Best Feature Phones In India (June 2020)

by | Jun 18, 2020

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

Why?

The 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 seven feature phones in India.

Let’s begin.

Best Feature Phone in India

1. Nokia 216Overall Best Pick
2. Samsung Guru FM PlusRunner-Up Pick
3. Nokia 105Best Ergonomic Design
4. Lava A3Value for Money Feature Phone
5. Micromax X380Best all Round Performer
6. Kechaoda K112Best Triple SIM Phone
7. Nokia 3310Honourable Mention

 

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1. Nokia 216

nokia-216
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+
Camera0.3MP Rear, 0.3MP Front
Battery1020mAh
Display2.4-inch QVGA Display

2. Samsung Guru FM Plus

samsung-guru-fm-plus
Runner-Up Pick
  • FM radio 
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Excellent network reception

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 FM Plus 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 FM Plus 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 FM Plus has a 1.4-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 FM Plus is a music-centric feature phone for the masses.

This device has a built-in FM tuner with which you can tune in to local radio stations. Do note that you should plug in an earphone which acts as an antenna for FM reception.

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 FM Plus 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 love listening to FM radio on your phone, this is the best pick for you out there for a budget of under Rs.2,000.

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Robots build quality

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Comfortable keypad

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Intuitive user interface

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Sound distortion at high volumes

 Specifications

Operating SystemProprietory
Camera –
Battery800mAh
Display1.5-inch QVGA Display

3. Nokia 105

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Best Ergonomic Design
  • Robust build quality
  • Suited for rough use
  • Cheap

Nokia 105 is another good entry-level feature phone from Nokia at around Rs.1,000.

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 105 is as cheap as it can get, Nokia has made some efforts to make this device look attractive.

The Nokia 105 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 105 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 105 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 105 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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Lightweight

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Easily visible large fonts

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Sensitive microphone

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No dual-sim

 Specifications

Operating SystemSeries 30+
Camera
Battery800mAh
Display1.8-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 A3 is 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

Q

The plastic body easily prone to scratches

 Specifications

Operating SystemProprietory
Camera0.3MP
Battery1750mAh
Display1.77-inch QVGA

5. Micromax X380

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Best all Round Performer
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Dual SIM connectivity 
  • Regional language support

Micromax once ruled the market, before Chinese smartphone companies set their foot in the country.

After that, the company almost disappeared from the map. Now Micromax is trying for a comeback, not with smartphones but with feature phones aimed at rural populations in the country.

The Micromax X380 is a feature-packed device, costing just under Rs.1,200.

Design and Build Quality

The Micromax X380 is made completely out of plastic, which doesn’t surprise us given the price.

The black and red colour scheme look decent and the overall feel in hand is passable.

The speaker placed in the rear is loud and clear but lacks bass. There is a four LED array torchlight on this phone which can be activated by long-pressing the centre D-pad button.
The keypad on this feature phone is not the best we’d say but performs quite okay.

Display and Camera

The Micromax X380 features a 1.77-inch QVGA display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.

This display gets decently bright and the intuitive UI makes the usage effortless.

Micromax has given a 0.3MP rear camera for occasional photos and videos. There are a built-in photo gallery and video player to review/playback the same.

Miscellaneous features

Micromax X380 is a feature phone aimed at rural India, comes with 21 different Indian regional languages.

This will let users without English proficiency use phones in their native language.

This feature phone comes with Bluetooth which can be paired with your primary smartphone for receiving calls and text messages.

There is an anti-theft feature which will let the phone message a preset number if someone tries to insert a SIM card.

There is a password lock for gallery, messages and call logs as well.

FM radio works without plugging in the earphone, with decent speakerphone clarity.

The Micromax X380 also has an SD card slot if you like to listen to offline music.

Battery Life

The Micromax X380 packs in a relatively large 2500mAh battery inside. This is a removable battery.

It lasts easily for three to four days even with heavy usage.

Verdict

The Micromax X380 is a feature-packed phone costing you just under Rs.1,500.

With India-centric features such as regional language support, this is apt for elders for their day-to-day usage.

