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Nokia X3 – 02 Touch and Type

Full Review

While its high-end segment seems to be a bit less-crowdier than the value-for-money segment. After the C3 got its touchscreen version, Nokia quickly unveiled the touchscreen version for its entry-level X3 series. We already reviewed the Nokia X3 back in August, despite its good music playback, we were not quite impressed with this mid-segment slider. Let’s see how the new X3 Touch and Type is compared to the older X3 and the newly launched C3 Touch and Type.

Nokia X3 Touch and Type is a budget smartphone. It has a hybrid design that combines a touchscreen as well as a traditional 12-button phone keypad.

The Nokia X3 Touch and Type has a sleek, brushed aluminium finish and will be available in five colours (white silver, dark metal, lilac and pink). It is also one of the thinnest Nokia phones ever at just 9.6mm. It weighs a mere 78 grams.

The Finnish company is targeting rapid texters who are used to using a traditional keyboard. According to Nokia, “Our research tells us consumers who have invested years in becoming fast one-handed, one-thumb texters want to maintain their speedy edge for SMS, chat and instant messaging — yet enjoy the benefits of touch as well.”

The X3 Touch and Type has a different design to the Nokia N900 phone which has a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard, and Nokia’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the N8, which is a full touchscreen device with no physical keypad.

Despite its price, which is expected to be low, the Nokia X3 Touch and Type has plenty of features. Running the Symbian 40 Series operating system, the X3 includes 3G and HSPA support, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. On the entertainment side, the X3 Touch and Type has a 5-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, video recording, MP3 player and FM radio capability. Only 50 MB of internal memory is present, but the X3 Touch and Type has a microSD card slot that can be expanded with cards up to 16GB in size. According to Nokia, battery life is rated at five hours talk time and 17 days of standby time.

The X3 Touch and Type will have access to Nokia’s Ovi Store for third-party applications, and will also feature Nokia Messaging — a client that offers push access to consumer e-mail and chat accounts.

The X3 Touch and Type is an intriguing hybrid phone, but it remains to be seen if the concept will take off. With its entry-level positioning, we are sceptical as to how responsive the 2.4in resistive touchscreen will be — it looks promising in Nokia’s preview videos below, but we’ll be keen to put it to the test when it launches in India.

Against the C3 Touch and Type, the X3 Touch and Type pretty much has everything the C3 Touch and Type  sans the LED flash  for the camera. The physical form factor looks a bit similar but X3 Touch and Type has dedicated music keys.

From the older X3, the Nokia X3 Touch and Type is a big upgrade in terms of screen size and camera pixel count. However, the form factor changes from slider to candy bar design.

Summary

The Nokia X3 Touch and Type is a feature-rich entry level phone with a very nice design. It sports a 5MP camera and offered plethora connectivity options. It is an attractive option for those who need a stylish and affordable phone that does not skimp much on features.

Pros:

  • Stylish design
  • Bigger screen than the old X3
  • 5MP Camera
  • Good set of connectivity options

Cons:

  • No GPS
  • Resistive Touchscreen
  • Hybrid design may not appeal to all

Specifications:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, August
Status Available. Released 2010, September
Size Dimensions 106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6 mm, 45.3 cc
Weight 77.4 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
– Dedicated music key
Memory Phonebook Yes, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 50 MB user available
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels
Video Yes, VGA@18fps
Secondary No
Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors White Silver, Dark Metal, Petrol Blue, Pink, Lilac
GPS No
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
– Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Gtalk
– Facebook, Twitter
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Flash Lite v3.0
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 860 mAh (BL-4S)
Stand-by Up to 408 h (2G) / Up to 408 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 5 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 3 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 28 h
Misc Price group Rs. 9,000/- to 10,000

Nokia X5-01

Nokia X5-01: Unique Squarish QWERTY Smart Phone with 5MP camera

Nokia has announced the launch of new X series music centric phone known as X5-01 during the Nokia Connection event at Singapore. The QWERTY handset comes with a unique squarish look featuring an excellent 5MP camera and whopping social networking tools. The phone also comes studded with awesome multimedia options, accompanied with dedicated music keys and loud speakers.

