Micromax Bharat 1 

price₹ 1,790 onwards

launchOct, 2017

13.0

excellence score

71.7

value for money score

 The phone comes with an "unlimited" voice calls and "unlimited" high-speed data plan from BSNL at Rs. 97 per month. Read more here

2-Minute Review

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Design

  • Basic, clean feature phone design
  • Sturdy build
  • The T9 keyboard has spacious placement of buttons, which is comfortable to use even if you have broad fingers
  • One edge the Bharat 1 phone has over JioPhone is that it is a network-unlocked device, so you can use it with any network (although the very attractive INR 97/month unlimited data/calling plan is only available with BSNL - and that really is the trump card for this phone)
  • It's use case can be both as a competent primary device for say rural audiences, that have previously used less capable feature phones, or even as a secondary back-up phone for smartphone users, especially given the long lasting battery
  • If you are coming from a smartphone experience, and are used to a QWERTY keyboard, using the T9 keyboard can be a struggle

Display

  • The 2.4-inch screen is basic and certainly feels small while watching content on YouTube and scrolling through Facebook - the viewing angles are pretty limited too

Software

  • Built-in apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube are game-changers - very few other feature phones have them
  • Opera Mini for web browsing works fine too
  • There's a cursor for navigating inside multimedia apps, which can feel tiring at times
  • Also lacks the in-built content network of Jio via MyJio apps

Performance

  • Overall performance is pretty limited too (again as you would expect from a feature phone)

Camera

  • The two cameras are pretty basic as well (as you would expect) and their use is limited to well-lit areas

Battery

  • Very good battery life - should comfortably last about 2-3 days with moderate use

More

  • Useful torch
  • The overall 3 year ownership cost of the phone (including the mobile plans) is pretty similar to JioPhone
  • Other connectivity options are solid too - there's Bluetooth for easy sharing, Wi-Fi, tethering and portable hotspot and GPS built inside
  • On the whole, as far as feature phones go, the Bharat 1 is a solid device, and the BSNL plan makes it even more attractive - and a straight competition to the other big feature phone name - JioPhone
  • Lacks voice commands that are present on JioPhone

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Micromax Bharat 1 Specifications

Display
Screen Size2.4 inches
Screen Resolution240x320 pixels (~ 167 pixels per inch)
Processor/RAM
Processor1.1 GHz, Dual Core, Qualcomm 205
GPUAdreno 304
RAM512 MB
Memory
Internal Memory4 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 32 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2000 mAh
Camera
Camera2.0 MP
Secondary Camera0.3 MP
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Torch/FlashlightYes
FM RadioYes

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