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Oh what a year 2014 has been. From great shopping festivals and mind blowing deals to super affordable smartphones, smartwatches and high tech cameras, this year had them all. We at MySmartPrice had a great year too, helping nearly 20 million users every month find the best price on smartphones, cameras and many other devices. Here’s taking a look at the top Smartphones, Camera and Tablets of 2014 and what to expect in 2015. This is the MySmartPrice Report 2014. The top lists have been drawn from our general website traffic as well as actual sales of products. Read further for details on the top sellers of 2014.
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Quite a few high-profile smartphones were launched in 2014, but most of the best-selling phones have been around since last year. From budget devices like the Nokia Lumia 520 (which offered one of the best smartphone experiences at a budget) to the extremely popular Apple iPhone 5s, consumers in the country showed interest in smartphones from every segment. High-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Nexus 5 attracted more attention. Speaking of Samsung, its devices continue to be rather popular, with a total of 6 Samsung devices coming up in the top 10 mobile phones over the course of this eventful year.

Top 10 Mobile Phones (Sales)

When it came to actual sales, flagship smartphones failed to garner the same interest as cheaper, more affordable devices, which is a good sign of how the budget mobile market is continuing to see a major boom in India. But unlike previous years, 2014 saw a slew of phones that offered a top-notch experience at prices that were previously reserved for devices that barely chugged along even in general usage. Motorola’s Moto G and Moto E did extremely well, Micromax continued to see a lot of sales for its Canvas lineup, and the Xiaomi Redmi 1s created quite a storm thanks to Flipkart’s flash sale format, and because it packed some of the best hardware for a phone that costed less than ₹7,000 (and still does).

Top 15 Upcoming Phones of 2015 

2015 seems set to be just as interesting as the year we will be saying goodbye to. The Yu Yureka, part of Micromax’s new smartphone brand, has received a lot of attention, both due to its features and because it stole the thunder of another extremely well-priced and powerful device, the OnePlus One. Quite a lot of visitors checked out the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport, phones built for fans of BlackBerry and physical QWERTY keyboards, and in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A3 and A5, two devices that mark Samsung’s debut with fully metallic smartphones.

Our visitors also showed interest in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4, which will undoubtedly be making an appearance next year and likely improving a lot on the already great Galaxy S5 and LG G3. Xiaomi isn’t far behind in the game, as both the Mi4 and Redmi Note 4G drew a lot of traffic. Unsurprising given how popular Xiaomi seems to have become in the course of a few months, and a telling sign of how smaller manufacturers are giving tough competition to established players like Samsung.

Top 5 Tablets 

Apple’s iPad continued to rule the roost in the tablet segment, with three of the top 5 tablets being iPads. The other two tablets come from Samsung’s camp, though as one can easily notice, it was Samsung’s budget tabs that raked in more visitors and not the company’s high-end range. Interest was low in tablets from other manufacturers, though maybe that isn’t a bad thing, considering how large-screen smartphones are slowly but surely reducing the importance of tablet devices.

Top 5 Tablets (Sales)

Tablet sales painted a different picture, highlighting the popularity of tablets that support voice calls at an affordable price. Four of the top 5 tablets that sold extremely well have voice calling capabilities, suggesting that many users prefer having a single device that can act as a phone and as a large screen into the smartphone world. Apple’s iPad Mini did well, too, but the trend was clear that it’s the low-cost tablet segment that’s driving the market.

Top 5 Cameras

DSLR cameras were the top choice of our visitors in terms of traffic, with not a single point-and-shoot camera making it to the top 5. Nikon is doing pretty well – four of the top 5 cameras our visitors searched for were from Nikon, while the Canon EOS 1200d also attracted a lot of visitors looking to buy a camera.

Top 5 Cameras (Sales)

When it comes to sales, the trend was pretty similar as far as Nikon is concerned, three of the best-selling cameras were Nikon cameras. But here, point-and-shoot cameras also came into the picture. DLSR cameras are still quite costly compared to standard dedicated cameras, which is probably the reason why those point-and-shoots managed to make their way into the hands of consumers despite DLSR cameras coming out on top where our website traffic is concerned.

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Nexus 6 official

Since the Nexus 4 launched in India back in 2013, the Nexus series has seen considerable uptake in the Indian market thanks to top-of-the-line specs, a pure unadulterated Android experience and quick software updates at a price much lower than flagships from companies like Samsung, HTC or LG. The Nexus 5 was pretty much unbeatable in terms of specs and affordability when it launched in December last year, and today, it’s not hard to find it in the hands of the common folk.

