Bandla Recommends! The February 2012 smartphone list


Nokia E6

Nokia E6 side

Availability: Widely available

Price: 16.5k-17.5k 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.

Samsung Omnia W

Status: Widely available

Price: 17.2k-18k INR

Product page: http://tinyurl.com/d8u9hcf

The Good:

  1. Price. Total VFM
  2. Windows phone 7.5 is butter smooth
  3. 3.7″ 480 x 800 super AMOLED display
  4. 8GB onboard
  5. 1.4GHz processor, Adreno 205 GPU
  6. 720p video recording

The Bad:

  1. no memory expansion
  2. no Bluetooth 3.0 or USB 3.0
  3. Okayish camera and poor video recording quality
  4. average audio quality
  5. Zune client necessary for transfer of media etc

Who should buy this phone:

If you are looking a for a phone that comes with a fresh looking OS and works out of the box and not interested in doing modding etc, not interested in spending time killing apps to make the UI lag-free, this one is for you. Windows Phone 7.5 is excellent right now and the Windows Phone application store is getting crowded. A minority OS right now but has potential to take the market in coming years.

Nokia N8

nokia n8

Status: Widely available

Price: 18k-19k

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

The Good:

  1. Price
  2. Strong build quality
  3. The best camera in smartphones
  4. Continuous autofocus in Video recording (after anna update)
  5. Gorgeous display
  6. 16GB internal storage
  7. Powerful GPU, making games run smoothly
  8. Nokia Maps navigation
  9. Active Noise Cancellation with dedicated mic
  10. DivX and Xvid support
  11. USB OTG
  12. HDMI Out
  13. 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

Blackberry Curve 9380

Status: Widely available

Price: 19.5k-20k INR

Product page: http://in.blackberry.com/devices/blackberry-curve-9380/

The Good:

  1. BB OS v7.0 is far better than previous versions of BB OS.
  2. NFC (0ptional)
  3. 3.2″ 360 x 480 resolution touch display
  4. 512MB of RAM and 800MHz processor
  5. Facebook and twitter integration, better social networking capabilities

The Bad:

  1. Average multimedia quality
  2. No video calling
  3. Poor battery life
  4. Need to pay for BIS and pricier dataplan to make full use of this device.

Who should buy this one:

Thanks to BB OS 7.0, those who love to have a business class device and with budget under 20k can go for this phone, eyes closed. This phone, avaialble for just under 20k is the best berry under 20k.

LG Optimus Black

Status: Widely available

Price: 18k to 18.5k INR approx

Product page: http://www.lg.com/in/mobile-phones/all-phones/LG-smart-phones-P970.jsp

The Good:

      1. LG Nova display (IPS panel with superb brightness)
      2. 2mp front facing camera for high quality video calling, 5mp primary camera with 720p video recording
      3. Gestures
      4. DivX, Xvide support
      5. 1GHz Cortex A8 processor with PowerVR SGX530 GPU
      6. Extremely thin and lightweight
      7. Very good ROM support

The Bad:

      1. Optimus UI is very poor
      2. Average audio quality
      3. no HD out

Who should buy this one:

Thanks to the IPS panel, the quality of text is amazing and sunlight visibility is very good, so are the viewing angles. If you are more into reading ebooks and webpages etc, this would be a perfect phone to get. Gaming on this phone is a pleasure, thanks to powerful GPU (and of course, superb display). Videos look crispy whether you are outdoor or indoor. If you are okay with loading a custom ROM, the phone feels much better and much more responsive.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

Status: Widely available

Price: 19,000 to 19,900 INR

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

The Good:

  1. Great design
  2. Superb display, BRAVIA engine
  3. Awesome camera quality and 720p video recording quality
  4. Superb qwerty
  5. Very good battery life
  6. Powerful CPU/GPU
  7. Very Good Price

The Bad:

  1. Just a bit thick at 13.5mm and weights 142 grams
  2. No Bluetooth 3.0
  3. Average audio quality

Who should buy this phone:

Designed for professional use and for qwerty maniacs. There are many (like me) who love using a hard qwerty and this phone is tailor made for them

Other good devices inside 20k:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S-LCD
  2. LG Optimus Black
  3. Blackberry Curve 9360
  4. Nokia 701

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

XperiaPlay

Status: Difficult to find in the market

Price: 22k-23k 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
  5. Price
  6. Game catalogue and upcoming game list is promising

The Bad:

  1. Bulky
  2. Less power than dual core devices which are cheaper
  3. Average battery life

Who should buy this phone:

With the heavy price cut in place, this is the best smartphone to go for for those who doesn’t mind the bulky size. With ever improving game catalogue and proper game controls, Xperia Play is without a doubt the best smartphone for gamers.

