If you’re hunting for a budget smartphone, there are plenty of options available in the market. Out of them Moto E, Lumia 530, and Redmi 1S stand out as better options. Now that we have narrowed-down the search, let’s find out which one offers value to your hard-earned money.
As you can see in the images, the Redmi is clearly the leaner handset among the lot. Its slimmer and taller compared to the Nokia Lumia 530 and Moto 360. The Lumia 530 might be clunky, but Nokia offers quality materials, so you don’t have to worry about its build quality. Plus, the range of colors it comes in is quite refreshing. Design-wise, Moto E is the worst offender. Another drawback here is that the Moto E’s battery is not user-replaceable. In Redmi 1S and Lumia 530, you easily access the battery compartment; this means you can carry additional battery and swap it when you’re running out of juice.
If screen is your priority, you’re going to love the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. It’s perhaps the only phone in this segment to offer a 4.7-inch HD screen with 720×1280 resolution. Backed by IPS (In Pane Switching) technology, the phone offers wide viewing angles. It also comes with scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 2. The Moto E’s 4.3-inch screen packs in 540×960 pixels. It’s a basic LCD screen so don’t expect it to compete with Redmi 1S’s IPS screen. To protect the screen against scratches, Motorola has incorporated Gorilla Glass 3. Lumia 530 has the smallest screen among this lot. It also features a simple LCD screen, so wide viewing angles are out of question.
Xiaomi’s phone once again impresses us with its hardware. The phone packs in the Snapdragon 400 processor. This hip has four (quad) cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. The same chip is there in the Moto G. It also comes with 1 GB RAM, which is good enough to run Android. In comparison, the Moto E packs in a dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, which s coupled with 1 GB RAM. On paper, Lumia 530 is based on Snapdragon 200 chip, but this one has four cores clocked 1.2 GHz. What disappoints here is paltry 512 MB RAM. Clearly, the Redmi 1S is superior in terms of power. Gamers are going to love this phone.
The Redmi 1S features an 8 megapixel autofocus camera coupled with an LED flash. On the other hand, both Nokia and Motorola phones feature a 5 megapixel fixed focus camera. These two phones lack flash and can’t even record HD videos. The maximum video quality they achieve is 480p. If you’re a selfie-lover, the Redmi 1S is the way to go as it features a 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera. The Lumia 530 and Moto E are devoid of front-camera. This also means that you can’t make video calls.Â
The Moto E and Lumia 530 are getting beaten on most counts and this section is no exception. The Redmi 1S packs in 8 GB storage, which is twice as much as what Nokia and Motorola provide. Thankfully, all three phones come with microSD card slots. To be precise, Lumia 530 supports up to 128 GB expansion, while Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Moto E settle for 32 GB.
The Redmi 1S operates on a highly customized version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Although functional, it’s quite gaudy at places. On the other hand, the Moto E comes with Android 4.4 Kitkat with almost no customization from the manufacturer. This means that it’s clean and has no bloatware. Because of this, Moto E doesn’t lag much despite running on a modest dual-core processor. Since the Windows Phone platform is highly optimized, the 530 runs very smooth. The best thing is that the handset comes with the latest Windows Phone 8.1, which is in-line with high-end phones such as the Lumia 930.
The Moto E packs in a 1980 mAh battery. Xiaomi has slightly more capacity at 2000 mAh. However, the Redmi 1S has a power hungry HD screen and quad-core processor, so it’s advantage Motorola. The Nokia Lumia 530 packs in paltry 1430 mAh battery. However, WP runs light on power, so you can expect decent performance from Nokia’s entry-level phone.
In entry-level phones, the Redmi 1S not only impresses us with its specs but also with its aggressive pricing. Despite packing in so many features, the Redmi 1S sells for only Rs 6000. In comparison, the Moto E costs Rs 1000 more. Although the Lumia 530 is the cheapest Windows Phone in the market, it doesn’t match the value proposition of Xiaomi.