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Which is the best smartphone in India?

Last updated on: June 22, 2011 11:29 IST

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Ashish Narsale in Mumbai

India has nearly 800 million mobile phone subscribers and the penetration level is expected to touch 100 per cent by 2015, according to industry estimates.

The market is witnessing the launch of new smartphones on a regular basis and that is good news for customers who are enjoying the benefits of not only latest models but also competitive prices. With so many mobile phone companies and brands it helps to know which is the best and which ones should be avoided.

So, here is a list of 14 mobile phones. They are NOT ranked. The prices given are approximate.

Please take the poll at the end of this slide show and share your verdict with the readers. Also, if you have a name that does not appear in the list, please feel free to write in the message board below.

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Image: Market is seeing launch of smartphones on a regular basis.

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Apple iPhone 3GS (Rs 35,500)

Upgrade of iPhone 3G with improved battery life, fingerprint-resistant with oleophobic coating, 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor for faster processing power and PowerVR SGX535 GPU for better graphics.

It also has 3 mega pixel camera with tap-to-focus and autofocus.

It has a 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch display. 8/16 GB storage, 256 MB RAM.

Assisted GPS and has photo and video geotagging. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g for browse at hotspots.

Sensors as accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

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Image: iPhone 3GS costs Rs 35,500.

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Apple iPhone 4 32GB (Rs 40,900)

Ignoring the antenna issue, it has many good added built-in features such as better processor then its predecessor.

1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 hosts apps and supports multitasking. For graphics support, it has PowerVR SGX535GPU, Apple A4 chipset for games and other applications.

Onboard memory to choose between 16 and 32 GB.

Retina display for crisp and sharp text and images. 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, which is highest in the class. Has a 5-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash to shoot movies and photos in high definition.

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BlackBerry Torch 9800 (Rs 28,235)

A slide-and-touch screen version from the BlackBerry stable. Touch screen with on-screen keyboard and slide-out QWERTY.

Optical Trackpad. 512 RAM with internal memory of 4GB and expandable up to 32GB with external memory card. Processor speed is 624MHz.

5MP camera with 2x digital zoom, autofocus, flash and Image stabilization for steady shots.

Other connectivity features as Wi-fi and GPS, music and video player.

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Image: A slide and touch screen version from the BlackBerry stable.

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 (Rs 23,000)

A QWERTY phone with Wi-Fi, integrated GPS, QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera, high resolution display and optical trackpad.

It has same features as Torch except touch screen and 256MB internal memory.

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Dell Streak (Rs 24,500)

Dell Streak with 12.7 cm (5") screen, widescreen display optimally designed for mobile web, video and movies. You can download tonnes of apps through the Android Marketplace.

Has crystal-clear damage-resistant Gorilla glass screen, 5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD supporting capacitive multi-touch.

Comes with multitasking operating system Android 2.2 (Froyo). Runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 - 1GHz processor.

It has 512 MB ROM + 512 MB SDRAM + 2 GB non-user accessible MicroSD for system and applications files only and 16GB SD Card included in package.

5MP camera with Dual LED flash for still photo/video capture and user-facing VGA webcam. Has GPS, WLAN 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, USB 2.0.

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Dell Venue (Rs 24,000)

An Android 2.2 OS smartphone with 1GHz QSD 8250 Processor, 10.4cm (4.1") WVGA AMOLED 800x480 pixels capacitive, multitouch display. It has 8MP camera with Autofocus and Digital Zoom up to 4x.

Messaging supports POP3, IMAP, ActiveSync, push email, web mail, Microsoft Exchange, SMS, MMS and Native IM. 1 GB internal memory and expandable up to 32GB. Connectivity features as Wi-Fi and AGPS

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Image: It has 8MP camera with Autofocus and Digital Zoom up to 4x.

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HTC Desire Z (Rs 24,800)

This comes with CPU Processing Speed of 800 MHz and 512 MB RAM. It has  1.5GB is internal storage memory and can be expanded using microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible).

It has 3.5 mm stereo audio jack so that you can use your favorite head/ear sets.It has various sensors one of them is  G-Sensor that is an accelerometer which measures the forces that act on it during changes in velocity.

Interoperability with other devices via DLNA that is you can share videos, photos, or music from your phone to your TV or other devices supporting DLNA.

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LG P990 (Rs 30,000)

Android Froyo 2.2, which is Upgradable to Gingerbread 2.3, runs on 1 GHz Dual Core Tegra 2 Processor for improved performance when web browsing, multitasking and downloading applications.

4.0" IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass display, capture video in Full HD 1080p with 8MP Camera and LED flash and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for video calling.

HDMI connectivity to play back videos, photo or play games on the TV. Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off and 9 axis gyro sensor controls for gaming. Pre-Loaded applications and Widgets.

