Five Affordable Yet Useful Android Phones In India
Android is a hit in India. It is an extremely scalable platform, and global as well as local manufactures are in the Android league. The mobile phone market has a completely different story than any other markets worldwide. The introduction of Android has made some major changes in market and companies have launched their powerful as well as entry level devices in India.
Buying powerful device is not an option for every person, hence here is a list of some of the most capable yet affordable Android devices available in India.
Micromax Android A60
I am very confident that this is the most affordable Android device available in the world. Feature-wise it definitely is not the best Android phone but it provides some sweet experience for phone which costs a mere 6,700 rupees ($146.60 approx). It is compact, runs Android 2.1, has WiFi and GPS connectivity and sports a 3.2 megapixel camera. The design is a bit old and the resistive touchscreen is disappointing, but man, no phone at such a cheap price is as capable as the Andro A60.
Samsung Galaxy 5 (i5503)
Next in queue is a Samsung Android phone called the Galaxy 5 (i5503), obviously not the best offering from Samsung but it is another capable and affordable Android device available in the heavily fragmented Indian mobile phone market. It has a 2 megapixel camera, runs Android 2.1 with WiFi and 3G connectivity. Swype keypad, Layar Reality browser comes pre-loaded and a great feature on this device is its audio quality. However, the small screen is a bit annoying and even though it is a capacitive touchscreen, the touch response is not the best. However, it is a great phone and comes from a famous global manufacturer. This one is priced around 9000 rupees ($197 approx).
Samsung Galaxy 3 (i5801)
This is a superb entry-level Android phone and is one of those products which are termed “Value for Money.” Great connectivity options, very responsive touchscreen, multi-touch capable, good display and amazing video playback are just some of the few things the phone has to offer. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus and it runs Android 2.1 Éclair. Priced around 12,000 rupees ($262 approx) it also has the obvious 3G and WiFi connectivity options.
Motorola QUENCH XT3
When it comes to Android, how can we forget our beloved Motorola, the makers of the famous DROID or the Milestone as we know it here. The QUENCH XT3 is great Android 2.1 powered phone and has the heavy-duty Motorola feel. The touch response is decent (not the best) and the 3.2 megapixel camera is supported with flash for capturing better images in low light conditions. Great for new Android users this phone is priced at around 12,000 rupees ($262 approx) and comes with all the basic features you expect in an Android phone.
LG Optimus One P500
This is indeed the best entry-level Android phone available in the Indian market and the reason is pretty obvious. Well, it comes with pre-loaded Android 2.2 FroYo and this means improved performance even on basic hardware. The design is pretty minimal (in a good way) and the build quality is good. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus, very responsive touchscreen and runs quite smoothly compared to the other device in the same category. It is priced 13,000 rupees ($285 approx) and is honestly the most capable and useful entry-level Android device in India.