Android Smartphone Buying Guide 2011: Android Phones in India Under Rs 15000, 20000, 30000
If you are in the market for a new smartphone, the best option would be to buy an Android phone. Symbian is on its way to obsolescence, the iPhone is still prohibitively expensive (at least in India), and Windows Phone 7 devices are available only in the higher price bracket.
In this article, I will give present the best Android phones you can buy, in various price ranges. This post is focused on Indian buyers, but is relevant for anyone looking for an Android smartphone buying guide, anywhere in the world.
Best Android Smartphones Under 15,000 ($330)
Spice is a relatively unknown brand, but its latest offering – the Spice Mi-410 is one of the best budget Android phones yet. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, with a Gingerbread upgrade coming soon, and has a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor with 512 MB RAM. It also has a huge 4.1 inch display, comes with a 5 MP camera, and is priced around Rs 14,000. If I had to buy an Android device under Rs 15,000, it would be the Spice Mi410.
Samsung Galaxy Ace
The Samsung Galaxy Ace is like a smaller, budget version of the Samsung Galaxy S. It is now available for around Rs 15,000.
It comes with a 3.5 inch, 320 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display. It also has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo. It comes with an 800 MHz processor and 278 MB RAM.
Best Android Smartphones Under 20,000 ($450)
This particular bracket has some of the best Android smartphones. They are priced reasonably, and offer the most value for money.
Google Nexus S
Using the Nexus S, you can experience Android the way Google intended it. It runs vanilla Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with no custom UI shell on top. You can rest assured that it will be the first to receive any updates, and it is priced very well, at just under Rs 20,000.
It comes with a 4 inch SLCD display and is powered by a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It has 512 MB RAM and comes with a 5 MP camera. It also has 16 GB internal storage and sports an excellent design.
Samsung Galaxy S LCD
The Samsung Galaxy SL is an inexpensive cousin of the popular Samsung Galaxy S. It comes with a 4 inch SLCD display and runs Android 2.2 Froyo, with a Gingerbread upgrade coming soon.
It has a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor and 512 MB RAM. It also comes with a 5 MP camera and has 4 GB internal storage.
LG Optimus Black
LG recently came to its senses and bumped down the price of the LG Optimus Black to Rs 19,990. At this new price, the LG Optimus Black is a very appealing buy.
It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and sports a 4 inch, 800 x 480 pixel Nova capacitive display. It is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor and 512 MB RAM. It also has a 5 MP camera with AF and LED flash.
HTC Desire Z
The HTC Desire Z is one of those rare QWERTY sliders powered by Android. It comes with a 3.7 inch display with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. It is powered by an 800 MHz Qualcomm processor and comes with 512 MB RAM.
It runs Android 2.2 Froyo with the HTC Sense UI, but will receive an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also has a 5 MP camera, and is a very good option if you want something different.
The Best Android Smartphones Money Can Buy
And finally, here are the best Android phones money can buy. Assuming that you are willing to buy an Android smartphone priced higher than Rs 20,000, these are the only options you should consider.
Samsung Galaxy S 2 II
The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the best Android smartphone of all time. It was launched recently, and has already sold more than 3 million units in less than two months.
It is priced around Rs 30,000. If I had the money, there is no other phone I would rather buy.
It comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It is powered by the 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and the Mali 400 MP GPU. It also offers 1 GB RAM and comes with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI.
It has an 8 MP camera which can shoot 1080p video and offers 16 GB internal storage. It has a very stylish design and is extremely slim at just 8.5 mm.
It is, truly, the best Android phone ever.
This is another very good option, if for some reason, you can, but don’t want to buy the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (in which case you are probably nuts).
Jokes aside, the HTC Sensation is a very capable smartphone. It comes with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI.
It comes with a 4.3 inch SLCD display and has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and offers 768 MB RAM. It also has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash and can record 1080p video.
Note: If you are wondering why I have not listed any Android phones priced lower than Rs 10,000 ($250), it’s because there is no good Android option in that price range. Most of the phones in that bracket are low resolution, underpowered and generally mediocre. They offer a very bad user experience. If you need to buy a phone under Rs 10,000, I wouldn’t recommend any Android device.