Best budget android phones of 2012 available in the market

Dominance of android in smart phone and tablet market

Since the launch of android based smart phones in 2009 it has captured the major pie of market share of smart phones in the world. It now accounts of almost 60% of the smart phones market. From only 3% market share in 2009 to almost 60% market share in 2012 clearly shows why more and more people are switching to android platform based smart phones. Android has completely changed the smart phone market which was once completely dominated by windows based smart phones.

So what is an android ?

Android is a linux based operating system for mobile phones and tablets. Android software was originally developed by ANDROID INC of USA in 2003. Google has acquired the company in 2005 and since then launched different versions of the android software in the market, latest being 4.0 ice cream sandwich. With android phones you can surf the internet at high speed, video call your friends, stay connected with your friends and family through facebook and other social networking sites, book airline/movie tickets, watch online videos and do many more things which were not possible earlier. Google android has more than 500,000 applications available in android market which you can easily download on your android device. Though we all know that technology keeps on changing it would not be wrong if I say android is the future of mobile telephony.


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Versions of android

Android 1.0

Android 1.1

Cupcake 1.5

Donut 1.6

Éclair 2.0/2.1

Froyo 2.2.x

Gingerbread 2.3.x

Honeycomb 3.x

Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.x

Budget android phones available in the market


1) Samsung Galaxy Y S5360

Price: Rs. 7400/- (USD 134 approx)

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Processor: 832 MHz
  • 2 MP Primary Camera
  • 3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
  • GPRS: Yes
  • Edge: Yes
  • 3G: Yes, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
  • Wifi: Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
  • WAP: Yes, v2
  • Audio Jack: 3.5 mm
  • USB connectivity: Yes, micro USB, v2
  • Tethering: USB, Wi-fi Hotspot
  • GPS Support: Yes, A-GPS with Google Maps
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v3

Priced at around INR 7,400 / - Samsung Galaxy Y is one of the best selling budget android phones available in the market. It comes in two colors, metallic gray and black color. It runs on android v2.3 gingerbread operating system and has 832 MHz built in processor. Built in 2 megapixel camera has 2X digital zoom and has many options such as geo tagging,multi shot mode and photo editing. Galaxy Y has 1200 mAh battery powers that gives you a talk time of up to 6 hours when fully charged. As it has almost all connectivity features from GPRS,EDGE to 3G & Wi-Fi, you can always stay connected with your circle of friends. This little gadget comes with a many preinstalled applications such as facebook,twitter, youtube ,gmail,Gtalk etc. It also supports push mail and MS office document viewing.

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2) HTC Explorer

Price: Rs. 8300/- (Approx USD 150)

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3 MP Primary Camera
  • 3.2-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 600 MHz Scorpion Processor
  • 2G and 3G Network Support
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • FM Radio
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB

The HTC explorer has 600 MHZ processor and runs on android 2.3 gingerbread. Since this mobile supports adreno 200 GPU what you get is better 3D gaming experience. It comes with an inbuilt 3 megapixel camera which is packed with any features such as GEO TAGGING ,face detection to name a few.It supports MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV formats movie formats. Phone comes with an inbuilt memory of 90MB and can be extended to 32 GB using microSD, MicroSDHC cards.The HTC explorer also supports GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi and 3G.


3) LG Optimus NET P690

Price: Rs. 8500/- (Approx USD 154)

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3 MP Primary Camera
  • 3.2-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Processor: 800 MHz Qualcomm Scorpion
  • Graphics: Adreno 200
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
  • GPRS: Yes, Class 12, 48 kbps
  • Edge: Yes, Class 12
  • 3G: Yes, 3.6 Mbps HSDPA
  • Wifi: Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
  • USB connectivity: Yes, micro USB, v2
  • Tethering: USB, Wi-fi Hotspot
  • GPS Support: Yes with Google Maps
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v3, Supported Profiles (EDR)
  • Audio Jack: 3.5 mm

Third android based phone comes from the stable of another Korean consumer electronics company L.G. and is called LG Optimus NET P690. It is a touchscreen mobile phone which supports android 2.3 gingerbread. It is powered by 800 MHZ processor which lets you do faster web browsing and data processing. In built 3 megapixel camera gives good picture quality. It gives faster and responsive navigation experience as it has capacitive touchscreen. Li-Ion battery of 1500mAh gives talk time of up to 12 hours when fully charged.

It comes with built in memory of 150 MB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using microSD, microSDHC cards.