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Bright LED torchlight

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FM radio

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Audio and Video player

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Hard to press keypad

 Specifications

Operating SystemProprietory
Camera0.3MP
Battery2500mAh
Display1.77-inch QVGA

6. Kechaoda K112

kechaoda-k112
Best Triple SIM Phone
  • 3200mAh battery with power bank option
  • Easy to press keypad
  • Good call quality

Kechaoda is a Chinese brand selling dirt-cheap feature phones in the country, targeting people who want more features for less price.

The Kechaoda K112 is a rugged form factor feature phone with triple SIM slots packing a massive 3200mAh battery with a price tag of just Rs.1,359.

Design and Build Quality

The Kechaoda K112 is built like a tank. With high-density plastic used for the construction, this feature phone can easily take abuse without any serious damages.

There are indentations with textures around the frame of this phone for the better handgrip.

A regular torch sized LED bulb is present and accounts for aiding night vision.

The backplate is screwed in so that if you want to insert or take out the battery, you will have to use the supplied screwdriver in the box.

Display and Camera

This triple SIM feature phone has a 2.4-inch QVGA display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.

The display is decent to say the best, with okay brightness and colours. But at this price, it’s pretty obvious one does not purchase a phone for its display.

The interface is similar to the one found on other Chinese feature phones.

When it comes to the camera, the Kechaoda K112 features a 0.3MP rear shooter with decent quality, when shot at good lighting condition.

Miscellaneous Feature

Thanks to the massive 3200mAh battery inside which is quite an overkill for a feature phone, the Kechaoda K112 doubles up as a power bank.

The USB port on this device lets you charge other devices just like you charge them from a power outlet, albeit at lower speeds.

The speaker on this device is fairly large and offers loud sound output like no other phone in its segment.

Battery Life

As we mentioned early, the Kechaoda K112 packs in a 3200mAh battery inside.

This battery will last for around 10-12 days of normal usage. When used extensively, expect the phone to last for at least a week before running out of juice.

The charging process from zero to hundred takes a while, approximately 3 hours.

Verdict

The Kechaoda K112 is a monster when it comes to battery life. If you have more than two SIM cards and finds it difficult to use multiple phones, this triple SIM phone with features packed to the brim might impress you.

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Rugged build

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Bright torchlight

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Loudspeaker sound output

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Bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemProprietory
Camera0.3MP
Battery3200mAh
Display2.4-inch QVGA

7. Nokia 3310

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Honourable Mention
  • Dual SIM feature phone
  • 1200mAh long-lasting battery
  • Intuitive interface

Nokia released the all-new 3310 as a modern version of the nostalgic and ever-popular 3310 which sold like hot cakes in its time.

The all-new Nokia 3310 is priced under Rs.4,000 which is slightly expensive but when it comes to the nostalgic value, there might be people willing to spend their money on this.

Design and Build Quality

The Nokia 3310 looks and feels almost the same as its original counterpart. The button layout and the front fascia remain the same.

The keys are well spaced and easy to press, delivering the same feel of the original Nokia 3310.

The removable backplate now has a camera and an assisted flash cut out. Everything else remains the same, even the way we pry out the backplate to insert the battery.
And yes, this is a dual SIM device unlike the original which had a single SIM, and also comes with an SD card slot.

Overall the build quality and design are excellent to say the least.

Display

The Nokia 3310 comes with a 2.3-inch QVGA colour display, having a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.

This display looks bright and vivid for the price, and thanks to the redesigned Series 30+ OS, with large icons and fonts, overall usability is on par when compared with other devices in this segment.

Miscellaneous Features

The Nokia 3310 as we mentioned earlier comes with a 2MP rear camera with flash. You can take decent stills with this camera usable for viewing in the phone gallery itself.

The all-new snake game is included in this phone for revisiting the old memories.

The dual SIM Nokia 3310 does have internet connectivity. You can casually browse the internet via 2G connection, but the experience will be painfully slow.

Battery Life

The Nokia 3310 is powered by a 1200mAh battery. Nokia claims this battery has a standby time of up to 31 days with 22 hours of Talktime.

You will get the phone to run for 4-5 days even when used heavily with this battery.

Verdict

If you want a feature phone and has used or seen the legend Nokia 3310 for yourselves, this will be a nice revisit to the old memories.

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Classic 3310 form factor

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Easy to press keys

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2MP rear camera with flash

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Expensive

 Specifications

Operating SystemSeries 30+
Camera2MP rear
Battery1200mAh
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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