a drag and drop widget system for the desktop.

The Good: Well designed
UI is quite smooth and user friendly
Really good sound quality
FM reception was good
Good battery life
The Bad: FM radio had issues with earphones
Camera quality is bad
The Rating: 4/5

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