The Android smartphones running it is continuing a steady climb in mobile web market share versus Apple’s iOS-based devices. Google Android phones in the U.S. are rising so quickly, the devices have outsold Apple handsets for the first time on record. But in India, the real action lies in the budget with most features like multi-tasking phones with 3G, touchscreens, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi, all at or below Rs 15,000. With most mobile companies are launching Android models every month, the customer could be unsure for choice.
So help you to choose, we present a closer look at some of the options you have in a price range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 – Lowest price first.
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Spice Mi-300 is Android 2.1 ready, it has a larger than average a 3.2 inch HVGA (320 x 480) capacitive touchscreen, bringing it on par with devices that cost almost twice as much! You also get a trackball, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The on board 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED allows you to capture good pictures with clarity. Spice Mi-300 Specifications and features here.
Spice Mi-300 Price in India: Rs. 10,000
Dell has lauched the XCD28 in last month, it has a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen, Android 2.1 and all the usual specs a smartphone has, including a micro SD card slot that supports up to 8GB. What sets the XCD28 apart is Dell’s offering of an ‘Advanced Exchange Warranty’. In case of a hardware failure, customers will receive a new device instantly. Dell XCD28 detailed specs here.
Dell XCD28 Price in India: Rs 10,990
Samsung Galaxy 3
The Galaxy 3 is at the low end of Samsung’s Android offerings and it provides the full smartphone experience with Android 2.1 OS and TouchWiz 3.0 running on top of a 667MHz CPU with 256MB RAM. With a WQVGA capacitive screen (240 x 400), it’s not in the same league as the Spice Mi-300, but screen quality and viewing angles are a tad better. Samsung Galaxy 3 has a 3 megapixel camera that captures photos with a maximum resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It offers auto focus, face, smile detection and geo-tagging. Samsung Galaxy 3 Specifications and review here.
Samsung Galaxy 3 Price in India: Rs 11,890
Motorola Quench XT3
Motorola Quench XT3 is a touchscreen phone with a 3 MP Camera, microSD support,3.5mm audio jack. It supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth. Apart from the HVGA (320 x 480) 3.2 inch capacitive screen which is almost the norm at this price, the screen is covered with the ultratough Gorilla Glass, found in premium devices like the Nokia N8, iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab. The trackball and MotoBlur UI customisations are welcome additions. Full specs of Motorola Quench XT3 here.
Motorola Quench XT3 Price in India: 12,449
The Videocon Zeus (V7500) is good; both on paper and in hand. The Videocon Zeus is powered by Android 2.1 and it has capacitive touchscreen with Multi-Touch, 600 MHz Processor, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Push Mail. It matches the specifications of all the others, includes a HVGA (320 x 480) capacitive screen, 5MP camera and is bundled with a car charger, 8GB micro SD card and two 1230mAh batteries.
Videocon Zeus Price in India: Rs 12,900
LG Optimus One P500
The LG Optimus One P500 has a very stylish design and is a very compact phone. Currently it’s the only device powered by the latest Android 2.2 in this price range. It’s faster and more responsive, and It has a 3.2 inch TFT touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The LG Optimus One P500 has nice rounded edges with dimensions of 113.5 x 59 x 13.3 mm and a weight of 130 gms.
LG Optimus One P500 Price in India: Rs 13,000
Among the first few affordable Android phones, Wildfire still holds its own because of fantastic build quality and the HTC name. Unfortunately, it falls short when compared to the likes of LG Optimus One, Samsung Galaxy 3 and Motorola Quench XT It has a slower 528Mhz processor and only a QVG (240 x 320) screen. The QVGA resolution couple with the larger 3.2 inch screen size make the edges of fonts and images noticeably blurred.
HTC Wildfire Price in India: Rs 14,000
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
The X8 offers a reasonable price with the feature pack. It has diverse connectivity options, a good music player, neat user interface, a built-in camera and access to social networks and the Android Market. At 3 inches, the X8 has a smaller screen but sticks to the same HVGA (320 x 480) resolution. What pulls it down are Android 1.6, only 168MB RAM and a weak battery.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Price in India: 15,000
New Motorola FlipOut features a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen offering 320×240 pixel resolution and running Google Android 2.1. This is the only phone here in this range to feature a capacitive touchscreen and a complete QWERTY keypad. With the keypad closed, you can still use the on-screen keyboard for text entry. It has all the right features.
Motorola Flipout Price in India: Rs 15,000
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What do you think about our collection of Android Smartphones in the price range 10k to 15k? Do want to add any other models in to the list? Let us know in comments.