The Best Samsung Mobiles Under 1000 in India

by Oct 23, 2019

With the advent of smartphones in the 21st century, many of us find our lifestyle and culture heavily influenced by the integration of mobile devices in our lives. What started as a means of communication, has grown into a sleek slab of metal and glass that surpasses the computing power of most desktop computers of that day and age.

With cheaper smartphones flooding the market each day and new companies trying different strategies to attract customers, basic mobile phones that once dominated the market drastically reduced in price, making them much more affordable.

Basic phones are a great way to carry a backup communication device and an even better solution for today’s generation that is worried about privacy issues due to the growing number of trackers in today’s smartphones. They are fairly easy to use and offer simple UI for users that might not be willing to get accustomed to the smartphone universe like many elderly customers in the country.

Apart from this, basic phones are cheap and quite durable. They are an excellent choice for adventure trips, trekking or any other survival activity. Their removable batteries make them relatively easy to charge and the support for GSM networks means that they will work with most network providers across the world.

With so many options for basic phones currently flooding the market, we have chosen the top 4 Samsung models that are available under Rs. 1000. Samsung is a known brand that is famous for reliable and durable basic phones. They use their own proprietary UI that supports most regional Indian languages and various features like multimedia player, FM, camera and much more.

These phones vary in size and different features and depending on your needs from a basic phone, you can choose the one that best fits your requirements.

The 4 Best Samsung Mobiles Under 1000

1.

Samsung Guru 1200

Samsung Guru 1200
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.52" (128x128)
  • Camera
    Camera
    NA
  • RAM
    RAM
    NA
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

The Samsung Guru GT or the Samsung Guru 1200 is a tried and tested basic mobile phone from the house of Samsung that is trusted by many users around the globe for its reliability and ease of use. Released in 2012, the Samsung Guru GT runs on Samsung’s proprietary operating system that has all essential applications like call records, contacts, messaging, calculator and much more. Equipped with a mini sim slot, the Samsung Guru 1200 supports all major GSM networks and is powered by an 800 mAh battery that gives it a talktime of 7h and a standby time of 720h! The Guru 1200 has a 1.52″ TFT screen that supports up to 65k colors, allowing you to enjoy vibrant colors on its 128 x 128 resolution.

The Guru 1200 has a durable candy bar design and a plastic body that is fitted with a single core CPU running at 156 MHz for optimum daily operation. It has plastic buttons that have decent key travel and offer a satisfying click with each press. This allows you to use the phone using buttons based on muscle memory alone.

Our Thoughts

The Samsung Guru 1200 is a great cheap and affordable option that is capable of handling all basic tasks with ease. Offering a sleek and compact design, the Samsung Guru 1200 is very handy basic phone that offers exceptional durability against most drops and bumps. It’s simple design makes it easier to be used by everybody, no matter their age and its 1.5″ screen with a 119ppi offers great visibility from every angle.

Verdict

The Samsung Guru 1200 is a great choice as a backup phone or if you are looking for a simple phone with all the basic features. It does not have any fancy additions like games, camera or a music player, and is targeted at users looking for a minimalistic phone. Its cheap price makes it a great option for people looking for a phone on a budget but if you want some multimedia features then you might be interested in the other choices in this list.

What We Loved

  • Cheap Price
  • Durable Design
  • Removable battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • No multimedia features
  • Single Sim
  • Older model (7 years)
2.

Samsung Guru FM Plus

Samsung Guru FM Plus
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    1.5" (128 x 128)
  • Camera
    Camera
    NA
  • RAM
    RAM
    NA
  • Battery
    Battery
    800 mAh

Overview

This new iteration by Samsung in the Guru series was surprisingly popular among its users during its initial release in 2015. Powered by a 208 MHz CPU and 4mb of RAM, the Samsung Guru FM Plus is snappy and easy to use. Its sleek body aids to its compact design and the addition of a removable battery increases its overall life even further.

The Guru FM Plus has support for Dual mini sim cards and is fitted with a 1.5" TFT LCD screen that has a resolution of 128 x 128 and a pixel density of 121 PPI. This allows for decent viewing experience from most angles and allows for vibrant colors even in direct sunlight. The 800 mAh battery allows for ample usage offering a standby time of 800 hours and a continuous talk time of up to 10 hours. This ensures that even as a backup phone, the Samsung Guru FM Plus will rarely ever run out of battery even if you plan on travelling extensively with it.

Our Thoughts

Samsung Guru FM Plus is a great multimedia option that has an Mp3 player as well as an FM player. Its decent loudspeaker allows you to enjoy your music wherever you feel like and the 800 mAh battery ensures plenty of juice for long term usage. If you are a music enthusiast, then you might want to look at the Guru FM Plus, its 208 Mhz processor and 4mb of RAM ensures that you never run out of memory. This way you get snappy performance no matter what the task at hand, be it playing music for hours or making back to back calls.

