Android is More Desirable to US Consumers than iPhone

A survey conducted by Nielsen between January and March 2011 shows that Android is now the most desirable smartphone OS (operating system). About 31% of those surveyed wanted to get an Android handset, while 30% preferred the iPhone. Sure, the difference between the two platforms is quite small. However, this shows a clear trend. The same survey for July – September 2010 saw 33% of the respondents chosing iPhone, compared to just 26% opting for Android phones.


Android has already managed to overtake the iPhone in terms of volume. Nielsen found that “half of those surveyed in March 2011 who indicated they had purchased a smartphone in the past six months said they had chosen an Android device”. Only 25% had opted for an iOS device. Apple had a huge head-start in the smartphone segment, and at one point looked unassailable. However, Android has not only managed to catch up, but is actually storming past the iPhone.


Typically one thing that Apple products have always had going for them is that they are highly desirable. The combination of slick design and intuitive user-interface makes almost all Apple products drool-worthy. Even though their prohibitive cost or locked down nature often forces many consumers to opt for alternative, Apple products are known for making people go “I want that, even if I don’t need that”. However, Android has succeeded in capturing the imagination of the general populace. Google’s open strategy seems to be working. Even though carriers like AT&T are trying their best to cripple Android, consumers still want to pick up an Android phone. Steve Jobs can diss Android as much as we wants; but, he knows that Android might do to Apple, what Apple did to RIM.

Why You Should Buy the Samsung Galaxy S 2

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.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

Sony Announces The ‘Sony Tablets’ – S1 And S2

Remember the Sony S1 Honeycomb tablet, which leaked a couple of months ago? Well, Sony has finally gone ahead and announced the S1, and the S2.

Both the tablets, S1 and S2, are running on Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and support 3G/4G.

The S1 sports a 9.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1280*800, and is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. The tablet has a curve at the top, when held in landscape orientation, and an off-center gravity form-factor so as to give it a magazineshape.


The second tablet the S2 sports two displays, each measuring 5.5-inches with a resolution of 1024×480. The two displays can be combined to be used as one large display for web browsing etc. The tablet can also be folded, so as to make it portable. The Sony S2 is like the bigger version of the Kyocera Echo.

Sony has also modified the UI of the tablet to their liking, and integrated Qriocity’ with it. Both the tablets are also PlayStation Certified, which means users will have access to Sony Ericsson’s PS Suite for a variety of PS1 and PS2 games.

According to Sony, the S1 can also control majority of their home entertainment devices including AV devices, thanks to Infrared. The S1 and the S2 are the codenames of the Sony tablet’, and Sony will be assigning these tablets a new name before it’s launched sometime this fall.

Lenovo ThinkPad Android Honeycomb Tablet Leaked

The market is already flooded with Android tablets. And now, Lenovo has joined the bandwagon. The company will soon launch its first tablet device. Recently, the leaked pics and specs of this device has been emerged. Lenovo’s first tablet device will be called “Lenovo ThinkPad” and it will be powered by the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Lenovo ThinkPad will have a stylus for hand-drawn notes. Check out the leaked specs below.

lenovo thinkpad

Lenovo ThinkPad Leaked Specs:

  • 10.1 inch touchscreen display
  • 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Tegra 2 processor
  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating system
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G connectivity
  • Keyboard booklet and cradle (optional)
  • Pen and digitizor (optional)
  • 8 hours battery life
  • Weighs 1.6 pounds and is 0.55 inches thick
  • 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB version

One of the unique feature of this tablet is the keyboard booklet, which allows you to switch over to the laptop mode. Lenovo ThinkPad is expected to be announced in June and it will be available for purchase from July. Lenovo ThinkPad will be available from $499 for the 16 GB version.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Mini Pro II Gets Snapped in All Its Beauty

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro II has surfaced once again, and thankfully, this time around, Mr. Blurrycam decided to stay at home. A Chinese website has published some gorgeous snaps of the successor to the Xperia Mini Pro. The Mini Pro II is no Arc, but it’s still quite a looker.


While the Mini Pro will be a tad bigger than its predecessor, SE is still quite serious about the ‘Mini’ tag. Leaked specifications suggest that it will feature a 3.0 inch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It’s expected to be powered by a capable 800 MHz Scorpion processor with Adreno 205 GPU. Considering SE’s recent trackrecord, it seems pretty obvious that it will sport Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) at launch. Other features include FM Radio, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, and expandable memory (up to 32 GB). Of course, the biggest attraction of this handset is its physical QWERTY keypad.


Samsung has been making things tough for other manufacturers by launching attractive handsets like the Galaxy Ace at unbeatable prices. However, if the Mini Pro II is priced sensibly, Sony Ericsson might have a winner in its hands.

HTC Flyer To Get Android Honeycomb “Shortly After Launch”

Back in February, HTC announced the much-awaited HTC Flyer tablet at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. Most of the tablets announced this year runs on the latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System, but the HTC Flyer runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. Even though, it is powered by the 1.5 GHz processor, why would anyone go ahead and buy a device with outdated operating system?

To solve this problem, HTC has recently mentioned in a tweet that, the HTC Flyer will get the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update shortly after launch. This is definitely a great news for those, who are planning to buy this device, since they won’t have to wait much longer for the Android Honeycomb update.

htc flyer honeycomb

HTC Flyer comes with a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen, 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.2 OS (upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb), HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivty, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Multimedia player, 32 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, GPS, Micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0), up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

HTC Flyer is already up for pre-order in the UK for £600. This device is expected to be available from May 9th in the US. So, you can expect the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer during late-May or early-June. Stay tuned for more updates.

