The Best Basic Mobile Phone under 1000 (Dual Sim Nokia Mobiles with Keypad) in India

by Oct 25, 2019

Are you on crossroads while seeking feature phones with dual SIM? If yes, this review is for you to dispel your doubts. India has been a place for most of the mobile phone brands to have a brisk business. Keeping a nation’s population in mind, companies are investing hugely here. This is a commonly known fact that a lion’s share of people in India is from the middle class. Having agriculturists and employees from a lower middle class, the country has a huge strength of people who are not from a well-to-do background. Even there are people who are earning on a daily basis and are just hand to mouth.

This is particularly a place that has an individual from every stratum. But something common can be witnessed apparently. Everybody in this country is keen on mobile phones. People from lower echelons to the upper crust, love to spend on imposingly fashionable and elegant handsets. Obviously, they cut their coat according to their cloth. Even the rickshaw puller would be seen having a mobile phone. And this is justified. Mobile phones have become more of a necessity or in fact, a compulsion for every individual in society. Triggers may vary but its need can be identified in every nook and corner.

And these feature phones cater to the needs of every single person. From the display, design to data services, everything is given sheer heed. This is noticeable that owing to the stiff competition, companies are giving their best to satiate their users with the best of their abilities. Most of these feature phones share almost the same specifications. However, they do differ in their construction and some other aspects. Before you go through this review, this is worth noticing that all these phones will cost less than Rs. 1000/-. We are going to assess handsets from Lava, Micromax, Phillips, Xccess and Adcom.

The 6 Best Basic Mobile Phone under 1000

1.

Philips Xenium E108

Philips Xenium E108
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.77" (128x160)
  • Camera
    Camera
    NA
  • RAM
    RAM
    NA
  • Battery
    Battery
    1000 mAh

The very first phone in the review is E108. For sure, this is the time for you to see something good, feel something ecstatic and witness something soothing. With all that can be catered in this price range, Phillips’s this phone is going to be the pie of your eye. From head to toe, as they say, the phone deserves to be spoken high of. Companies have understood this out and out that to rock in Indian markets, they have to produce phone in every range. No doubt, people look forward to spending on mobile phones.

Still, they can only buy what they afford. Anyhow, this phone from the company will not allow you to gaze anywhere else for a while when you set your eyes to it once. Premium colour options, design, display and features will act as a convincing cause to make your mind to buy this phone.

To commence, E108 has a sleek appearance that is the very first factor that would compel anybody to end their search for a feature phone. This sort of design is quite easy to hold and convenient to carry. Plus, the colours really add to their beauty. For a moment, one falls for it easily but then it is a human tendency to seek more. Still, no issues are there.

The company has prepared well to make an impact. The phone offers you to use two connections simultaneously. The hassle of keeping different devices would not be there. Use both of your numbers at the same time without any qualms. This is a win-win situation for obvious reasons. One can save their hard-earned money and the problem of carrying multiple devices is solved too. This is what they say killing two birds with a single stone.

Now, it comes to the display. A 1.77-inch TFT colour display will have a comforting effect on your eyes. This is pretty common to use one’s phone for long hours for one or the other reason. Having such screen will definitely let you go easy on your eyes. Not only your eyes will be at rest but also the frame of mind will be elated while gazing at the vibrant screen. This is to notice that the screen will also showcase a good image quality.

Next, a high quality 1000mAh battery will be your saviour in every thick and thin. Be it official or domestic affairs, the battery of the phone will not be a hindrance. Resolve the issues and dispel every doubt with continuously intelligently performing phone. An FM radio and flashlight are the features that give you a reason to celebrate your phone every moment. Please yourself anytime with the music dear to your heart

What We Loved

  • Amazing colour options

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average performance
2.

Xccess X493

Xccess X493
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.8" (128 x 160)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 0.3 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    NA
  • Battery
    Battery
    800 mAh

The second phone here in the list is Xccess X493. Weighing its features one by one, we will come to know to a conclusion of why the phone should be bought. This budget phone has GSM+GSM, combo to greet you at the very first place. We know that we are living in a world where the pace of life is getting faster each day. And to keep the pace with the swiftly changing world, one has to keep oneself fully loaded with the provisions to counter different problems head to head.

Many individuals are easily found keeping two phones for different purposes. It becomes a hassle for many to keep two handsets. This can be heard easily in one’s family when someone loses one’s phone not only in crowded places but also while travelling or in other numerous scenarios. To eradicate this issue, the company simply allows you to manage it effortlessly by putting both cards in one phone.
Secondly and prominently, the phone has a nominal weight of 120 grams that is pretty comfy to take care of. Be it, males or females, everybody has this pleasure to take advantage from.

