Android, in recent times has changed the face of the mobile market. With more and more Android phones being dished out every other day, of all sizes, shapes and flavor, it is no wonder that Android is starting to starting to dominate the mobile space. And although all devices run on same operating system, there are some phones that are better than others. Here are the top five GSM Android phones that are available in India.
Top GSM Android Phones in India : Feature Comparison
Samsung Galaxy S4
The flagship phone of Samsung Galaxy series, S4 has all the most advanced features, a mobile phone can have. It is most popular and talked about Android phone in India. S4 has set a mark in mind of normal Indian user as the ultimate Android phone one can have.
Pros: The Samsung Galaxy S4 oozes with plenty of good features. Whopping 5.0-inch screen, Touch Wiz UI, 13MP camera, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean are some features why you should grab this device as soon as possible and run home.
Cons: Powerful processor and 1080p display screen are known to impact the battery performance. Other than the battery backup, the phone is jam packed with features and its one of the hot selling mobiles in India.
Sony Xperia Z
Xperia is Sony’s most successful series in mobile domain. Xperia Z adds another gem in this series with its high-end features. Powered by Sony’s Bravia engine, the Xperia Z ensures high quality viewing experience. With that, it has several other features that would make you woo for this super awesome device.
Pros: Some pros of Sony Xperia Z are – 13.1MP camera, Android Jelly Bean OS, 5.0-inch display, dust and water resistant body, BRAVIA engine 2, and 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor. Apart from that, a sleek and slender design provided by Sony, sets Xperia Z aside from majority of other smart phones.
Cons: There are complaints from consumers regarding a weak Wi-Fi signal and problems connecting to some routers. Sometimes when the device is in sleep mode, it does not respond to any signals such as power on or volume up or down. It does turn on at some point. Sony should soon rollout an update to prevent this problem. Poor battery life and overheating are some of the common complaints with every smartphone and this phone is no exception.
Google Nexus 4
Nexus is to Google fan boys, what iPhone is to Apple aficionados. With a reasonable price tag and all high-end features in this 4-inch device, Nexus 4 is expected to be one of the most popular devices of 2013.
Pros: The biggest advantage of this device is that you get all the high-end features of a smart phone in less than 25,000 INR. This device gives you most genuine Android experience that you can ever get.
Cons: The glass back looks stylish but it might crack if the mobile falls. You need a screen case to avoid this. The camera sometimes freezes and refuses to take photos. A reboot solves this problem. Overheating and poor battery life is problems faced by Nexus 4 which is common among Smartphones.
If you are a true mobile geek, if clock speed raises your adrenaline rather than bike speed, if you care more for processing technology rather than mere number of cores, this device is totally for you. HTC One is pure explosive. HTC has invested a lot in the core technology behind this phone such as processor, GPU, and minimalistic design (Believe me it is not as easy as it looks).
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Pros: HTC One has industry-leading features, and that is the most prominent advantage of having this phone. 1.7 GHz Quad Core Processor (Global version), BOOMSOUND, sleek Aluminum body, 4.7 inch full HD screen, which is neither too small nor too large, and HTC Sense that provides unique User Experience are some of the prominent features of HTC One.
Cons: Some reports about the build quality indicate that some of the HTC Ones have gap between plastic and metal, scratches and strange bulges. Check the body before buying it. The proximity sensors might not work at times, test this before buying the phone. The battery takes longer to charge as it has a 2300mAH battery. Although HTC One is one of the best Android phones in market currently, still a device that competes with iPhone and Galaxy S4 in price should have more or equivalent brand value, which HTC One lacks.
One more feature, which might go against HTC One, is its camera. It is only 4MP sensor. (Yes, you read it right)
Although before making any conclusion about this, you should understand that megapixels are not the ultimate way of judging a camera. Yes, HTC One has a small sensor with only 4MP, but it has larger pixels to allow in more light, and ultimately more data to make your pictures as beautiful as they can. If you are interested, you can read HTC’s version of why they are doing so.
Micromax Canvas HD A116
Do not be surprised to see Micromax Canvas HD A116 in this list. Micromax is shedding its image of budget phone manufacturer pretty fast with some high-end feature phones. After the great (and somewhat unexpected) success of Canvas A110, Canvas HD comes with even better features in a very reasonable price range.
Pros: Reasonable price, nice design (even if inspired), large screen size, good camera quality, HD screen, and latest Android version Jelly Beans are some of the advantages of Canvas HD.
This is a device made specifically for average Indian consumer, who doesn’t have time or will to do all the geeky stuff with his/her phone. He simply wants a phone that he can flaunt around his relatives, which has decent features, and most importantly, which comes in his budget. Canvas HD fulfills all of these wishes.
Cons: This device does not have Gorilla Glass which helps in protecting the screen from scratches. The camera quality is not too good as reported by some of the users. The UI does not have any customization like Samsung and HTC.
If you are in the market for Best Android GSM Phones, I hope this post will help you in making a good decision. As always, you can find the latest mobile prices in India at Shoppingwish. Do check it out to get the price that best suits you.
This article was written by Indraneel Pole of Shoppingwish.in. Indraneel is a camera and mobile enthusiast and closely follows latest trends in the Indian gadget market.