Thursday, April 26, 2012

Our Recommends was launched as our view of the best technology out there in the Indian market. The first article looked at smartphones as a whole.

Our Recommends - Smartphones above 30k

As Indians, we generally tend to look towards value purchases. A phone, to be used for calls and text messages, shouldn’t cost too much. However, there are some amongst us who like to boast of owning the best available smartphone that money can buy. Or the best camera. Or the best processor. For such lofty-minded individuals, The Indian Geek would like to present our own comparison chart of the best smartphones above Rs. 30,000 from each manufacturer who has phone above Rs. 30,000. This comparison chart has smartphones with different mobile phone Operating Systems; you would need to choose the perfect smartphone for you based on your own needs and requirements; but if you have more than 30k to splurge on a phone, then this comparison chart is worth a look.

Some pointers before we go into the comparison:

  • The “best” smartphones above 30k indicates that this chart details the best smartphones from each manufacturer who has smartphones available for more than Rs. 30,000/- in the Indian market at the time of writing this article
  • Prices, features, specifications available here are quoted to the best of our knowledge; certain errors may be present
  • The prices we looked at were a combination of three online stores – Flipkart, Letsbuy and Saholic – and our friendly neighbourhood mobile phone retail outlets. We have used the cheapest available prices; so some phones, such as the LG Optimus 3D P920 does not feature in this chart simply because it is available for less than Rs. 30,000/- elsewhere.
  • Apple’s offering is unique in having three options with the only difference being the available storage; hence, we listed all three options in the chart since they have the same features and functionality, apart from the storage
  • Since we looked only at phones available officially in India, certain companies are missing from the list, since their high-end smartphones above the 30k price are not officially released/available in India (such as Motorola or LG).
  • This chart represents available information at its time of conception – April 2012. There are new high-end launches expected some time this year from LG, Motorola, Samsung and BlackBerry-maker RIM; you may keep an eye out for them.
  • The list of manufacturers, from left to right, is according to alphabetical order with no preference or priority to any single manufacturer.
  Apple HTC RIM Samsung Sony
Phone iPhone 4S One X BlackBerry Bold 9900 Galaxy Note N7000 Xperia S
  Apple iPhone 4S
HTC One X
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 Samsung Galaxy Note Sony Xperia S
Cost Rs. 42,700
Rs. 49,100
Rs. 57,500
Rs. 36,100 Rs. 31,900 Rs. 32,400 Rs. 31,000
Platform iOS 5 Android 4 BlackBerry OS 7 Android 2.3 Android 2.3
SIM micro SIM micro SIM SIM SIM micro SIM
Processor 1 Ghz dual core 1.5 Ghz quad core 1.2 Ghz single core 1.4 Ghz dual core 1.5 Ghz dual core
RAM 512 MB 1 GB 768 MB 1 GB 1 GB
Storage 16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
32 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
Memory Card No No Yes, upto 32 GB Yes, upto 32 GB No
Display IPS LCD Super LCD 2 LCD Super AMOLED Reality Display, LCD
Screen Size 3.5 inch 4.7 inch 2.8 inch 5.3 inch 4.3 inch
Resolution 960 x 640 1280 x 720 640 x 480 1280 x 800 1280 x 720
Cameras (R/F) 8 MP / 1.3 MP 8 MP / 1.3 MP 5 MP / No 8 MP / 2 MP 12 MP / 1.3 MP
Video 1080p 1080p 720p 1080p 1080p
Battery 1432 mAh 1800 mAh 1230 mAh 2500 mAh 1750 mAh
3G (Down/Up) 14.4 Mbps / 5.8 Mbps 21 Mbps / 5.76 Mbps 14.4 Mbps / 5.76 Mbps 21 Mbps / 5.76 Mbps 14.4 Mbps / 5.8 Mbps
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g/n Yes, a/b/g/n Yes, b/g/n Yes, a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes, b/g/n
Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth v 4.0 v 4.0 v 2.1 v 3.0 v 2.1
3.5 mm audio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS A-GPS A-GPS A-GPS A-GPS A-GPS,
Glonass
HDMI out Via separate proprietary adapter Via separate USB adapter No Via separate USB adapter Via separate mini HDMI adapter
USB Via proprietary 30-pin connector micro USB micro USB micro USB, USB on-the-go micro USB
NFC No Yes No No Yes
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weight 140 g 130 g 130 g 178 g 144 g
Other features Siri – intuitive voice control HTC Sense 4 User Interface Backlit QWERTY keyboard, Optical Trackpad, 1.5 year warranty TouchWiz V4.0, S-Pen, S-Memo Timescape UI, planned upgrade to Android 4

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