The Best Android Smartphones Under 1000 (Touch Screen Mobile with 4G) in India

by Oct 23, 2019

With the growth of technology and smartphones becoming more and more affordable and common in the market there is a good scope of feature phones because of the great battery life along with durability. These phones offer a great number of basic functionalities at incredibly low prices.

So if you are looking for a budget feature phone or looking for a second phone which can be your daily driver then below are the best ten feature phones across all brands under Rs. 1000. Let’s take a look at what these phones offer :

The 6 Best Android Smartphones Under 1000

1.

Nokia 105

Nokia 105
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    2.4" (240 x 320)
  • Camera
    Camera
    0.3MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    16MB
  • Battery
    Battery
    1020mAh

Overview

HMD Global which is the parent company of Nokia unveiled a new feature phone the Nokia 105 in 2017. The Nokia 105 takes us to the good old days of Nokia feature phones that people used before smartphones became popular.

The company has kept the design of the Nokia 105 very simple and reminds us of the Nokia 1280. The phone is completely plastic and very chunky. However, it is very solid and promising in terms of build quality. The company has done a good job of keeping the phone lightweight. The keyboard is dust and splash-proof which gives a beneficial touch especially in terms of durability.

One good addition to the phone is the new color display giving it a modern feel. The display measures 1.8 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 240×320 pixels. The screen is bright and legible even in sunlight which at this price point is great. The details are satisfactory and the viewing angles are also well thought of.

There aren’t many features to write about as it is a very basic and simple phone. The Nokia 105 features an FM Radio, a built-in flashlight, and a talking clock that can display as well as read the time out aloud. There is no camera or any social networking apps on the device, however, it has a headphone jack if you want to tune in to the radio and listen to some songs. The phone’s performance is a little on the slower side as it takes a bit of time even when processing simple things but as it is a feature phone these things can be dealt with and can be ignored.

It has an 800 mAh battery which may not sound special but the company claims it can easily last for two weeks or more depending upon the usage which is a great addition to such kinds of phones. The phone has no memory card slot either and only comes with 4 MB of internal storage which might be just about enough for your basic utilities.

Verdict 

The Nokia 105 brings back the nostalgic memories which every Indian phone user once had with such kind of devices. This phone can be considered as a backup device or an emergency phone which can come to the rescue if your primary phone’s battery dies and you need a phone with solid battery life. It does the basic daily tasks smoothly and has decent performance considering the price.

What We Loved

  • Flashlight
  • Headphone Jack
  • Dust and splash-proof keyboard
  • Great battery backup

What We Didn’t Like

  • No memory card slot
  • Low device memory
  • Tiny screen
2.

Philips Xenium E108

Philips Xenium E108
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.77"
  • Camera
    Camera
    NA
  • RAM
    RAM
    32MB
  • Battery
    Battery
    1000mAh

Overview 

Philips is a Dutch multinational company which is one of the largest electronics companies in the world and manufactures a variety of products ranging from phones to light bulbs and much more. The Philips Xenium E108 is an entry-level feature phone from the company which offers some great value for money characteristics and can be a great secondary phone or even a solid budget option.

The Xenium E108 is a sleek and modern looking feature phone which is not very thick or brick-shaped. The frame is built out of hard plastic and it can be purchased in either Black or Red colors. The device is sturdy and well built with premium finish making it stand out from the crowd a little.

It comes with a 1.77 inch TFT color display that has satisfying color and image quality with the fair response time. It also is enough bright which makes reading texts easier even in outdoor conditions although the screen sometimes might look a bit small and faded.
Even though it is a feature phone it has a tonne of useful features making it a great option.

The phone has dual SIM slots and supports dual standby as well so you can have your extra SIM installed on this phone if you want to. It has an FM Radio as well as an inbuilt music player so one can easily listen to their favorite songs on the go. The keyboard has Devnagiri language support for tying in Hindi as well as system support for Hindi UI along with the common features like flashlight and headphone jack is also present.

A 1000 mAh battery of Xenium E108 can be a monster in terms of battery backup. The phone can last for 1 week and even more once fully charged so it can be a great option if you are going to distant places where there can be a shortage of electricity.

Verdict 

The Xenium E108 is a great balance of a feature phone as well as a multimedia option bringing out the best of both worlds. The color display and battery life of the device are good and the speakers are loud and clear which makes it a great budget phone. If you are on a very tight budget and looking for a multimedia feature phone then this phone might just be the one.

What We Loved

  • Devnagiri Keyboard support
  • Music player
  • Flashlight

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average display
  • Speakers sometimes sound harsh
3.

