Best Feature Phones In India (January 2020)

by | Jan 11, 2019

Even though most of the users prefer a smartphone with impressive specifications, there is definite demand for feature phones that do basic tasks.

Why?

Primary reason being the stellar battery life and the other being the ease of use.

Even those with a smartphone in hand tend to buy a feature phone for their secondary usage.

Keeping these facts in mind, we’ve tailored a list of the best five feature phones in India.

Let’s begin.

Best Feature Phone in India

1. Nokia 216Overall Best Pick
2. Samsung Guru Music 2Runner-Up Pick
3. Nokia 110Best Ergonomic Design
4. Lava A3Value for Money Feature Phone
5. JioPhone 2Smart Feature Phone

1. Nokia 216

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Overall Best Pick
  • Suited for rough use
  • Impressive battery life
  • Reliable product from Nokia

The Nokia 216 is a great feature phone ideal for users who need no smart functionality.

They do the age-old jobs you expect from a mobile phone like crystal clear voice call, text messaging, FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity and torchlight functionality without any issue.

Sleek design and comfortable form factor…

The Nokia 216 has a candy bar design with subtle curves around the edges. This makes this device comfortable to hold in your arms.

Meanwhile, the plastic construction feels tough and durable but is a bit slippery in hand.

The legendary Nokia build quality is evident with this product. This device can handle rough use and mild abuses and can remain fully functional.

Simple and intuitive User Interface…

The Nokia 216 runs on Series 30+ OS with 16MB internal memory.

The phone has an easy to learn interface that’s quite understandable even for first-timers.

Adults using a phone for the first time would find it extremely helpful thanks to the large icons and easy to read fonts.

The OS is well optimized for the phone to run smoothly. There are no lags while using the phone even for long hours.

The ringtones are loud enough and the vibration feedback is strong as well. Don’t be afraid of losing calls or messages even when you’re in the middle of a chaotic crowd.

The display – QVGA it is!

It has a 2.4-inch QVGA display and 0.3MP rear and front cameras.

This display isn’t the sharpest we’ve seen but holds in the ground when it comes to other competitors in the same price league.

What makes the display even more attractive is the large fonts and icons used.

The cameras at both the front and the rear serve a rudimentary purpose of clicking occasional photos or selfies for the sake of just enjoying it on the screen and not anyplace else.

Connectivity and battery life…

It has dual SIM capability and can store more than 2000 contacts.

This is one of the most relevant features for an average user. Having a lot of space for contact storage is a desirable feature in any phone, be it a smartphone or not.

In case you love listening to songs on an SD card, there is a dedicated memory card slot to expand memory up to 32GB.

It has an outstanding battery backup of 1020mAh that can withstand 4 days of normal usage.

The phone also comes with Bluetooth 3.0 so that if you need to connect anything wireless such as a headphone or an external speaker, it would help in the cause.

Summary

The Nokia 216 is the best intermediate phone for those who feel that they are not yet ready for a full-fledged smartphone.

With almost all the functions such as internet availability and cameras onboard, this feature phone has one of the best build quality around that will ensure peace of mind no matter how rough you are going to use it.

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Dual SIM feature phone

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Torchlight+FM Radio

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Ergonomic design

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No 3G/4G connectivity

 Specifications

Operating SystemSeries 30+
 Memory16 MB Internal Memory
Camera0.3MP Rear, 0.3MP Front
Battery1020mAh
Display2.4-inch QVGA Display

2. Samsung Guru Music 2

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Runner-Up Pick
  • A basic phone for music lovers
  • Loud sound output
  • Keys offer good tactile feedback

Samsung started with feature phones at first in the market and then shifted gears to smartphones later after which it has been a dream run for the company in India.

The Guru Music 2 is an updated version of the original Samsung Guru feature phone which was at the time a popular device for the masses.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Guru Music 2 comes with a practical design that has nothing extraordinary to make it look cool.

The whole design is centred around practicality, which for a feature phone is of utmost importance.

The keypad on this phone is one of the most comfortable ones we’ve seen on any feature phone to date.

The keys are clicky and very soft to press as well.

The backplate of this phone has a textured finish to aid proper grip while holding the phone even with wet hands.

Connectivity

Duos branding had been a popular marketing gimmick for Samsung phones with dual SIM connectivity.

