Before phones were “smart”, they were fun, stylish, and wouldn’t require to be charged within few hours. In post-iPhone era though, all the phones look the same drab slab of glass. Little wonder then, many still long for the charming retro designs and simplicity of the feature phones. With the announcement of Nokia 3310’s comeback, feature phones seem to be getting back in vogue. Moreover, many people are realizing that these inexpensive devices make for good companions to your big screen battery draining smartphones.
Just a few weeks back, HMD Global released the Nokia 150 in India. It is quite an inexpensive product for Rs 2059. Yet, the phone boasts of a quality polycarbonate shell. The retro candybar phone is quite slim and compact. The tiny 2.4-inch screen has VGA resolution with decent outdoor readability. This dual-SIM phone comes with 2G support. You are not going to buy this phone for its Internet capabilities anyway. The VGA camera is there just for the sake of ticking the check box. The phone comes with a microSD card slot so that you can load up plenty of music on the go. The 1020 mAh battery provides standby of up to 25 days. Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio, MP3 playback. It comes with old school Nokia games such as Snake and Space Impact.
Samsung Guru Music 2
The Samsung Guru Music 2 is a basic dual-SIM phone. It has a microSD card slot that supports up to 16 GB of expandable storage. To justify Music in its name, Samsung’s phone comes with dedicated Play/Pause button and loud inbuilt speaker. It gets a 2-inch QVGA display, which is quite basic but offers good readability. Its 800 mAh battery offers up to 11 hours of talk time. Other features include FM radio and micro-USB port for connectivity. Priced at Rs 1700, it can keep company to your expensive Galaxy smartphones.
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Easyfone is a senior citizen friendly mobile phone. It sports a 2.2-inch screen with excellent readability and viewing angles. The keypad is large and has comfortable spacing between the keys. There’s a dedicated side key to lock/unlock the phone. It comes with a photo dialing feature for up to eight contacts. The Easyfone also has a dedicated SOS key at the back. The makers claim that the phone offers loud and clear call quality. For convenient charging, the phone comes with a cradle charger. The Easyfone offers some basic features such as FM radio, 0.3-megapixel camera (yes, that’s terrible), firm grip on the back, and call blocking. The phone has 700 mAh battery and retails for around Rs 3400.
Terrible name aside, the Kechaoda K116 is a good phone. It is more or less the size of your credit card. The phone tips the scales at only 40 grams. It can even fit in your wallet. The phone comes with a basic 1.44-inch colour display. It has good old polyphonic ringtones. Since it hardly has any feature apart from making calls and sending messages, the 400 mAh battery lasts for multiple days. In terms of connectivity, you get Bluetooth and micro USB port. It sells on Amazon.in for Rs 1049 onwards and is available in variety of colour options such as black, red, gold, silver and baby pink.
Lava 4G Connect M1
Thinking of using a Reliance Jio SIM in a back-up phone? Domestic manufacturer Lava has you covered. Its Connect M1 is the first VoLTE enabled feature phone in India. The handset is made of polycarbonate body. To keep things running at a good speed, the Connect M1 is powered by Spreadtrum 1.2 GHz dual-core processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM. The Lava 4G Connect M1 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display. Other features include a VGA camera, Bluetooth, FM radio, USB connectivity and microSD card support up to 32 GB. The phone has a 1750 mAh battery, which easily lasts for a few days. The Lava 4G connect M1 comes at delicious price of Rs 3333.
The Nokia 230 is quite a premium-looking phone with a metal frame. The rear side is made of sand-blasted aluminium. It comes in elegant dark, white, and silver colour options. If your primary phone is an iPhone, this phone from Nokia will compliment it with its sleek design. The Nokia 230 has a 2.8-inch display. The dual-SIM phone runs Nokia OS v7.5. It gets a microSD card support of up to 32 GB for your music and videos. The phone has a 2-megapixel front and 2-megapixel main camera. Backed by the 1200 mAh battery, this phone promises of up to 23 hours of talk time and up to 22 days standby time. Other features include Bluetooth, FM radio, and torchlight. Priced at Rs 4000, this phone can be purchased online or from brick-and-mortar shops.
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