Recently, I happened to buy two smartphones, each costing Rs.8999 (USD 140) to be gifted.
The first one was to my wife (one who needs to be reached by my son’s school). Her LeECO LE 2, literally, broke down. She needs a phone with a good battery life, decent camera and stock Android for ease of use. I got her Lenovo K8 Plus which has a good specification (5.2″ display, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 4000mAh battery, Dolby Atmos & Android Nougat 7.1.1 ) and dual camera (13MP + 5MP). Audio quality is good and it is loud too.
The second was to my mother-in-law (one who has to be obeyed). Her Mi Redmi 2, had outlived and needed to be changed. For her, the size of the phone is important. It has to be compact. I got her Panasonic Eluga Ray 500 which had a specification of 5.0″ display, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage, 4000mAh battery & Stock Android Nougat) and dual camera (13MP + 8MP).
I like both the phones. Build quality wise, Panasonic scores but the glossy finish on the back makes it a fingerprint magnet.