HTC Radar

Status: Available

Price: 22.5k-23.5k INR

Product page: http://www.htc.com/in/smartphones/htc-radar/

The Good:

  1. Display (3.8″, 480 x 800 px is perfect for most users)
  2. Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, butter smooth and filled with features. Is a refreshing experience
  3. 1GHz Scorpion processor
  4. Decent camera with 720p video recording, front facing camera for video calling
  5. 8GB onboard
  6. Superb build quality
  7. Wireless content sync using Zune client.

The Bad:

  1. Price could be lower
  2. Poor GPU
  3. Battery should’ve been bigger and user-replaceable

Who should buy this phone:

Windows phone 7.5 is without a doubt the most fluid and feature rich OS out there right now. Yes, it’s restricted but use it once and you won’t go back to any other OS. Highly recommended. But, given that Nokia’s Windows Phone devices are just around the cornet, you can wait for Nokia’s offerings

Samsung Galaxy R

Status: Widely available

Price: 22k-23k INR

Product page: http://bit.ly/w45qXJ

The Good:

  1. Price (absolute VFM)
  2. Mightily powerful (dual core Nvidia Tegra 2, 1GB of RAM, 2GB ROM)
  3. 4.2″ SC-LCD display with 480×800 resolution)
  4. 8GB of onboard storage
  5. compatible with Tegra Zone gaming store
  6. Decent camerawith 720p recording
  7. Front facing camera
  8. DivX/Xvid support
  9. Great battery life
  10. Document Editor

The Bad:

  1. Kies is highly irritating
  2. USB 3.0 doesn’t have High speed transfer support

Who should buy this phone:

Anyone who can afford to pay 22k must go for this one. Truly value for money. If you want a powerful smartphone and don’t want to go beyond 25k, this would be the best you can get. The only other smartphone that can beat this one in terms of processing power/reliability/stability is Galaxy S II.

Other good devices inside 25k:

  1. HTC Incredible S
  2. Nokia E7
  3. Dell Venue Pro


Nokia Lumia 800

Status: Widely available

Price: 28.3k -29.5k INR

Product page: http://www.nokia.com/in-en/products/phone/lumia800/

The Good:

  1. Build quality. Nothing else comes close, not even the iPhone 4
  2. Windows Phone 7.5: Buttersmooth UI
  3. Nokia maps offline navigation, the best in the industry
  4. 3.7″ Nokia CBD (AMOLED)
  5. 16GB onboard storage
  6. 1.4GHz scorpion processor
  7. 8mp Carl Zeiss camera with 720p video recording
  8. Active Noise Cancellation
  9. Superb multimedia performance

The Bad:

  1. Price (should cost 3-4k less)
  2. no memory expansion
  3. No front facing camera
  4. Depends on Zune client for media transfer

Who should buy this phone:

This is the best Windows Phone available in India. If you want a phone that does everything out of the box and don’t mind using Zune (which is pretty good in its current avatar), this is the best one for you. Nokia loyalists finally have a phone in India that can envy many.

Blackberry Bold 9790

Status: Widely available

Price: 25k-26k INR

Product page: http://worldwide.blackberry.com/blackberrybold/blackberry-bold-9790/

The Good:

  1. BB OS 7.0
  2. Excellent qwerty
  3. 2.4″ capacitive touch display
  4. 768MB of RAM, 8GB storage, 1GHz processor
  5. Excellent build quality

The Bad:

  1. Price
  2. No front facing camera
  3. Poor multimedia performance
  4. Higher data plan rates. Phone is useless without a data plan and BBM connectivity.

