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When you are looking for a phone that is priced at Rs 30,000 you expect to get top of the shelf stuff that has the most advanced features and comes with the latest software. Hands down, Nexus 5 is the best the money can buy in this budget. Though some of the other phones aren’t the flagship phones, they offer some solid performance too. Here’s a quick look at what these companies have to offer you and if it’s worth the money. You can also compare the CPUs found on these phones here. Please note that the list goes in the order of most expensive to the cheapest.

 

LG G Pro 2

 Best phones under Rs 30,000 for August 2014

  • OS: Android 4.4.2
  • Body: 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 172g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.9 inches
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 3GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.26GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Camera: 13MP with OIS, 2.1MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,200mAh

 

Pros

  • Camera with optical image stabilization
  • Battery

Cons

PriceRs 31,990

 

 

Apple iPhone 5c

iphone 5c Best phones under Rs 30,000 for August 2014

  • OS: iOS 7.1
  • Body: 124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm
  • Weight: 132g
  • Display: 640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inches
  • Memory: 16 GB non expandable, 1GB RAM
  • Processor: 1.3GHz Dual core A6
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX 543MP3
  • Camera: 8MP, 1.2MP secondary
  • Battery: 1,510 mAh

 

Pros

  • Rich ecosystem
  • Brand value

Cons

  • Non expandable memory
  • Other phones in this price bracket offering better/more powerful hardware (though iOS runs perfectly well on these specifications)
  • No NFC
  • 16GB inbuilt memory only
  • Screen resolution and size
  • Overpriced

PriceRs 32,790

 

 

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

z ultra Best phones under Rs 30,000 for August 2014

  • OS: Android 4.2 (planned upgrade to 4.4)
  • Body: 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
  • Weight: 212g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.4 inches
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Camera: 8MP, 2MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,050mAh
  • AnTuTu score: 32,983

 

Pros

  • Expandable memory
  • Pencil as a stylus support
  • Battery

Cons

Price: Rs 31,990

 

 

LG G2

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  • OS: Android 4.4.2
  • Body: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.26GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Camera: 13MP with OIS, 2.1MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • AnTuTu score: 35,376

 

Pros

  • Camera with optical image stabilization
  • Battery

Cons

  • Non expandable memory
  • LG’s track record of not updating its phones to newer versions
  • Similar to the much cheaper Nexus 5

PriceRs 29,800 for the 16GB version

            Rs 36,400 for the 32GB version

 

 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

 Best phones under Rs 30,000 for August 2014

  • OS: Android 4.4.4
  • Body: 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm
  • Weight: 137g
  • Display: 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inch
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.26GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Camera: 20.7MP with OIS, 2MP secondary
  • Battery: 2,300mAh

 

Pros

  • Camera with optical image stabilization
  • Battery
  • Only phone of its size with such specs

Cons

PriceRs 29,999

 

 

Blackberry Z30

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  • OS: Blackberry 10.2
  • Body: 140.7 x 72 x 9.4 mm
  • Weight: 170g
  • Display: 768 x 1280 pixels, 5 inches
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: 1.7GHz Dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Camera: 8MP, 2MP secondary
  • Battery: 2,880 mAh

 

Pros

Cons

  • Display resolution
  • Limited apps

Price: Rs 29,990

 

 

Lenovo Vibe Z K910

 Best phones under Rs 30,000 for August 2014

  • OS: Android 4.4.2
  • Body: 149.1 x 77 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh

 

Pros

  • Processor
  • Battery

Cons

PriceRs 27,800

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S4

 Best phones under Rs 30,000 for August 2014

  • OS: Android 4.4
  • Body: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5 inches
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Exynos 5 Octa 1.6GHz quad core Cortex A15 + 1.2GHz quad core Cortex A7
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP3
  • Camera: 13MP, 2MP secondary
  • Battery: 2,600 mAh
  • AnTuTu score: 26,147

 

Pros

  • Display
  • Expandable memory
  • Camera
  • Android 4.4

Cons

  • Pebble design, that can be seen on almost every other Samsung phone
  • Galaxy S5 announced

PriceRs 28,000

 

 

Nexus 5

nexus 5 Best phones under Rs 30,000 for August 2014

  • OS: Android 4.4
  • Body: 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5 inches
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Camera: 8MP with OIS, 1.3MP secondary
  • Battery: 2,300mAh

 

