Feature phones are a dying breed owing to the widespread availability of smartphones in the sub Rs. 5,000 segment. One would most likely expect them to be phased out completely in the near future as fewer companies are manufacturing feature phones. However, Reliance Jio breathed new life into feature phones with their Jio Phone, a bare-bones device that has just enough to run all Jio apps over a 4G network.
Vodafone followed suit by partnering up with Itel (yeah I haven’t heard about them either_, to release the Vodafone Itel A20, another feature phone designed exclusively for the Vodafone network. Last but not the least, budget phone aficionados Micromax also got on the 4G ready feature phone boat and announced the release of the Micromax Bharat One. Let’s take a look at the three devices and determine which one is the best for you.
Vodafone Itel A20 vs Jio Phone vs Micromax Bharat 1: Display
I’m not going to comment on the design and build quality of the three devices. Let’s face it, they’re nearly identical and there’s no point comparing the three. Moving on to the display, the Vodafone Itel A20 features a 4-inch WVGA display with touchscreen capabilities, something lacking in both the Jio phone and the Micromax Bharat 1. The Jio Phone has a 2.4-inch QVGA display with physical buttons underneath it and the Micromax Bharat One has a similar setup, with WVGA resolution.The Vodafone ITel A20 is the better device here, thanks to its larger screen and touchscreen ability.
Vodafone Itel A20 vs Jio Phone vs Micromax Bharat 1: Camera
The primary camera on the Vodafone Itel A20 is 2-megapixels with LED flash and the secondary camera is VGA. The Jio Phone and the Micromax Bhara 1 sport the exact same specifications for their cameras. Once again, I’d give this segment to the Vodafone Itel A20, as it runs Android Nougat, allowing users to work with the photos they captured better.
Vodafone Itel A20 vs Jio Phone vs Micromax Bharat 1: Performance
The Vodafone Itel A20 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek chip along with 1GB of RAM. The Jio phone uses a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz. The Micromax Bharat One uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 202 chip clocked at 1.2GHz. I’d give this one to the Micromax Bharat 1, as the Snapdragon 202 is marginally better than the MediaTek SoC used in the Itel A20.
Vodafone Itel A20 vs Jio Phone vs Micromax Bharat 1: Hardware
The Vodafone Itel A20 ships with 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM, which is double the storage and RAM that the Jio Phone and Micromax Bharat 1 come with. All three devices come with micro SD expansion capabilities supported up to 32GB. The Jio Phone has the largest battery backup of the three, with its 2,000mAh unit. The Itel A20 comes second, with its 1,700mAh battery and the Micromax Bharat 1 is the last, with a measly 1,200mAh.
Vodafone Itel A20 vs Jio Phone vs Micromax Bharat 1: Verdict
I must admit, the comparison is a bit skewed as I’m comparing an Android phone with two feature phones and naturally, the Android phone will be better. The Jio Phone, albeit restricted to the Reliance Jio ecosystem, is the cheapest of the lot at Rs. 1,500 (which you get back, by the way). The Micromax Bharat 1 retails at Rs. 2,450 and the Itel A2 is the most expensive, at Rs. 3,690.
I’d recommend the Jio Phone if you’re basically looking a for a free phone with NFC functionality. I’m not sure why the Micromax Bharat 1 exists, but its half-decent and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a device that isn’t tied to a particular provider. The Itel A20 is on its own is a sub-standard device, but coupled with the offers Vodafone has with it, should give you good value for your money.