Who should buy this phone:

If you wear a coat n tie, want to have that hardkey qwerty and also want to try a touchscreen, this phone is for you. BB OS 7 is excellent and the high resolution 16M color display complements it well. A perfect business class device, if you are ready to pay for higher data plan rates.

Motorola Razr

Status: Widely available

Price: 30k INR

Product page: http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/IN-EN/Consumer-Products-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/MOTOROLA-RAZR-IN-EN

The Good:

  1. Very good build quality (splash and scratch resistant, has kevlar back panel)
  2. Extremely thin, sexy look
  3. Good 4.3″ display
  4. 16GB onboard storage
  5. Powerful. Dual core processor, 1GB of RAM.
  6. Bluetooth V4.0 with LE+EDR
  7. 802.11 b/g/n dual-band wifi
  8. quality 8mp camera, 1.3mp front facing camera.
  9. Active noise cancellation
  10. Battery life
  11. GLONASS assisted GPS

The Bad:

  1. Nothing in particular

Who should buy this phone:

Those who give priority to h/w design over UI. While SGS II has a better UI and more custom ROMs, Motorola Razr has way better build quality and has that premium look and feel to it. Moreover, it’s ruggedness helps if there is a phone throwing and phone munching kid at home.

Samsung Galaxy S II

GALAXY  S II_3

Status: Widely available

Price: 30k-31k 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
  12. Terrific developer support

The Bad:

  1. Nothing in particular

Who should buy this phone:

Absolute beast of a phone this is. Powerful, reliable, stable and has huge 3rd party developer support. If you have the money and are looking for most powerful smartphone available in the market, this one is for you.

Other good devices inside 30k:

  1. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S
  2. HTC Sensation

Blackberry Torch 9810

Status: Widely available

Price: 31k INR

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

The Good:

  1. BB OS 7.0
  2. Excellent slide up qwerty
  3. 3.2″ capacitive touch display with 480×640 resolution
  4. 768MB of RAM, 8GB storage, 1.2GHz processor
  5. Excellent build quality
  6. 720p video recording (rarity for Blackberries)
  7. Xvid/DivX support

The Bad:

  1. Price
  2. No front facing camera
  3. Poor multimedia performance
  4. Higher data plan rates. Phone is useless without a data plan and BBM connectivity.

Who should buy this phone:

This is a complete berry. Touchscreen, hard qwerty, proper multimedia fetaures, power packed and brand new OS. If you are wearning a tie and if you are going to use touch screen more than hardkey qwerty but still want a phone that has hard qwerty, get this one else get Bold 9900. Overall, a superb phone from RIM.


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

Blackberry Bold 9900

Status: Widely available

Price: 33,000 INR

Product page: http://us.blackberry.com/smartphones/blackberry-bold-9900-9930

The Good:

  1. Very good build quality
  2. Touch screen and very good qwerty
  3. BB 7 OS
  4. 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, 8GB of storage
  5. DivX and Xvid support
  6. 720p video recording
  7. Blackberry Internet Services

The Bad:

  1. Price
  2. BB7 is better than BB6 but still far from being perfect in the new era
  3. No video calling

Who should buy this phone:

  1. The best traditional looking Blackberry
  2. Among the best for those who prefer Business class device.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Status: Widely available

Price: 32.5k-33.5k INR

Product page: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote/note/index.html?type=find

The Good:

  1. Price
  2. Powerful, 16Gb on board storage space, 1.4GHz dual core CPU with Mali-400MP.
  3. Monster 5.3″ display with HD resolution (720p)
  4. Monster battery @ 2500mAh
  5. Comes with S Pen stylus
  6. USB OTG
  7. Superb camera (same as that on SGS II)
  8. Active noise cancellation, NFC, barometer sensor, Document editor etc etc

The Bad:

  1. Size (of phone and of the display)
  2. Pentile matrix panel is not something that should be put on a 33k flagship devices

Who should buy this phone:

If you are one of those with big palm and can use a phone with a 5″+ display, get this one for it won’t disappoint you. It is everything that SGS II is and has bit more tricks up it’s sleeve. The included S Pen means that you can have lot of fun with drawing etc (hope there will be apps making full use of these Styluses).

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11 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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