Verdict

The Samsung Guru FM Plus is a great choice for music enthusiasts. Its loudspeaker is decent for personal use and offers great performance in the middle and high range, but lacks in the low ranges of all music. But let's be honest, we aren't really expecting a basic phone to have exceptional performance in terms of bass.

Its 3.5mm jack allows you to attach your favorite headphones and enjoy your favorite music with all the bass you might need. Its faster processor and extra RAM will help you experience a snappy UI even when you have a couple of apps open. All in all, the Samsung Guru FM plus is a great affordable choice if you are looking for a few multimedia features in your phone.

What We Loved

  • Better Pixel Density
  • Better Battery Backup
  • FM Player
  • Mp3 Player

What We Didn’t Like

  • No SD Card Slot
  • Mushy Buttons
3.

Samsung Guru Music 2 SM-B310E

Samsung Guru Music 2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    2.0"
  • Camera
    Camera
    NA
  • RAM
    RAM
    NA
  • Battery
    Battery
    800 mAh

Overview

The Samsung Guru series has branched off in many directions since its inception almost 10 years ago by Samsung. Catering to music enthusiasts, photography addicts, basic users and much more alike, the Guru series has been widely popular due to this reason. The Samsung Guru Music 2 is the second generation of the Guru Music lineup that is focused on music enthusiasts.

Powered by a 208 MHz CPU, the Guru Music 2 has a 2" TFT LCD screen that has a wider resolution of 128 x 160. This allows for a great viewing experience from all angles and its support for 65k colors ensures a vivid and vibrant multimedia experience on the screen of Guru Music 2. Released in 2014, the Guru Music 2 has a dedicated micro SD card slot that supports up to 16GB of expandable storage using a micro SD card. This ensures that you can carry your music wherever you want to go with ease.

The Samsung Guru Music 2 also has a headphone jack and supports 3G network for faster internet browsing and better connectivity. Having a 3G connection also allows for a better voice quality, provided your network provider supports a 3G connection. You will also get other multimedia features like games, FM player, MP3 player and much more. With a battery of 800 mAh, the Samsung Guru Music 2 ensures a long lasting experience boasting a continuous talktime of 11 hours.

Our Thoughts

We think that the Guru Music 2 is a great handy choice for a decent performing handset with most of the basic multimedia features present in it, including perks like an FM player, an Mp3 player, dedicated micro SD card slot and much more. Its faster processor ensures snappy performance and larger screen allows for more screen area which translates into a much better viewing experience for users that have trouble with smaller letters on screen.

Its classy yet durable design lends to its good looks and durable body that can withstand most bumps and drops that may come its way. If you can go towards the top end of your budget then the Guru Music 2 is a great choice for you.

Verdict

The Samsung Guru Music 2 is an excellent choice for multimedia users and music listeners, thanks to its expandable storage and a great display. Its support for multiple audio formats like .mp3, .wav and much more ensures that you can carry all your music with you wherever you go.

And even if you are looking for a snappy phone that has a bigger screen than the standard 1.5" size, then the Samsung Guru Music 2 might be a better choice due to its faster processor and 2" screen.

What We Loved

  • Inbuilt Music player
  • Support for Games
  • Bigger screen
  • Expandable Storage Up To 16GB
  • Faster CPU

What We Didn’t Like

  • Lower ppi Screen Despite A Bigger Size
  • Older Design & Look That Might Not Appeal To Many
4.

Samsung Metro 313 Dual Sim

Samsung Metro 313 Dual Sim
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    2.0"
  • Camera
    Camera
    0.3MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    16MB
  • Battery
    Battery
    1000 mAh

Overview

Released back in 2014, Samsung Metro 313 is dual sim basic phone and the only phone in this list and budget that does not belong to the Samsung Guru series. It is a dual sim basic phone with a 1000 mAh battery that boasts a continuous talktime of 12 hours ensuring a long lasting usage time before you have to plug in the charger. With a 2" TFT screen, the Metro 313 has a resolution of 128 x 160 and a support for 65k colors for a vibrant viewing experience.

Apart from this, the Metro 313 comes packed with features including Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE, and an expandable storage micro SD card slot. This ensures ample connectivity and storage space for all your multimedia needs. The Metro 313 also has a VGA camera that supports a resolution of 640 x 480.

Our Thoughts

The Samsung Metro 313 is a great device for its price, thanks to its vast array of multimedia and connectivity options including the likes of Bluetooth and a VGA camera. Apart from its features, the Metro 313 has a retro candy bar design with sturdy clickable buttons that promise to last you for years to come. The speaker performs surprisingly well and it has something for everyone, whether you like photography or are an avid audiophile.

Verdict

The Samsung Metro 313 is a great option for photography enthusiasts on a budget. Although not amazing, the VGA camera offers decent enough performance to capture all your precious moments whenever needed. Its vast array of multimedia options allows you to stay entertained on the go, and its 1000 mAh battery ensures that you never run out of juice.

What We Loved

  • Bigger screen
  • Expandable storage

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low Brightness On The Display
  • Squishy Keypad