Friday, January 7, 2011

Five Things to Look Out For While Buying a Budget Phone

While a few use their mobile phones to access email and surf the internet, most of us are satisfied with a phone which can perform the basic functions – making and receiving phone calls, text messages and listen to music once in a while. There are several advantages of using a low end phone. Apart from going easy on the pocket, you can also use it without worrying about losing the phone or damaging it. However, there are certain points to remember when shopping for a budget phone.

Entry Level Need Not Necessary Mean Low On Features

Even the most basic mobile phones have a brilliant colour display with a minimum of 65 K TFT which makes it easy for the user to use it in bright sunlight, apart from looking good. Most phones also come with phonebook memory of at least 500 contacts and 150 text messages, like the ones in Accord A14. Apart from these functionalities which are almost a given, look for additional features such as support for expandable memory, good looking light weight form factor and a large screen. These features are in-built in Accord’s A17 model, that in a sleek, stylish designs packs an extendable memory compatibility of 4GB.

Better Battery Life

The advantage that entry level phones have over their smarter counterparts is that they consume very little battery. Even a basic battery featuring a 800 mAh Lithium battery pack, like the one is Accord A14, would give you talk time of at least 6 hours and a standby time of up to 10 days. However, you should definitely consider upgrading to a phone which has a 1200 mAh Lithium battery pack (called marathon battery, and is available in Accord A15 and above models) which gives you a talk time of at least 10 hours and a standby time of up to 30 days.

Minimum Entertainment, Maximum Fun

While listening to music may be low on your check list when shopping for a low budget mobile phone, you should definitely look at a minimum requirement of at least a FM Radio. Look out for additional features such as MP3 ringtones (moving beyond polyphonic ringtones), a music player and GPRS/MMS capabilities, like the ones packed in Accord A17. Some phones which go the extra mile and provide you with features such as melody composers with which you can make your own custom ringtone and even a sound recorder to record those important calls or to take skip taking notes in a lecture.

Dual SIM Capability

Since the primary reason for going for a budget phone is to stay connected, look out for a phones which have dual SIM and dual standby capability. (Check our previous feature on how to manage your life with a dual SIM phone). Depending on your requirements, you can opt for a GSM + GSM or a GSM + CDMA combination. This will ensure that you never miss another important call, while at the same time, allowing you to separate your personal life from your professional one.

Added Features

Go for phones which have added features such as currency converters, a torchlight, mobile phone trackers like the ones available in Accord A15 which will ensure that you are always ahead of the game when it compared to other users of entry level budget phones.

Entry level phones are no longer entry level. It’s time for end users to be pampered by features which are usually available on higher end phones in phones which are a couple of thousand rupees. So if you’re considering owning one of these low cost phones that are high on features and light on pocket, check out the vast spectrum of models from Accord mobiles, here.

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