The Best Android Phones Coming to India in 2011

The Android revolution began about 3 years back and its stunning growth has dwarfed the growth of even iOS (iPhone) as a mobile platform. It is now the most popular mobile OS in the US, and is on its way to becoming the most used mobile OS in the world. It is expected to overtake Symbian soon, and will soon be the Windows of the mobile world.

Unlike Apple which always ignores India when launching new products, most Android manufacturers have made sure that they launch new Android smartphones in India at the same time as the worldwide launch.

As I’ve said before, 2011 is going to be the year of Android. We have seen a lot of exciting devices at CES, MWC and CTIA 2011. Most of these devices will either be launched soon, or have been launched already.

In this post, I will show you the best Android phones that money can buy. Despite the title, the list is relevant to users around the world, not just Indians.

1. Samsung Galaxy S 2

This is definitely the best Android smartphone that money can buy. It has received the best reviews yet, and offers the best overall package, compared to any other Android phone. It is the successor to the most popular Android phone of 2010 – the Samsung Galaxy S.

It has an excellent 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display which has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It comes with an 8 MP camera which can record 1080p video, a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0.

It is expected to be launched by the end of May 2011 and will be priced at around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

2. HTC Sensation

The HTC Sensation is probably the only phone which can rival the Samsung Galaxy S 2 in terms of specifications and features.

It will come with a 4.3 inch S-LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has the HTC Sense 3.0 UI, which is widely regarded as the best third party Android UI.

It has a dual core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 768 MB RAM. It also comes with an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash which can record 1080p video at 30 FPS. It has 1 GB internal storage, and is a bit heavier than the Galaxy S 2, at 148 gms. It will likely be launched soon, but we have no idea about the pricing.

HTC Sensation

3. LG Optimus 2X

The LG Optimus 2X was the first Android smartphone with a dual core processor. While it was launched some time back, it is still one of the best Android phone options in India. In the US, you can buy the T-Mobile G2X which is identical to the Optimus 2X, and comes with pure Android 2.2 Froyo.

It comes with a 4 inch LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It also has a 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor (Tegra 2) and offers 1 GB RAM. It has an 8 MP camera and can also capture 1080p video at 24 FPS. Though it’s not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S 2, it is much cheaper. You can get it for as much as Rs. 28,000.

Buy the LG Optimus 2X on Amazon.

LG Optimus 2X

4. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was recently launched and is probably the most stylish Android smartphone to date. It is extremely slim, and has a very sleek design. It comes with a 4.2 inch display and has a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB RAM. It also offers an excellent 8 MP camera, which makes it the best Android camera phone. It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has the Sony Ericsson custom Android UI.

It is available for Rs 28,000.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at Flipkart.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at Amazon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

5. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is another notable Android phone. It deviates from the touchscreen only trend in Android phones, and features a unique gaming keypad which slides out from under the display. It has the same hardware as the Xperia Arc – 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB RAM.

It also has a 5 MP camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but the main attraction is the library of exclusive PSP games which it supports. If you are a gamer, and want an Android smartphone, the Xperia Play is the device you should get.

It is priced at Rs. 30,000.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at Flipkart.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at Amazon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

6. HTC Incredible S

HTC was the top dog in the Android arena an year back, but since the launch of the Galaxy S, Samsung has become the dominant player. HTC, though, has been trying to get back to the top.

The HTC Incredible S is one of the best Android smartphones by HTC. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and the HTC Sense 3.0 UI, probably the best third party Android UI. It will definitely get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with a 4 inch, 480 x 800 pixel display. It has a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, 768 MB RAM and comes with the Adreno 205 GPU as well. It has a very good 8 MP camera which can capture 720p video.

It is the cheapest of the lot. It is priced at Rs 26,399.

Buy the HTC Incredible S at Flipkart.

Buy the HTC Incredible S at Amazon.

HTC Incredible S

We might see many more Android smartphone launches soon, but for the next 2-3 months, this list should guide you well, should you want to buy the best Android smartphone in India, or the world, for that matter.

Update: Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4: Comparison

The Apple iPhone 4 has been a huge hit and with the iPhone 5 launch being delayed to September, it will be the smartphone every new Android device will be compared to. And though it’s almost an year old now, comparisons of the iPhone 4 with new Android phones are inevitable, as it is one of the best smartphones known to mankind. In this post, I will pit the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 against the Apple iPhone 4. Expect some fireworks.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4

Design

While design preferences are subjective, I can safely say that both the Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone 4 have very stylish designs. The iPhone 4 has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm while the Galaxy S 2 has dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. The Galaxy S 2 is the slimmest smartphone around, slimmer than even the anorexic Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

It is also very light, with a weight of only 116 gms compared to the iPhone 4’s 134 gms. I would prefer the Galaxy S 2.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch capacitive SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is easily the best display in town, in terms of size, contrast, display quality etc. It is perfect for watching videos and movies.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 3.5 inch IPS LCD ‘Retina’ display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. It is one of the best displays in the market, but loses out before the Galaxy S 2 in terms of size as well as overall quality.

Again, the Galaxy S 2 wins.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 easily trumps the iPhone 4 when it comes to hardware, but that is obvious, as it is yet to be launched, while the iPhone 4 was launched in June last year.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 16/32 GB internal storage. The Galaxy S 2 comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and 1 GB RAM. It also has 16/32 GB internal storage and supports microSD cards.