This device features dual 2G connectivity and is one of the best at it. The signal reception is excellent and the voice call clarity is unmatched.

You won’t get any dropped calls with this device as the antenna bands are powerful enough to keep you latched on to a network much better than most of the smartphones out there.

Display and Battery Life

The Samsung Guru Music 2 has a 2-inch TFT screen.

The brightness levels of this tiny display are decent and you will face no issues using this feature phone in bright sunlight.

The fonts are large enough for adults to see and navigate the menus with minimal stress or strain.

It has an 800mAh battery that will last almost a week. The battery charges pretty quickly within an hour, which is of great use for those who have a busy life schedule.

Miscellaneous

As the name suggests, the Samsung Guru Music 2 is a music-centric feature phone for the masses.

This device has an SD card slot that can take cards up to 16GB for storing music.

The output quality of the music is on par with the budget smartphones out there and the quality of FM radio reception is decent as well.

Verdict

For simple functionalities like voice calling and text messaging, the Samsung Guru Music 2 is a compelling choice.

The comfortable form factor and the rugged build aids rough usage without any fear of damage.

If you’re a music lover and want your phone to be a portable jukebox, this is the best pick for you out there for a budget of under Rs.2,000.

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Excellent cellular reception

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Ample contact storage space

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SD card slot

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Sound distortion at high volumes

 Specifications

Operating Systempropreitory
 Memory16 MB
Camera –
Battery800 mAh
Display2-inch QVGA Display

3. Nokia 110

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Best Ergonomic Design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good signal reception
  • Built-in torchlight

Nokia 130 is another good entry-level feature phone from Nokia at around Rs.1,700.

It only has some basic features but it does what is expected out of it very well.

Design and Build Quality

Even though the Nokia 110 is as cheap as it can get, Nokia has made some efforts to make this device look attractive.

The Nokia 110 is available in a host of bright colours which will make it stand out from the rest of the devices.

The polycarbonate back shell even when scratched retains its colour, so the aesthetics will remain the same forever.

The buttons on the keypad are soft to press and are big enough for those adults with big fingers to dial the numbers accurately.

Overall, the Nokia 110 is a very well built device that can withstand abuses without compromising on the functionality.

Connectivity

It has 2G dual-SIM connectivity with a crystal clear voice call output.

The signal reception is on par with the competitors and does a great job with voice clarity even with less signal strength.

Even when the call is made by the in-built speakerphone, there is no voice distortion at high volume levels.

Miscellaneous

The Nokia 110 comes with one of the best practical features that any feature phone should possess – a torchlight.

In a country like India, where power cuts are more of a serious issue, having a handy torchlight in hand is a much-appreciated need.

Also, Nokia has included the classic Snake Xenzia game on this device so that you can turn your dull and boring times to a much more enjoyable and entertaining one.

This device also features a generous 1MP rear camera, just in case you want to click some quick snaps.

Verdict

The Nokia 110 is a bare minimum feature phone that comes with a rock bottom price.

With the excellent build quality and great signal reception on both of its SIMs, there is nothing more than you can ask for at this price.

The ergonomic design, easy to use the touchpad and well-built body elevate the overall user experience of a feature phone.

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Comfortable form factor

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Available in attractive colour schemes

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Easy to press keys

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Slippery plastic back

 Specifications

Operating SystemSeries 30+
 Memory4 MB
Camera1 MP
Battery800mAh
Display1.7-inch QVGA Display

4. Lava A3

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Value for Money Feature Phone
  • Comfortable keypad
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • 0.3MP primary camera

Lava is an India based mobile phone marketing company which has been in the business for a while.

The Lava A3cis a basic feature phone which is targeted for the adult population who are just starting to use a mobile phone for the first time.

Design and Build Quality

The Lava A3 is robustly designed with older people in mind. The ergonomic design of this phone is very much in tune to please the rural population.

The Lava A3 feels very light and easy to hold. The keys on the keyboard are larger and easy for elders to use without any false keypresses.

The hard plastic case of the Lava A3 is capable of withstanding rough usage.

Even if this device is handled without care, this feature phone is capable of functioning in all its entirety

Display and Camera

The Lava A3 features a 1.77-inch LCD colour display with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels.

