Friday, October 29, 2010

Android, when it began with the G1 (built by HTC, released by T-Mobile in the USA), had only one screen resolution : 320 x 480 (HVGA). With the release of Android 1.6 Donut, support was added for multiple resolutions, and the market moved towards high-end devices with FWVGA/WVGA (480x854/480x800) resolutions such as the Motorola Milestone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the Google Nexus One, on one hand; and low- or mid-end devices with QVGA (240x320) resolutions such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini/Mini Pro, HTC Tattoo and Wildfire, etc.

Currently, we are seeing an increasing resurgence of the HVGA screen-res in devices with screens ranging from 3.0-3.2 inches. In our opinion, the Spice MI-300 lead the pack with it's launch in early September for under Rs. 10,000/- Videocon upped the ante by releasing a very similarly specced device for about 1000 costlier, the V7500. (For some unknown reason, the same phone that was showing an MRP of 10,995/- at launch is showing an MRP of 19,995/- now. Yeah, we're surprised too) The LG Optimus GT505 was already in the market, though it has a horribly incompetent resistive touchscreen (trust us, you don't want to be stuck with this!) The long-awaited Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and the Motorola Quench XT3 complete the pack.

With the Spice MI-300 being the cheapest at Rs. 9,990/- and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 being the costliest at around Rs. 13,800/-, there are plenty of options for someone looking to get into the Android world. We see HVGA as a bare-minimum necessity when using an Android phone simply due to the wide availability of compatible Apps from the Android Market. Devices which use a QVGA screen may be able to run these Apps, but the Market will only display Apps which have been specified by the Developer as compatible with QVGA, for download.

So, if you're planning to buy an Android phone, and you want to use many Apps on your phone, then you would need an HVGA-res phone, and there's plenty choice in the market. Now that you've been informed, go out and buy one. :)

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