Nokia-X5-01

The best part about the handset is that it will feature Symbian v3 as its operating system. Nokia X5-01 comes with a screen size of 2.36 inch bearing a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.

Regarding the connectivity issues, it supports GPRS, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA and even WiFi. As stated earlier, it also focuses on social networking services. The phone offers easy access to major social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Hi5 and MySpace.

Nokia X5-01 has 200MB of onboard memory and you can always expand the memory options up to 32 GB. Moreover, the handset boasts of its unique spinning and shaking feature. Its spinning feature allows you to change music tracks whereas by shaking the phone, you can view all the unread messages.

Nokia X5

Another cool thing about the phone is that it comes with various color options like Yellow Green, Purple, Pink, Graphite Black and Azure.

Nokia X5 Availability and Price

The handset is expected to be available in third quarter of 2010 at an expected price of 165 Euros (Approx Rs. 9500) in India.

My Verdict

Nokia X5-01 seems to be cool announcement from Nokia. It comes with stunning multimedia options including 5MP camera. The handset also offers brilliant social networking services as well as connectivity options. If you like the squarish look of Nokia X5-01, then it is definitely worth a bargain.

Speccifications:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, June
Status Available. Released 2010, September
Size Dimensions 74.3 x 66.4 x 16.9 mm, 76 cc
Weight 129 g
Display Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 320 x 240 pixels, 2.36 inches
– QWERTY keyboard
– Accelerometer sensor for auto rotate
Sound Alert types Vibration, Polyphonic(64), WAV, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days
Internal 200 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 2GB card included, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 32
EDGE Class 32
3G HSDPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, LED flash
Video Yes, VGA@15fps
Secondary No
Features OS Symbian OS 9.3, Series 60 v3.2 UI
CPU ARM 11 600 MHz processor
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Pink, Azure, Graphite Black, Yellow Green, Purple
GPS No
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Comes with music in selected markets
– MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Organizer
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Flash Lite v3.0
– Voice memo
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 950 mAh (BL-5F)
Stand-by Up to 384 h (2G) / Up to 384 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 5 h (2G) / Up to 3 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 24 h
Misc SAR EU 0.67 W/kg (head)

Nokia X2

Nokia has unleashed new affordable music mobile in the form of the X2. The X2 is the successor of the X3. The X2 has added dedicated keys to music controls to enjoy music seamlessly. The X2 operates on the S40 operating system. The X2 features 5 megapixel camera, wireless FM Radio, dual loud speakers, microSD card slot, a 3.5mm audio port, 2.2” display, social networking, Ovi Store and more. All these come at a very affordable price of Rs. 5550. Readout the full review to find out more about X2.

Design

The Nokia X2 resembles X3 in its design and inherits most of its design elements from X3. It looks stylish, refreshing and youthful. The body has metallic finish with slight glossy ascents. The body is in bold colors. The sides of the X2 are curved slightly. It is available in white/blue and Black/Red colors. It is slim mobile at just 13mm and it weighs around 81grams.

The Nokia X2 sports a 2.2 inches TFT display that has the resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and supports 260K colors. The image quality is quite good.

Below the screen, you will find the navigation array that includes a four way toggle with middle confirmation key, two soft keys, the call key, and the End/Power key. The toggle can be customized with used defined shortcuts. Although the keys are flat, they are tactile and offer good feedback. Below the navigation array, there is an alphanumeric keyboard. Nokia ensured that it provide easy typing.

You will find a camera along with a flash on the back side. The battery has dark chrome ascents that look stunning and it can be removed easily. One point we felt that Nokia has done over designed. There are music controls such as forward, skip and backward buttons are present at on blue colored left spine. A microSD card slot, volume rocker and camera key are present on the right spine. A charger port, a 3.5mm audio-jack port and a microUSB are present at top of the device.

Features

Nokia X2 runs on the Nokia’s S40 operating system. Nokia uses this OS in its XpressMusic phone, now it has extended to the X series phone. You can personalize the screen savers, wallpapers, themes, ringtones, polyphonic ringtones, shortcuts, widgets, icons, and more. We don’t have any problem with this OS.

