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While we always post articles about what phones to buy, there are a few that you should definitely avoid. Yes they may look good and all but their specs are one or maybe two generations old or they are too overpriced for the features that they offer. Here are a few phones that we’d not look forward to owning. These conclusions are based purely on their specs and we have nothing against their design or looks.

 

Sony Xperia J

xperia j

Price: Rs 16500

 

Reasons to avoid:

Even though the Xperia J has got a beautiful design and a huge 4 inch screen, it comes with an outdated Snapdragon S1 Soc (System on Chip). That’s the same class of chipset found in Nokia Lumia 610 or 510 (albeit they come with an 800 MHz processor instead of 1 GHz). You can pretty much expect AAA 3D games to give you trouble on this one given the Adreno 200 inside.

Alternatives:

Our first choice would be the Xperia Neo L as it has a better Snapdragon S2 chipset inside it and also costs less. Then there’s Desire V with the same S1 chipset but it costs 1000 bucks less than Xperia J. Samsung Galaxy S duos would be another good choice as it has more RAM and dual SIM capabilities albeit the chipset is the same. Here is a list of phones priced similarly to Xperia J.

 

Sony Xperia Go

xperia-go

Price: Rs 14500

 

Reasons to avoid:

We love everything in this phone except for the screen. It is even water and dust proof but the screen just won’t do. At a measly resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, the screen offers an abysmal 165 ppi (that would be pixels per inch). If you don’t mind that we suggest you go and get Xperia Go because otherwise this is a beautiful machine.

Alternatives:

The same as above. Check our list of best phones under 15k.

 

Sony Xperia Miro

xperia-miro

Price: Rs 13000

 

Reasons to avoid:

What is wrong with Sony? They make beautiful budget phones like the Neo L and then they make, not one but three phones that fall in this list. Xperia Miro again has got the same screen as Xperia Go. As if that wasn’t enough you get a weak Snapdragon S1 processor clocked at 800 MHz. That’s the same processor found in Lumia 610. In short we’d avoid this phone altogether.

Alternatives:

Xperia U if you could extend you budget a little. Even the Lumia 610 could be an alternative given the high resolution screen but the it has got its own problems including 256 MB RAM. We’d say Defy XT but Motorola has left the Indian market an that would give you an uneasy feeling about their products I’m sure.

 

HTC Desire C

desire c

Price: Rs 13000

 

Reasons to avoid:

The exact same reasons as for the Xperia Miro except for the fact that the processor in this one is clocked even lower at 600 MHz. And hey, its not even waterproof.

Alternatives:

The problem is that phones around 12k fall in a weird category. You increase the budget a little and you can get decent phones and you lower your budget and you’ll get phones that aren’t very different from these. So its best to avoid phones in this price range. We’d again say Xperia U would be a good choice if you can increase you budget a little.

 

Nokia Lumia 510

lumia 510

Price: Rs 9990

 

Reasons to avoid:

Oh Nokia! You tempt us with a phone having 4 inch screen under Rs 10000 and then you give us the Lumia 510. So you’d be wondering what could be wrong with this phone now. To start with have you ever wondered why is this phone is cheaper than the Lumia 610? It has got a bigger screen than 610. So why the less cost? The answer lies in the fact that the huge screen on Lumia 510 offers just 65k colors. Yup that is the number you find in sub 5k phones. Okay the competition wouldn’t give you the full spectra of colors in this price but hey all we are asking for is atleast 256k colors. Not only that but the 4 GB non expandable memory is a joke. Out of that you get just 2.88 GB for your stuff and good luck with keeping all your music, videos and games in that miniscule space.

Alternatives:

Undoubtedly Xperia Tipo. It may have a small screen but it delivers some decent specs. You can check the full list of alternatives here.