Bandla recommends! The September smartphone list


New list for the month of October is published. Please check here

It has been a while since I posted on this blog. To bring the back to life, I am providing you with this post. A list of smartphones that I would suggest to buyers, along with pros and cons of each phone and what kind of user should get the phone.

 

The list first:

  • Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510
  • Blackberry Curve 8520
  • Nokia E5
  • LG Optimus One


  • HTC Wildfire S
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
  • Blackberry Curve 9300
  • Huawei Ideos X5
  • HTC Chacha
  • Motorola Defy


  • Nokia E6
  • Nokia C7-00
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Nexus S


  • Nokia X7
  • Blackberry Bold 3
  • Nokia N8
  • HTC Desire S
  • Dell Venue Pro
  • LG Optimus 2X


  • HTC Incredible S
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
  • iPhone 4

Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510

Galaxy pro side view

Status: Widely available

Price: 8,000 to 9,000 INR

Product Page: http://bit.ly/lvv8oj

The Good:

  1. Touch n type. very good qwerty keypad and capacitive touch display
  2. 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi (can also be used as Wi-Fi hotspot)
  3. Powered by Android
  4. very good battery life
  5. Document editor
  6. Price

The Bad:

  1. no camera flash
  2. no video calling
  3. poor multimedia.

Who should buy this phone:

This phone, unlike other Samsung mid range galaxy device, oozes quality. if you are looking for a business class droid and have a budget of 10k, this is the best you can get.


Blackberry Curve 8520

BB Curve 8520

Status: Widely available

Price: 9,000 to 10,000 INR

Product page: http://in.blackberry.com/devices/blackberrycurve3G/

The Good:

  1. Blackberry services that are among the best for privacy and data security
  2. Good qwerty keypad

The Bad:

  1. average display quality
  2. very poor multimedia
  3. weak processor
  4. no 3G and no 802.11n and no GPS
  5. poor battery life

Who should buy this phone:

Only those desperate for a Blackberry and with budget less than 10k


Nokia E5

nokia e5 side

Status: Widely available

Price: 9,000 INR

Product page: http://www.nokia.co.in/find-products/products/nokia-e5

The Good:

  1. One of the best business class smartphones
  2. Superb qwerty
  3. Mighty battery life
  4. 3G, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS
  5. Document Editor
  6. Nokia maps.

The Bad:

  1. 256MB or RAM not that good for multitasking or heavy apps
  2. OS getting older and older every week.
  3. No video calling
  4. average camera and poor video recording quality

Who should buy this phone:

    If you are always traveling and need a phone with great battery life and solid navigation, this is among the best you can get. Just forget about what people say about Symbian and it’s end of life. Even though it is announced, it is not going to happen any time soon. S60 on E5 is very much usable and this phone is simply the best qwerty device that you can get for budget inside 10k rupees.


LG Optimus One

LG optimus one

Status: Available at many stores

Price: Around 10,000 INR

Product page: http://www.lg.com/in/mobile-phones/all-phones/LG-smart-phones-P500.jsp

The Good:

  1. Android
  2. Good display
  3. Great GPU and decent CPU
  4. 3G, Wi-FI, GPS
  5. DivX/Xvid integration
  6. Document editor
  7. Almost stock android
  8. Loads of custom ROMs

The Bad:

  1. Battery life
  2. Average build quality
  3. Below average camera, no flash

Who should buy:

This, without a doubt is the best smartphone you can get inside 10k. If you are not bothered about battery life, go and get this one. If you are, then go get this one along with an extra battery. And btw, forget about LG’s past reputation. They nailed it with this one.

This brings us to an end to sub-10k market segment. Here is a short list of other worthy sub 10k smartphones:

  1. Samsung Wave 525 (http://bit.ly/gu7aEn)
  2. Spice Mi-310 (http://www.spiceglobal.com/SpiceMobiles/Model.aspx?id=187)
  3. Nokia 5230 and 5233(http://www.nokia.co.in/find-products/products/nokia-5230)
  4. Dell XCD 35 (http://www.dell.com/in/p/mobile-xcd35/pd.aspx)

HTC Wildfire S

HTC wildfire S

Status: Widely available

Price: around 13,200 INR

Product page: http://www.htc.com/in/product/wildfires/overview.html

The Good:

  1. Great build quality
  2. Sense UI over Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  3. Good camera
  4. Decent hardware (600Mhz Snapdragon, 512MB RAM, adreno 200 GPU)
  5. Bluetooth V3.0 EDR
  6. Xvid support

The Bad:

  1. No video calling
  2. average battery

Who should buy this phone:

Highly recommended but only if you are not interested in Motorola’s Defy which is better phone and is available for some 1.5k INR more. When not compared to Defy, this is a very good smartphone. When not compared to Defy, this phone can make most types of users (except game lovers who may not like the CPU and weak GPU).


Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro

se xperia mini

Status: Brand new release, available in markets now

Price: 12,500 INR for mini and 15,000 for mini pro

Product page: http://bit.ly/lalyJI, http://bit.ly/ifCQvT

The Good:

  1. 3” LED display
  2. BRAVIA Engine
  3. superb audio quality
  4. very good qwerty keypad (mini pro only)
  5. Snapdragon chipset
  6. Good camera with 720p video recording
  7. cute looks
  8. Android (Gingerbread)
  9. Weighs just 99 grams

The Bad:

  1. Poor battery
  2. 3” display is not for everyone
  3. No video calling (on mini)

Who should buy this phone:

This phone is unique in the sense that it looks tiny but is powerful. I would pick mini pro over mini any day as the qwerty eliminates the need for onscreen keypad and hence gives more room for the actual content. If you are looking for a cute looking small form factor smartphone that is good at multimedia, go for this one. Unlike the earlier X10 mini pro, this mini pro has great display and more important, runs latest version of android. If your main requirement is ebook reading and internet browsing, this one is not for you.


Blackberry Curve 9300

blackberry curve 9300

Status: Available

Price: 13,500 INR

Product page: http://in.blackberry.com/devices/blackberrycurve3G/

The Good:

  1. BBM
  2. Excellent qwerty keypad with touch sensitive touch pad
  3. Upgradable to BB 6.0

The Bad:

  1. Low battery
  2. No video calling
  3. Very poor multimedia, near useless camera

Who should buy this phone:

  1. Blackberry boys
  2. Those for whom data security is of atmost important and want the best in class business features.

Huawei Ideos X5

ideos x5

Status: Not easy to find, easy to get from online stores

Price: 14,300 INR

Product page: http://www.huaweidevice.com/resource/mini/201008174756/ideos/products_x5.html

The Good:

  1. Great display
  2. Ample storage
  3. Qualcomm Scorpion chipset
  4. Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic for phone calls
  5. Very good audio quality
  6. Good camera with 720p recording
  7. 14.4 Mbps HSDPA (3G), 802.11n Wi-Fi.
  8. Very good battery
  9. Price

The Bad:

  1. Support and service a big question mark
  2. No video calling

Who should buy this phone:

X5 is a superb phone on paper but the main concern is regarding the support structure in India, rolling of future updates. If you are not concerned by any of these, you should consider buying this phone.


HTC Chacha

htc chacha

Status: Widely available

Price: 15,000 INR

Product page: http://www.htc.com/in/product/chacha/overview.html

The Good:

  1. Superb build quality
  2. Sense UI over Android Gingerbread
  3. Superb four row qwerty with dedicated facebook button and deep facebook integration
  4. 2.6” touch display
  5. front facing camera
  6. Good battery life

The Bad:

  1. Poor multimedia performance (audio video playback, camera)

Who should buy this phone:

Also known as facebook phone, this device is tailor made for facebook addicts. One touch access to facebook and to share content on facebook. If you love being of facing or if you love chatting nonstop using qwerty and if you prefer factory UI that is beatiful, close your eyes and go for this one.


Motorola Defy

motorola defy

Status: Availability is reducing slowly

Price: Around 13,900 INR

Product page: http://bit.ly/aLySYQ

The Good:

  1. Dust and water resistant
  2. Superb display
  3. Very good audio quality
  4. Great CPU and GPU
  5. Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  6. Superb battery life (among droids)
  7. Among the best when it comes to developer support. Loads of custom ROM available for use.
  8. Price

The Bad:

  1. Average camera performance
  2. no video calling
  3. Motoblur and official ROM stuck on Froyo
  4. Just a bit bulky

Who should buy this phone:

If you have a budget of 15k-15.5k, close your eyes and get this one. You cannot get a better smartphone for that price. Period!

