While some including me believe that the top-end of mobile phones will live forever and the platforms of the top-end won’t come to the low-end, there are others who believe that open platforms like Android (or the many earlier Linux consortiums – CELF, OSDL) truly provides platform that can work on the high-end and low-end equally well.
But as we’ve quickly seen, instead of the hardware manufacturers, the software industry really has driven what hardware sells. We saw that for the PC market and are quickly seeing that in the mobile phone markets now. How the OS and the applications are making or breaking the success of the mobile phone handsets. Nevertheless, here are the cheapest Android phones in the Indian market, which may probably be global leading in terms of mobile phone growth in the low-end market… And the prices will keep dropping I guess!!
1. Huawei IDEOS U8300 – Rs. 6200/-
Huawei has many handsets in India in the CDMA market. Most of these handsets are serviced by operators that provide these mobile phones along with the plan. The IDEOS is manufactured in China and is sold in many markets around the world. I happened to see this phone is also available in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia.
This entry-level smartphone was designed with the needs of young, mobile users in mind. This smartphone combines a QWERTY keyboard and a touch-screen in a small, chocolate-bar inspired package. Powered by Android 2.1, it comes with the most popular social networking applications pre-installed, so users can stay in touch anytime, anywhere.
For more information, please visit: www.huaweidevice.com/ideos
The phone has low battery life, but provides excellent features for the price.
2. Acer beTouch E110 – Rs. 6990/-
- Stylish, compact and slim design
- 2.8” (QVGA) resistive screen
- 5-way navi key
- 3G and Bluetooth connectivity
Looks pretty and is light-weight. Doesn’t have very good battery life, but does have some good applications and interfaces built-in like Spinlets and Nemo Player
3. Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro – Rs. 8700/-
- 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA)
- 2,6" capacitive touchscreen
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
- UMTS/HSPA 900/2100
- 5MP Camera with Flash
Great build quality and excellent software and hardware polish. Great support and service centers. Known brand
4. Samsung I5503 Galaxy 5 – Rs. 8800/-
- Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
- 3.6 Mbps HSDPA support
- Smart dialing
- 2.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen
- Android OS v2.1 Eclair
- TouchWiz 3.0 UI customization (on both, I5801 has Orange UI too)
- 600 MHz processor
- 2MP camera with geo-tagging
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support
5. Spice Mi300 – Rs. 9400/-
Android 2.1 Ready
Android Market Place
Google Messaging Services with Push Mail
- Wi- Fi
- 3.2” HVGA Capacitive Touch Screen
- 5 MP Camera