The proprietary OS is well designed with large fonts and easy to use menu structure.

This helps even a first-time mobile phone user to use the device straight out of the box without any hiccups.

0.3MP camera in the rear is capable of taking occasional photos which is not much of a necessity for the potential users of this kind of a feature phone.

Miscellaneous

The Lava A3 has a phonebook memory capable of storing up to 1000 contacts and comes with 3MB of onboard storage.

It has a dedicated SD card slot in case you love listening to music from your phone on the go.

Battery Life

This feature phone from Lava comes with 800mAh Li-Po battery which is rated to last for up to three days of heavy usage.

Verdict

The Lava A3 is an easy to use budget feature phone for people looking for a secondary device or as a gift to elder people.

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One-touch torchlight

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Lightweight design

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Regional language support

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The plastic body easily prone to scratches

 Specifications

Operating Systempropreitory
 Memory3 MB
Camera0.3 MP
Battery1750mAh
Display1.77-inch QVGA

5. Jio Phone 2

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Best Smart Feature Phone
  • 4G VoLTE feature phone
  • Small and compact
  • Attractive data/voice rates

Jio phone one made waves in the feature phone industry in India.

Effectively costing Rs.0 to the customers, this smart feature phone had almost everything a modern-day smartphone could offer albeit in a trimmed down format.

The company has now released the latest, much-improved version of Jio Phone, the Jio Phone 2 in the Indian market. Let’s take a look at this new beauty in town.

Design and build quality

The Jiophone 2 has a design similar to the nostalgic Nokia qwerty feature phones such as the Nokia C2.

The qwerty keyboard is the centre point of this design and makes the device look much more premium when compared with other phones in this price range.

The plastic shell is tough and durable and everything fits in perfectly without any flex or creeks.

For the price, we can say that the build quality is perfectly normal and in reality, we’re more concerned with the features inside more than the build.

Display

The Jiophone 2 features a bigger and better screen when compared with its predecessor.

The 2.4-inch panel here has a QVGA resolution with a pixel count of 320 x 640 pixels.

The quality of the panel is OK but don’t expect anything crisp and clear with this display.

Processor and Performance

You might ask, is there used to be a processor inside a feature phone? Yes, there was.

And the one inside the Jiophone 2 is much more powerful.

Its a 1 GHz dual-core processor that runs all the apps intended to run on this device with relative ease.

The Jio Phone 2 runs on Kai OS which is an operating system specifically designed to run on feature phones.

It has a dedicated Kai store for downloading and installing apps.

Reliance has issued a news statement that apps like Google Maps, WhatsApp and Facebook will soon be available through the store for its users.

Memory footprint and the camera

The Jiophone 2 comes with a moderate 512MB RAM.

This is more than enough for the Kai OS to run smoothly without any issues.

The inbuilt memory is 4GB and it can be further expanded using a memory card up to 128GB.

You might also be surprised to know that this phone also features two cameras – one at the front and one in the back for video calls and occasional selfies and other pics.

Battery Life

The Jiophone 2 is powered by a mammoth 2000mAh Li-ion battery which will easily last for a day with heavy usage.

Also being a feature phone, the power that the underpowered processor and low-resolution display squeeze out of the battery is less when compared with smartphones.

The Jiophone 2 comes with a voice assistant as well. If you are too lazy to type ask the assistant to do the job for you.

The Jio Media cable, which has to be purchased separately, enables you to watch the content on big-screen when the phone is hooked up with a smart TV or even the conventional CRT TV.

Verdict

The Jiophone 2 is possibly the best smart feature phone you could get in the market.

It provides the miniature version of almost all the features that are present on the present day’s smartphones.

The qwerty keyboard is another attraction that is a rare feature that phones these days lack.

The feel of typing on a hardware keyboard is irreplaceable. So if you loved your old Nokia and Blackberry’s, you shouldn’t skip this.

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Excellent value for money deal

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Cheap data and voice plans

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Downloadable native apps

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Low-resolution display

 Specifications

Operating SystemKai OS
 Memory4 GB
Camera2MP rear, 0.3MP Front
Battery2000mAh
Display2.4-inch LCD

There you have it! We curated this list with the intention to cover a broad spectrum of user base on our mind and in the meantime might have missed some models that you find interesting.

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