Smartphones make excellent gifts for almost all occasions. But it’s obviously not as easy to buy a phone for someone else as it is to buy it for yourself. They’re extremely personal devices, very often projections of our personality. You’re not going to pick up a Samsung/Sony device if you’re a Nexus fan, are you?
Turns out, this dilemma holds true when you’re giving someone a device too. A poorly-thought phone decision could make for a terrible gifting idea. Gifting a phone demands extensive market research and understanding of a preference of an individual customer.
Given you have all the pre-requisites sorted, here is a list of a few phones you could narrow down on, based on the budget range.
Price range: under INR 10,000
With smartphones heading towards ultra affordability, there are a large number of phones available within a humble mark of 10k. These phones come with impressive features like highly efficient cameras and full HD displays.
One such phone is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 32GB by Xiaomi. The 2GB RAM variant of the smartphone is priced at INR 9,999/- currently and is indeed a feature-packed phone. It was released in February 2017.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 boasts of a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. However, the screen is not scratch resistant. Powered by a 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, it also packs in 32GB of internal storage. You can further extend it up to 128GB via a microSD card.
It weighs close to 175 grams and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Other features include a finger-print sensor, Dual SIM slots, a 4100 mAh battery and a 13MP rear camera powered with Touch Focus, Phase Detection, Video Recording, HDR, Panorama Mode, Face Detection, Auto-focus and even Geo-tagging – all usually unheaard of in this range. It also has a 5MP Front Camera. There’s clearly good value here, and it makes for a good gifting option.
Other viable options in this range are the LeEco Le 1S, Moto G4 Play, Moto E3 Power, Lenovo K6 Power and Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus. While each phone has its pros and cons, each one of these are loaded with competitive technologies and provide a good experience at a price of 10k and below.
Price range: INR 10,000 to INR 20,000
As we move the budget cap higher up by another 10k, smartphone manufacturers have much more to offer. One smartphone that caught our eye was the Motorola Moto M, that was out for sale in December last year. Priced at INR 17,999, the 64GB internal memory/ 4GB Ram variant of the phone is available exclusively on Flipkart. The other variant has a 32GB storage and is powered by a 3GB RAM and is hence priced lower at INR 15,999.
The Motorola Moto M runs on 2.2 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor. The all-metal Motorola smartphone boasts of a sleek design and comes in two colours: Gold and Silver. It has a 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, and Gorilla glass protection. It runs on a 3050 mAh battery. A noteworthy feature is the presence of Dolby Atmos sound enhancement. This is in fact the first Motorola phone to feature the Dolby Atmos.
The M runs Android 6 Marshmallow. It includes a finger print sensor on the back, along with typical connectivity options. It’s Dual SIM (accepts Nano-SIM in both slots), and supports 4G/LTE.
Other features include a 16MP rear camera coupled with an 8MP front camera. As is the case with most Motorola smartphones, Moto M supports Moto Turbo Charging for a quicker charge.
Price Range: INR 20,000 to INR 30,000
Most of the phones in this price range have to offer flagship class performance sans the premium price tag.
OnePlus 3T has been a major performer in this range and has a lot of impressive features to its credit. The flagship phone is a successor to the popular OnePlus 3. It runs on the powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and an insane 6GB of RAM. This means smooth and hassle-free multi-tasking with no decaying speed as you open multiple apps. It’s a boon for gamers, as the phone also runs on an Adreno 530 GPU. The phone is available in a couple of variants: 64GB and 128 GB storage options. The inbuilt memory however, is not expandable.
It features a 5,5-inch full HD Optic AMOLED display protected by a Gorilla glass covering. There’s a 16MP primary camera on the back for high speed image capturing. It supports 4K video recording, phase detection (PDAF) and a Smile Capture Mode. It also sports another insane 16MP front camera that can handle 1080p video.
Moreover, The 3T is fueled by Android 7.0 Nougat. Powered by a 3400 mAh battery, the dual-SIM phone offers diverse connectivity options: Wi-Fi, HotSpot, Bluetooth, 4G capability, GPS and NFC. Another star feature of this phone lies in the fact that it supports the Dash Charging technology – delivering 60% battery life in just 30 minutes of charging.
The device comes with a USB 2.0 Type-C port and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Priced at INR 29,999 and INR 34,999 respectively, the 64GB and 128GB variants both offer a great experience to the user. Having said that, it definitely makes a good gifting option.
Price Range: Above INR 30,000
LG G5 (32GB) priced at INR 40,990 is a phone everyone would love receiving as a gift. The LG flagship phone has a sleek all-metal body that impresses users at the first glance. What sets it apart from a lot of other phones in this range is its modular ecosystem. The modular parts and accessories that complete the phone are called LG Friends. The modules include the LG Cam Plus, a camera grip with additional buttons for user-friendly camera usage and LG 360 VR to support LG G5’s virtual experiences, amongst many other modular accessories.
The LG G5 sports two rear-cameras: a 16-megapixel camera with a standard 78-degree wide lens and an 8-megapixel camera with a wide-angle, 135-degree lens to capture a wider area in a frame. It also has an 8MP front facing camera. The Dual-SIM phone features a 5.30-inch QHD screen with a pixel density of 554ppi.
LG G5 runs on a 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC and a 4GB RAM. One can boost the inbuilt storage capacity of 32GB up to 200GB using a microSD card. The phone created quite some buzz around it with its Dual-rear camera feature and a modular build.
However, as you increase the budget range above INR 30k, the smartphone manufacturers have a lot to offer, including their flagship models. Some other great options would be the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Google Pixel, LG V20, HTC 10 and iPhone 7.
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