It’s raining smartphones nowadays. And if you’re bored with your old phone (smart or not) Holi is the best time to give it a good dunking and bid it a colorful farewell.
Alternatively, if you have already bought a new smartphone and plan to celebrate the festival of colors in the company of your precious acquisition, you better scroll to the end of this article first.
Assuming that you have already given your old phone a colour ‘n’ water wash or are otherwise engaged in serious thoughts about buying a smartphone, here’s what we have trawled out of the market buzz for you.
Microsoft is offering a Rs 7,000 cash-back on its Nokia Lumia 930 at its brick-and-mortar outlets. The marked price of the phone is about Rs 28,000. The device should be a power-packed bargain with its 5-inch, Full-HD, sunlight-readable display; 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor; 3G connectivity and built-in wireless charging.
And if you were to buy a Lumia 535 you could get Rs 6,000 off on purchases made using the Windows Phone Jabong app over 3 months. Plus Paytm gives you Rs 600 worth top-up on a recharge.
Samsung Galaxy S4 has also been selling for Rs 17,999 on Amazon with Android L update ahead of the festival.
Besides established players, Chinese phone maker OPPO is out with a few models that should be good purchases. With a 5.2-inch AMOLED display, octa core Qualcomm MSM8939 processor and a 13 MP rear camera OPPO R5 is a decent camera phone. It uses PI 2.0 Plus Flash Shot technology and has a maximum focus time of 0.18 seconds.
The phone has the option to create a composite image out of 10 separate images into a 50MP high-definition picture. The same option is available in its Find 7 model. Find 7 also offers video experience at 4K resolution with HDR and slow motion capabilities. Besides, it boasts MaxxAudio from Waves that ensures bass effect. The OPPO R5 is priced about Rs 29,990 whereas Find 7 is priced about Rs 36,000.
Other phones from the OPPO stable are the N1, the N1 Mini and Mirror 3. The N1 and N1 Mini come with rotatable 13MP camera which serves the dual purpose of front and rear camera. The Mirror 3 comes with an 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. The device also provides beautification options on portrait shots.
OPPO also has a powerful offering among devices other than smartphones. Its VOOC Mini 1.1 power bank, which provides 75 percent battery life with a 30 minute charge is a good buy, offering two-hour call on charging for five minutes.
There are some other recently launched, capable devices that you could add to your shopping cart this Holi. The Yoga 3 Pro laptop from Lenovo is one of the lot. It can be used in four positions Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet and is the “world’s slimmest convertible ultrabook”. Priced at Rs 1,14,990 the device is available at select Lenovo and Croma stores in India.
Among its contemporaneous offerings are the TAB 2 A7-30 (priced at Rs 11,800), Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, Yoga 2 AnyPen and additions to the ThinkPad series.
ASUS aficionados can check out the EeeBook X205, the 11.6-inch notebook with a full-size keyboard and large touchpad. The device is powered by an Intel Atom Processor and at present comes preinstalled with Windows 8.1 and Bing advantage, and more than 500 GB of cloud storage.
Another good buy this Holi should be the HP Stream 11 notebook. The Celeron Dual Core (1st Gen) powered device has a dedicated 3G SIM slot. It also offers 1TB of cloud storage. The notebook is available at a starting price of about Rs 20,000.
But if you have already purchased any of these devices, especially smartphones, you should read on; smartphones aren’t yet smart enough to keep themselves waterproof. It would be wise therefore, to buy a protective plastic zipper pack for your phone. Believe us they should be worth the money when the safety of your phone is at stake.
If pouches have been struck out from among accessories in your fashion statement, fancy phone cases can work just as well. There are plenty of these available online at prices ranging from Rs200 to Rs 500 depending on the model.
If all these options have to be ruled out, perhaps one ‘jugaad’ should be front and back screen guards. These can protect your phone from scratches and smudge. But they leave speakers open to damage.
And if some damage has been done, do not opt for DIY control measures such as drying the phone with a hair dryer. The phone may not protect itself from a wash but can dry on its own left to itself. Beyond this, the service centre should be your next stop. Happy Holi shopping!
Vishal Kawadkar & Ajith Kumar S