“Honey I Cracked the Screen”: Budget Phones for the Eternally Clumsy

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“Honey I Cracked the Screen”: Budget Phones for the Eternally Clumsy

Illustration: Arati Gujar

There are two kinds of mobile phone users: The first sort — more likeable — buy covers and scratch guards on the first day, remember to charge up every night, and use their devices for years until a new one is forced on them by natural technological progress. The second — and more common — sort, have somehow managed to break a very important feature of their brand-new device just 10 seconds after it’s handed to them by the delivery boy, and must now wait 20 minutes every time they want a WhatsApp message to load.

This article is more for the second kind of person. For this lot, owning a phone that doesn’t give you tiny cuts every time you swipe through Twitter is a luxury, and being able to access 4G at any given moment is a form of modern-day witchcraft. What they need isn’t some mini-computer worth half-a-lakh that’s going to unlock by looking at their face (provided they have a well-defined jawline and aren’t closing their eyes). What these guys need is a phone that — despite whatever Apple Inc may tell you — manages to pack in all the features of expensive flagship models for under ₹10,000, so no one has to regret wasting six months’ EMI in two days.

Motorola One Macro

Granted, you probably haven’t thought about Motorola since Snake II was the pinnacle of mobile gaming, but the company has consistently been churning out above-average, and more importantly, cheap phones for years.

Motorola

The latest that fits neatly into the under ₹10,000 category, is the Motorola One Macro, a sleek, modern-looking phone that has three more lenses than the Nokia 3310: A macro vision camera, a main camera, and a depth camera. It also has a battery life of a day-and-a-half, so feel free to leave the house without your charger, and not panic halfway to work.

Also enjoy stealing your friend’s Netflix on a 6.2” (19:9) HD+ screen, and download as much as you can before they catch you, with 64 GB of storage, and you’ll soon forget all about that iPhone X and its human-like emojis.

Motorola One Macro, a sleek, modern-looking phone that has three more lenses than the Nokia 3310.

Redmi Note 7

Okay, you might have to be prepared to tell a white lie every time someone asks you what phone you’re using, but the Redmi Note 7 is actually quite an impressive device.

For starters, call yourself Khaleesi because you just inherited a Snapdragon 660 SoC. You also get a bigger screen than the Moto mentioned above, so make sure you don’t scrimp on going for the quality tempered glass, and you get 3GB RAM, which is impressive for something that’s a seventh of the price of the latest Samsung flagship.

Redmi Note 7

The only minus to this pretty cool phone is this weird, glossy blue back cover (which no one should technically be seeing anyway, because remember, you need to get a case).

Realme 3

No, we are not making this up, there’s a phone called Realme, and fakers better not be caught using it.

RealMe

Jokes aside, this is probably the nicest-looking phone in the completely-unidentifiable-under-₹10,000 category. It also comes with a MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, so make of that what you will, and has a dual camera set-up so you can capture every angle of your bhel before you take a bite. With 4GB RAM, a 3MP camera, and a triple slot for an SD card of your choice, there’s nothing to complain about, really.

Nokia 2.3 runs on Android 9 Pie, and has 32GB of storage, which can be expanded to 400GB in case you’re planning to download all seasons of Naagin.

Nokia 2.3

No, it isn’t the early 2000s, but you read that right — a brand new Nokia smartphone released in December last year at a ₹8,200 price tag, which this British Youtuber thinks is both budget and brilliant. It comes with a MediaTek Helio A22, and 2GB of RAM, so it isn’t going to be as fast as some of the options in here. Instead, what it does offer, is a chance to say you own a Nokia phone, which in 2020, is priceless. 

Nokia 2.3

The phone runs on Android 9 Pie, and has 32GB of storage, which can be expanded to 400GB in case you’re planning to download all seasons of Naagin for your next vacation. Pretty neat for a phone that costs approximately as much as a couple of AirPods. Plus it comes in three colours: Charcoal, Cyan Green, and Sand, so, yay.

Now, the techie in you is probably thinking, “You haven’t even mentioned the Vivos, the Oppos, and the cheaper Samsungs.” But we trust that you watch enough ads in between the overs of a cricket match to figure those out for yourself. This list is by no means an exhaustive and definitive guide to budget phones, but the next time you find a phone disintegrating the second it touches your hand, you’ll probably find it quite handy.

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