Top 10 best and cheapest Android phone in India for May 2012
Know Your Mobile brings you the top 10 Android phones that offer style and functionality at a budget price
Once restricted to selected few, the growing demand for the Android has led manufacturers both domestic and international to dish out Android devices for budget conscious consumers. Today it is possible to grab a Android Gingerbread powered smartphone for less than Rs 5000. It therefore comes as little surprise that Android is expected to dominate 50 percent of the total smartphone market in India in 2012.
With a slew of Android smartphones populating the markets, it can be difficult task to cherry pick the one for you. In order to simplify your search, Know Your Mobile India brings you the top 10 Android phones that provide best value for money.
Motorola Defy Plus
One of the most popular smartphones from the Motorola stable, this rugged Android baby is water and scratch resistant- a perfect choice for the rough and tough environment. Sporting a blistering fast speed thanks to its 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor and a Android Gingerbread OS, Motorola Defy Plus ranks among the top contenders in the budget Android phones.
The device flaunts a TFT capacitive touchscreen display of 3.7-inch and a 5-megapixel camera with digital zoom and LED flash and automatic focus. The 3G/ GPRS enabled device comes equipped with a Bluetooth technology (Stereo Bluetooth Class 2Version 2.1+) and incorporates Google Mail and Yahoo mail, SMS and Instant Messaging among others. A strong battery life of 1700mAh which provides stand by time of over 9 days, 7 digital music, Zinio (eMagazines), inbuilt FM radio are also some of its strong characteristics.
Price: Motorola Defy Plus is available on Infibeam for Rs 14,249
LG Optimus L3
One of the latest arrivals from the LG stable, LG Optimus L3 sports a stylish built and smart features making it one of the interesting offerings among the budget Android segment.
The ergonomically designed device sports a 3.2-inch TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen with a 240 x 320 pixel QVGA resolution. Taking care of the hardware needs is the 800 MHz processor and Android Gingerbread OS which brings optimum performance and enhanced management to the device. On the camera front, the Optimus L3 packs in a basic 3-megapixel snapper with features like auto focus, Geo-tagging and easy sharing options.
What users will find handy is the embedded remote call application which provides real time and remote support for resolving software issues. The L3 E400 Optimus comes with a inbuilt memory of 1 GB alongside expandable 32 GB memory options.
Battery back-up for the device stands at 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery and includes 15 hours talktime on the 2G network and up to 8 hours on the 3G network.
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos
When were talking about the best and budget Android smartphones, it is impossible to ignore Samsung's Galaxy Y Pro Duos.
Combing the best of the both worlds, this Samsung delight brings on board a 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard, for both touch and type users. A 832 MHz processor fuels the handset, while a 1350mAh battery and 32GB expandable memory takes care of your multitasking and storage needs.
On the camera front, the device features a 3-megapixel primary snapper and a 0.3-megapixel secondary snapper. A host of features and apps promise to keep you entertained while inclusion of Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi and 3G take care of the connectivity needs. Another notable feature of the device is its ‘Find My Mobile’ app, which gives Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos remote access to phone and protects it from theft and loss.
Sony Xperia U
Sony Xperia U bears elegance, comfort and impressive specs, which is enough to give many mid-budget smartphones some tough competition. This Android Gingerbread powered device features a 3.5-inch reality display, 5-megapixel snapper with HD video recording capabilities and Mobile BRAVIA Engine. A powerhouse of entertainment, the device houses Hollywood blockbusters, pre-loaded video, unlimited application from Sony Entertainment Network among others.
Micromax A50 Ninja with voice assistant - AISHA
With its latest superphone dubbed A50 Ninja, Micromax once again demonstrates its capabilities and skills in manufacturing high-end devices at budget cost.
The Dual Sim (GSM + GSM) 3G handset sports a very attractive built and even more attractive assistant named AISHA (Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant) that rescues you from day to day conundrums. The device ships with a 3.1 inch capacitive touchscreen, 2-megapixel camera,access to social networking sites and great connectivity options. Storage needs are taken care of with an expandable memory of up to 32GB while uninterrupted talk and play time is offered via 1200mAh battery life. GPS support with Google Maps among a slew of other attractive features makes A50 Ninja both fun and highly functional device.
Price: Micromax A50 Ninja is available on Letsbuy for Rs 4,999. Free branded screen protector worth Rs 150
The latest Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread arrival from Karbonn also makes it to the list. Powered by a 1GHz processor, this dual-SIM capable device features a 3.8-inch display with a 800x480 pixels resolution. Karbonn A9 possesses some great camera capabilities as well. It straps on a 5-megapixel HD primary camera with LED flash along with a secondary camera for initiating video call and chatting. The Wi-Fi enabled device also provides expandable storage options of 32GB via microSD card.
Samsung Galaxy Y S5360
Powered by the Android Gingerbread OS, Samsung Galaxy Y comes fitted with a 3-inch TFT touchscreen, FM radio and 2-megapixel primary camera. The device also supports a expandable memory of 32GB and a host of connectivity options via Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and 3G. Laced with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and a 832MHz processor enables seamless multitasking while tons of social networking app and IM's come handy in keeping in touch with family and friends. Other features include A-GPS, push email, 32GB expandable memory.
First unveiled at CES 2012, ViewSonic 3 finally arrives in India bringing on board a Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and a 800 MHz Qualcomm processor.
This dual-SIM Android-based smartphone is fitted with a 3.5 capacitive TFT display with 320x480 pixel resolution and a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. The device supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB for connectivity and includes a 512MB of RAM and 32GB expandable memory via microSD card. Backed by a 1,500 mAh battery, this sleek and stylish device promises to bring the best of both dual-sim and Android worlds to your hands.
Price: ViewPhone 3 is available on Reliance Digital outlets for Rs 9,990
HTC's popular entry level Android smartphone Explorer lets budget users get a taste of the best for less. The budget Taiwanese offering packs in a Android 2.3.5 OS and a 600MHz processor under the hood.
Sporting a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen the device comes equipped with a basic 3-megapixel camera. A long battery life of 1230 mAh, 512MB of RAM, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 are additional features that the device encapsulates within its slim and sexy built. Nicknamed Pico, HTC Explorer was the first device to be launched first in India, globally.
Price: HTC Explorer is available on Infibeam for Rs 8,599
Those looking for dual SIM and Android capabilities in a desi smartphone will be delighted with Spice MI-350n. The device adorns a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen and is powered by Android Gingerbread and 650 MHz processor. Similar to its other budget siblings, Spice MI-350n packs in a 3.2-megapixel primary camera with auto focus and 0.3-megapixel secondary camera for video chatting. The phone comes equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi/GPS/3G capabilities.
The device is also preloaded with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Blogger, MySpace and Picasa Integration among a slew of other exciting apps that promise to keep you entertained all along.
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