Hunting for a new smartphone for my dad!

My dad has been an Android user since his first touch screen phone. He had been using the LG L3 (E400) for over a year now. He got bored because of the often, low memory storage issues, which stopped him from updating even the default Google apps on his phone. The phone would also frequently reboot on its own. So finally it was time for a new phone.

LG-E400-Optimus-L3
LG-E400-Optimus-L3

The hunt began, googling, watching several videos of phone reviews, comparing prices between Flipkart, Infibeam, Snapdeal and Amazon!

He didn’t want to spend too much, because the phone would go outdated before he would get familiar with his phone. So the budget was set for Rs 8000 max.

Out of the contenders, I had to decide to decide the winner suitable to my dad’s usage. The following were the contenders: Nokia X, Sony Xperia E, Moto E, Nokia 530 DS and Asus Zenfone 4. Samsung was out of question. He didn’t want a phone that every other person owned, that too in only either black or white.

Hunting for a New Smartphone
The Contenders!

My first choice would be a Nokia! Our family has always been a Nokia user, except for a few outings here and there. There is an automatic feeling of good quality, strong built, longer life when we here ‘Nokia’. Nokia X, whose platform was officially abandoned, got an auto-reject, since dad would like a phone with a longer life expectancy.(I remember myself using the same phone for over four years.)

Nokia Lumia 530 Dual SIM
Nokia Lumia 530 Dual SIM

I have been a Lumia advocate, but the 530 has just been launched and is priced a bit higher than what it’s got to offer. I know its got the 8.1 update in-box and other superb features, but still.

A Sony phone would be the go-to choice for a music lover like my dad, but the specs were disappointing.

Moto E
Moto E
Asus Zenfone 4
Asus Zenfone 4

So the two choices left were the Moto E and the Zenfone 4.
Mind you, here the deciding factor was price vs what it offered in that amount. While the Moto E wins in the following departments over the Zenfone 4: screen size (4.3″ vs 4″), OS version (4.4 vs 4.3), Headsets (part of packaging vs absent); the Zenfone got an upper hand in these departments: Chipset ( vs Intel Atom Z2520 Dual-Core 1.2GHz), Internal memory (4GB vs 8GB), microSD support (32GB vs 64GB) which would make more sense for him and enable him to have far more apps and data on his phone, wherever he’d go. Also the difference in price between them (Rs.6999 vs Rs.5999), which would enable him to spend on better headset or even headphones. Both of these phones were exclusive to Flipkart, so no comparison of price on other sources.

And so the Asus Zenfone 4 was the winner and was ordered in Yellow from Flipkart!

I have just receive the delivery and dad’s out of town currently, so watch out for an unboxing and quick review of the Asus in a few days! Till then let me know if you have any question about this phone, or want to know something specific! 🙂 🙂 In the meantime let me decide on what I could buy in the Rs 2000 that Dad saved from his budget! 😉 😀 Any suggestions??

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a phone-vs-phone comparison, I have only compared those specs which would matter to my dad according to his usage! Some people would have the opinion that the Moto E maybe a better phone. But think about this. The phone needs power (in terms of Processor & RAM) to perform better and not just a bigger screen with a better pixel density. Also the battery on the Moto E is higher (1980mAh) than on the Zenfone 4 (1600mAh). But it all boils down to an individual’s usage of the phone.

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