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Best Smartphones for around 20k

You can find probably millions and zillions of such list on googling the title of my post. Then why on earth should i make another one? The answer lies in 6 months of pure frustration for not getting a phone despite having 20k in hands and despite having millions and zillions of such lists. I can say with utmost confidence and proof that each and every single list is SHIT! No offence to anyone who made those list, but i have to say that all those live in a cave far far away from modern world. 

The list of phones below is what according to me are worth buying if your budget is around 20k. Some of the listed phones might still not be launched in India, but its worth knowing what you can get if you wait a while before making up your mind. I really hope that this will clear out most of your doubts and confusion. If you have a friend in US, then please do order the phone, don't wait for India release coz recently the prizes are absolutely ridiculous here. We all know the cons, but its anyday more profitable and sensible to get a phone from abroad which is priced twice here. You are gonna throw it away in one year anyway so those who are not 'warranty-freaks' shouldn't care much about it. Only those specs are mentioned which are worth mentioning. Also the list is not in any order so don't pull the trigger on me without reading this line. 
[images from gsmarena.com]
Here we go : 

1. Samsung Galaxy Grand 

PRICE - 21,000/-

Looks like Samsung is leaving no stones unturned and demolishing any sort of competition in mobile industry. Just 2 days back, Samsung announced a mid-range phablet called Galaxy Grand. Pretty much justifying its name, the phone features a behemoth 5 inch screen and packs in a lot of beef too. Phone comes with 1.2 Ghz dual core processor with 1GB RAM and BROADCOM VIDEOCORE IV GPU. One big flaw other than same old cheap, dull and boring design is the display. WVGA display, low reso (400X850) at a meager 187ppi justifies the generous price tag. For those looking for big screen phones with good hardware at very affordable price, look no further that Galaxy Grand.  


Full Specs : 

OS
Android 4.1.2
DISPLAY: 
WVGA
480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches
PROCESSOR
Dual-core 1.2 GHz 
MEMORY
8GB storage expandable upto 32Gb, 1 GB RAM
GPU
BROADCOM VIDEOCORE IV
BATTERY
Standard battery, Li-Ion 2100 mAh
CAMERA
8 MP + 2 MP



2. LG Google Nexus 4


PRICE - 299$ (Unlocked 8gb storage)
Status in India : Still not launched officially, available on ebay india for 23k.

This will give you jolts for hours. Just read the specs :
1.5ghz Quad Core processor
2gb ram
4.7 inch screen with 768 x 1280 reso
Adreno 320 GPU

Still wondering how this behemoth of a phone is available at such a puny price? Well even i couldn't believe my eyes. No wonder its getting out of stock even before you blink your eyes. Only con is non expandable memory (Quite stupidity) but just look at the specs !!!


Full Specs : 

OS
Android 4.2.1
DISPLAY: 
True HD IPS Plus
768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches
PROCESSOR
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
MEMORY
8/16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
GPU
Adreno 320
BATTERY
Standard battery, Li-Po 2100mAh
CAMERA
8 MP + 1.3 MP



3. Nokia LUMIA 820
PRICE : 25,000

Lumia series is probably the only reason why Nokia is still standing its ground even after being meddled by other companies. Actually Lumia series is much bigger than we(majority) think, simply because we(again referring to majority) don't know anything about windows OS except its cons. Thanks to amazing, innovative, blazing fast and beautiful Windows phone 7.5(onwards) OS for turning our heads which were buried inside android and ios. Its like a ray of light or an angel from heaven for those who haven't seen light of the day since android is introduced. With windows 8, lot of improvements have been done and finally people are realizing the power of windows. With 1.2 lac apps already available, another batch of 4 lac upcoming apps and easy portability of android n ios apps, the empty room is finally getting filled with hot chicks(apps). Don't think much and dive into the world of windows 8 with this upcoming budget phone LUMIA 820. It may be little costly to be included on the list but their is no reason not to look out for this beautiful piece of hardware from Nokia which is as good in performance as it looks.