Before we head to 15k+ segments, here is a tiny list of other decent smartphones inside 15k:

  1. Xperia Mini Pro
  2. Nokia C6-01
  3. HTC Salsa
  4. Spice Mi-410


Nokia E6

Nokia E6 side

Availability: Widely available

Price: 15,600 INR

Product page: http://www.nokia.co.in/find-products/products/nokia-e6-00

The Good:

  1. Superb touch display with 640×480 resolution
  2. Terrific four row qwerty
  3. 8GB user memory onboard
  4. active noise cancellation using a dedicated mic
  5. Office document viewer
  6. Video calling and 720p video recording
  7. Battery goes on and on and on
  8. USB OTG
  9. Nokia maps navigation got even better, thanks to Symbian S^3 Anna OS

The Bad:

  1. Nothing in particular but can say that EDoF camera is one drawback

Who should buy this phone:

E6, with Symbian Anna OS is a pleasure to use. If you are looking for a business class phone with monster battery life and if you want a phone that can navigate you to through those unknown route and take care of your corporate data (emails, documents etc), go for this device. You can’t get a better device for the price.


Nokia C7-00

nokia c7

Status: Widely available

Price: 16,700 INR

Product page: http://www.nokia.co.in/find-products/products/nokia-c7-00

The Good:

  1. Superb build, terrific looks
  2. yummy AMOLED display
  3. 8GB onboard
  4. Powerful BCM2727 GPU
  5. Superb audio and video quality
  6. 720p video recording, video calling using front facing camera
  7. NFC
  8. Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  9. Nokia maps navigation
  10. USB OTG

The Bad:

  1. Average battery life
  2. EDoF camera
  3. Might get replaced soon by newer S&3 devices.

Who should buy this phone:

Strictly for multimedia lovers. Don’t expect anything more than that.


Samsung Galaxy S

sgs

Status: Widely available

Price: 19,500 INR

Product page: http://www.samsung.com/in/microsite/galaxys/

The Good:

  1. Powerful CPU/GPU
  2. 8GB onboard
  3. Terrific audio quality
  4. Huge developer backing
  5. DivX/Xvid support
  6. Document editor
  7. Video calling

The Bad:

  1. GPS is a joke on this phone
  2. Plasticky build (as per some users)
  3. Average battery life
  4. Touchwiz UI
  5. Though the display is AMOLED, the lower number of sub pixels makes it inferior to competition. Alos, the colors are a bit saturated.

Who should buy this phone:

If you have a budget of 20k and want a droid with great all round performance, either get this one or the Nexus S (I would go for Nexus S over this one any day). For many, it’s just a personal choice.


Nexus S

nexus S

Status: Not easy to find

Price: 19,000 INR to 23,000 INR

Product page: http://bit.ly/jnH1sK

The Good:

  1. Google experience phone. Pure android, fast updates
  2. 16GB onboard
  3. Hummingbird chipset
  4. Good display quality (S-LCD in India)
  5. front facing camera
  6. Good battery backup
  7. Superb audio quality
  8. NFC
  9. 3-axis gyroscope
  10. Very good developer support, great custom ROMs

The Bad:

  1. Poor camera
  2. Poor build quality
  3. No memory expansion slot
  4. Poor GPS performance

Who should buy this one:

Have a nexus device means purity and regular updates. If you are one of those who don’t care about fancy UI and want a phone that gives you pure android experience and let you do the customization instead and if you are looking for a phone that stands first in line for android updates, this is the only one. Do note that we might see Nexus Prime in few months time but still, this one will keep getting those updates as long as its hardware is capable of running the updates UI.

Other good devices inside 20k:

  1. Samsung Wave II: 15,000 INR to 16,000 INR (http://bit.ly/ntAddQ)
  2. iPhone 3GS 8GB: 19,700 INR (http://www.apple.com/in/iphone/iphone-3gs/)
  3. LG Optimus Black : 19,300 INR (http://www.lg.com/in/mobile-phones/all-phones/LG-smart-phones-P970.jsp)

Nokia X7

nokia x7

Status: Widely available

Price: 20,700 INR

Product page: http://www.nokia.co.in/find-products/products/nokia-x7

The Good:

  1. Solid build quality
  2. Great display
  3. Superb audio reproduction
  4. Nokia maps navigation
  5. Good battery life
  6. 720p video recording
  7. DivX/Xvid support
  8. Powerful GPU

The Bad:

  1. Price
  2. weak camera performance
  3. only 256MB of RAM makes the phone a bit slow when too many apps are running
  4. No HDMI out

Who should buy this phone:

Frankly speaking, it is lurking in N8’s area and I wouldn’t really suggest this phone (yet). If the phone gets a 2k-3k priced drop, it would be a perfect buy for multimedia addicts. The reason for adding this phone to the list is not to ask you to go ahead and get the phone but to keep an eye on it’s price.


