Best Feature Phones In India (September 2019)

by | Sep 19, 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 150Overall Best Pick
2. Samsung Guru Music 2Runner-Up Pick
3. Nokia 106Best Ergonomic Design
4. Infocus Hero Selfie C1Best Feature Rich Basic Phone
5. Lava Prime XHonorable Mention

1. Nokia 150

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Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent battery life
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • VGA camera with LED flash

The Nokia 150 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.

Design and Build Quality

The Nokia 150 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.

User Interface

The Nokia 150 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.

Display

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

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 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 headphones or an external speaker, it would help in the cause.

Verdict

The Nokia 150 is the best intermediate phone for those who feel that they are not yet ready for a 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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Lightweight and compact

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Dual SIM 2G

Q

Muffled speakerphone output

 Specifications

Operating SystemSeries 30+
 Memory16 MB Internal Memory
Camera0.3MP Rear, VGA Fron
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

R

Ample contact storage space

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SD card slot

Q
Sound distortion at high volumes

 Specifications

Operating Systempropreitory
 Memory
Camera –
Battery800 mAh
Display2 inch QVGA Display

 

3. 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 features 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.

R

Rugged design

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Dual sim connectivity
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Integrated torchlight
Q

Keys feel a bit mushy

 

 Specifications

Operating SystemSeries 30+
 Memory8 MB
Camera
Battery800mAh
Display1.8-inch QVGA Display

 

4. InFocus Hero Selfie C1

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Best Feature Rich Basic Phone
  • Front and rear camera
  • Dedicated music keys
  • One-year warranty

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

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

The Selfie C1 from InFocus is a dirt-cheap feature phone that cost only around Rs.750 and provides you with the basic features with the finest quality.

Design and Build Quality

As with all feature phones, the Selfie C1 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 sufficient key travel distance to them for avoiding inaccurate presses.

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

Display and Camera

The 1.8-inch display with a resolution of 240×320 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 appears 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 earphones plugged into the inbuilt 3.5mm jack that is present on this device.

Connectivity

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

The InFocus Selfie C1 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 torchlight and a wireless FM radio support.

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

Battery Life

The Infocus Selfie C1 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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Dirt cheap pricing

R

32MB internal memory

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Hindi language support

Q
Low resolution display

 Specifications

Operating Systempropreitory
 Memory32 MB
Camera1.3 MP Rear camera,0.3MP Front camera
Battery1000mAh
Display1.8 inch QVGA

 

5. Lava Prime X

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Easy to Use Feature Phone
  • Long-lasting battery 
  • 1.3MP rear camera
  • Dedicated SD card slot

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

The Lava Prime X 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

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

This feature phone 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 Prime X 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 Prime X features a 1.8-inch LCD colour display with a resolution of 120 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.

The 1.3MP 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 Prime X has a phonebook memory capable of storing up to 1000 contacts and comes with 32MB 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 Prime X is an easy to use budget feature phone for people looking for a secondary device or as a gift to elder people.

R

Robust build quality

R

Excellent signal reception

R

2-year replacement warranty

Q

The plastic body easily prone to scratches

 Specifications

Operating Systempropreitory
 Memory32 MB
Camera1.3 MP rear camera
Battery800mAh
Display1.8 inch 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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