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Here is a roundup of the best android based smartphones available in the Indian Market today. They have been divided according to the price ranges: 32k-25k High-end expensive smartphones; 25k-15k High-end high priced and 15k-10k Budget android smartphones. Phones below the 10k line haven’t been mentioned here.
Price Range: 25k-32k
Dell Steak / Dell Mini 5
Priced at INR 31286, Dell streak is one of the most highly priced Android phones available in the Indian market today. At 5 inches, it’s sort of like a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet.
Pros: Sturdy, Huge 5″ display with true wide 16:9, dual LED Flash, Dual cameras, 4/16 GB Internal storage with extra 512 MB ROM for OS and 512 MB RAM, Gorilla Glass
Cons: Expensive, Bulky, poor phone aesthetics, WVGA Screen doesn’t match sharpness/contrast ratio of an AMOLED or even an SC-LCD, comes with Andriod 1.6 – needs to be manually updated to2.2
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Priced at INR 28499, Xperia Arc is Sony Ericsson’s most pricy smartphone in the Indian market.
Pros: Big 4.3″ display, sleek form factor with just 8.7 mm height, Bravia display engine, Microphone comes with Noise Suppression
Cons: User Interface is not as cool and responsive as the Samsung variants, hogs battery, just 512 MB internal memory.
Samsung Google Nexus S
Priced at INR 27999, having features similar to the Galaxy S and without and AMOLED screen, the Nexus S in India is a big turn-off.
Pros: Overall a good phone with decent specs, native Android UI, NFC Chip, Has LED flash, 16 GB internal, decent 4″ display
Cons: Unreasonably priced – Features are comparable to that of a Samsung Galaxy S i9000/SC LCD i9003 which are priced so much lesser, Indian release doesn’t come with an AMOLED screen yet.
Priced at INR 27579. Unlike the Dell Venue PRO which runs Windows Mobile 7, the Dell Venue runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
Pros: 8 MP Camera, Corning Gorilla Glass, AMOLED WVGA Screen, Sturdy phone
Cons: Dell Stage UI is slow and sluggish, Low speaker volume, Low internal memory 1 GB
HTC Incredible S
Priced at INR 26749. Unlike other phones using android, this one does have a Notification LED behind the top speaker to notify unread messages and missed calls. Incredible also features rotating buttons at the bottom, which is a feature not found in any other smartphone.
Pros: Good 8 MP camera, font-facing 1.3 MP camera, 768 MB RAM, SRS WOW HD using headset, HTC Sense v3.0 UI, Notification/Status LED indicator
Cons: 1.1 GB Internal Memory, No HDMI Out, Not as fast and responsive as the Desire HD
HTC Desire HD
Priced at INR 26399, the HTC Desire HD comes with Sony’s S-LCD technology
Pros: 768MB RAM, 4.3″ display, Rubberized edges and sturdy body
Cons: Resource Hungry – drains battery and needs frequent charging, No HDMI out, No AMOLED, Li-Ion 1230 mAh battery – lowest in its class
Price Range: 15k-25k
Samsung Galaxy S I9000
Priced at INR 24999, this is one of Samsung’s fastest selling models (after Samsung Galaxy S LCD I9003). Its features are comparable with the SLCD i9003 model, with the exceptions that i9000 has higher internal memory and comes with a Super-AMOLED screen.
Pros: 4″ SAMOLED display, 16 GB Internal memory, PowerVR SGX 3D graphics Engine, MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264 support by default, Secondary font-facing camera
Cons: No LED indicator – makes it very hard to know new SMS and missed calls, No HDMI out
HTC Desire Z
Priced at INR 24999, it is one of the few phones that come with a full QWERTY keyboard on the Android platform. However, this Z-hinge keypad adds to the bulk of the mobile and the fact that HTC models have a metallic body just adds to the weight.
Pros: Full-QWERTY keypad, Aluminum unibody casing gives a very sturdy build, good for heavy texting
Cons: Too Bulky and heavy, Li Ion 1300 mAh battery, WVGA screen
Priced at INR 21999, HTC desire was one of the initial phones (and HTC’s flagship Android phone) to hit the Android market and is widely regarded as one of the best Android phones.
Pros: 3.7″ AMOLED, Solid body, good on-screen keyboard
Cons: Low battery life (but better than that of Desire HD)
Priced at around INR 22400, this is Motorola’s full qwerty Android phone in the market. But the design and aesthetics of the Milestone is a turn off. It looks like a device from the 90’s.
Pros: Slim QWERTY keyboard which is pretty good compared to all other QWERTY smartphones, Good display
Cons: Bad aesthetics, 600 MHz processor, Low 133 MB storage, Low 256 MB RAM
Samsung Galaxy S LCD I9003
Priced at INR 19900, this is the best bang for your bucks. Its features are comparable to the Nexus S/Galaxy S i9000.
Pros: 1GHz processor, 4 GB Internal, 5 MP camera, Front facing Secondary VGA Camera, Swype text input
Cons: No LED Indicator, Uses up a lot of batter when GPS and GPRS are enabled, No external button for camera, Sometimes sluggish on opening contacts and messages (when there are a very high number of entries on page)
Price Range: 10k-15k
Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830
Priced at INR 15490, this is the best selling android phone in the 15k range. Although a good buy for 15.5k, if you can pitch in a few more bucks, Samsung Galaxy SL is a way better option. Check Comparison.
Pros: 5 MP Camera, 800 MHz ARM Processor – excellent for a 15k phone, GSM/3G support, A-GPS Support, DNSe sound, Accelerometer present
Cons: TFT HVGA Screen, Resolution is just 320 x 480 pixels – unlike all the above mentioned ones which have 480x800px resolutions, Video Recording is QVGA at 15fps,
Priced at INR 13199, HTC Wildfire is a reasonably priced Android 2.1 handset. The 3.2″ screen supports a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, which is okay but low compared to the smartphone standards set by higher end Samsung Galaxy and HTC models.
Pros: 5 MP Camera + LED Flash, Reasonably priced, responsive touchscreen
Cons: Camera quality is just above average, 528 MHz processor – Some apps and games might show lagging
Priced at INR 12990, the DELL XCD35 comes with significant advancements made to the XCD 28. For just over 12k, it comes with a 3.5″ screen that has a 480x800px resolution. Dell XCD35 is known by the name San Fransisco Orange outside India. A similar configuration can be found for approx 10k on a LG Optimus one (see below)
Pros: 600 MHz processor, 3.5″ screen size, 480×800 px resolution – All these features for a low price.
Cons: 256k color screen, 256 MB/150 MB Internal memory, Comes with Android 2.1 installed, Some apps and games might show lagging.
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LG Optimus One P500
Priced at INR 10299, this is one of the most decently priced budget phones available for Android. The configurations are decent for its price. Naturally, you cant compare the performance with the high end phones.
Pros: Cost, 1500 mAh battery, 600 MHz processor, supports 3g/Wi-Fi HSDPA 7.2 Mbps,
Cons: 170 MB Internal Memory, 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 256k Screen, Some apps and games might show lagging.