Blackberry Bold 9780

BB bold 9780

Status: Widely available

Price: 21,400 INR

Product page: http://in.blackberry.com/devices/blackberrybold/

The Good:

  1. BB OS 6.0 and BBM
  2. DivX/Xvid integration
  3. Superb battery life
  4. very good qwerty

The Bad:

  1. No video calling
  2. Price
  3. Poor camera and multimedia performance

Who should buy this phone:

  1. Blackberry boys
  2. Data security fanatics
  3. For seamless enterprise service integration

Nokia N8

nokia n8

Status: Widely available

Price: 21,700 INR

Product page: http://www.nokia.co.in/find-products/products/nokia-n8

The Good:

  1. Strong build quality
  2. The best camera in smartphones
  3. Continuous autofocus in Video recording (after anna update)
  4. Gorgeous display
  5. 16GB internal storage
  6. Powerful GPU, making games run smoothly
  7. Nokia Maps navigation
  8. Active Noise Cancellation with dedicated mic
  9. DivX and Xvid support
  10. USB OTG
  11. HDMI Out
  12. Very good battery life for a feature rich smartphone

The Bad:

  1. Battery cannot be replaced by user
  2. Nothing else in particular

Who should buy this phone:

  1. Shutterbugs
  2. Multimedia lovers
  3. Frequent travelers
  4. Hell, this is one of those rare models that can cater to every kind of users needs. The OS is currently written off but with Anna and Belle updates, N8 can definitely match it’s rival droids in all round performance.

HTC Desire S

htc desire s

Status: Widely available

Price: 21,800 INR

Product page: http://www.htc.com/in/product/desires/overview.html

The Good:

  1. Superb build
  2. SenseUI over Gingerbread
  3. Powerful CPU and GPU, loads of RAM and huge ROM
  4. DivX/Xvid support
  5. Good camera and front facing camera for video calling
  6. Decent battery life

The Bad:

  1. Price
  2. Average audio quality

Who should buy this phone:

The problem with this phone is that it is sandwiched by much more feature rich Nexus S and the bigger Incredible S. But, if 3.7” is the right side for you and if you love SenseUI, go ahead and get this phone. It will not disappoint you. But do note that for 2k more, you can get the Incredible S which is much better.


Dell Venue Pro

dell venue pro

Status: Not easily available

Price: 24,000 INR

Product page: http://www.dell.com/in/p/mobile-venue-pro/pd.aspx

The Good:

  1. Windows Phone 7 bring fresh UI
  2. very good display
  3. four row slide down qwerty
  4. ample onboard storage (8GB/16GB)
  5. 720p video recording

The Bad:

  1. at 192 grams and 15.6 mm thick, this one’s a brick
  2. Adreno 200 GPU is getting stale now

Who should buy this phone:

Trust me on this one. Windows phone 7 is in fact a very good OS and with mango update, it gets better and IMO will be better than iOS. It is a shame that most windows phone 7 devices were pulled out of market due to very poor sales and shoddy marketing by Microsoft and it’s partners. Dell Venue Pro is a decent wp7 device and is a capable one too. If you liked iOS and if you want an OS that works well right out of the box, go for this phone. Or you can wait for windows phone 7 mango based smartphone to launch in the market.