Lava A1

Lava A1
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.8" (128 x 160)
  • Camera
    Camera
    0.3MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    NA
  • Battery
    Battery
    800mAh

Overview 

Lava is an Indian multi-national mobile handset company that has released a lot of entry-level and budget smartphones in India in recent years. The company is known for providing solid phones at very low prices. Lava A1 is an entry-level phone which was launched last year.
The phone has a glossy back finish and rounded edges while the sides are kept thin. It is carved out of plastic but is sturdy and durable. The Lava A1 comes in four color variants namely Glossy Black, Gold, Glossy Blue, and White.

It sports a 1.8-inch QQVGA color display with 128x160 pixels resolution. The display is not that great and due to the low-resolution things become a little worse. The company could have deployed a better panel as many brands have done but having said that the screen is good enough for daily use. The brightness is fair enough to see all the details on the screen.

Although the display is a letdown and is not that amazing or impactful the company has pretty amazing features to offer. The Lava A1 has 24 MB of internal storage which can be further expanded to 32 GB as this phone has a dedicated micro SD card slot. It also features a 0.3-megapixel rear camera with video recording and optical zoom. While the camera is not that appealing but surely is something and can come in handy. The images are blurry and filled with noise. The video recording is not that promising either and feels distorted.

The phone has dual SIM slots, FM Radio, a Music Player, a 3.55 mm headphone jack. It has big speakers which have decent audio output and can be used to listen to music or any recordings. The keyboard supports 22 Indian languages and an instant torch feature too.

Lava A1 uses Nokia's BL 5C 800 mAh battery which is very famous for long hours of battery life. This phone can supposedly last for around 12 hours in one charge and also has super battery mode which further increases battery life to a good amount. One great thing about this phone is that the company is offering a 1-year replacement warranty with this phone so if you face an issue you can have your phone replaced easily.

Verdict 

For the price at which Lava A1 is being offered, it surely is a deal-breaker. It brings a lot of multimedia features to the table like a camera with video recording, music player, a dedicated memory card slot and also has dual sim slots. However, the display is not that good and the phone feels slow at times.

What We Loved

  • Memory card slot
  • Camera support
  • Decent speaker

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very average display
  • Poor camera
  • Battery life is not as expected
4.

Nokia 106

Nokia 106
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.8" (120 x 160)
  • Camera
    Camera
    NA
  • RAM
    RAM
    4MB
  • Battery
    Battery
    800 mAh

Overview 

In late 2018, HMD Global released a very exciting feature phone known as the Nokia 106. The phone created a lot of hype as it came with some cool things like the Snake Xenzia game which almost every person grew up playing.

Starting with the build quality of the phone, the Nokia 106's chassis is made out of hard plastic and weighs around 70 grams. The phone is light in the hands and is not very thick either. It provides a good grip and does not tend to slip out of hands.

The 1.8 inches TFT display with 120 x 160 pixels of resolution is good when viewing the screen and colors are also accurate. The screen is also able to produce sharp images that many feature phones at this price miss out at. Overall the company has done a respectable job in the display department.

The Nokia 106 is powered by a MediaTek MT6261D chipset and is coupled with 4 MB of RAM and 4 MB of storage. In everyday scenarios, the device performs well and is able to carry out tasks efficiently and without any kind of lag or stutters. It also has an FM Radio, a headphone jack, an LED flashlight, and a micro USB 2.0 for charging the battery. The device has dual sim slots but lacks a micro SD card slot option.

The Nokia 106 most talked about feature is the classic Snake Xenzia game along with a bunch of other games like Nitro Racing, Danger Dash, and Tetris. Although some of these games are only the demo version and for the full game the user has to purchase it. However, Snake Xenzia can be played for free and it brings a lot of memories back and can be enjoyed in the free time.

The phone comes with an 800 mAh battery which might not sound that great but can easily last for 4-5 days in one go which is impressive considering the features it offers alongside. The company claims that there is an "inherent coloring" on the body, which means that color runs through the material of the phone.

Verdict 

If you were or still are a Nokia fanboy and extremely missed the good old Nokia game while also want a secondary phone then this might suit your choice. The phone has a refreshed look and some updated and well-thought features. However, it no memory card slot, low internal storage might be some issues that can not be neglected either.

What We Loved

  • Nice build
  • Good performance
  • Decent battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • No memory card option
  • Lacks multimedia support
  • Low internal memory
5.