Pros

  • Best processor on smartphones right now
  • 1080p display
  • Android KitKat

Cons

  • Non expandable memory

PriceRs 26,600 for 16GB

             Rs 31,700 for 32GB

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

 Best phones under Rs 30,000 for August 2014

  • OS: Android 4.3
  • Body: 148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Display: 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 16GB expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: Exynos 5260 Hexa Core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 & dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15
  • GPU: Mali-T624
  • Camera: 8MP, 2MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,100 mAh

 

Pros

  • Expandable memory
  • Battery
  • Stylus

Cons

  • Display resolution

PriceRs 26,900

 

 

LG Optimus G Pro

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  • OS: Android 4.4
  • Body: 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm
  • Weight: 172g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 16GB  expandable, 2GB RAM
  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Camera: 13MP autofocus, 2.1MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,140mAh

 

Pros

  • Battery

Cons

PriceRs 26,600

 

Categories: Comparisons, Phones
  • Shreyas

    How about best phones ‘under’ 15k now?

    • sharang33
      • deepakjuly20

        the best is xperia sp, believe me. Especially for gaming and watching mobies with a bravia dispaly. capturing images may not be classy. but still the best option. highly competitive with s3.

  • ghanashyam

    hows xperia tx ??

    • sharang33

      Spec wise it is a solid product..s4 processor, 720p display, 13mp camera. However as far as I know, its not available through official channels in India..

      • ghanashyam

        ohk… i own a galaxy note..it is nearly one year old..updated to 4.0.3 ics…. im planning to sell my phone and buy a new one which is worthy as note..which one shud i go for…price shud be around 30

        • sharang33

          Well that depends on a lot of factors..Are you looking for a large screen display similar to Note? If yes you can rule out Sony models..Do you want another Android? If not you can give HTC 8X a try..if you want to buy HTC One X or Galaxy S 3, I suggest you wait as their prices will come down once HTC One and Galaxy S IV get released in the country…

          • ghanashyam

            htc one x luks good..but ive never used htc before..nd do u think htc one x is outdated??
            nd wat wil be its price in india (approx)

          • sharang33

            its a little old yes but still a nice product, However there’s only 16Gb memory and no micro sd slot..id suggest the galaxy s 3 or optimus g from lg…

          • ghanashyam

            i got intrested in optimus g..will it hav a price drop soon ??

          • http://www.facebook.com/karthikr802 Karthik Raju

            For how much ru gonna sell ur Note ??

          • ghanashyam

            19k….. intrested?

          • sharang33

            I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high.

          • mobguy

            its available for 26k in univercell

  • Guest

    I’m planning to buy Galaxy Grand but few of dem are complaining abt de lags in de mob n it even hangs wen large mem apps are installed so shud i take it o choose any other ??
    If other den pls advice any mob below 20000

    • sharang33

      Can’t say for sure, as I haven’t seen the phone in action yet. Another phone you can consider is the Optimus L9.

      • http://www.facebook.com/karthikr802 Karthik Raju

        Any other mobiles rather than L9 ??

        • sharang33

          please refer to the list

          • http://www.facebook.com/karthikr802 Karthik Raju

            ok thanx…

    • sandeep sharma

      resolution of d display sucks. dont go for it

  • http://www.facebook.com/karthikr802 Karthik Raju

    I’m planning to buy Galaxy Grand but few of dem are complaining abt de lags in de mob n it even hangs wen large mem apps are installed so shud i take it o choose any other ??
    If other den pls suggest any mob below 20000

  • Burgess

    Hi, pls could u recommend some phones which are skype video compatible and have very good wifi reception capability even weak signals.

    • sharang33

      all of them are skype compatible..

    • Ishaan Singh

      Dide s4 is beast go for it trust me i m using it my previous phone was experia z it was shit .

      • sumeet

        can u just shut up every where same shit comments and its XPERIA not experia

      • bjen

        wtf dude go get a life motherf****r…..

      • Sun

        Go to hell u #ishaan.
        Xperia Z1, Nexus 5, lg optimus g pro are more better than ur Bullshit S4. S4′s hardware just sucks… but I guess it is(S4) is perfect a Guy like u.