Connectivity & Internet

You can avail data transfer through USB and Bluetooth with EDR. You can stream audio to Bluetooth headset wirelessly, thanks to A2DP support for Bluetooth. The internet can be accessed via only GPRS with EDGE. It also comes with preinstalled Opera Mini browser that allows faster browsing. The web browser supports the Flash Lite 3.0.

You can avail Instant Messaging via Ovi Chat. It also supports popular email accounts like free Ovi Email account on your mobile, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and etc. services like It provides quicker access to Social networking web sites like Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, MySpace and etc.

Camera

The Nokia x2 comes equipped with whopping 5 megapixel camera with a Flash that captures pictures at a resolution of 2592 x 1544 pixels. The camera features Full focus, 4x zoom, self timer, white balance, and full screen viewfinder and color tones. It can record QVGA videos at a rate of 20fps. You can share the photos and videos with the social networking sites like Flickr via Ovi Share or Bluetooth. Fixed focus is bit disappointment.

The image quality is quite good, thanks to noise reduction functionality. The images look bright, crisp and colorful with good detail. The video quality is also reasonably good.

Multimedia

The X2 being labeled as music phone, it comes packed with nice music features. The X2 comes with simple and convenient interface for its multimedia player is simple. The dedicated keys provide quick access to music play. It supports MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+ audio formats and video formats like MPEG-4, H.263 and H.264 video formats. The sound quality is excellent. It also features FM Radio with RDS feature. You don’t need to plug-in headphone to hear FM Radio. You can browse the Ovi Music to download and listen latest songs. You can customize media player themes and its support album art and stereo widening. It has the built-in Equalizer that enhances the sound experience. It comes with dual loud speaker system.

The X2 has an internal memory of 48MB. You can extend the external memory up to 16 GB.

Other Applications

The other essential features of the X2 include a 1000 entry phonebook, Calculator, Voice commands, unit & currency Converter, a world clock, a timer, vibrate mode, Flight mode, Note pad, To-do list, Calendar, voice recorder, and speaker phone. It doesn’t feature Document and PDF reader. It features Nokia’s apps like Nokia Money, Nokia Life Tools, Chinese Dictionary, Ovi Share, Ovi Store and Ovi Contacts.

The games are in plenty of numbers. It comes preinstalled with eight games namely Sudoko, Bounce Tales, Diamond Rush, Block’d, Brain Champ, Rally 3D, Snake III and City Bloxx.

Performance

The call quality is quite good. Even Callers another didn’t complained about the call clarity. The sound is louder and clearer. The speaker phone is good.

The Nokia X2 is powered with 850 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. It provides the battery life of 810 minutes of talktime and 540 hours of standby time. On normal usage, you would get around 26 hours of battery life. The battery life is very good comparing to most of the mobiles.

Price

Nokia X2’s price is very affordable. It comes at a price of just Rs. 5550 in India

Specifications:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2010, April
Status Available. Released 2010, July
Size Dimensions 111 x 47 x 13.3 mm, 61 cc
Weight 81 g
Display Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers
– 3.5 mm audio jack
– Dedicated music keys
Memory Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 48 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 32
EDGE Class 32
3G No
WLAN No
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB, USB On-the-go support
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, LED flash
Video Yes
Secondary No
Features Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (Opera Mini)
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; built-in antenna
Games Bounce Tales, City Bloxx, Snake III, Block’d, Diamond Rush, Rally 3D, Brain Champion, Sudoku
Colors Red on Black, Blue on SIlver
GPS No
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
– MP4/H.263 player
– MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Organizer
– Photo editor
– Voice memo
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 860 mAh (BL-4C)
Stand-by Up to 624 h
Talk time Up to 13 h 30 min
Music play Up to 27 h
Misc SAR US 1.28 W/kg (head)     0.89 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.82 W/kg (head)

Nokia X3

Nokia X3

The X3 is Nokia’s latest music phone, but while the name will give many the impression that this is a cut down version of Nokia’s capacitance screen touting X6, in reality the two phones are completely different beasts.