Thanks to contemporary companies, we do not even see it as a problem. Moving further, 1.8-inch colour TFT screen (256K colours) give you solacing time using your phone. X493, to make a special place in your day-to-day life, has been rendered with 32 MB RAM and 32 MB storage. This is clearly a good number when we are talking about budget phones. However, the memory can be expanded up to 32 GB by adding a Micro SD card. Leaving 3G and Wi-Fi, the device has the provision of GPRS and Bluetooth for its users.

With a 3.5mm headphone jack, recreation is an easygoing process. With an option to save music and videos, you are your own cheerleader any time you feel like a sleepyhead out of the bore. Plugin your gears and get lost in your fantasy world while listening to music. Music, surely, has a vital role to play to make you full of life. This gadget is not less than a bundle of joy for anyone who seeks enjoyment at odd times.

With the privilege of a loudspeaker, you can also play it loud enjoying with everyone around. Apart from this, a camera is another source of entertainment. Although basic having a camera is a better option than lacking it. And with expanded memory, you can save as many pictures as you want. Finally, having 192 minutes of talk time provided by 800mAh battery is also a relief in this world of hurries and worries where sparing time is a hell of a job.

What We Loved

  • Supports Wi-Fi hotspot

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low resolution
3.

Micromax X1i Pop

Micromax X1i Pop
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    2.4" (240 x 320)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 0.3 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    NA
  • Battery
    Battery
    1750 mAh

After accumulating information about various phones in the category, this is a time to learn about X1i-POP. As soon as we unpack this gadget with bated breath, handset, charger, battery, hands-free and user guide come under our sight. The company offers you to choose from three colours namely coffee, graphite grey and red.

All the colours available have their own distinguished charm to adore. This will definitely instigate others to ask you about it. Heading forth, we come to learn that this feature phone has a present to offer us at a very first gaze of having a dual SIM. We are given a hybrid SIM slot on the phone. This used to be in special phones at some time but now, several companies offer their users this praiseworthy feature. Moving ahead, a 1.8-inch display screen with 240 * 320 pixels welcome us with a calming effect. This system is backed up by 1 MHz clock speed. We all know deep down the peace we get when the pace of the operations of the phone is swift. For obvious reasons, this makes us feel unstoppable with a feel of being a king. And this is how Micromax has armed us.

Jumping to memory and storage features, the phone has a provision to save data internally by providing 32 MB of space accompanied by 32 MB RAM. The combo for the given configuration works pretty well. We are also provided with a dedicated slot to put memory card easily. This, by all means, empowers the phone and the user up to a great extent. Furthermore, what embellishes it more is the availability of 0.8 MP rear camera to click a pic whenever you feel like. And with a memory card, we have ample space to save as many pictures as a card can hold. This X-series feature phone from Micromax has a removable battery.

The keypad is quite appealing with relaxation to type anything with ease and aplomb. Chatting with friends and family is always an activity dear to us and with a keypad easy to access; it becomes an activity of fun and frolic. To keep the fun activities, the makers have precisely designed everything. Last but not least, an 800mAh battery stands tall to fuel all the functions and operations of the handset. The device is also covered with a year of warranty and a six-month warranty for in-box accessories.

Micromax’s efforts are apparent while learning about all the features from a to z. Since its origin, Micromax has been doing great by performing with all the heart and soul. We can be sure of the fact that in the near future, we will be getting excellent products from the company.

What We Loved

  • Value for money

What We Didn’t Like

  • Ineffective display
4.

Lava A3

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

With exceptionally phenomenal looks that we notice while observing it closely, A3 has many superb features to surpass most of its rivals in this price section. A 1.8-inch QQVGA display offering 128 * 160 screen resolution gives a satisfactorily mesmerizing experience. Usually, there is a perception that feature phones have nothing much to offer. However, breaking all the conventional barriers, Lava A3 is like a genie out of the bottle.

The phone will please you aptly by providing an option between midnight blue and snow-white colour. Among various features available, the first worth noticing is call recording. This is not a compulsion for you to record every call. The option is readily available every time. You can willfully record any call.

Obviously, this is good news. Keep the conversations with the dear ones close to you and listen to it time and again. There are occasions when recording is our necessity and having this service handy is seriously admirable. Lava A3 is there to get a round of applause for this and many other features at your disposal. Moreover, the device allows you to mute/unmute the calls by just pressing the # button for long. Make calls to your loved ones by just dialling a number.

You guessed it right. Speed dialling has also been featured to enhance the calling experience every time you use it and save time. Particularly with some age groups, this is a boon. Clearly it is an easygoing process to memorize a number to call someone. Not just this, making a conference call is also possible with this feature phone. Poke fun at each other or engage in a serious talk every day with your loved ones. This dual sim (GSM+GSM) device also allows you to keep the numbers on the blacklist.

Jumping to the camera, a VGA primary camera not only frees you to click pictures but also record videos. Zoom in and zoom out the photographs to note down the minute details in the pictures with ease like never before. And the dimensions 117.5 * 50* 14.6 mm will give you a nice peep into the photographs.

