Micromax Bharat 1 

price₹ 2,200 onwards

launchOct, 2017

11.6

excellence score

52.0

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
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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)
Display TypeTFT LCD
Processor/RAM
Processor1.1 GHz, Dual Core, Qualcomm 205Ranked #124 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 304
RAM512 MB
Memory
Internal Memory4 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 32 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2000 mAh
Dimensions
WeightN/A
ThicknessN/A
WidthN/A
Camera
Primary Camera2.0MP
Secondary Camera0.3MP
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
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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