Whereas the X6 is targeted at the higher end of the contract phone market, the X3 is primarily aimed at pay as you go users looking for a more wallet friendly phone, which is reflected in its sub £80 asking price. The form factor is completely different too, as the X3 has more of a traditional slider design, albeit with some tweaks here and there including some dedicated music keys. In fact the only real ties between the two handsets are the fact that they’re both being pitched as music phones and they both share the same colours scheme. Like the X6, the X3 is available in black with either red or blue strips flanking the screen.

With its slightly boxy design we wouldn’t exactly describe the X3 as a looker, but when you slide the keypad open you’ll find that at least the extra girth means Nokia has been able to equip it with a relatively spacious keypad. And although the keypad is a flat one piece design, there is a bit of travel in each key which helps make it a fairly easy phone for quickly tapping out text messages. Nokia has also added three music keys on the left-hand edge of the display to let you skip forwards and backwards through tracks as well as starting and pausing playback.

Another welcome feature for music fans is the standard 3.5mm headphone jack at the top of the phone which makes it easy to swap the supplied earphones for your own cans. The top edge is also home to the standard Nokia mini charging port, but you can also charge the handset via its microUSB port, which may come in handy if you need an emergency battery top up when you’re around a mate’s place.

The screen is an area where manufacturers often cut costs on budget handsets and unfortunately this is definitely the case here. At a mere 2.2inches the display is very small and the resolution of 320×240 pixels means text tends to look a tad blocky. However, the biggest problem with the screen is its shimmery look that sometimes makes it difficult to focus on. The reason for this seems to be its very narrow viewing angle, as a tiny rotation to the right makes it look very dark while doing the same on the left-hand side washes out the colours almost completely. As a result we could never really find a sweet spot where readability was acceptable.

When it comes to music the phone uses the standard Series 40 media player. To our mind this isn’t quite as attractive, responsive or as well laid out as the Walkman app on Sony Ericsson’s music phones, but it’s still pretty straight forward to navigate around. The music library is divided up into playlists, artists, albums and genres, and album art is displayed on the screen when a track is playing. You can tweak the audio output via the five band equaliser and there’s also a stereo widening setting that aims to increase the apparent width of the stereo image when you’re using headphones.

Given the phone’s low price tag it’s understandable that it uses Series 40 rather than Nokia’s more advanced Series 60 operating system. Series 40 is pretty straight forward to use as the main menu has the standard nine icon grid layout. By default the handset is set up to use the personalised homescreen that offers short cuts to stuff like the FM tuner, music player and calendar, but you can also turn this off so the home screen simply displays a static picture instead. Unlike some previous Series 40 handsets, the X3 also has the Ovi app store onboard so you can buy and download new games, themes and ringtones directly from the phone.

The supplied headphones aren’t too bad, but sound quality improves dramatically when you try a better quality set of cans as the X3’s audio output is actually quite clean by budget handset standards. The phone only has 45MB of onboard memory free, so if you want to store a decent sized library of music tracks you’ll have to rely on MicroSD cards. Thankfully, Nokia supplies a 2GB card with the phone to get you started and cards of up to 16GB in size are supported. The card slot is also easy to get at as it’s positioned beneath a plastic flap on the left hand edge of the phone.

The X3’s camera is a very basic 3.2Megapixel shooter that lacks both autofocus and a flash. Outdoor shots are passable, but indoor photos are hopelessly grainy unless there are excessive amounts of light in the room. Connectivity is also quite basic. There’s no support for 3G or Wi-Fi, so EDGE speeds are the fastest that the handset is capable of. It also lacks GPS, but there is Bluetooth 2.1 so you can use the handset with Bluetooth stereo headphones. And perhaps because of the lack of advanced features like 3G and GPS, the phone actually performs pretty well when it comes to battery life. We got around three and a half days out of it.

However, the one area where you’d expect a Nokia phone to excel is rather bizarrely where the X3 falls flat on its face, as we found that call quality on this handset was well below par. Despite using it in an area with strong reception, the phone often ended up producing garbled, Dalek sounding audio and on more than one occasion we had to drop a call and try again. In this day and age that’s really not acceptable.