LG Optimus 2X

lg optimus 2

Status: Widely available

Price: 24,500 INR

Product page: http://www.lg.com/in/mobile-phones/all-phones/LG-smart-phones-P990.jsp

The Good:

  1. Cheapest Dual core smartphone
  2. Tegra 2 at the heart
  3. LG Nova display (IPS LCD panel which is among the brightest)
  4. Good audio quality
  5. DivX/Xvid supported
  6. Gingerbread ready
  7. Very good support from developers, lots of custom ROMs available
  8. 1.3mp front facing camera for video calling
  9. 1080p video recording
  10. 8GB storage onboard
  11. Good battery
  12. Price

The Bad:

  1. Seriously buggy UI

Who should buy this phone:

If you trust LG and if you are one of those who like loading 3rd party ROMs, this would be the best one to get. The factory ROM is very buggy and the first thing to be done is to load custom ROM. All in all, a very good and powerful smartphone hampered by overlay UI, which should be fixed in upcoming Gingerbread update. And once you load the custom ROM, this thing can fly.


HTC Incredible S

incredible S

Status: Widely available

Price: 23,600 INR

Product page: http://www.htc.com/in/product/incredibles/overview.html

The Good:

  1. Display
  2. 1.3mp front facing camera
  3. DivX/Xvid support
  4. Superb build quality
  5. SenseUI over Gingerbread
  6. Powerful CPU/GPU

The Bad:

  1. Doesn’t offer much over Nexus S which is 4k INR cheaper
  2. Average battery life
  3. Poor music playback quality
  4. Average camera

Who should buy this phone:

To be frank, I would pick Nexus S over this phone as it offer better all round featureset and performance. But if you are one of those who prefer not to toy with the UI and like to use whatever is provided by manufacturer, this phone will keep you happy.


Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

xperia_arc_ne..376_large

Status: Widely available

Price: 27,000 INR

Product page: http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/overview/xperiaarc?cc=in&lc=en#view=overview

The Good:

  1. Breathtaking design
  2. Superb display, BRAVIA engine
  3. Awesome camera quality, Exmor R sensor gives terrific low light image capture
  4. Trademark Sony audio quality
  5. Very good battery life
  6. Powerful CPU/GPU
  7. Active noise cancellation
  8. just 8.7mm thick

The Bad:

  1. Price. One can get Samsung Galaxy S II for 1k-2k more.
  2. No video calling
  3. No Bluetooth 3.0

Who should buy this phone:

I would any day go for SGS II or wait for HTC fix issues with Sensation instead of buying this phone. But if you are one of those who don’t care about dual core and stuff and want a phone that has monstrous multimedia performance, go for Arc. It is sexy, feature rich and would be perfect replacement for your aging multimedia phone/player.


Samsung Galaxy S II

GALAXY  S II_3

Status: Widely available

Price: 30,000 INR

Product page: http://bit.ly/j5VDpq

The Good:

  1. Mightily powerful (dual core Exynos, 1GB of RAM)
  2. 16GB of onboard storage
  3. Stunning display quality
  4. Very good camera, records videos as 1080p
  5. 2mp front facing camera
  6. NFC, Active noise cancellation
  7. DivX/Xvid support
  8. Good battery life
  9. USB OTG
  10. Bluetooth 3.0 HS
  11. Gestures

The Bad:

  1. Price (30k for a phone, you gotta be kidding me)
  2. Touchwiz and Kies are irritating

Who should buy this phone:

If you have the money and are looking for most powerful smartphone available in the market, this one is for you


Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

XperiaPlay

Status: Available

Price: 27,600 INR

Product page: http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/overview/xperia-play?cc=in&lc=en#view=overview

The Good:

  1. Game controls
  2. Display
  3. Active Noise cancellation
  4. Music quality

The Bad:

  1. Price
  2. Bulky
  3. Far less power than dual core devices which are cheaper
  4. Average battery life

Who should buy this phone:

Purely meant for gamers but then again, I can get Optimus 2X and a PSP for the price of Xpeira Play


iPhone 4

iphone 4

Status: Widely available

Price: 33,000 INR for 16GB and 40,000 for 32GB

Product page: http://www.apple.com/in/iphone/

The Good:

  1. Premium build quality
  2. Breathtaking display
  3. Good camera
  4. iOS
  5. front facing camera
  6. Superb battery life
  7. Active Noise cancellation

The Bad:

  1. Price
  2. Far behind top level droids in all round performance and feature set

Who should buy this phone:

 

  1. The best phone with simple UI that money can buy
  2. Apple loyals
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21 thoughts on “Bandla recommends! The September smartphone list

  1. That’s a superb post, but m still confused over it..i mean shall i go for Xperia Arc or Dell venue pro…what u suggest…?

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