Why the Nook Color is the Best Android Tablet

Since the launch of the iPad, many Android tablets have been launched, but none of them have been able to match the iPad in terms of usability, price or even apps. The iPad (and the iPad 2) starts at $499 (for the 16 GB Wi-Fi version, while most Android tablets start at $599 (Galaxy Tab) for the unlocked version. Some of them are even priced as high at $799. Now that it’s clear that none of them can beat the iPad in terms of price, I can’t think of any Android tablet that offers more bang for your buck than the iPad.

Granted that the Wi-Fi versions of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom will be priced around $499, but they still can’t beat the iPad in terms of apps. The App Store has 65,000 tablet apps while Honeycomb has just about 100. The number of apps will surely increase over time, but for the time being, the iPad is the king of the hill.

So why this post?

Well, Barnes and Noble launched the Nook Color last year to compete with the Amazon Kindle. It has a 7 inch color touchscreen display and is powered by Android. It was meant to be just a simple ebook reader, until some Android enthusiasts discovered that it could very well be used as a fully functioning tablet. It was hacked to enable Android apps, the Android Market. It also has a Cyanogen Mod 7 ROM using which you can install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on it.

In short, you can use it for almost everything that you would want to use an Android tablet for – Android apps, games, email, browsing, video, music and obviously, ebooks. Even so, it was still a slightly risky hack which deterred the average Joe from modding it to unlock its true potential.

Today, Barnes and Noble officially released a new software update (1.20) which installs Android 2.2 Froyo on your Nook Color. It brings a new App Store curated by B&N- Nook Apps which has a selection of some Android Apps. The new update makes it an even better tablet, which offers really good value for money. It is priced at just $249, which is half what the iPad is priced at. Obviously, it is not as powerful as the iPad, but it easily handles basic video playback, web browsing, light games, email and ebooks. I have been a big fan of the Amazon Kindle, but the Nook Color beats it in every aspect. Unless Amazon launches its rumored Android tablet soon, the Nook Color is poised to grab a larger share of the ebook reader market.

Coming back to the topic, the Nook Color is probably the best Android tablet you can buy today, at least in terms of value for money.

Nook Color

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color Gets The Android 2.2 FroYo Update

Barnes and Noble’s have started rolling out a new software update for their popular Android based eReader the Nook Color, which also doubles up as decent Android tablet when modded.

The new software update (v1.2.0) brings with it some much need changes including an update to Android 2.2 FroYo.


Below is the full change-log from Barnes & Noble’s :

  • Access to shop a broad collection of popular NOOK Appsâ„¢ to enjoy great games, stay up to date on news and weather, and more
  • Full-featured free email to check and send web-based email (i.e., Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL) all from one in-box
  • NOOK Color’s update to Android OS 2.2/Froyo offers system improvements, browser performance and a more complete Web experience giving customers access to enjoy even more video, interactive and animated content. NOOK Color now includes support for Adobe ® Flash ® Player
  • NOOK Kidsâ„¢ exciting new Read and Play titles that bring animation, activities and stories together
  • NOOK Books Enhanced offer in-page video and audio in a growing number of titles
  • Enhancements to magazine navigation making it easier to enjoy even more of the growing selection of magazines in NOOK Newsstand
  • NOOK Friendsâ„¢ (beta) to see your friends’ reading activities, swap books with LendMeâ„¢, share recommendations and discover new titles

The software update is an OTA one, and will be automatically pushed to your Nook Color within a week from now.

Sadly, this update still does not bring Android Market access to the Nook Color officially. Unofficially, Nook Color users can always flash CyanogenMod 7 on their device, and enjoy Gingerbread along with Android Market access.

Sprint Nexus S 4G Up For Pre-Order At Best Buy

Last month, Sprint announced the new variant of the latest Google smartphone, the Nexus S 4G. It is the first smartphone to feature the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System along with the 4G Connectivity. It comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, NFC and more.

Sprint Nexus S customers also will be able to easily use their current Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port their number. This handset will be available exclusively on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

Google Nexus S

Google Nexus S 4G features a 4 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 4G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, VGA front Camera, HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Stereo Speakers, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, NFC Capability, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, 512MB RAM,4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Android Market and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 124 mm x 63 mm x 11.2 mm and weighs 131 grams.

Google Nexus S 4G is currently up for pre-order at Best Buy. This handset comes with a price tag of $199 with a 2 years service agreement. You can also buy this smartphone without any contract for $499. To pre-order this handset, just head over to this page.

Acer Liquid Mini Launched In India For Rs.11,990

Earlier this year, Acer announced the Android powered Acer Liquid Mini smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Acer finally launched this budget smartphone in India. Acer Liquid Mini is the cheaper version of the popular Acer Liquid smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity and more. Acer Liquid Mini will compete with budget Android phones such as LG Optimus One and Samsung Galaxy Pop in the Indian market.

acer liquid mini

Acer Liquid Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 480 x 320 pixels resolution, 600 MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with 480p video recording, Bluetooth, GPS, stereo FM radio, DLNA connectivity, Wi-Fi, 512MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, up to 6.5 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

This handset measures 110.4 x 57.5 x 13 mm and weighs just 109g. Acer Liquid Mini is available in 3 different colors – Jet Silver, Royal Blue and Piano Black. It allows you to view and edit popular office files (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF) and send them through your work email with support for Microsoft Exchange.

Acer Liquid Mini comes with a price tag of Rs.11,990. Sadly, this handset does not have a front-facing camera for video calling. Are you planning to buy this budget smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.