Verdict

The X3 has a decent line up of features for a budget handset, especially when it comes to music. However, the poor screen and dodgy call quality means that it’s a difficult phone to recommend, especially when there are plenty of better quality handsets available for similar amounts of money.

GOOD:
Decent design and build, great audio quality, powerful loudspeakers.
BAD:
Outdated interface design, display has poor viewing angles, average camera, basic web browsing capabilities.
VERDICT:
If all you want is a phone with good music playback, then the X3 is for you.
Price:
Rs. 6394/-

Specifications:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2009, September
Status Available. Released 2009, December
Size Dimensions 96 x 49.3 x 14.1 mm, 65.8 cc
Weight 103 g
Display Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches
Sound Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers
– 3.5 mm audio jack
– Dedicated music keys
Memory Phonebook 2000 entries, Photocall
Call records 20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls
Internal 46 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB, 2GB included, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 32
EDGE Class 32, 296 / 178.8 kbits
3G No
WLAN No
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB
Camera Primary 3.2 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, enhanced fixed focus
Video Yes, QCIF@15fps
Secondary No
Features Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; built-in antenna
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Red on Black, Blue on Silver
GPS No
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– Flash Lite 3.0
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 860 mAh (BL-4CT)
Stand-by Up to 380 h
Talk time Up to 7 h 30 min
Music play Up to 26 h
Misc SAR US 1.28 W/kg (head)     0.72 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.73 W/kg (head)

Micromax Q75

Micromax Q75

Review:

Design

The all new Micromax Q75 is one of the best designed phones by the designers of Micromax. It’s quite a handy phone that you will find it compatible both for masculines and feminines. The entire dimensions are kept in well proportion, total height, width & thickness are 115mm, 64.5mm & 12.2 mm correspondingly, whereas the TFT display is of 2.4 inches which offers the resolution of about 240×320 pixels. And the fitted out Trackball navigation key is like glitter to the gold as far as crafting of the phone is concerned.

Audio and Music functionality

The all advanced Micromax Q75 is a high definition sound generating music device too that will eliminate the weight of carrying additional portable music player with you. Having installed with the multiple codec playable media players, you will be able playing back and enjoy all your favorite stuff. And if you love listening FM radio too, it’s going to offer you that too.

Camera


Having fixed up with the 2.0 mega pixel camera, the Micromax Q75 pledges you to offer the high-resistive image capturing resolution, whereas you will be able recording videos as well with the phone, that too in an impressive quality.

Memory


The built in or phone memory of the brand new Micromax Q75 is enough spacious that offers you the storage capacity of 1000 phonebook contacts and 1000 messages, and in-addition you will be able expanding it upto 8GB using microSD card.

Battery Life

The Micromax Q75 has Li-ion 1200mAhBattery,Capacity which gives stand by performance of up to Up to 10 daysstandbyvaluetime and the performance of talk time is up to 0.

Internet Features

The newly released Micromax Q75 will be an ideal phone, if you are making up your mind getting some advanced internet enabled phone. The phone offers you Wireless Lan connectivity or so called WiFi option, by which you will be able connecting it in hot-spot area to enjoy faster speed of internet. if we look at the other aspects, it comes loaded with the full HTML browser that opens up the web pages in top-notch fashion, Whereas the applications like Zengu mail and Socializing oriented Snapt Widget you will have better than ever fun experience of enjoying the ultra-modern facilities of emailing and social networking.

Messaging Features

While the brand new Micromax Q75 is an advanced internt enabled phone that offers you up to the minute features and applications, therefore you will be enjoying faster emailing, instant messaging and social networking features over it except the basal features including SMS, MMS & EMS.

Network Support

The newly projected Micromax Q75 is a dual GSM SIM supported phone, so both the SIM run on the bandwidth frequencies 850,900, 1800 & 1900 MHz. One can enjoy services of both the SIMs simultaneously without destructing or halting services of another over it.