This month, Google launched the Nexus 6, a giant 6-inch device made by Motorola that will soon be available for purchase from the Google Play Store and Flipkart. Like the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 features the best hardware available today, but for the first time since the Galaxy Nexus (which never came to India), Google isn’t playing the affordability card – the Nexus 6 is priced at Rs. 44,000 for the 32GB model, and Rs. 49,000 for the 64GB model.

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Wearable technology is climbing the popularity ladder, and is making an indelible mark in the world of technology. With wearable devices, attending phone calls, checking e-mails and updates will no longer be the same. We are witnessing a fresh wave of interconnected smart devices which are not only functional but dependable and convenient as well.

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In a world where you spend a substantial amount of time each day communicating, surfing web and gaming on your mobile phone, it becomes imperative to own a device that fits your bill. But how many of us can honestly say that we are completely happy with our smartphones? Some have sloppy cameras, some face software lags; some come with poor battery life, and some are way too expensive.

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iOS 7 marks the first huge change that has been seen in the iOS ecosystem. Making a transition to a flat UI, the latest iteration boasts a lot of new additions and functionality that are focused toward modernizing the iOS environment. The onus for Jony Ive has been to create a flat design that reflects what other manufacturers are doing in terms of their mobile platforms, like Google has done with Android. Let’s delve into what has changed with iOS 7.

Flat UI

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iOS 7 has a flat UI that features a new system font. Gone are the faux-3D visual effects and the leathery look, and even the lock screen gets an overhaul. A major change is that the Notification Center is now accessible using the lock screen. A new Control Center menu is added that gives you a set of quick-action toggles for commonly used functions. Also, multitasking is on by default for all apps, and apps can also be updated in the background automatically. The multitasking view features a card-based interface that shows large previews of apps.

Safari

Safari has also gotten a new look and now features better full-screen navigation and has a new tab overview that is very similar to Google’s Chrome. Also seen is tighter Twitter integration. Camera also gets a reworked design, with new tools and features that let you edit images more easily. Images taken now are categorized into Moments, and can be sorted using location and time. Also, Calendar, Mail and Weather get a new design overhaul and now work well with gestures.

New features

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Control Center features a host of toggles that can be reached through a single gesture, and it includes settings for screen brightness, music, data, Bluetooth and several more. Earlier, such customization was available to users who have jailbroken their devices in the form of SBsettings. So it is nice to see this feature being included natively as it makes life a lot easier when it comes to accessing settings with much more ease.

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AirDrop is similar to Android Beam. It enables you to quickly send photos, videos and other data through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. File transfers are encrypted, so you can share content without any worries. Featuring a sleek UI, this feature is one that was sorely missing in iOS till now.

Notification

Notification Center has a tighter integration overall and includes better push notifications, with your notifications now syncing across devices so that you don’t see the same notification once you log in to another device. It also includes a card-based interface that allows you to see your notifications based on toggles like “Today”, “All” and “Missed”. The Notification Center is vaguely similar to Google Now.

Siri

Siri has also been reworked, and you can now choose between a male or female voice for the AI engine. It also has gotten better social network integration through Twitter and is also set to become available in more languages in the near future.

iTunes

iTunes Radio, while being late, is still going to be a game changer. The streaming music service will feature a Genius-like recommendation engine that will search your music library and offer suggestions based on the genre and artists you usually listen to. The service will feature ads for free users and will be ad-free for subscribers of iTunes Match. The interface also has a “Buy” button that lets you buy a song you’re listening to directly from within iTunes, which features a catalog of over 26 million songs.

Overall, it is clear that the focus with iOS 7 is to maintain a tighter integration between hardware and software. It is clear that Jony Ive has meshed both so that they essentially focus on an element that has been integral to Apple: design.

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MySmartPrice was started to make it easy to answer the question “Where should I buy XYZ?“.  XYZ being a specific book or mobile model. In the last 6 months, while trying to answer that question, we have realized that most non geeks do not start with a specific model in their mind. Rather they start with a statement similar to I want an android based Touch Screen phone in the range of 7-11k. It will be great if it has a A QWERTY keyboard as well. Alternatively they may be looking for a Dual SIM mobile with support for CDMA connection below 6k. While buying a mobile offline that question is answered by the store assistant. We could find a few  tools that try to do something similar in the online world but we were not satisfied with those and decided to create something better for our users.

Here are the answers by the tool for your query for Android Mobiles with touch screen between 7000 and 11000 and here is the answer for Dual Sim CDMA mobiles below 6000. You can see the effect of all our hard work if you change your mind and want to change any of those criteria.

The tool is still under development. Please give it a spin and let us know your feedback in the comments.