If you are planning to buy a new high-end smartphone, there are only two OS options you should be considering – iOS and Android.
iOS is probably the better option in terms of apps, games and usability, but Android clearly offers much more choice. Android can be modified to a much greater extent than iOS and the new generation of Android smartphones can easily beat the iPhone in terms of specs and hardware. Android is also much better at multitasking that iOS is.
One more reason why you should not buy an iOS device right now is because the iPhone 4 is almost an year old now. It still has very good specifications, but the newer Android phones offer much more – dual core processors, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP cameras. Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is the latest version of Android, and it’s obviously better than all the previous iterations.
If you do want to go with the iPhone only, then you should probably wait until September or October, as that’s when the iPhone 5 is expected to launch. Since that’s almost 6 months away, I would suggest that you go with an Android device.
So which Android smartphone should you buy?
There are many great options available in India. There’s the LG Optimus 2X, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Xperia Play etc. All of them are priced around Rs. 30k. If you want a gaming device, go for the Xperia Play. If you want the best camera phone, go for the Xperia Arc. It has the best 8 MP camera in all Android phones. If you want a cheap option, go for the LG Optimus 2X. It is priced at around 26k, which makes it the cheapest in the current lot of Android devices.
But if you want the best option overall, I would go with the Samsung Galaxy S 2. It is expected to launch in a month and offers the best features. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S was the iPhone 4’s greatest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will probably be the best Android device which can compete with the upcoming iPhone 5. It also has a 6 month head start over the iPhone 5, so it should probably see great sales.
The initial reviews of the Galaxy S 2 point to just one thing – the Galaxy S 2 is going to be the best Android smartphone of 2011. It has a dual core 1/1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0, arguably the best third party UI in Android land. It just kills every other phone in terms of multimedia playback, and has the best display in town – a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
Disclosures: None, really. I’m just a huge Samsung fan and I’m planning to buy the Galaxy S 2. I may be a bit biased towards it, but seriously, it’s definitely going to be the best Android phone of 2011.
PS: If you are an Indian, you can probably expect the iPhone 5 in India by the time Samsung launches the Galaxy S 3.