Here is freetechjournal.com ‘s exclusive guide to buy a budget Android handset under 10000 Rs or 250 $.
The Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia, till couple of years managed to dominate Indian Mobile phone industry with a share more than 70%. But it has been hit by players like Micromax, Lava, Gfive and other handset but still leading in the market with 31. 5%. We have heard that they are going to be in alliance with Microsoft and accepted windows Phone 7 as its operating system disregarding Google’s Android OS. Well our discussions are not about them actually, but I just wanted to point it out that the feedback result from various surveys reveals that Android OSes are gaining popularity day by day and it has become the second most popular OS just after Symbian. The latest fact states that Android OS is the no.1 smartphone Os in the United States. We all know that the Symbian is in its death stage and Nokia does not show any interest in it Android OS will overtake it in the coming days everywhere. Yet they didn’t look on to Google’s Android ( Actually they did, but they weren’t satisfied with Google’ service as they say and added some unjustifiable reasons to it), one thing is sure it if they are not into the popular Android OS they are going to lose their first place in the world cellphone Handset industry for sure.
Android handsets are creating buzz throughout in the Indian cellphone market for a couple of months. The fame and adoption of Android handset is because of its open source nature and due to the accessibility to Android market with more than 20,000 applications. Indian manufactures are spending much on Android phones and they are coming with new cheap Android handsets and to bag the customers under them.
Not like the past days there are a lot of Android handsets available in the market not just that their prices are gradually decreasing day by day. I have picked some of the best Android phones; those are available in India under 10000 Rs.
Android Handsets Under 10k or 250 $ Buying Guide – Specification, price, Pros, Cons & other details
Samsung Galaxy POP: Rs. 8,999*
Samsung Galaxy Pop is a feature rich phone from the Korean manufacturer owns 3rd position in the Indian Handset Industry (after Nokia and Chinese manufacturer G Five). The phone hit the world market with a different name Galaxy Mini. The phone looks like equivalent to LG optimus though the later starts off with a higher display resolution. Running on Android 2.1 eclair earlier Samsung has updated it to Android 2.2 last month. The handset starts off with 3.14 inches, QVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colours with a low screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and powered by a 600MHz processor. The handset is 3G supported along with WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth. The phone has access to Android market rich with 20000 and more applications. It holds Samsung’s Touch WIZ UI version 3.0 and comes with a 2 GB micro SD card along with an inbuilt memory of 170 MB. The memory is able to expand further up to 16 GB. The handset boasts on a 3.2 MP camera with full focus. Samsung hasn’t forgotten to equip it with a proximity sensor as well as a compass as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Pros: Capacitive touch screen with comparatively larger size, Good camera quality, Android Froyo, GPS
Cons: No HVGA resolution, bit more pricy
This was the first Android phone launched by Micromax and probably this will be the cheapest Android handset you are going to get till the date. The handset is designed in an unconventional way as you can see in the picture wider at top and tapered at bottom. It runs Android 2.1on 600 MHz processor. The phone comes with a 2.8 inch resistive TFT touch screen with a QVGA (320 x 240) resolution. The handset supports 3G up to 7.2 Mbps along with WiFi and Bluetooth. This cheaper gadget boasts a 3.2 MP camera with advanced support of focus and digital zoom. The handset is built with an in built storage memory of 150 MB and memory can be expanded up to 32 GB via micro SD card. The Andro incorporates with accelerometer and gravity sensor for Android platform based games. A Li 1280 mAh battery powers the phone.
Pros: Cheap, 32 GB expandable, GPS
Cons: Outdated Android version, poor battery backup, No FM, No HVGA resolution, Resistive Touchscreen with smaller size
Dell XCD28 : Rs 7,500*
I think you will be amazed to see that Dell launches an Android handset which prices s under 10k. No? But personally speaking I really did. But the truth is that the phone is manufactured by ZTE (the phone was formerly known as ZTE racer) and branded by Dell. The handset features a 2.8 inch resistive touch display with a screen resolution of QVGA 320 x 240 pixels. The device powered by 600MHz processor and runs on Android 2.1 Eclair. The handset is 3G enabled with WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. The camera of the phone is enough to make fun with it, it’s a 3.2 MP decent quality phone features autofocus, digital zoom and video recording. It ships with 100 MB internal memory and can be expanded up to 16 GB.
Cons: No HVGA resolution, outdated Android version, Resistive touchscreen with smaller size
Huwaei Ideos : Rs 8,500*
Huwaei Ideos is not that cheap phone and it looks more value for money type. The phone is being sold by Tata Docomo and Aircel in India. The phone runs Android 2.2 and powered by a 528 MHz processor. The best part is that you can really feel the original Android, no customization at all. Ideos starts off with a 2.8 inch capacitive touch screen of resolution QVGA 320X240. The handset boasts a 3.2 MP camera with features like autofocus and geotagging. The connectivity options include Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G and GPS. The device can also be used as WiFi hotspot for maximum 8 devices. Pretty cool isn’t it? The phone memory is expandable up to 32 GB. Aircel offer 2GB internet use for every month with this phone for its post paid customers. The handset equipped with accelerometer sense for auto rotate.
Pros: Android 2.2, can be used as a WiFi Hotspot, Capacitive touchscreen
Cons: QVGA resolution, smaller screen size
Spice Mi 310 : Rs 7,500*
It is the latest phone in Indian market with a froyo inside and under a budget of 10k. It is the successor of Mi 300 which runs on Android eclair earlier but is updated to froyo days ago. The handset seemed to be priced economically but isn’t compromised with essential features. It sports a 3.2 inch capacitive display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels (HVGA) which is much better than QVGA resolution. The phone is enabled with 3G network and is expected to arrive in the market by the end of this month. Its 2 MP camera has supported by digital zooming and video recording. The handset memory is expandable up to 16 GB but no details of internal memory and other details yet.
Pros: Capacitive display of HVGA resolution with larger screen size, Android Froyo
Cons: Poor quality camera
You might have wondered that why I put a resistive touchscreen as a con and capacitive one is in pro. I would like to differentiate both. A capacitive touchscreen measures the interaction between an electrical signal on a transparent grid above the screen and the user’s finger whereas a resistive touchscreen measures the change in resistance between the two layers due to the pressure of touch. In simple words a capacitive screen is smooth to operate because it just requires the presence of your finger, not any pressure as a resistive touch screen does. A Resistive touchscreen is much cheaper than a Capacitive touchscreen.
My Verdict: I have explained most of the details about these Android Handsets. I hope you will be able to select your model from this post. Buy Micromax Andro 60 only if you are under a tight budget. If you are asking me what will be my pick is it really depends on my money. But my first preference is for Samsung’s Galaxy POP as it’s got wider capacitive touch screen and runs Android Froyo in it. Even Spice’s phone has got all the above features its camera quality makes me to avoid it. Huwaei Ideos is also a good choice and Aircel give 2 GB internet on every month is not a bad deal. But if I have 10K what I will do that I will by Samsung POP with 9K and will give a treat for my girlfriend in Pizza Hut or in Chikings (You may ask I can give a big treat if I opt for less price one, but I don’t have time to reply to that question, but I will call you fool if you do so) even Samsung Galaxy Fit sells on around 10500 Rs i won’t go for Fit
*Prices need not be accurate. You may found a difference of up to 500 Rs because the prices vary as per various cities and dealers.