And with expanded memory, any number of pictures can be saved on the card. Not just photos but also save anything and it can be used as a device to transfer several files from a device to other devices. All the functions are backed up by a 1750mAh power battery. With the specifications given, this battery is fair enough to manage all the functionality. A3 has been delivering a great service since its origin. You get to believe this when learning that it has a music player too that can tingle your frame of mind with ease in a matter of minutes.

What We Loved

  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average speaker quality
5.

Adcom J2

Adcom J2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.8" (128 x 160)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 0.3 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    NA
  • Battery
    Battery
    1500 mAh

Adcom J2 is at the fifth position in our review of dual SIM budget phones. After Nokia, Adcom too has used the same polycarbonate finishing for the phone. This does not let the scratches over the body be highlighted. Even if we keep our phones with sheer care, we still get some rough marks one or the other time. But thanks to this shell of polycarbonate, they do not become visible over the surface. This covering skirts the 1.8-inch screen of the phone. The amenities provided by the phone include digital camera, Bluetooth, music/video player, FM radio and 3.5 mm audio jack.

Starting with the camera, we know how important a camera has become for us. Even if of average quality, the presence of a camera is good news in itself. Having a camera enhances the influence of the phone. Capture the moment anytime to keep it with you for good. With an expandable memory card, you can keep plenty of photos with you always and even share it with your near and dear ones. In addition to it, Bluetooth in the system makes you capable of stealing the show by being a jockey. Attach it with speakers and play your loved one bombastic track.Shake your legs in the company of your peers and make any moment a gala moment.

Moving further, the phone also provides you with a way to release all of your burden and tensions by providing you with a music player. Keep that every track that makes you forget all of your anxieties with you always. And not to forget, an FM radio is there to stay abreast with the ever-changing world. Update yourself with up to the second information by listening to the news, broaden your mental horizon by feeding your brain with something thought-provoking every day on the radio.

Fan your curiosity by learning a lot from your ideal on the radio. Many radio stations air several shows that add to our knowledge like anything. And finally, an audio jack that can actually make you a jack of all trades (tongue in the cheek) by making you pass your time productively while acquiring something fresh on a daily basis. You can also play music or radio out loud too.

They say it aptly appropriate that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The phone is furnished with LED torchlight to make you reach the end of the tunnel where there are all sunshine and rainbows. Save a lot of numbers and messages on the phone. Not this only, we have also been given a few games to keep us occupied in a way that is quite stylish. A couple of games come preinstalled to scotch you from getting bored to death

What We Loved

  • Huge battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • Keypad with moderate quality
6.

Lava A1

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

With official launch date October 26, 2018, Lava A1 is the last phone in the list to pay heed on. A1 has a TFT display of 1.8-inch and having a resolution of 128 * 160 pixels. 0.3 MP camera is at disposal. The camera has a digital zoom that has 640 * 480 pixels image resolution. This kind of image quality is worthy of praise for such a camera. Capture every moment that will be a treasure for you once in the future. Reminisce those old times with these pictures and videos. And obviously, storing it is not a problem with a 32 GB memory card. The pixel density of 114 PPI will take care of everything concerned with the display.

Apart from this, the feature phone has a limited capacity phonebook that can hold up to 1000 entries and 100 messages. Being a budget phone, this is the best Lava can offer in the category. Among other features, calculator, calendar and alarm are the most common ones that are offered. A1 is a dual sim (GSM+GSM) phone that can only handle the 2G network.

Shedding light on the other options, we are given torchlight and auto call recording to keep track of the conversations we love to listen to time and again. You can save ample MP3 files and listen to them using loudspeaker and earphones. The given video player can access 3GP and MP4 without any issues. One can easily guess the availability of 3.5mm audio jack to attach earphones. For having many music files, you can have a memory card of up to 32 GB that can hold ample music and video files for the user.

As far as the dimensions are concerned, this has a width of 48mm, the thickness of 14.2mm and height of 112.2mm. There are two options available in colours which are midnight black and ivory white.

Everything is supported by a battery measuring 800mAh. This Lithium-ion powerhouse will let you face any qualm for long hours. You need not charge the battery time and again. A battery can be easily relied upon. This power of the battery can give the users a stand by time of around 8 days. Even while talking, the numbers are considerably laudable. For network connectivity, users can bank upon USB port that can be used for multiple purposes. Data transfer is one of its provisions.

The packing will contain a handset, battery, charger and a user manual to guide you through the nuts and bolts of the product. A1, too, comes with 1-year replacement warranty. Whereas, in case of accessories on the phone will have a 6 months replacement warranty.

What We Loved

  • Praiseworthy price

What We Didn’t Like

  • Unfavourable keypad