Best Feature Phones In India (April 2019)

by | Apr 9, 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 six feature phones in India.

Let’s begin.

Best Feature Phone in India

1. Jio Phone 2 Best ‘Smart’ Feature Phone
2. Nokia 216 Best Build Quality
3. Samsung Guru Music 2 Best Value for Money Pick
4. Nokia 106 Best Ergonomic Design
5. InFocus Hero Smart 4 Best Phone Under Rs.1,000
6. Lava A1 Easy to Use Feature Phone

1. Jio Phone 2

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Best ‘Smart’ Feature Phone
  • Perfect for texting
  • Solid build quality
  • Lightweight and compact

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.

The Display, a Mighty 2.4-inch TFT Panel

The Jiophone 2 feature 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 the OS

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 Jiophone 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 the 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 camera – one at the front and one in the back for video calls and occasional selfies and other pics.

Battery and More

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 squeezes out of the battery is less when compared with the 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 days smartphones.

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

The feel of typing in on a hardware keyboard is irreplaceable. So if you loved your old Nokia’s 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 System KAI OS v
Memory 4 GB/512 MB
Camera 2 MP rear, 0.3 MP front
Battery 2000 mAh
Display 2.4-inch

2. Nokia 216

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Best Build Quality
  • 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 candybar 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 still remain fully functional.

Simple and Intuitive User Interface

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

The phone has a 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 is no lags while using the phone even for longer hours of time.

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 definitely holds in 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 serves 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 feature 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 definitely help in the cause.

Summary

The Nokia 216 is a 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 on board, this feature phone has one of the best build quality around that will ensure a 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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Opera browser + Store for apps
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Torchlight+FM Radio
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Ergonomic design
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No 3G/4G connectivity

 Specifications

Operating System Series 30+
 Memory 16 MB Internal memory & MicroSD card slot Support for up to 32 GB
Camera 0.3 MP rear/ VGA front
Battery 1020 mAh
Display 2.4-inch QVGA display

3. Samsung Guru Music 2

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Best Value for Money Pick
  • 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 the 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.

Minimal Design and Rugged 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 centered 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 back plate of this phone has a textured finish to aid proper grip while holding the phone even with wet hands.

Dual SIM 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 is 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.

Unlimited Music Entertainment

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

This device has a 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.

Conclusion

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 System Samsung proprietary
 Memory exp. up to 16 GB
Camera  –
Battery 800 mAh
Display 2 – inch QVGA display

4.Nokia 106

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Best Ergonomic Design
  • Robust build quality
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use interface

Nokia 106 is another good entry level feature phone from Nokia at around Rs.1,500.

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

Build Quality and Design

Even though the Nokia 106 is as cheap as it can get, Nokia has made some efforts to make this device look attractive.

The Nokia 106 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 106 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 106 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.

Verdict

The Nokia 106 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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Rugged design

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Dual sim connectivity

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Integrated torchlight

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Keys feel a bit mushy

 Specifications

Operating System Series 30+
 Memory 4 MB
Camera  –
Battery 800 mAh
Display 1.8-inch QVGA display

5. InFocus Hero Smart 4

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Best Feature Rich Basic Phone
  • Suited as a backup phone
  • Cheapest feature-rich device
  • Comfortable keypad

InFocus is a relatively new entrant to the Indian cellphone market.

The company has many offerings in the budget android smartphone segment that provide a great value for money proposition.

The Hero Smart 4 from InFocus is a dirt cheap feature phone that cost only around Rs.625 and provides you with the basic features with the finest quality.

Plastic Build

As with all feature phones, the Hero Smart 4 comes with a plastic construction that feels decent enough for the price.

The phone isn’t as light as you may think and has a definite heft to it.

The well-spaced keys in the keypad have sufficient key travel distance to them for avoiding inaccurate presses.

The D-pad allows the phone to have easier navigation throughout the user interface as well.

Display and Camera

The 2.4-inch display with a resolution of 240x320 pixels is not the best in the business as far as we can say.

The brightness levels are just OK for the price and the text appear pixelated.

There is a camera in the rear for the namesake and doesn’t provide anything useful with its limited capability.

This device comes with a dedicated SD card slot by which you can enhance the memory up to 32GB.

This memory can be used to store songs which you can listen through an earphone plugged into the inbuilt 3.5mm jack that is present on this device.

Connectivity and  Extra Features

In India, most of the people have at least two SIMs or more.

The InFocus Hero Smart 4 comes with dual sim support that can be used for simultaneous use with two different networks at once.

The device also has the usual set of practical features such as a torch light and a wireless FM radio support.

Yes, the one which doesn’t require you to plug in a headphone to act as an Antenna.

A Fake-Note detector!

Yes, we aren’t mistaken with this one.

This feature phone houses an infrared light that you can use to check the currency for any abnormalities such as the missing secret invisible lines that RBI prints on its currencies.

This would benefit a lot of villagers who claim to be the main victims of fake note circulation in the country.

Battery Life

The Infocus Smart P4 comes with a relatively higher capacity 1000mAh Li-ion battery inside.

In the paper, this battery should make the device last for a lot but practically we felt that the battery life is a bit on the lower side when it is compared with the competitors.

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Wireless FM radio support
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Ultra cheap
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Fake currency detector
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Low resolution display
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Average battery life

 Specifications

Operating System propreitory
 Memory exp. up to 16 GB
Camera 0.3 MP Rear camera
Battery 1000mAh
Display 1.8 – inch QVGA

6. Lava A1

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Easy to Use Feature Phone
  • Suitable phone for elders
  • Phonebook storage up to 1000 contacts
  • 1-year replacement guarantee

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

The Lava A1 is a basic feature phone which is targeted for the adult population who are just starting out to using a mobile phone for the first time.

Design and Build Quality

The Lava A1 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 A1 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 A1 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 A1 features a 4.5-inch LCD colour display with a resolution of 240 x 320 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.

The 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 A1 has a phonebook memory capable of storing up to 1000 contacts and comes with 24MB 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 an 800mAh Li-Po battery which is rated to last for up to three days of heavy usage.

Verdict

The Lava A1 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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Ergonomic design

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Affordable

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Battery life

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The plastic body easily prone to scratches

 Specifications

Operating System propreitory
 Memory 24 MB
Camera 0.3 MP Rear camera
Battery 800mAh
Display 1.77 inch 240x320 QVGA

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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