Eight GB internal memory, 512 MB RAM, expandable up to 32GB with microSD. Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS support. Stereo FM radio.

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LG P350 (Rs 7,999)

This ia a low-end smartphone by LG. Installed with OS Android 2.2 (Froyo), live mobile TV, pre-loaded apps, speech recognition, social networking, etc.

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 3.15 MP camera with autofocus.GPS with A-GPS support and Wi-Fi, stereo FM radio.

140 MB internal memory expandable up to 32GB with microSD. Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate and proximity sensor for auto turn-off.

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Motorola Milestone (Rs. 21,150)

Installed with Android 2.1. runs on 550 MHz processor. 5MP camera with image stabilisation, 4X  Digital Zoom, Auto focus and Dual LED Flash.

Sliding keypad as well as touchscreen with gesture recognition and virtual keyboard.

Push Gmail, Push Exchange, IMAP, POP3.Memory expandable up to 32 GB with microSD.

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Motorola Charm (Rs 9,525)

Low-end smartphone by Motorola hosted by Android operating system Android 2.1.

Has 3 MP camera. Memory expandable up to 32 GB with microSD.

Accelerometer, aGPS (assisted) with Google Maps, Google Latitude, eCompass, Ambient light and proximity sensors.

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Nokia E7 (Rs 26,999)

Nokia E7 business phone with 4 inch Amoled touchscreen phone with Qwerty keyboard, satellite maps with free GPS navigation and voice guidance, 8 MP camera and HD video.

Integrated social networking, real-time push emails with mail for exchange. HDMI connectivity to view HD videos and images on your compatible TV. With Symbian 3 operating system.

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Nokia N8 (Rs 21,300)

Nokia N8 powered by Symbian 3 OS runs on 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU.

Internal storage is 16 GB storage, 256MB RAM, 512 MB ROM and microSD support up to 32GB.

Has camera with 12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash, HD (720p) video recording geo-tagging and face detection. 3.5 inch Amoled Capacitive touch screen phone with onscreen QWERTY keyboard.

HDMI connectivity to view HD videos and images on your compatible TV.

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Nokia 5230 (Rs 7,150)

Low-end touchscreen smartphone from Nokia. S60, 5th Edition Symbian OS version 9.4, microSD memory card slot, with hot swap max.

16 GB, 70 MB internal dynamic memory. Integrated A-GPS.2 megapixel camera. FM radio. 3.5 mm stereo headphone plug.

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Samsung Galaxy S II (Rs 30,999)

Andorid 2.3 (Gingerbread). 1.2 GHz Dual Core Arm Cortex A9 Dual Core Processor

8MP (Back camera). 2MP (Front camera). LED Flash. Auto Focus

External memory is usually an SD or microSD card. It can be removed from the handset, exchanged with others and put into other devices. MicroSD (upto 32GB) internal memory 16GB. 10.92cm (4.3) super Amoled Plus.

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Image: Samsung Galaxy S II costs Rs 30,999.

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Samsung Wave 525 (Rs 7,310)

The phone has a 3.2 megapixel camera and also an FM radio

It has User Memory of 100 MB. External Memory. MicroSD (up to 16GB)

Wi-Fi. AGPS. Operation System Bada

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Rs 29,958)

Instant access to Google Mobile Services

Console-like gaming with stereo sound and dedicated gaming keys.

Excellent email and browsing experience on the latest Android platform. The Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation Certified Android Smartphone.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc (Rs 27,448)

A slim design smartphone that is 8.7mm in thikness. Powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) runs on 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon.

Has 4.2" LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen and  16M colors. It has Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

Onscreen QWERTY Keyboard.

Internal storage is 1GB, 512MB RAM and microSD support up to 32GB. 8.1 MP camera with Touch focus, Image stabilizer, Auto focus, Video stabilizer, HD video recording (720p), Flash/light type - LED.

It has Sony's Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor, which lets you capture high-quality, bright pictures and videos in poor light conditions.

Sony Ericsson Music player and FM radio with RDS. 3.5 mm audio jack for your favorite headphones. TV out with HDMI support. Wi-Fi , aGPS and Bluetooth stereo (A2DP).

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini (Rs 9,500)

Low-end compact smartphone installed with Android OS, v1.6 (Donut), upgradable to v2.1 and TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours with Timescape UI runs on 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset.

Phone memory up to 128 MB, MicroSD support up to 16 GB. Five megapixel camera with Auto focus and Geo-tagging. Has Sony Ericsson Music player and FM radio with RDS. Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), AGPS  and Wi-Fi. ANT+ technology Connect wirelessly to a wide range of health and fitness products.

3.5 mm audio jack to support your favorite headphones.

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