Best Android phones – India, June 2013
Android smartphones priced between Rs 15,000 and Rs 30,000
Google Nexus 4
One of the biggest announcements last month in the Android smartphone world in India was the official availability of the Google Nexus 4. The Nexus 4, with its reasonable price and high-end specifications, featured the perfect combination to become the best-selling Android device in the country, but unfortunately, the smartphone never made it to Indian shores till now.
Even then, the Google Nexus 4 is still one of the most sought after phones in India and the official release should make it a lot easier for people to buy one. At a reasonable price, you’ll get a 4.7-inch IPS display with 1280×768 resolution, a 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera, 2,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 on-board. Of course, the biggest advantage with getting a Nexus device the guarantee of always running to latest Android OS version.
Don’t forget to take a look at our complete hands-on review of the Google Nexus 4 here –
Google Nexus 4 pricing and availability
Unlike the Nexus 7, the Nexus 4 will not be available through the Indian Google Play Store, but is available from various LG retail stores around the country, along with Flipkart. The device is priced at Rs 25,990 (~$472).
Samsung Galaxy S3
One of the advantages of the latest flagships being launched is the resulting price cut associated with that release. With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S3 has seen such a slash in the price, now bringing the still great phone below the Rs 30,000 mark. Granted, the Google Nexus 4 is comparatively newer and cheaper, but Samsung fans not looking to spend the Rs 40,000 required for the Galaxy S4 can now find a viable alternative with the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S3 include a 4.8-inch 720p display, a 1.4Ghz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 64GB, an 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front camera, a 2,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If you’d like to see the smartphone in action before making a decision, check out our comprehensive review of the Galaxy S3 here –
Samsung Galaxy S3 pricing and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is quite easily available from all Samsung retail stores and other mobile stores, as well as from various online retailers such as Flipkart and Infibeam, priced at Rs 27,500 (~$500). You can also buy the device from the Samsung India e-Store for Rs 28,050 (~$510).
HTC One X and One X+
As is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One X and One X+ saw a price drop as well, associated with the release of the HTC One. Again, these are still two amazing smartphones, and are still great buys at a more affordable price point.
As a reminder, the HTC One X boasts a beautiful 4.7-inch LCD2 display with 1280×720 resolution, 1.5 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with no microSD expansion, 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera, 1,800 mAh battery, Beats Audio integration, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Most of the specifications of the HTC One X+ are the same as its predecessor, with the slightly upgraded One X+ featuring a 1.7 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 64 GB of internal storage, an upgraded 1.6MP front camera, and a larger 2,100 mAh battery. Between the two, and budget permitting, the HTC One X+ is obviously the better choice.
You can check out the video of the HTC One X+ in action here –
HTC One X and One X+ pricing and availability
The HTC One X and One X+ can be found from various HTC dealers around the country, but with the best prices available from online retailers Saholic, with the HTC One X available from Rs 24,999 (~$454), and the HTC One X+ setting you back Rs 28,999 (~$527).
Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro
Like the Nexus 4, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro is a smartphone that makes this list courtesy of its official release late last month. While the Galaxy Grand featured comparatively poor specifications for its almost Rs 20,000 price point (but still sold well), the revamped edition, featuring a quad-core processor and a cheaper price tag, shows that Samsung is very serious about capturing an even bigger piece of the Android smartphone market in India. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro gives the company a much better chance at competing against the numerous budget-friendly quad-core smartphones available in the country from local manufacturers.
The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro include a 4.7-inch display with 800×480 resolution, 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 32GB, 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera, 2,000 mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and dual-SIM support.
While not the best specifications, especially when directly compared to some of the budget-friendly smartphones Samsung hopes to take on, the company enjoys a certain brand recognition and trust which will cause people to overlook that difference.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro pricing and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro falls in the lower end of the price range at Rs 16,900 (~$307), and is available from the Samsung India e-Store and all Samsung dealers and Samsung Experience stores, but for Rs 16,299 (~$296) from online retailers Flipkart, which also includes a free Samsung Bluetooth headset.