Budget Android Phone 5-10k

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Kerala
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BSNL
My primary phone died 2 weeks before and couldn't find a good option to upgrade to(bought OP Nord CE and returned it the next day).
I had a Redmi Note 3(2G/16G) lying around. It came with Android 5.1 and at that time it was swift to use. The last update for it was in 2019 IIRC, but at that time the device was unable to be even as a calling phone. UI used to be very laggy and constantly ran out of ram. The most memory-hogging thing was Google services. Flashed AOSP 10 based custom ROM and with Core package of NikGapps.
Tada! It's usable once again.

The problem with modern software is that it's designed to be run on much higher specced hardware than our average mid-range smartphone. The added gain by running this modern(hogging) software is minimal.
 
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vishalrao

The Global Village Idiot
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Pune
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BSNL FTTH 300 mbps Fiber Ultra plan 1499
I had bought Nokia 3.2 phones for my mom and aunt around 1.5 years ago for around 8k each... they are currently updated to android 11 which surprised me. I doubt they will get a12 but should get security updates for maybe another year.

Caveats are it only has 2.4 ghz wifi and 720p screen but it's sufficient for their usage which is mainly WhatsApp 😂
 
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Tejas01

Dream big in life.
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Mumbai
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Airtel XStream Fiber
I have an elderly aunt in my building who used to run with 8gb storage on some Moto phone on A 8.1. Brought it to me for debugging. The phone wouldn't allow me to use for 1 second with Memory low status. Casual use, WA. Told her to get a new phone.
 
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vishalrao

The Global Village Idiot
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Pune
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BSNL FTTH 300 mbps Fiber Ultra plan 1499
Yes good point about storage space... I'd configured to not download media by default and told them to star important messages and just diligently delete videos after watching them.
 
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