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A 3G mobile phone for just for Rs.2999/- (approx. $50)!

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    Default A 3G mobile phone for just for Rs.2999/- (approx. $50)!

    Lava has launched it new Flair E2 smartphone which is priced at only Rs.2999/- (approx $50). The phone also got 3G at such a low price with a dual SIM facility. It runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat with 3.5 inch HVGA display. It has a RAM of 256MB with 1 GHz single core processor.

    It got a 2 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera. The phone also bears sensors like accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors. I supports GPRS/EDGE, A-GPS, WiFi 802, Micro USB etc. It is backed by a 1400 mAh battery.

    I think this is an apt model for a beginner and those who have budget constraints. You can enjoy almost all functions of a modern smartphone in this low priced smartphone.

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    A phone running on Kitkat with just 256 MB RAM is as good as a brick. Just Google Play and Play store take more than 110 MB. The total google suite takes nearly 225.
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    While a lot of the apps that the phone comes with can be deleted or disabled on the Android OS, I'd also be concerned about the low RAM.

    Like the OP said, for somebody on a low budget or just wants to see how good 3G is then it might be alright though.

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    256MB of RAM is going to give a lot of pain. In Android, most of the RAM is consumed by pre-installed apps which run in background and as @penchant stated, alone google play and playstore consume more than 110MB and remaining space is going to be consumed by bloatware apps. I would say it's not worth it as you are not going to get a good or even average experience with your 50$ spent.

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    I think a low RAM is a definite catch. Even phones with 1GB RAM finds it difficult to manage with Google play nowadays and subject to frequent issues due to Google updates. I don't know what this 256 MB RAM is going to do with Android OS. It would be wise not to go for too much of Android applications. In that case you cannot enjoy the true sense of an Android device.

    As I said earlier it would be suitable for a beginner, but frequent issues due to low RAM may bring down its popularity in due course of time.

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    I think it would be advisable to test the phone to see how it performs before you decide to buy it or not, just to be on the safe side.

    I'd also be interested in how much storage space the device as got as well if that figure is available?

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    I thought it was a good model at such a very low price and now it is available at Rs.2500/- (approximately $40) in online stores. But the RAM with 256 MB puts me off. Its memory is expandable upto 16 GB. I see the price coming down further in future which would be a good offer then I think.

    But still low RAM is an area of concern with regard to its performance capabilities. I have seen somewhere that another variant with 512 RAM is also available. But I don't have any further details on its price and other features.

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    All the specifications look fine, but like you say it's just the small amount of RAM that's the concern. Even 512k of RAM is considered small these days and even the HTC ONE M7 that first got released over 3 years ago now had 4MB of RAM.

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    theres a cheaper option
    LUMIA 535
    available at little less than 6K. can be even less if bought during the ongoing online sale.
    Paytm has an offer of 150 cashback per mth for 4 mths and mobikwik has an offer of 300 cashback p.m. for 12 mths. net effective price 6000-600-3600 = 1800 or less.
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    While the LUMIA is a well resepected device, it's also worth mentioning that it works on the Windows platform and while it's a decent OS, it can take a bit of getting used to.

    I'd recommend a device that runs Android but if your on a budget, it's certainly a device that can meet your needs.

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    Amazon was recently selling Phicomm 4G Android handset @ 3999 with much better specs. Right now that deal has ended, but it is expected to be back during diwali. would be a much better choice.
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    While the specs might be better the brand in question as doubts over its longevity I think, and while the LUMIA might not be able to compete specs wise, I think it will out last the other brand.

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    I personally would always prefer Lumia535 as its the cheapest option and a better brand. But the suggestion of phicomm was for those who prefer android phone.
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    $50 for a mobile phone? No way. 2 mega pixels? That is ridiculous.

    Add $50 more and buy Samsung S3 mini. It's really good phone for $100. Anything below $100 is crap. Maybe that is a scam. You should not believe in that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihailo View Post
    $50 for a mobile phone? No way. 2 mega pixels? That is ridiculous.

    Add $50 more and buy Samsung S3 mini. It's really good phone for $100. Anything below $100 is crap. Maybe that is a scam. You should not believe in that.
    I am not so concerned about the camera, so I would be OK with 2 megapixels with $50 price tag. But what annoys me is the 256 MB RAM which is far below the standards nowadays. Even at this price there are better options available in the market. Moreover, in Android you can find a lot of good handsets from a wide variety of manufacturers. As @panchabhut has already mentioned it will be just as good as a brick with 256 MB RAM.

    You will end up buying a phone which always find it difficult to breath and it will be a complete waste of money then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I am not so concerned about the camera, so I would be OK with 2 megapixels with $50 price tag. But what annoys me is the 256 MB RAM which is far below the standards nowadays. Even at this price there are better options available in the market. Moreover, in Android you can find a lot of good handsets from a wide variety of manufacturers. As @panchabhut has already mentioned it will be just as good as a brick with 256 MB RAM.

    You will end up buying a phone which always find it difficult to breath and it will be a complete waste of money then.
    But the camera is important too? Right? Even if you are not so concerned. My phone has 800MB RAM. It works great. 200MB is really low. I'm not sure will Android work well with that amount of RAM.

    I would suggest you to buy Samsung S3 Mini. Go on YouTube and watch some reviews

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