Gamechangers like the Moto G and Xiaomi Mi 3 altered our definition of value-for-money last year, but even those have been surpassed by 2015's offerings. Here are the nominees for the best VFM smartphones of the year.
In the last two years, our definition of value-for-money smartphones has changed drastically, which is why we now have categories like budget performance and affordable flagship. Here’s the list of nominees that promise the maximum bang for your buck.
The Moto G is now in its third iteration in India, and has only gotten better with age. The stock Android UI, Moto enhancements and great performance aside, the smartphone has the advantage of being waterproof too.
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Xiaomi thrives on shock value when it comes to pricing, and the Mi 4i is no different. The affordable mid-ranger was also the first Xiaomi device to be globally launched in India.
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OnePlus pretty much redefined value-for-money with the OnePlus One last year, and the OnePlus 2 follows suit, being arguably the best affordable flagship currently available. For an asking price of Rs 25,000, you get a beautiful build, 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, a fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port, not to mention great performance and battery life. And now you don’t even need an invite to buy it.
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While we saw quite a few phablets in the sub-Rs 10,000 range this year, the Coolpad Note 3 stands out for two reasons. The first is its fingerprint sensor, a feature that’s usually reserved for higher-end devices. The second is its generous 3GB of RAM, a specification practically unheard of in this category.
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The Lenovo K3 Note might not have the fingerprint sensor and meaty RAM of the Coolpad Note 3, but is still an immensely popular smartphone thanks to its full HD display, good battery life and DOLBY speakers. Add a sub-Rs 10,000 price tag into the mix, and you have a true VFM device.
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The Moto G 3rd-gen tops our list for this one. Spec-for-spec, it might be outdone by the competition, but the sturdy build, promised updates and waterproof rating make it a smartphone that will last you for a couple of years at the very least. The Coolpad Note 3 bags second place thanks to the nifty extras it brings to the table.