  • eric

    Hi,can u pls suggest me a good android under 30,000 i am in confusion whether to choose samsung galaxy s3 or sony xperia sp or htc one x plus.both sony n samsung nfc support but htc doesn’t,but processor,beats audio and look are tempting.can u pls help me

    • sandeep sharmA

      go for S3… I hav it and believe me u wont regret ur decision

      • eric

        htc looks lot good than samsung

        • shreyans

          agrre go for it instead of plasticy shit

          • Veeru

            htc one + is the best fone in 30k category if, u are a gamer sort……

          • talha

            hey eric go wid gionee elife e7 it is better than one x ,xperia sp,s3 they all look shit in front of it

          • Akash

            boss if ur spending more money than go for company

            Audi is Audi boss cant compare to maruti

      • binshadallameen@gmail.com

        hi bro
        i would like to buy best samsung smartphones
        can u help me for.best buy
        i like.to buy
        S3 or S4 mini or Grand or Grand2

        • Ishaan Singh

          Dide s4 is beast go for it trust me i m using it my previous phone was experia z it was shit go for s4 its the best in this range .

        • risky rohan

          S4mini

        • dharmendra

          s4 mini

    • Ishaan Singh

      Dide s4 is beast go for it trust me i m using it my previous phone was experia z it was shit .

      • Udayan

        Hey! im confused between s4 and note 3 neo which one is better ? Yu have s4 right ? so r yu facing any overheating problem n does it hangs ?

      • DIDE

        LOL DIDE??? NOOb! :D

      • rak

        lol s4 is best itseems.. u r not a techie.. keep dreaming.. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/sai.sasank.7 Sai Sasank CH

    want to buy a phone b/w 25k to 30k
    xperia sp or one x+ or s3
    best in terms of both specs and price

  • deepakjuly20

    Xperia SP is a good choice and for below Rs.25000 budgeters it is the smartest choice. But a newer phone Xperia ZR is ruling out them all.. The newest and no.1 processor s4 snapdragon pro 600 quadcore 1.5ghz and more importantly 2gb ram and the latest graphics adreno 320 just like lg optimus. and it also has expandable memory and s600 processor which optimus does not have. Besides this, it has water proof capabilities and sony playstation certfification. It is not yet released now but price is expected to be around 28000-29000. The main and only disadvantage for me is front vga camera. Some may complain for hd 720p screen but it is highly sufficient for me. The screen is 720p but you can shoot images and videos in 1080p full hd and view in tv or computer if you like. Besides, Having a 720p screen consumes considerably less battery than a 1080p phone. So it is not at all a problem. Though not Gorrilla Glass, but the screen glass is better than gorilla with shatter proof and scratch proof capabilities. Thid party apps can be downloaded for free for some software features which are not avaliabale by default like flash. So thats no problem. Hence one and only disadvantage vga front secondary camera. which i think is acceptable for a price of 28000-29000 and may be further reduced after release. It is a midrange super super phone, with all the latest-est features and above all water proffing capabilieites, which even allows underwater filming. Believe me guys it is an excellent phone. In gsm arena it is rated above 8, which is seldom attained by any phone. lg optimus rating is 7.5, s3 may be 8. go for it guyz.

  • Parag

    I visited few shops for hands on testing of Xperia SP, as I was planning to buy this phone. but to my surprise the phone was very slow in all the shops. Camera was also not up to the mark of Sony.

    I was really expecting a lot from this phone. As per online reviews, this phone is very fast. But in practicle, I found that there is some issue with this model. After visiting three different shops, I was very dispointed with the performance of Xperia SP.
    The shopkeeper told me that due to phone is on charging, it is performing slow.

  • niharika

    HTC one or Sony Xperia Z ?????
    Or can you suggest any other phn in this range?

    • sharang33

      what’s your budget?? get the xperia z1 for 37k…put in a few diwali coupons and you’ll have yourself one of the best phones for 34k…

  • Megs

    Is it still worth buying the Xperia Z despite having Z1 already? This is my first time buying a smart phone and I’m on a very tight budget. So I don’t know if I should go for the Z or wait another month just to buy a Z1. I’m already impatient and I want a smart phone now. Any advise would appreciated.

    • Megs

      Anybody please state your opinion. I really need your advise.

      • sharang33

        Err, I’m not sure I quite follow what you’re saying. if you have the Z1, why buy the older Z? Perhaps you can wait another month and get the Z2 that was announced today.