Games

As the brand new Micromax Q75 is a java supported phone, so the pre-loaded games over it are going to give you the honest fun time experience of gaming. Though the games are enough in numbers, still you can load more java enabled games of your choice virtually in any number.

Pros

ye-catchy looks, Dual GSM SIM support, Social networking and instant messaging applications, 8GB microSD card support, multiple format supported media player, FM radio, WiFi connectivity.

Micromax Q75

Specifications:

General 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800
Announced 2010
Status Available. Released 2010
Size Dimensions 115 x 64.5 x 12.2 mm
Weight
Display Type TFT, 65K colors
Size 320 x 240 pixels
– QWERTY keyboard
– Trackball
Sound Alert types Vibration, Polyphonic(64), MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook 1000 entries
Call records Yes
Card slot microSD, up to 8GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Video Yes
Secondary No
Features Messaging SMS, MMS
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML (Opera Mini)
Radio Stereo FM radio
Games Yes
Colors Black
GPS No
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Facebook, NimBuzz apps
– MP3/WAV player
– MP4/H.263 player
– Voice memo
– T9
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh
Stand-by Up to 240 h
Talk time Up to 7 h


Best Android Phones (Betwen Rs. 25,000 & 30,000) : Sept-Oct 2010

Ah, this is a fight between the two titans — and let’s just set the record straight by saying that we’d recommend them both. We’re comparing the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire.

As for the build and finish, the Desire feels sturdier but bulkier as a result. On the other hand, the Galaxy S owing to its plasticky body is lightweight. Its portability hides the fact that it actually bears a humongous 4-inch display. The Desire’s has natural color tones and wider viewing angles, while the Super AMOLED on the Galaxy S is so vibrant that it makes you feel like you’re on acid every time you look at it.

Both feature top of the line features that you rightfully should expect, given the price you’re paying. Samsung leads the way with out of the box 720p MKV video playback, and not just regular DivX files. Both shoot video in hi-def as well. I like HTC’s Sense UI better than Samsung’s TouchWIZ. But the Desire’s tiny earpiece grille is at times irritating, as you have to adjust the phone to the right spot for you to hear properly. The Desire already runs Android’s latest 2.2 (Froyo) on sale while the Galaxy S will receive 2.2 some time in late October.

So the choice pretty much lies with the kind of functionality the user is expecting and the brand might also play a role in this category. You can pick either one depending on what you want from your phone. Go through both the reviews and then make a choice.

So there you have it – Top Android phones that you can buy right now. Are you disappointed that none of them are perfect enough for your liking? Then keep checking Techtree for Android phones that are worth waiting for before the end of this year.

Best Android Phones (Betwen Rs. 20,000 & 25,000) : Sept-Oct 2010

In this range, you’ll find our pick from the last season; the HTC Legend, which hasn’t gone through much of a pricing change. It’s the Macbook Pro of cellphones, owing to its uni-body aluminum structure, which feels much sturdier and nicer than most phones you’ll ever use. The screen has a typical HVGA resolution, but is AMOLED in nature and thus looks quite vibrant. Although it may have a 600 MHz processor, the interface is fairly responsive. Then there’s Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI. The only flaw I came across was the metallic rim around the earpiece, which tends to poke the ear. If you don’t find that to be an issue, then the Legend is one flaunt-worthy piece. Last checked, it was still selling for somewhere around Rs. 23,000.

Next, you’ve got the Motorola Milestone which has seen a price-cut from its initial Rs. 27,500 cost (now selling a good Rs. 4,000 cheaper). A rock-sturdy body with a big 3.7-inch display bearing an 854 x 480 pixel resolution, the Milestone’s Android 2.1 OS handled smoothly during our use. One of the best call clarity I’ve experienced on a phone, the Milestone is also fairly feature-packed. Although the sliding QWERTY isn’t the best to type on, it may get the job done for people unwilling to tap on a touch-screen. Although the Milestone 2 will phase this one out eventually, it may take some time to hit the Indian market. Plus at Rs. 23,500 the original Milestone isn’t selling at an astronomical price anymore and this decent handset could be well within the reach of many (will be a sweet buy if the price hits Rs. 20,000).

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