Smartphone Buying Guide [Early 2018]

     So, last year, I wrote a mini guide to purchasing smartphones which was majorly based on performance indexes compared to their price points. That article garnered quite a lot of interest amongst the Nerdcasm community that I’ve decided to turn it into a series, but this time getting a bit deeper and not just focusing on the performance side of things.

Though the major focus would still be the value-for-money aspect that these smartphones could provide, there are always some Gadgets which provide that aspect through giving much better features in terms of cameras or displays while trading off a little in the performance side of things. Let’s get this started.

Range – INR 10,000 to INR 20,000

Listing out the choices we have in this range –

If performance and longevity is the main concern for you, and the Operating system doesn’t matter much and you don’t consume a lot of media off your device, the iPhone SE would actually be the best bet for you right now since it has the performance of a 2016 Flagship and would be the only phone on this list which would have updates supported till 2021.

But on the off-chance media consumption and camera are your choices, the Honor 8 would be the best choice at hand owing to its amazing set of dual cameras at this budget while having the performance equivalent to the Snapdragon 820. The phone is a perfect bet for you.

But in case your priorities remain more on the looks and battery life then the Honor 7x would suit you owing to the18:9 display and the optimization through the mid-range chip inside.

I would strongly suggest to straightaway avoid Redmi Y1, LG Q6, Nokia 5 and 6 due to their highly subpar performance which would not at all reflect well on the longevity side.

Best Bets: Honor 8, Honor 7x, Apple iPhone SE
Honor 7X
Avoid Altogether: Redmi Y1, LG Q6, Nokia 5 and 6
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Range – INR 20,000 to INR 30,000

Listing out the choices we have in this range –

In this budget am straight away going to tell you to get the Honor View 10. It hits everything you need in a phone at this budget right out of the charts. An 18:9 display, alongside a front fingerprint scanner even in those minuscule bezels, with a flagship level camera and performance at flagship points too.

Honor View 10

Range – INR 30,000 to INR 40,000

Listing out the choices we have in this range –

Surprisingly, I would still urge you to scroll up a little and get the Honor View 10 instead. But if you still want to get one amongst these 4, the best bet here would be the OnePlus 5t.

OnePlus 5t

Range – INR 40,000 to INR 50,000

Listing out the choices we have in this range –

Here, there are two choices for you. If you want the stock Android along with the best camera for photography you could have on a smartphone, get the Pixel 2 but if you need an 18:9 display (and a headphone jack), get the LG V30+.

Google Pixel 2 and 2XL

Range – INR 50,000 +

This range covers the best flagships which were released till now. Here I’d suggest you give a look at the smartphone awards and read in detail about your choices and then, you be the judge of your needs.

If you need an overall great value for money, then get the iPhone 8 which blows all the other phones off through its performance, but if you need an Android phone, the best choice you could have the Galaxy S8.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

At an even higher end, there is iPhone X and the Note 8 and amongst these two, it all depends on your needs more than a value for money point.



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