Worth Looking for Android Phones

Posted by Narender Singh | 8:45 PM | 0 comments »

With Android2.2 launched just some time ago, Android OS is fastly taking over the phone market in India and also in many countries worldwide and its open source system is generating a lot of hype. New handsets are being unrevealed at our local markets on a very regular basis and here are some of the handsets that we should and will love to see in the coming months. Also, we've included a few already available android handsets.!

|LG Optimus GT540|
The Optimus is LG’s new range of Smartphones and the first one that will hit the Indian market in an official capacity is the GT540. It’s a sleek handset that will support Android 2.1 OS and hopefully be upgradeable to Froyo when it’s available OTA for us. LG will include quite a few goodies preloaded with the device, a 2GB card and their own UI with widgets. The Optimus also supports DivX and XviD video playback. We even got an exclusive sneak pre-launch preview of the device, check it out. (Image)
Features include -

  • a 3 inch resistive touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS (NDrive apps preloaded with India Maps)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 3MP AF camera with blink, smile, face detection, geotagging, beauty shot, Panorama
  • FM radio
  • microSD card support
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket 

Xperia X8
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is an entertainment smartphone that extends the functions of the Xperia collection to new market segments.
The user interface is similar to that of the Xperia X10 mini, with the four-corners that give one hand use and can be customised for one touch access to preferred applications.
The Xperia X8 also includes Timescape for access to all social networking and the infinite button for one click access to a world of content. The open Android operating system delivers access to thousands of applications on Android Market.
X8 - Rs. 15,000

Personal take - It's being dubbed the X10 Mini and it really is. The UI was fairly smooth even for a prototype. It's a sleek handset that's designed to offer Android lovers who can't afford the X10 but are still looking for the same experience at a lower price. Design-wise it's a just a more compact version of the X10 and although the colors may seem a little on the girly side, I have to give it up to SE fro trying to spruce things up a bit. 

The X8 comes with -
  • a 3 inch touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS (Google Maps)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 3MP AF camera, Geotagging
  • microSD card support
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket

Garmin ASUS Nuvifone A50
It’s been a bit of a wait but word is that Garmin/ASUS will be bringing their A50 handset to the country loaded with maps for quite a few of our cities. It will feature a UI similar to the previous model that used a Linux based UI (this was pre-Android) and we’re finally seeing the upgrade to a full fledged Android OS (v1.6 to start off with and will hopefully be upgradeable later). The handset will also feature the company’s Breeze UI that looks very user friendly. Garmin will of course be including their own navigation app coupled with other location based services into the handset.

The A50 features -
  • a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS (Garmin Navigation)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 3MP AF camera, Geotagging
  • 4GB of internal storage plus microSD card support