Best budget Android phones in India (February 2012)

It has been a long time since we last published a guide on the best budget Android phones in India and during this period many new smartphones reached Indian shores and increased the number of choices available to the consumers.

Today, we will talk about the select few sub-INR 15,000 smartphones that you should consider before making your next purchase decision. We will divide this in two parts, one for INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 and other for below INR 9,999. Current market prices have been considered to make this cut, which can always change so take these prices as the rough guidelines only.

Best Android phones in INR 15,000 to INR 10,000 price category:

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman:  Sony Ericsson (soon going to be Sony) has really stepped up its game in the last one year and company launched smartphones in almost every category and these were some really nice devices. It is also the only company that has promised to give Ice Cream Sandwich update to all the smartphones launched in 2011 and our first recommendation for under-15K Android phones is also going to get the update. Powered by Android 2.3 currently, it features 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera, 512MB RAM, and several audio enhancements.

Sulekha Deals is giving the best price for Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman right now – INR 13,288

LG Optimus Hub: After no so great high-end phones, LG has decided to release some mid-range Android phones as well, but unlike high-end devices, these are pretty decent. LG Optimus Hub features 3.5 inch display, 800MHz processor, Android 2.3.4, and 5MP camera.

Infibeam is giving the best price for LG Optimus Hub right now – INR 12,725

Micromax A85: Micromax’s first entry in so-called high end segment did not fare gel well with company’s image of a budget phone provider thus company had to reduce the price of its first dual-core phone soon after launch. Making Micromax A85 a pretty nice buy at the reduced price, A85 features NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 3.8 inch display, Android 2.2, 512MB RAM, and 5MP camera.

Adexmart is giving the best price for Micromax A85 right now – INR 13,490

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini:  Sony’s successor to original Mini, Xperia Mini comes with some significant upgrades over the original, it features 3 inch display, 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera and Android 2.3.

Saholic is giving the best rice for Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini right now – INR 12,899

HTC Wildfire S: HTC was a pioneer in Android smartphones but the last did not turn out too well for the company. It launched a few un-wanted FB centric phones and then Sensation variants, but Wildfire S was a worthy successor to original Wildfire. It features Android 2.3, 5MP rear camera, 3.2 inch display and 600MHz processor.

Adexmart is giving the best price for HTC Wildfire S right now – INR 12,590

Best Android phones below INR 9,999:

LG Optimus Net: Comes with Android 2.3, 3.2 inch display, 800MHz processor, 3 MP camera and 1500mAh battery.

Infibeam is giving the best price for LG Optimus Net right now – INR 9,480

HTC Explorer: HTC’s mass market Android phone Explorer comes with Android 2.3, 600MHz processor, 3.2 inch display, and 3.15MP camera.

Sulekha Deals is giving the best price for HTC Explorer right now – INR 9,799

Samsung Galaxy Fit: Samsung has been pretty slow in launching Android smartphones in India in 2011, apart from its flagship Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, none of the devices were launched on time and we are still waiting for some nice entry-level devices. Samsung Galaxy Fit is one generation old but still a nice device for under-10K budget. It features 3.31 inch display, 5MP rear camera, Android 2.2, and 600MHz processor.

Saholic is giving the best price for Samsung Galaxy Fit – INR 9,249

Samsung Galaxy Y: Samsung’s mass market Android smartphone Galaxy Y comes with Android 2.3, 832 MHz processor, 3 inch display and 2MP camera.

Saholic is giving the best price for Samsung Galaxy Y – INR 7,199

Idea Blade/Dell XCD35: Developers’ favorite entry-level Android phone ZTE Blade (yes that’s the original name). It features Android 2.2, 3.5 inch display, 3.2MP camera, and 600MHz processor.

Price: INR 7,899

Bonus: Best QWERTY Android phones below INR 15,000:

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, HTC ChaCha, LG Optimus Pro


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