Though no smartphone is perfect, you can still find a little perfect something for your specific needs for under 25K today, with fewer compromises involved. This is the area where you get a good mishmash of current gen popular mid-rangers and last generation flagships. Here in our list we have included options which we have tested and in our opinion, would deliver good overall Android experience.

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OnePlus 2

The OnePlus is calling its new smartphone 2016 flagship killer and with good reason. The OnePlus 2 offers great value for money, and more importantly, great Android experience. The Oxygen OS is extremely close to Stock Android and efficient.


The handset includes a USB Type C port, great camera, a fingerprint sensor which works well and well implemented (read no heating issues) Snapdragon 810 inside. You will need an Invite to buy one, but they are relatively easier to come by this year.

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Key Features and Specifications 

Phone OnePlus 2
Display 5.5 Inch, Full HD, 401PPI
Processor 1.8 GHz Octa Cores Snapdragon 810
Internal Storage 64GB
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop based OxygenOS
Primary Camera 13MP, dual LED flash, OIS, 1080p Videos
Selfie Camera 5MP, 1080p Videos
Battery 3300 mAh
Price 24,999 INR


  • Powerful Chipset
  • Fingerprint sensor that works
  • USB Type C connector
  • Good Camera
  • Good Display quality


  • No rapid charging support
  • No NFC
  • Need an Invite to buy one

Huawei Honor 7

Honor Series flagships have always delivered impressive displays and camera performance. The Honor 7 takes the same legacy forward and is an improvement in several ways.


The metal clad smartphone feels very premium and comes with a 20MP rear camera, fingerprint sensor, 5.2 Inch full HD display lined with narrow bezels, Kirin 935 chipset and a comfortable one day backup. Software is Huawei’s Emotion UI, which is free from Stock Android or material design, but doesn’t unnecessarily hog resources and presents a nice set of features.

Key Features and Specifications 

Phone Honor 7
Display 5.2 Inch, Full HD, 424PPI
Processor 2.2 GHz Octa Cores Kirin 935 with Mali T628
Internal Storage 16GB, Supports MicroSD expansion up to 128GB
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop based Emotion UI 3.1
Primary Camera 20MP, dual LED flash, PDAF, 1080p Videos
Selfie Camera 8MP, LED Flash, Panorama mode, 1080p Videos
Battery 3100 mAh
Price 24,999 INR


  • Great Display
  • Good Camera hardware
  • Great metallic design
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Software works well


  • GPU isn’t well suited for high end gaming
  • No rapid charging

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Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual

If you are a moderate user who values tier 1 branding, loves selves and is mesmerized with large displays, Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is the answer to what you are looking for.

xperia C5 u;tra

This mid-range sony smartphone has a large 6 Inch full HD display, with extremely narrow bezels on the sides and thus feels great as a media consumption device. Just above the display you will find a 13MP selfie camera with LED flash and wide angle lens, which will indeed make a difference to selfies you click in dimly lit conditions (Which happens all the time).

Key Features and Specifications 

Phone Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual
Display 6 Inch, Full HD, 367PPI
Processor 1.7 GHz Octa Cores MediaTek MT6752
Internal Storage 16GB, Supports MicroSD expansion up to 200GB
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop based Xperia UI
Primary Camera 13MP, AF, LED flash, F2.0 Lens, 1080p Videos
Selfie Camera 13MP, AF, LED Flash, Wide angle lens, 1080p Videos
Battery 2930 mAh
Price 24,946 INR

Samsung Galaxy A7

Several users ask for the best Samsung smartphone under 25K. This Diwali season there are good changes you could score a deal for yesteryear Samsung flagships (like Note 4 or Note 3) or you could go for the more premium feeling and more recent note series alternative, The Galaxy A7.



The Samsung Galaxy A7 has a 5.5 Inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, measures just 6.3 mm in thickness and has metal side frame which makes it feel very rigid and sturdy. Performance is also good enough for basic and moderate users. However, like most other dated Samsung devices, software updates are unreliable.


  • Great design
  • Good display quality
  • Good camera performance


  • Still stuck on Android KitKat, though Lollipop update is reportedly on its way

Key Features and Specifications 

Phone Samsung Galaxy A7
Display 5.5 Inch, Full HD Super AMOLED,  401PPI
Processor 1.7 GHz Octa Cores Snapdragon 615
Internal Storage 16GB, Supports MicroSD expansion up to 64GB
Software Android KitKat based TouchWiz
Primary Camera 13MP, LED Flash, AF, 1080p Videos
Selfie Camera 5MP, 1080p Videos
Battery 2600 mAh
Price 22,599 INR Approx

Moto X Play 32 GB

Moto X Play is not a looker (It’s not ugly either) but checks all the right boxes. The back has a textured design to it, but from the front, it is mostly an extension or upgrade of Moto G series. It is still a low cost option compared to others in the list, but there is no area where it disappoints. It can deliver smooth and durable performance in the long run.

x play

The Moto X Play has a great display and mid-range hardware which is good enough to smoothly render great stock android experience. The 21MP camera is a significant improvement too. There is no particular feature that stands out, but Motorola has managed to get most things right with Moto X Play, and for the perfect price.

Key Features and Specifications 

Phone Moto X Play
Display 5.5 Inch, Full HD, 403PPI
Processor 1.7 GHz Octa Cores Snapdragon 615
Internal Storage 64GB, Supports MicroSD expansion up to 128GB
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop
Primary Camera 21MP, dual LED flash, PDAF, 1080p Videos
Selfie Camera 5MP, Wide aperture lens
Battery 3630 mAh
Price 19,999 INR



  • Good Display quality
  • Reasonable Camera quality
  • Ample native storage
  • Will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade soon


  • No fingerprint reader
  • No stereo speakers

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