        • Megs

          Sorry for the confusion. I don’t own a smartphone yet. What I want to know is if buying a Z is still worth getting even if the market already has a better Z1 upgrade. I’m strictly on a tight budget this month. I can afford a Z but not the Z1. Unless I wait for another 1 month that is the only time I can afford the Z1. But the problem is, I want to buy a smartphone already. I’m having this anxiety attacks and I am impatient already. Having to wait for another month would drive me crazy. So I’m asking if the Z is still the best and it is still worth getting despite the market already have a better upgrade like the Z1. Unless of course you can suggest a smartphone which have the same specs as the Z or Z1 but much cheaper (minus the water resistant feature obviously).

          • sharang33

            Xperia Z is a pretty old phone reaching the end of its life cycle. If you have a constraint budget, get the nexus 5 with much better specs.

          • Megs

            Is Nexus 5 as cheap or the same price range as the Z? I’m gonna research the specs of the Nexus 5 and see if it may satisfy me in the long run.

          • sharang33

            Nexus 5′s camera comes with OIS. The display and the processor are much better and it well get Android updates for over two years at least. Battery size on the two is almost similar. Go for the Nexus 5.

          • shweta

            I think u shud wait for Z2 else go wid Z1, as nexus camera is okay, no expandable memory, n battry isnt good for more heavy usage, choice is urs atlast

          • Megs

            Then getting the Z1 is well worth it then? Since the Z2 is too expensive for now and it may get release around early April or sometime later in May. I don’t want to wait that long for Z2.

          • Megs

            I have compared the specs between Z and Nexus 5. It seems that the Nexus 5 has impressive specs but the camera and battery life may not be in par with the Z. But the Z is quite much cheaper in my country compared to the Nexus 5. Although I think I can afford the Nexus with a little bit of a sacrifice. But still I’m having seconds thoughts about buying Nexus 5. Can you please elaborate more about Nexus 5? Your opinion is highly appreciated.

  • vickyd10

    Hi,

    Loved you post…Desperately need help with your expertise. I am in search for a good android smartphone below 30,000.

    Now I am confused with LG G Optimus Pro and Nexus 5. Definitely Nexus 5 has the best configs when compared both. But the only thing which is bothering me is:

    1. Expandable memory
    2. Camera
    3. Battery life

    The above 3 features are the ones I am looking which should have in my smartphone (Needless to say 2GB RAM, a good processor and GPU for gaming in which both seems good). Should Nexus 5 would be worth going for with the sacrifice of expandable, Camera and Battery, or should I go for LG G Pro?

    Please suggest me which I should go for. And do comment on the after sale service for both. I live in kolkata.

    • sharang33

      Hi, you can direct your queries to our forums, where i can keep a proper track for all of them. And as far as choosing between the two, go for Nexus 5. LG Optimus Pro is still stuck on Android 4.1. Also, Nexus 5′s camera comes with OIS. Don’t just go with the megapixel count.

  • superdry

    it is pretty straight forward, if its Android it has to be Nexus , cheers !

  • Sumeet Jadhav

    planning to buy a phn in 30 k plz plz suggest me the best phone (android )

    • Ishaan Singh

      Dide s4 is beast go for it trust me i m using it my previous phone was experia z it was shit . Go for it

      • abhishek

        you fucking indian cunt…..

      • Sun

        U as@@@@e…. f@@@er #ishaan shut the f@@k up..
        or I will f@@k u up like a dynamite. Stupid Sucker.

  • Aditya

    hi there, can u plz suggest me which phone should I prefer, xperia ZL or ZR?

  • Anurag Sharma

    Hi, can u pls suggest me i am in confusion whether to choose samsung galaxy s4 or sony xperia z

  • Riyaz

    i need to buy smartphone cost range is 30k and best camera quality and gaming purpose .

  • ravneet1

    can you please tell me which is the best phone among Samsung Galaxy Note 3(neo),lg Nexus 5, Sony xperia Z?Or any other phone under 30k .

  • Juby

    hi guyz, Im searching for a smart phone in the rangeRs.20000-30000 which have gud looks,gr8 peromance& top specifications.I dont mind spending upto 30000 but it should be worth-i.e value or money.Pls throw your suggestions upon me.

  • Manthan

    Samsung s4 is best phone? place help i am buy nex day so best phone s4?

  • raj

    eric try htc desire 816 23000 only

  • Dimple D

    My budget is upto a max of 25,000.
    Please suggest any latest android with good cam and performance.

  • sumeet

    hey i am confused beetween 3 mobiles.s4,nexus 5 and note 3 neo which mob i should take plz suggest me fast

  • Jeet

    Hi, any phone that is good looking and also packs a powerful processor, nice camera and expandable storage? Samsung phones are ugly :(