Lava A1 Josh

Lava A1 Josh
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.8" (120 x 160)
  • Camera
    Camera
    NA
  • RAM
    RAM
    4MB
  • Battery
    Battery
    800 mAh

Overview 

Lava is a popular Indian phone manufacturer and understands the Indian market well enough. They have found a lot of success in the mid and entry segment phone market and managed to build a nice reputation among consumers. The phones offered are solid and feature packed as well while at the same time being well in reach to the customers. The company launched the Lava A1 Josh which belongs to the A1 feature phone family earlier this year. One of the main outlines of this phone is that the company is promoting this phone as the custom made device for the Indian Army.

One of the key features of this phone is the build quality and sturdiness. The Lava A1 Josh comes with a strong and durable Polycarbonate frame which is lightweight while at the same time provides toughness also. The device is not very thick either giving it a sleek look and feel which is very appreciated. The phone is available in two colors Black and White.

It has a 1.8-inch QVGA display with 128 x 160 pixels resolution. The display is a bit disappointing as the company could have had a better panel but as the whole theme of this phone is toughness and durability so this screen perfectly justifies that. However, it is competent enough and can be viewed in any conditions without much hassle.

The Lava A1 Josh owns some prominent and useful features. It possesses a dedicated micro SD card slot with a maximum capacity of 32 GB along with dual sim slots. It also comes with USB connectivity and Bluetooth for file sharing. A multimedia option is also present which can let the user play songs or videos although the videos are limited to mp4 only.

An FM Radio support is also available accompanying FM recording. It has a Smart contact search option which lets the user search contacts fastly and a Call Blink Notification which blinks the screen if a call is missed or for incoming calls. A very cool feature of the A1 Josh is that it has a digital clock on the locked screen so one can quickly view time without waking the phone. Privacy protection feature can also be found on the phone along with common features like an instant torch, super battery mode, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

It also has a bunch of games namely Air Strike, Danger Dash, Block Breaker which can prove as a stress-buster if you want to take a break from work. An 800 mAh battery is provided which as the company says can last for a week in a full charge which is a great thing. The phone arrives with a 1-year manufacturer replacement guarantee and 6 months replacement guarantee for the in box accessories as well.

Verdict 

The A series from Lava is very promising and offers some good feature phones. The A1 Josh is an upgraded version of A1 and surely offers some nice and cool options than it's predecessor. It is a solid phone and definitely a viable option if you are on a super tight budget and looking for a cheap yet sturdy option then this phone is worth your money.

What We Loved

  • SD card support
  • Multimedia options are available
  • Great additional features

What We Didn’t Like

  • No camera
  • Poor display
  • Average battery
6.

Lava A3

Lava A3
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.77" (128 x 160)
  • Camera
    Camera
    0.3MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4MB
  • Battery
    Battery
    1750 mAh

Overview 

On the last spot on our list, we have the Lava A3 which was released in the year 2016. The Lava A series has been in the market for quite a while now and also made a good reputation for itself too. The phone is an incremental update and brings a new look and some latest list of features on the table.

In terms of build and looks the company has not made some significant changes. The phone is made out of plastic which is a very standard thing in the feature phone segment. The device is sturdy and feels well-made in the hand too. The phone is not slippery and not too heavy as well. It has a speaker grill at the back along with a camera. The phone is accessible in Midnight Blue and Snow White color options.

The Lava A3 has a very ordinary display having a screen size of 1.8 inches and a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels. The screen used is a QQVGA and has ample brightness. Yet the colors are not very bright and even at decent brightness the phone looks faded. The company should have installed a new panel with higher resolution as other brands are doing.

A VGA camera can be seen on the rear side of the phone and it can record videos at low resolution. Being a VGA camera the image quality is poor and below average. Although it can deliver day to day life basic functionalities which considering the price is commendable. For storage, the A3 has a dedicated memory slot that has a maximum storage capacity of 32 GB.

The usual features like FM Radio with FM recording, Bluetooth, USB connectivity (for charger only), a video player with playback capability of MP4 or 3GP videos, and dual sim slots are present. The phone has a photo phonebook option which means one can store contact details along with the person's picture which is an impressive thing.

The A3 also incorporates some of the previously seen features like an instant torch, locked screen digital lock, smart contact search, big dial fonts, privacy protection for enhancing the phone's security, and an audio jack. It also has support for games and some pre-installed games are shipped with the device.

A massive 1750 mAh battery powers the phone and additionally, a super battery mode is available too. The phone has the capacity to last for about two weeks in a full charge on mild usage so battery backup is not an issue.

Verdict 

If you are planning to buy the Lava A3 you probably should skip this one. The reason is that the phone doesn't bring anything new and the features offered are not very amazing or luring. There are some great phones from Lava as well as different companies which offer good value for money.

What We Loved

  • Camera support
  • A dedicated memory card slot
  • Decent speaker

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor display
  • The camera could have been better