Guys and Gals, if you are looking for the best Android phone below 4k INR, with Android KitKat, the Spice Stellar 440 might just be what you want! This is an awesome phone as the manufacturer provides a lot of value at a low price. I’ve been using it for the last two months and I can’t be happier! If you want to buy a phone below Rs. 4000, just go for this one, and buy a separate 8 GB Micro SD Card along with it. You won’t regret!!
Important Specs of Spice Stellar 440:
- 1 GHz Dual Core Processor
- 512 MB RAM, 4 GB ROM (Built-in memory) expandable up to 32 GB (Micro SD slot)
- Android KitKat 4.4
- 4″ Screen; 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA)
- WiFi + Bluetooth + GPS + 3G
- Dual SIM. 3G available only in one SIM slot at a given point of time; but it is switchable between the two SIMs slots (via software)
- Loud speaker, 3.5mm jack for headphones
- Radio, Analog TV (2 DD Channels)
- 3.2 MP Rear Cam; 1.2 MP Front Cam
- Micro USB for connecting to laptop (3G Modem or File transfer)
- 1400 mAh Li-Ion battery
Frankly, I don’t use any fancy features in my phone. I bought this phone only for making and attending those occasional calls and to use it as a 3G modem for Internet access in my laptop. That’s why I didn’t want to spend more than 4k INR. But once I bought this phone, I am using it to listen to songs, radio, eBooks (FBReader, Google Play Books), Web Articles (Pocket), etc.
I love the front dual-speakers available in this phone. I generally use my external Kinivo speakers for listening to music, but with this phone I am listening using the built-in speakers directly – Convenient! (No, I don’t prefer headphones). I am also able to listen to the radio via the speakers after I connect the headphones (for antenna purpose) and select ‘Speaker’ from the options. Unlike my old phone, the radio receptivity and speaker output is good in this one 🙂
The 3G modem speed (for Internet) is good when connected via USB (Tethering). I also connect my tablet via WiFi tethering and the Internet speed over 3G is still good. Yet to test bluetooth, but that’s not required much for me. The Analog TV reception is a joke – only two DD Channels are picked up and both are extremely grainy. But it’s handy to have that feature – to boast with friends, etc. 🙂
The 4 GB Internal memory is less. Hence, I suggest you to buy an 8 GB Micro SD card along with this one. The phone automatically stores all the apps in the SD card, hence you’ll have some space for installing more apps. Move your music collection to Internal memory, if you run out of space in the SD card, or just buy a bigger card.
I use the phone as a modem, to send/receive calls, and to listen to various forms of media. I don’t use it for Games or I don’t use Maps. Hence, I am not able to say how well they work on this model. But I guess the phone should be OK for light usage, not for heavy usage (remember it has only 512 MB RAM). Another advantage is the Megapixel front camera: Useful for both selfies and video chat. The rear 3.2 MP camera is not good for photography.
Altogether the Spice Stellar 440 is an excellent Android phone under Rs. 4000 in India. A first time Android user or a light user of the phone (like me) will be happy. But if you want to use heavy apps, go for something better.
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