Top 5 cheapest Android 4.0 ICS phone in India for June 2012

News Natasha Garyali 20:42, 7 Jun 2012

Craving for a Android Ice Cream Sandwich powered phone this summer? Check out our list of top 5 mobile phones for Android 4.0 lovers on budget

Google's latest iteration, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been the flavor of the season. Building on simple, easy and intuitive interface, the latest iteration turned our heads by bringing in newer and stronger ways to communicate and share. It was therefore little surprise why the race to introduce Android 4.0 ready smartphones and to upgrade the older devices to the new platform intensified.

Interestingly most of the Android 4.0 smartphones were concentrated in the high-end category, but this is about to change. With the release of Spice stellar range of Android 4.0 ready/ enabled smartphones, now consumers on shoe string budget can bite into delicious Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Apart from the Spice stellar series we pick HTC One V and Sony Xperia U as the best Andoid 4.0 powered phones that give  you more bang for your buck.

Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500

Running on Android 4.0, this swanky 5-inch touch screen smartphone promises to satisfy all your cravings. Dubbed Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500, the smartphone is fueled by a powerful 1 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a dedicated 300 MHz GPU. This combo brings you seamless multitasking and ample power to let you indulge in your favorite adrenaline pumping game.

The device come strapped to a 5-megapixel auto focus camera along with a 0.3-megapixel secondary camera for video call support. In addition this dual-SIM capable smartphone houses GPS/ AGPS, Wi- Fi Tethering and a strong battery backup for uninterrupted talk and play time.

The Stellar range is also the country's first 'secure Android' smartphone series. With the aim to safeguard mobile users against data loss and theft, the Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500 comes preloaded with a bouquet of antivirus and secure solutions like Anti-Theft and Vault- privacy lock among others.

Data Plan: Spice has tied up with Aircel to provide Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500 owners 100 MB data free per month for a period of 1 year without any additional conditions.
Price: Rs. 11,999

Spice Stellar Mi-425

Another gem emerging from the Spice stable is Spice Stellar Mi-425. The smartphone impresses you with its strong hardware specs which includes a powerful 1GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 245 MHz GPU and a stunning 4-inch touch screen display. That's not all we are saving the best for the last. The device is powered by the Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and it costs less than 10K. How is that for a kicker?

The device is backed by a giant 2000 mAh battery which gives users up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 120 hours of standby time. This is quite neat if you ask us,  as even some of the mid and high range smartphones don't come with such strong battery support.

Like its sibling Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500, Spice Stellar Mi-425 also promises total protection against virus/data loss/theft/financial security. The device offers several security solutions like Anti-Theft and Vault- privacy lock for Photos, Videos, SMS and call logs and secret contacts. Users can also update the virus/malware database for a period of six months absolutely free.

Data Plan: Spice has tied up with Aircel to provide Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-425 owners 100 MB data free per month for a period of 1 year without any additional conditions.

Price: Spice Stellar Mi-425 is available on Saholic for Rs 9,999

Spice Stellar Craze MI-355
The third one in the series, Spice Stellar Craze MI-355 is the cheapest of the three. Yet one look at its built, style and performance and you would beg to differ. Fitted with a 3.5 inch touch screen, the device is powered up by a 800 MHz processor. The device runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but is upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS.

This device also offers same security measures like Antivirus which provides real time protection from malicious Internet threats, regular scans for data in the device and SD card, access to data like Traffic, setting monthly data transfer limit and more.

Priced at a jaw-dropping Rs 6,499, the device with its high processor speed, latest android version and mobile security options assures a rich experience for budget consumers.

Data Plan: Spice has tied up with Aircel to provide Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-355 owners 100 MB data free per month for a period of 1 year without any additional conditions.

Price: Rs. 6,499


HTC launched One V alongside its powerful sibling the HTC One S and HTC One X at MWC 2012. Despite being the less expensive of the lot, the device gives no such impression in both its look and performance department. Sporting the award winning curved-chin design and the standard metallic unibody, HTC One V appears every bit premium like its siblings. Flaunting a 3.7-inch, Super LCD 2 display with a resolution of 480x800 the device as expected brings in vibrant and bright visuals along with wide viewing angles.

The phone has an impressive 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, which is capable of 720p HD video recording and includes Audio Beats technology, Gmail, A-GPS, Google Maps among others. Designed ergonomically the Android 4.0 powered smartphone sports 120.3x59.7x9.2mm dimensions and measures just 115g in weight. Powering the One V is 1GHz CPU and Adreno GPU based on Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset. Other impressive specs include 512MB of RAM, 1500 mAh battery, 4GB of storage and 32GB expandable memory.

Price: HTC One V is available on for Rs 17, 495

Sony Xperia U

Sony's budget smartphone in its latest line-up of Xperia branded smartphones is the Xperia U.

Running on a dual core ST Ericsson Novathor processor (clocks at 1GHz) and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the device consists of a solid built that make for a rather comfortable grip. Despite beings fitted with a small 3.5-inch display, the clarity and color quality is not lost, thanks to the Sony's Bravia engine technology. The device also features 512MB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage and gives a smooth performance, despite being seen as the lowliest member of the range. There is no additional card which quite a shame.

The coolest thing about the device is the narrow strip of clear plastic seen at the bottom of the handset. This strip lights up when you are making a call or there is a incoming call or in general when the phone is active. The lights mimic the colour of the background theme you select. There is also provision for you to select colors that should appear while you are, say playing music or getting a call from a particular person.

The 3G enables phone features a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and is capable of recording HD videos at 720p. Other features include HTML5, Adobe Flash Player, Sony xLOUD engine for improved sound, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

Price: Sony Xperia U is available on Saholic for Rs 15,998

Also check out:  Top 10 best and latest mid-range and high-end Android phone in India for June 2012

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