Which are the top two cell phone brands today in India in terms of shipment volumes? Nokia and Samsung, many of us would like to think, right? Or maybe Sony…or LG…or Micromax which has been advertising quite a bit.
Not quite, folks. A recent report from leading market intelligence firm IDC India reaffirms the Finnish telecom giant’s status as the leading cell-phone player in the country, with Nokia accounting for 31.5% of the domestic cell-phone market during the July-September period last year. But, surprisingly, a little known Chinese brand called G’Five has made it to the second spot by capturing a 10.6% market share–with Samsung coming in third at 8.2%!
Sounds shocking, right? How can a Chinese player, without any big-ticket advertising campaign or any celebrity as its brand ambassador, manage to create such a big impact in the cut-throat Indian cell phone industry–without any fanfare? Well, the answer lies in G’Five’s strategy of rolling out a bevy of feature-rich phones at competitive prices (in the Rs.1,400-Rs.7,000 range), targeted exclusively at urban first-time buyers and those in semi-urban and rural areas looking to upgrade from basic phones.
So if you are looking to buy a G’Five mobile phone, here is a list of eight affordable (costing not more than Rs.5,000) models from around 26 G’Five phones currently available in India (in the order of ascending prices)– with each of them having their own USPs.
What you get: The G’Five D10 is targeted at those who are looking for a cell phone with dual battery. Another standout feature of this device is that it supports external sound box.
The phone comes with two preloaded (1050+1050mAh) batteries, helping you stay connected round the clock. Expect talk time of 500 minutes (around 8.5 hours) and standby time of up to 100 hours.
Sporting a metallic finish, the stylish looking candy bar phone has dual SIM card slots (GSM+GSM), allowing users to enjoy the benefits of two separate phone numbers–one for workplace and the other for personal use, say–in one device. Moreover, the phone is in dual standby mode, ensuring that you don’t have to fret over switching between the SIMs. Measuring 112.5 x 48.4 x 14.2mm and weighing 70.8gm, the D10 sports a 2.20-inch LCD screen that renders a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.
This affordable G’Five phone has several entertainment features, including a dedicated music key that lets audiophiles enjoy their favorite soundtracks from a built-in music player. You will also find a pre-installed video player that is compatible with multiple file formats such as AVI, 3GP, MP4, AAC, AMR and MIDI. Other multimedia highlights include support for Flash and FM radio. There is a 2.5mm standard headphone jack, too.
Photo enthusiasts will get a 0.3-megapixel camera that can record videos. Support for Bluetooth 2.0 means that D10 users can wirelessly transfer data, as well as listen to songs without having to plug in earphones. Other connectivity options include USB 2.0 (for data transfer) and WAP (for Web browsing). Related: Best music phones
Priced Rs 1,820 in India, the G’Five D10 can store 500 contacts and 500 messages, and offers a microSD card slot for you to increase its memory to 8GB.
What you get: The G’Five X5’s USP lies in the fact that it has a flip feature–one can open the device with a flap. Measuring 93.2 x 47.1 x 16.7mm, this elegant phone gives you five colorful lighting options so that different lights can be set for different calls.
The dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) phone, with dual standby mode, packs in a host of multimedia functionalities. Apart from FM radio and music playback, you get a 0.3MP camera (with video recording). Enjoy streaming videos–in file formats including AVI, 3GP, MP4–on a 2-inch LCD display (176 x 220 pixels). Priced Rs 1,899 in India, connectivity options on this G’Five device include WAP, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.0. Weighing 64gm, the X5–powered by an 800mAh battery–provides a microSD card slot to expand its storage capacity to 4GB.
What you get: With the cricket World Cup beginning next month, many of you–students and salaried professionals in particular–might be thinking of catching the action Live on the move through a cell phone. It goes without saying that for this, your phone should be equipped to stream TV content. Well, the G’Five N92 can do just that, and that too, without costing a bomb (less than Rs.2,500, you see). Enjoy Live streaming TV on the mobile phone’s 2.2-inch LCD display (240 x 320 pixels). Also read: Mobile phones in India with Live TV
Measuring 117 x 50 x 11mm and weighing 84.3gm, the candy bar N92 comes with dual SIM (GSM+GSM) card slots. Users will find a dedicated music key (with mini stereo sound box), a 0.3MP camera (including video recording), Flash support, FM radio, as well as a video player (format: AAC, AMR, MIDI, AVI, 3GP, MP4).
