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  • Abhik Sen - Joint News Editor, Business Standard

    Abhik Sen

    Joint News Editor, Business Standard

    DATE: October 09, 2015, 12:00 PM

    SUBJECT: Best new phones and tablets this festive season




    Hello and welcome to the chat with Abhik Sen on new phones and tablets that you can buy this festive season


    Hello, everyone!

  • D


    At present, I am using a BlackBerry Bold 9800 phone, which has a screen that is too small to check emails, videos, news, etc. I need a phone with a bigger screen size to do my office work — mails, calender, things to do, MS Office, worksheets, etc, besides videos and various professional apps for business. The telephone functions are a secondary requirement, while those mentioned here are primary. Please suggest a suitable smartphone with 6 to 8 inches of screen size on Andriod or MS Windows operating system.


    The Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 and the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro are phones you consider if you stick to Android. If you want to go in for a Windows phone, the Microsoft Lumia 1320 and 1520 are the ones you could consider

  • S


    I want a smartphone costing around Rs. 5000. Please advise.


    If you want a phone which supports 4G, I guess you can choose between the Yu Yunique and the Lenovo A2010. There are others available in that range, but they don't support 4G.

  • P


    Which is a good 4G enabled phone for under Rs 20,000?


    Among the new crop of handsets, we loved the Asus Zenfone 2. Among older models, the OnePlus One 64GB and the LG Nexus 5 are available for under Rs 20,000 online.

  • J


    I am looking for a smartphone that has 4GB RAM and can run heavy gaming applications. Price is no constraint, but the screen size should be big and the resolution should be spectacular. What do you suggest? Do you think I should buy a tab instead? If so, which one should I go in for?


    The Asus Zenfone 2 and the Samsdung Galaxy Note 5 come are recommended. The OnePlus 2, too, impressed us, but some users have reported that it heats up a lot. Or you can wait for the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 to be launched in India

  • R


    Which is the best phone in a range between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000?


    I am assuming you want to buy an Android phone. The Xiaomi Mi4i, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser, the Samsung Galaxy J5 and the Motorola Moto G 3rd generation are all good phones. I would pick the Xiaomi Mi4i if I can live with the MIUI interface or the Moto G, if I want pure Android

  • D


    Is Windows 10 worth installing? Am I the only one left out?


    It all depends on which operating system you currently use. If you're on Windows XP, you should by all means upgrade if you want to stay within the Windows ecosystem. If you're on Windows 7, you'll ease into Windows 10 easily — the Windows 10 interface is very similar to Windows 10; plus you get the upgrade free of cost. If you had upgraded to Windows 8 and want the "old" Windows back, this is it. That said, you need to consider if your hardware supports Windows 10. I'm running Windows 10 on a seven-year-old PC. It helps that my system has 4GB of RAM. If you're using a tablet, Windows 8 might not be a bad option. But if you want to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8, you have time till end of July 2016, till when its free

  • E


    I am a septuagenarian and my budget is Rs 15,000 to Rs 17,000. Kindly select a good smartphone for me and its sourcing point at the most competitive rate.


    Hello sir, if you don't want to play around with apps too much, I would recommend Windows phones — they're good for calling, text, social media and browsing. And their battery lasts for long. The Microsoft Lumia 640XL is a good phone. Among Androids, I would recommend the Motorola Moto G or the Ausus Zenfone 2. If you're buying online, Flipkart and Amazon are websites you can trust

  • J


    Which is the best phone to buy today if I opt for higher range? What are my options in the mid-range segment?


    The mid-range segment is the most exciting one as not only do we have the latest mid-range devices, but also last year's flagships. That said, it all depends on how you use your phone. The Samsung Galaxy A7, the OnePlus 2, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus are the newer phones while the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Motorola Moto X and the Sony Xperia Z2 are flagships from last year. If I had to choose one, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus it would be

  • S


    I was using Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Now, I want to purchase a phone within Rs 20,000 but I do not want to compromise on few things. I want a phone with good RAM (Note 3 had 3GB) so that i can do multitasking and my phone doesn't gets slow. Another thing is screen size of approx 5.5 inch with great pixel density. Touch should be as good as note 3 (i had superb touch experience with it). Please suggest a good phone.


    Well, if you can forego the 5.5-inch factor, the Asus Zenfone 2 and the OnePlus 2 are very good phones, both with 5-inch screens, I'm afraid. A good 5.5-inch phone would be the Moto X Play

  • J


    I am looking for new phone. My budget is around Rs 30,000. I mostly use the phone for gaming and camera. Can you suggest some options please?


    The HTC One M8 Eye, the Apple iPhone 5s (some deals are available online), the Google Nexus 6 (again, deals available online) are some of the ones we liked. The Samsung Galaxy A8 is another option