Full Specs : 

OS
Microsoft Windows Phone 8
DISPLAY: 
AMOLED 
480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches
PROCESSOR
Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
MEMORY
8 GB internal storage + expandable upto 64gb , 1 GB RAM
GPU
Adreno 225
BATTERY
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh
CAMERA
8 MP + VGA


4. LG OPTIMUS L9 P765


PRICE: 18,000

Yet another LG phone on the list. its LG OPTIMUS L9. 4.7' screen with rock solid PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Dual core and 1gb ram at such a meagre of a price. Recent onslaught of samsung has had a great effect on customers as other companies are forced to drop prices to stay in the competition. For that specs, its a blind deal. If only you are not a samsung fanboy, go with this superb phone from LG. 

Full Specs : 

OS
Android OS v4.0.4
DISPLAY: 
IPS LCD
540 x 960 pixels, 4.7 inches
PROCESSOR
Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
MEMORY
4 GB internal storage + expandable upto 32gb, 1GB RAM
GPU
PowerVR SGX540
BATTERY
Standard battery, Li-Ion 2150 mAh
CAMERA
5 MP + 0.3MP


5. HTC Desire X


PRICE - 18,855/- on flipkart.com

Another recently launched android phone which is selling like hot cakes. Sleek, stylish looks as always from HTC and a decent hardware too. This is the perfect phone for you if you are looking for a good android phone. oh and i almost forgot, it comes with beats audio enhancement, infact all upcoming phones too.


Full Specs : 

OS
Android OS, v4.0.4
DISPLAY: 
Super LCD 
480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches 
PROCESSOR
Dual-core 1 GHz
MEMORY
4 GB internal storage + expandable upto 32gb , 768MB RAM
GPU
Adreno 203
BATTERY
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh
CAMERA
5 MP + NO SECONDARY CAMERA

6. HTC windows 8s


PRICE: 19,000 

And its finally out in India with perfect pricing. Available in two colors fiesta red and Antique Blue, both looking very very pretty. A beautiful Windows phone this time by HTC. This will be the perfect phone for those with tight budget who are looking to switch OS and try the new windows experience. Biggest competitor will be Lumia 620, a shade better specs with horrible, cheap design, i don't think it will topple 8S but let's see.

Full Specs :

OS
Microsoft Windows Phone 8
DISPLAY: 
Super LCD 
480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches 
PROCESSOR
Dual-core 1 GHz Krait
MEMORY
4 GB internal storage + expandable upto 32gb , 512MB RAM
GPU
Adreno 305
BATTERY
Standard battery, Li-Po 1700 mAh
CAMERA
5 MP + NO SECONDARY CAMERA


7. SAMSUNG GALAXY S II
PRICE: 24,200/- (2nd hand sets available in excess at 19k-20k)

This phone arguably proved to be the turning point for Samsung. Personally I believe it is the best phone Samsung ever made till now. Even after more than a year of its launch, the craze for S2 never died and it is still regarded as the kind of mid-end smartphones. Despite having seen a flurry of dual and quad core smartphones released this year, there is no substantial change in price of Galaxy S2 which is quite surprising. Nevertheless, you can always find a 2nd hand S2 no matter where you are. Try olx and you can find tons of  amazing deals. Most of the people have kept their precious phone in mint condition. Price range from as low as 12,000 upto 20,000. There is absolutely no harm in going for those. A phone that never gets old.


Full Specs : 

OS
Android OS v4.1
DISPLAY: 
Super AMOLED Plus
480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches
PROCESSOR
Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
MEMORY
16/32 GB internal storage + expandable upto 32gb, 1GB RAM
GPU
Mali-400MP
BATTERY
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh
CAMERA
8 MP + 2 MP

Recent changes in the list : 
* Samsung Galaxy s Advance kicked out from the list. 
* Lumia 820 priced and available in local stores.
* Sony Xperia P kicked out from the list.
* Samsung galaxy grand entered the list
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