This mobile TV-enabled G’Five phone can store 500 contacts and an equal number of messages (a microSD card slot allows you to expand memory to 8GB). Connectivity options include Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 and WAP.
What you get: A QWERTY keyboard stands out as the unique feature in the i310, providing a user-friendly option for texting messages–making this G’Five device an attractive option for those who love their SMSes.
You can save as many as 300 contacts and 100 messages in the dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) phone, with an option to enhance the memory to 2GB via a microSD card. The bar-shaped, trendy device (dimensions: 104.2 x 55.2 x 10.5mm and weight: 85gm) sports a 1.77-inch LCD screen that has a native resolution of 128 by 160 dots.
The compact looking i310 has a preloaded 800mAh battery that is touted to offer talk time of between 3 to 4 hours and standby time of up to 90 hours. Plus, you get an external battery case.
Some of the other key functionalities include a 0.1MP camera (with video recording), music and video player (format: MP3; WMA), FM Radio, Flash and WAP.
What you get: If you are a hardcore music lover and can’t do without having access to your favorite songs on the move– and that too, without compromising on the audio experience–then the G’Five M33 is an excellent value-for-money phone. This dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device offers an integrated super stereo speaker with a special music key, letting audiophiles enjoy their preferred tracks.
Measuring 116 x 52.2 x 14.6mm and weighing 98.7gm, the phone has a microSD card slot that allows users to expand memory to 8GB so that they needn’t be worried about lack of enough storage for their songs. Music files can be transferred wirelessly via Bluetooth 2.0, as well as through a USB 2.0 port. You will find a 2.4-inch screen that renders a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.
Other features include a 0.3MP camera (with video recording), a multi-format video player (AAC, AMR, MIDI, AVI, 3GP, MP4), FM Radio, WAP and a torch.
What you get: With touchscreen phones all the rage right now in India, how could G’Five be left behind from the action? The Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer’s L600 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) bar phone with a 2-inch LCD touchscreen that renders a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels.
Measuring 102.5 x 44 x 16.2mm and weighing 69.8gm, this device lets users expand its memory to up to 4GB through a microSD card slot. In its default settings, the phone can store 300 messages and 500 contacts.
Multimedia features of the G’Five V60 mobile phone include FM radio, audio and video playback (formats: AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, AVI, 3GP, MP4), a 0.3MP camera (video record), Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, and WAP.
What you get: If you are on the lookout for a cheap triple-SIM cell phone that can operate on a CDMA network, then the G’Five X33+ is worth considering. Carrying three SIM card slots (GSM+GSM+CDMA), this device is perfect for those who want to use a CDMA number apart from a GSM SIM card–all in one phone. It is priced Rs 3,786 in India. Related: Cheap GSM+CDMA cell phones
Weighing 74.4gm and measuring 105.86 x 49.09 x 15.09mm, the bar phone comes with a 2-inch LCD screen that renders a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels. The G’Five X33+ can store up to 300 contacts and 100 messages, with a microSD card slot enabling users to expand memory to 4GB.
Other salient features include FM radio, music and video player, 0.3MP camera with video recording, WAP, Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0.
What you get: The V60 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) cell phone that supports Koran reading, a feature that should find quite a few takers among those who follow Islam. Moreover, this G’Five mobile phone has a built-in namaz clock which alerts you to worshipping times during the day–thus serving as a handy tool for Muslims in adhering to their religious beliefs. Ther G’Five V60 is definitely the top mobile phone from the company in India.
Measuring 114.43 x 48.28 x 11.26mm and weighing 80.2gm, this trendy, bar-shaped phone comes with a 2.2-inch LCD display (240 x 320 pixels). Expect features such as FM radio, music and video playback, Bluetooth, a 0.3MP camera (with video recording), and WAP. Users can expand the G’Five V60′s storage to 8GB, thanks to a microSD card slot.