Galaxy Y runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and combined with Samsung’s Touch Wiz user interface it delivers a nice user experience. It is powered by a fast 832 MHz application processor which is by far the maximum that has been offered at this price point.
There have been no major deductions around the hardware except that the device has a 2 megapixel main camera. Nevertheless, it is the best Android Gingerbread phone in its league.
Sony Ericsson W8 (Price Rs 8,600)
The phone weighs just 115 grams and has a 3 inch 320 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display.
It houses a 600 MHz processor with a dedicated Adreno 200 graphics chip, which is much better than the other phones in this range.
Social network addicts should know that the W8 has deep Facebook integration, which means Facebook can be accessed from almost any area of the phone – be it the music player, phone book, picture gallery or even calendar.
LG Optimus One (Price Rs 9,000)
Featuring Android 2.2 (upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread), Optimus One stands tall among the phones in the list though it has a measly 600 MHz processor with dedicated Adreno graphics engine just like the W8.
The screen is a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen that is both responsive and displays excellent resolution with vibrant colours and sharpness.
The 3.2 megapixel camera does its job as just well, and the 1500 mAh battery gives excellent battery life for an Android phone.
Micromax A70 (Price Rs 8,000)
A70 runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and a 600 MHz processor but it has no dedicated graphics core. The device has a 3.2 inch multi touch capacitive screen, a proximity sensor and a gravity sensor.
The phone’s 5 megapixel camera delivers good pictures, but the lack of auto focus will get to you eventually. Over all, though, Micromax A70 is a good way for users to enter the Android ecosystem.
Spice Mi 310 (Price Rs 7,300)
Spice Mi 310 is yet another decent Android phone from an Indian device manufacturer.
The phone looks sturdy, but the 2 megapixel back facing camera is nothing to write home about. For connectivity and data transfer there are 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1.
The phone also comes pre-installed with several useful apps including Naukri, Nimbuzz and Facebook. The quality is good and is a match for the better known brands as well.