Bandla Recommends! The February 2012 smartphone list


‘extreme VFM’ tag means that the phone is better than anything else in that category and is better than few phones in next category. The list first:

  • LG Optimus Pro
  • Blackberry Curve 8520
  • Nokia E5
  • LG Optimus One <<extreme VFM>>

  • Motorola Fire XT530
  • HTC Chacha
  • Nokia Lumia 710
  • Blackberry Curve 9300
  • Motorola Defy <<extreme VFM>>
  • Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

  • Nokia E6
  • Samsung Omnia W
  • SE Xperia Pro <<extreme VFM>>
  • Nokia N8
  • Blackberry Curve 9380
  • LG Optimus Black


  • Samsung Galaxy R <<extreme VFM>>
  • SE Xperia Play
  • HTC Radar
  • Nokia Lumia 800
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Blackberry Bold 9790
  • Motorola Razr

  • Blackberry Torch 9810
  • iPhone 4
  • Blackberry Bold 9900
  • Samsung Galaxy note

LG Optimus Pro

Status: Widely available

Price: 9k-9.6k INR

Product page: http://www.lg.com/in/mobile-phones/all-phones/LG-smart-phones-C660.jsp

The Good:

  1. Price
  2. Good qwerty keypad and capacitive touch display (2.8″, 240 x 320, 256k colors)
  3. Digital Compass
  4. 800MHz Qualcomm processor
  5. Wi-Fi hot-spot

The Bad:

  1. No video calling
  2. Low amount of RAM (256MB) and only 150MB on-board storage.

Who should buy this phone:

Those who are looking for budget Android with qwerty keypad.

Blackberry Curve 8520

BB Curve 8520

Status: Widely available

Price: 9.5k -10.5k 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: 9.2k-9.7k 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 9k-9.7k 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. LG has released Optimus Net to replace Optimus One. But I hardly find it better than Optimus One and give the vast amount of ROMs that O1 has, it is better to stick to O1 for now. 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. LG Optimus Net (successor to Optimus One)
  2. Spice Mi-310 (http://www.spiceglobal.com/SpiceMobiles/Model.aspx?id=187)
  3. Nokia 500(http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/phone/500)
  4. Dell XCD 35 (http://www.dell.com/in/p/mobile-xcd35/pd.aspx)

Motorola Fire XT

Status: Available

Price: 12k – 12.5k INR

Product page: http://tinyurl.com/7ebohfk

The Good:

  1. Price
  2. 3.5″ 320 x 480 resolution display
  3. 800MHz Processor, 512MB RAM, Adreno 200 GPU
  4. 5mp camera, front facing video camera
  5. Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)

The Bad:

  1. Nothing in particular.

Who should buy this phone:

If you cannot up the budget beyond 12k, this would be the droid to go for. Large display, decent multimedia features and good battery should keep your happy.

HTC Chacha

htc chacha

Status: Widely available

Price: 11.6k-12k INR

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

The Good:

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

The Bad:

  1. Poor multimedia performance (audio video playback, camera)
  2. Average battery life

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 on facebook 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.

Blackberry Curve 9300

blackberry curve 9300

Status: Available

Price: 14.5k 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.

Nokia Lumia 710

Status: Available

Price: 14.5k – 15.5k INR

Product page: http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/phone/lumia710/

The Good:

  1. 3.7″ 480 x 800 resolution Nokia Clear Black Display
  2. Windows Phone 7.5
  3. Qualcomm MSM8255 1.4GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal memory
  4. 5mp camera with 720p video recording
  5. Active noise cancellation
  6. Price, Cheapest Windows Phone 7.5
  7. Offline navigation

The Bad:

  1. No memory expansion available
  2. Only 1300 mAh battery
  3. Poor audio quality
  4. No Video calling

Who should buy this phone:

Those who are looking for a Windows Phone device and have a budget around15k, this would be the phone to pick. Though I would suggest to add another 2k-2.5k and get Samsung Omnia W, which is better than Lumia 710.

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

Status: Available

Price: 14.1k – 15k INR

Product page: http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/overview/live-with-walkman?cc=gb&lc=en

The Good:

  1. 3.2″ 320 x 480 resolution display
  2. Qualcomm MSM8255 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM
  3. Android 2.3 Gingerbread, ICS update is work in progress
  4. Superb audio quality and music player
  5. Superb camera for a 15k phone, 720p video recording
  6. Front facing camera for video calling
  7. USB On-The-Go.

The Bad:

  1. Small battery (1200mAh)
  2. Only 320MB onboard storage

Who should buy this phone:

Those who look for a phone that is really strong in multimedia. True to the name ‘live with walkman’ this phone is a superb multimedia.


Motorola Defy

motorola defy

Status: Difficult to find in the market

Price: Around 14k to 14.5k 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. Nokia 603
  2. SE Xperia Mini
  3. Spice Mi-410
  4. Huawei Ideos X5

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12 thoughts on “Bandla Recommends! The February 2012 smartphone list

  1. I think that LG Optimus One should be replaced by LG Optimus Net in your list. It has a faster CPU (800 MHz) & is available for Rs.9200-9500 at most of the places. Flipkart sells it for Rs. 9600 after Rs. 300 cashback..

    • I thought about it but given then huge amount of developer support that O:1 has, I decided to bring in O:net when o:1 is pulled from market. And its very easy to overclock O1.

  2. The Motorola defy was replaced by Motorola defy+ hence the defy is no longer available. It’s priced at about 17k. Also the Samsung Galaxy R is priced at about 20k afaik.

    • yes. Defy is availability is not high which is why i mentioned “Difficult to find in the market” in status. It will be out of the list in next month’s post. Galaxy R is out of stock at flipkart/saholic/letsbuy where it was priced at 21k and is selling for some 22.7k in the market. Defy+ on the other hand is overpriced and other 15k-20k devices offer more.

    • Thank you. the price was from infibeam’s site and saholic/flipkart are selling it for a higher price. It will be great if you can let me know if you find it for a lower price in the market.

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