When sales of smartphones tripled in 2013, it seemed as if the feature phone market might quickly sink into oblivion. While India remains the fast growing smartphone market in Asia, the local market is still dominated by feature phones with a 71% volume share.
Microsoft, for instance, recently launched a new feature phone, Nokia 215. Microsoft claims Nokia 215 is the cheapest Internet ready feature phone available till date. With the Nokia 215, the firm is hoping to target billions of users expected to buy their first mobile phone.
What's more, Micromax is not even thinking to stop making the feature phones. The company has come up Joy series of feature phone and the firm is targeting at those who are looking at low-cost device for back-up purpose. The two new devices X1800 and X1850 are priced at Rs. 699 and Rs. 749 respectively.
Smartphones or Feature Phones
There are many people who have no interest in browsing an internet or running an app on a device. To be precise, they simply want a normal phone that can make calls. A feature loaded phone come in a variety of colours. They generally sport full QWERTY physical keyboard, and run proprietary software.
Here is a list of feature phones you can buy right now.
The Nokia 105 won't disappoint you in terms of battery life. Despite its 800mAh battery, the 105 offers 12.5 hours of talk time and up to 35 days standby time. It even features a 1.4-inch colour display and FM Radio.
Asking price - Rs. 1,060
Nokia 130 comes with a built-in video and music player. Microsoft claims to offer 46 hours of continuous playback and 36 days of standby battery life on a single charge. Other features include flashlight, FM radio and USB charging.
Asking price - Rs. 1,604
Launched in 2013, the device is still available in the market. It flaunts a 0.3-megapixel VGA camera with 640x480p resolution, fixed focus and 2X zoom. The phone also boasts of a high capacity BL-4C battery which can run the device (single-SIM) close to 31 days on standby mode and up to 13.8 hours of talk time (the battery gives 25 days back time for dual-SIM model on standby time).
Asking price - Rs. 1,714
Micromax Joy X1800
Micromax Joy X1800 comes with a 1.77-inch coloured screen. The device also packs a 750mAh battery to give consumers up to 235 hours of standby time, as claimed by Micromax.
Asking price - Rs. 699
Micromax Joy X1800
Micromax Joy X1850 also comes with 1.77-inch coloured screen. But it offers an 1800mAh battery, the device delivers 25 days of back up as claimed by the firm
Asking price - Rs. 799
Nokia Asha 500
The Nokia Asha 500 comes with 2.8-inch QVGA display and sports 2-megapixel rear camera. The Asha 500 is available in two variants, single-SIM and Easy Swap dual-SIM.
Asking price - Rs. 3,098
Samsung Guru 1200
The Guru 1200 has a 1.52 inches display with 128 by 128 pixels resolution. This basic handset from come loaded with Samsung's own proprietary OS. The Li-ion battery at 800 mAh capacity gives a standby time of over a month and up to 9 hours of talktime.
Asking price - Rs. 1,275
Panasonic EZ180 comes with a 1.8-inch colour LCD display, and is supported by a storage expansion up to 16GB via microSD card. It also has a VGA quality rear camera on the back.
Asking price - Rs. 1,350
Panasonic EZ240 comes with a 2.4-inch colour LCD display. It also features a 1.3-megapixel rear camera. The feature phone packs a 1200mAh battery.
Asking price - Rs. 1,790
This solid looking Micromax X084 offers a 1.8-inch screen. It comes with an 1800mAh battery. Other features include an FM Radio, 2G connectivity and a VGA quality back camera.
Asking price - Rs. 1,055