Winner: Galaxy S 2

OS

Now this is the part where we have two completely divided camps. Some prefer iOS with its ease of use, great user interface, huge library of apps and games (almost 400,000) while some prefer Android with its openness, customizability, better multitasking, and not-as-huge library of apps and games (200,000). With the Galaxy S 2, you get Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz 4.0 which offer excellent performance thanks to the powerful hardware.

There is no clear verdict in this section, but I would prefer the Galaxy S 2 with Android. Just my preference.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can shoot 1080p videos at 30 FPS and also comes with a 2 MP secondary camera. It is second only to the Xperia Arc and the Nokia N8, in terms of image quality. It definitely blows the iPhone 4’s 5 MP camera out of the water. The Galaxy S 2 is a clear winner in this department.

Multimedia

The Galaxy S 2 can play any video format which currently exists on Planet Earth. It’s a pleasure watching videos on the 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, going by all the reviews I have seen. It is THE device to have if you want to watch videos on the move. It wins.

Web Browsing

Both the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S 2 have excellent web browsers, both default and third-party. But as the Galaxy S 2 has a bigger display, and also supports Flash, I would go with it.

The Verdict

As you can clearly see, the iPhone 4 is now outdated. The Samsung Galaxy 2 is quite obviously the best smartphone on the market. It should be launched soon, and I expect it to be the best Android phone of 2011.

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

The First Samsung Galaxy S 2 Ad is Here

The Samsung Galaxy S was the best Android smartphone of 2010. In fact, it was so successful, that Apple probably views it as a threat now, which is evident from the patent infringement lawsuit it has filed against Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 was announced at CES 2011 and has had millions of Android fans salivating already. It is better than the Galaxy S in almost every way. It has a bigger display, faster processor, more RAM, better UI and offers everything you would ever want in a phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be launching in May, but we hadn’t seen any ads or commercials of it yet. Well, today, Samsung has officially released the first commercial of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 on its Youtube channel. It’s not the best ad I’ve seen, but quite accurately conveys how realistic the SuperAMOLED Plus display is.

Here it is:

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and offers 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It has Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz 4.0 UI. It also has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash which can capture 1080p videos at 30 FPS. It comes with a 1650 mAh Li-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Coming to India in May

The only country where the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 had been announced was the UK. According to Samsung UK, the Galaxy S 2 will be launched there on May 1.

Today, at the Samsung SWA Forum 2011 in New Delhi, India, the company informally announced the launch dates for the Galaxy S 2 in India. It will be launched in May, with a price tag close to Rs 30,000, likely higher. Samsung representatives hinted that the Galaxy S 2 will be launched in the range of Rs 30,000 to 35,000. The exact pricing hasn’t been revealed yet.

The Samsung Galaxy S was the most popular Android phone of 2010. The Galaxy SL is currently priced at Rs 19,500 in India. Many Android fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Galaxy S 2. Pricing it above Rs 30,000 will probably hurt sales. I certainly hope it is priced in the Rs 25,000 to 30,000 range, but I doubt that would be the case, given the intense demand for the successor of the Galaxy S. You can expect a small price drop though, after the initial excitement subsides.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and 1 GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage. It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It also has a 1650 mAh Li-ion battery.

Check out the detailed Samsung Galaxy S 2 specifications here.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Launching on May 1 in the UK

We still don’t know when the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be launched in the US or worldwide, but according to the latest press release by Samsung, it will be available in the UK on May 1. It will be available across all major networks and retailers.

The Galaxy S 2 is the successor to the very popular Galaxy S. It was first announced at the Mobile World Congress 2011. It comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor. It comes with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.

It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with the TouchWiz UI and Swype. It also sports an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can also record 1080p videos at 30 FPS and also has a secondary 2 MP camera.

The Galaxy S 2 also comes with Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct. It also offers HSPA+ connectivity and A-GPS. It comes with a 1650 mAh Li-ion battery. The pricing details aren’t available yet.

Check out the detailed specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 here.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

Simon Stanford, Managing Director, Mobile, Samsung UK said, “From the moment it was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona there has been a huge buzz about the Galaxy S II, so we’re pleased to announce that it will be available for UK customers to buy from 1st May. Our slimmest, lightest, fastest smartphone is our first device to offer of Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, alongside the most advanced technical specifications including the latest Android OS and a dual core processor. We’re confident it’s a great package for anyone wanting a superior smartphone experience.”

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Previewed on Video

The Samsung Galaxy S was the best Android smartphone of 2010. Naturally, all eyes were on Samsung when it unveiled its successor – the Samsung Galaxy S 2 – at MWC 2011.

The Galaxy S 2 is bigger, faster and better in every way than the Galaxy S, and should be launched in a couple of months. It has excellent hardware specs, and is easily the most powerful Android phone yet.

Today, a pre-production unit of the Galaxy S 2 was preview on video by the guys over at Gagadget. They have given us a rough idea of what we can expect with the Galaxy S 2, and it is, indeed, an incredible device.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

They have also posted UI screenshots and some captured images and videos over at their blog. The review seems to be in Ukrainian, so you probably won’t get much of it, but it’s worth a watch nevertheless.

Here’s the video review of the Samsung Galaxy S 2:

Even Mobile-review has done a quick review of a prototype of the Galaxy S 2. Here it is.