4) Motorola FIRE

Price: Rs. 7500 (Approx USD 136)

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • 3 MP Primary Camera
  • 600 MHz ARM11 Processor
  • QWERTY Keypad
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • GPRS: Yes
  • Edge: Yes, Class 12
  • 3G: Yes, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
  • Wifi: Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
  • USB connectivity: Yes, micro USB, v2
  • GPS Support: Yes, A-GPS with Google Maps
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1, Supported Profiles (EDR)
  • Audio Jack: 3.5 mm
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB

The Motorola FIRE is sleek touch and QWERTY type phone which runs on android v2.3 gingerbread operating system and is powered by a 600 MHz processor. It has capacitive touch screen which gives better navigation experience. Phone comes with the adreno 200 GPU which enhances your gaming and multimedia experience. It has a QWERTY keyboard which makes typing much easier.The FIRE sports 3 megapixel camera which gives better picture quality. Memory of the phone can be expanded to 32 GB. Motorola FIRE gives talk time of 7 hours and standby of 504 hours when fully charged.

The Motorola FIRE supports 3G and 2G network apart from GPRS and EDGE.

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5) Micromax A78

Price: Rs. 7600 / - (Approx USD 138)

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3 MP Primary Camera
  • 0.3 MP Secondary Camera
  • Dual SIM GSM
  • 3.5-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 650 MHz Processor
  • 3G: Yes, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • Wifi: Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS Support: Yes with Google Maps
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v3
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB

Next budget android phone is from the house of Micromax, company which has been dominating the budget mobile phone market in India since its inception. The micromax A78 is dual SIM (GSM networks), touch and type mobile phone which supports android gingerbread v2.3 and is powered by 650 MHz processor. It has 2 cameras, one at the back (3 megapixels) and one at the front (0.3 megapixels) which can be used for video calling. In short micromax has all the features which most of us look for in a mobile phone. A78 is powered by 1300 mAh battery which boasts of giving you a talk time of 9 hours. It also supports 3G, EDGE and GPS.

Micromax A78 comes with bundles of applications such as What’s app, Facebook, Mi-apps and Quikr and Polaris office suite (which is useful in creating and editing word , excel and PDF files)


6) Karbonn A1

Price : INR 4500/- (Approx USD 81)

Key Features

  • Android v2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 3.2 MP Primary Camera
  • 2.8-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 600 MHz Processor
  • 3G: Yes, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB

Priced at INR 4500/- (approx USD 81) Karbonn A1 is the cheapest capacitive touch screen phone available in India which is powered by 600 MHz processor. It runs on the earlier version of android i.e. v2.2 (froyo).Its capacitive touch screen offers smooth and better navigation experience. A1 comes with 3.2 megapixel camera which can be used for capturing the memorable moments of your life.

It supports all major audio & video formats such as MP4, 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP3, MIDI, WAV, AMR, AAC, AAC. Li-ion battery of 1100 mAH provides talk time of 4 hours and standby time of 250 hours.

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Good summary and you cover all the vital info. I opted for a Sony Ericson budget model in the end. It was just under 200, but was upgradable to the latest Android and almost as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy ... features I thought worth the extra investment.

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maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI Author

Brett.Thank you very much for the words of appreciation , I'm really glad you liked it. When it comes to sound quality of the phones as per me Sony Ericson is undoubtedly the undisputed king of mobile market. You made a good decision by going for sony. Thanks again for liking the hub and sharing it with other hubbers.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This is useful information. Some of the less expensive android phones are popular here in Peru. Thank you!


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maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI Author

Vespa Indian market is bombarded with budget and cheap android phones by many big players like samsung and micromax keeping in mind the price consciousness trait of indian consumer in their mind. Thanks for stopping by..


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Hi Mehesh I brought Sony Ion few days back and it is awesome phone.


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maheshpatwal 3 years ago from MUMBAI Author

When it comes to music quality of the phone no doubt sony is still the king in the category.....It is a hybrid phone with camera which can shoot the images in 12 MP.. price-wise it i think its bits overpriced when every new smart mobile phone launches in India every single day....


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

I'm glad there's an Android, which leaves us with more choices. I still would like a smartphone with physical keypads -- I am still getting used to the touch screen typing. Thanks for your wonderful summary. UP and useful. :)


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maheshpatwal 3 years ago from MUMBAI Author

Iguide... agree with you that android has given more options to customers in terms of availability of different handsets and applications which can be installed on the phones.. There are many companies which have come up with touch and type handsets for people who prefect physical keypads then the touchscreen keypads..... but option are relatively smaller..... Thanks for reading the hub...


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Nimesh De Silva 3 years ago

Good job!!! I use a Samsung Galaxy Ace which is a mid-range budget android phone as well. It's really good except for it's VERY LOW internal memory capacity, which with time makes the phone slower and slower.


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maheshpatwal 3 years ago from MUMBAI Author

Nimesh that's the only problem with galaxy ace.Otherwise it's a good handset. Now there are many local companies which imports the handsets from hongkong and china are giving tough competition to the likes of biggies such as samsung and apple in india...

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