Lenovo Phab plus or Moto X Play or Oppo R7 Lite or One Plus One: Which is the best phablet below Rs. 20000?

Lenovo Phab plus, Moto X Play, Oppo R7 Lite, One Plus One, comparison, best phablet below 20000

I have used phones from the wide spectrum of budgets, and over the years have come to the conclusion that be it a 50k phone or a 5k phone, the average life of a mobile phone is not beyond 2 years. So, in those 2 years we should ensure maximum performance before moving on to the next gadget. This time I wanted a mid-range phone which will solve my purpose without burning a hole in my pocket. In the quest to find the value for money mobile phone, I shortlisted four phablets (phone + tablet) or a phone with a bigger screen than an average 4.7 inch screen mobile. I am no techie but an average consumer who wanted the bang for her buck.

Lenovo Phab plus, Moto X Play, Oppo R7 Lite, One Plus One, comparison, best phablet below 20000

One Plus One

Therefore, I shortlisted:

  1. Lenovo Phab Plus 32 GB (Rs. 17999, in Amazon.in)
  2. Moto X Play 32 GB (Rs. 18499, in Flipkart)
  3. Oppo R7 Lite 16 GB and (Rs. 18179, in Flipkart)
  4. One Plus One 64 GB (Rs. 19999, in Amazon)

The criteria was based on my requirements. I wanted a phone which has:

  1. A long battery life
  2. A good camera
  3. Decent looks
  4. Lots of storage
  5. 4G enabled
  6. Supports Wifi, SD Card, NFC (optional)
  7. Has two sim slots
  8. Has a good screen resolution as I spend a considerable amount of time on my phone
  9. Plays good music
  10. And has a decent RAM to support multiple applications (should not hang)
Lenovo Phab plus, Moto X Play, Oppo R7 Lite, One Plus One, comparison, best phablet below 20000

Oppo R7 Lite

I know the average phone user demands all this. Being a blogger I prefer a bigger screen to write and upload my blog posts as well as a good camera to click decent pictures even in low lit areas. So my primary requirement was a good camera phone with lots of storage space and decent RAM. I am not an enthusiastic gamer so have limited games on my phone. I cannot comment on that aspect. But apart from it I can give you a brief overview about all these phones. Lenovo Phab Plus and Moto X Play have been observed and reviewed first hand so I can give you a real-life account as to how these phones perform. My sister uses Lenovo Phab Plus and I bought Moto X Play recently. But I have seen my friend use One Plus One and I used Oppo R7 Lite in one of the stores for some time.

Lenovo Phab plus, Moto X Play, Oppo R7 Lite, One Plus One, comparison, best phablet below 20000

Lenovo Phab plus, Moto X Play, Oppo R7 Lite, One Plus One, comparison, best phablet below 20000

You can choose any of these phones as per your individual requirements. Someone who wants a bigger screen phablet mainly to read, edit ppts or pdfs, watch videos, listen to good music, etc. can go for slim and light Lenovo Phab Plus; someone who wants a stylish looker of a phone and a great selfie camera and filters can go for Oppo R7 Lite; someone who is very serious about phone camera photography and gaming can opt for One Plus One; others who want an all-rounder, value for money can go for Moto X Play. Each phone has its pros and cons and each phone can suit your individual needs.

Lenovo Phab plus, Moto X Play, Oppo R7 Lite, One Plus One, comparison, best phablet below 20000

Moto X Play

I went for Moto X Play as it met most of my requirements and also fit my budget. I agree that it looks bulky and average in its plastic body but the phone is a value for money deal. Moreover, I got a discount of 20 per cent of the phone value during year end sale and bought it for Rs. 16000 approximately. Which wasn’t bad at all! I haven’t faced any heating issues with the phone till now other than while my daughter was playing a game on it for half an hour. I have been getting system updates regularly and this phone is perfect for my everyday use.

Lenovo Phab plus, Moto X Play, Oppo R7 Lite, One Plus One, comparison, best phablet below 20000

Lenovo Phab Plus

I would have loved to go for Lenovo Phab plus. It had everything that I required except the camera. The poor camera output killed the deal. The screen resolution wasn’t great in broad day light though that wasn’t significantly a deal breaker as I look at my phone mostly inside office, home or the car. I carry a purse all the time so carrying the massive 6.8 inch phone wasn’t that difficult for me. And fortunately because of its slim premium metal body, it looks wonderful even when held near the ear. But being a blogger, it is absolutely necessary that I have a phone that can take decent pictures. Alas, Lenovo faltered where I needed it the most.

I also had Xiaomi Mi 4 at the back of my mind. It is a brilliant phone with a gorgeous camera. I can vouch for its performance in low lit area in HDR mode. I took it for my Euro Trip and didn’t find the need to bring out my DSLR most of the times. A very close family member uses it and says that it is the best phone in the mid-range. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an SD card slot and I was keen to keep my old SD card in my new phone. Also, the 64 GB variant was sold out and the 16 GB would have been insufficient for my usage. So, I skipped it. The music output is average but then it is not a deal breaker at Rs. 14999. Also, the MI service centre in Chembur is unbelievably prompt. I guess Xiaomi is ensuring that the after sales service is top notch in India as it is a huge market for them. May be I will go for Xiaomi next time.

Till then MOTO it is!

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About MumbaiGloss

Parimita Chakravorty is an author, blogger, features writer and a communications specialist. She has written for various popular magazines and websites related to beauty, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle, including HAIR India, Femina.in, BeBeautiful.in, Hello, etc. She has also contributed to various youth blogs and magazines. Her book ‘Look Stunning At Any Size’ has been well appreciated and received by the readers. Currently, she is part of India’s leading IT brand and takes care of their internal communications. Parimita is also working towards bringing awareness about Endometriosis in India; a silent epidemic which is consuming a lot of lives. She manages a page ‘Endometriosis India Files’ where patients discuss their condition and diagnosis.
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