Diwali is round the corner and shopping is the order of day, so search for deals is inevitable, here is our attempt to make this search easier at least for the mobile phone buyers.
Here are four phones that are available at amazing discounted prices or comes with freebies to lure consumers.
This one phone brought Motorola back to the limelight. Though it is old now, it gets a hardware that is underclocked and runs at 600 MHz, and that shows in its performance. While 600 MHz sounds low, it runs so smooth that I had to do a re-check for the specification. Some users have even gone ahead and over clocked the phone to run at 1.2 GHz processor speed. You can use apps like Universal Androot and then overclock the phone using the app Milestone Overclock, though it's not advisable for lay users.
What's more, you get Android 2.1 but that is upgradable to 2.3.The phone has a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen and a full slide out Qwerty keypad, along with that you get 5 megapixel camera with 24 fps video recording and xenon flash.
The battery is a 14mAh unit which is good for a day of medium usage which is what any average Android phone gives. 3G, WiFi, GPS and all the other goodies generally associated with Android are available as well.
And now comes the best part, you get all this for just Rs 13,500 through Flipkart, and this is really an exclusive deal from them it seems as most other websites are offering this phone at close to Rs 17,000 price bracket.
Acer Ferrari Liquid E
If you are big fan of Ferrari, this offer is just for you. For Rs 18,500, you get a chance to buy a licensed Ferrari phone from Acer. It's not just the name that's fast, you get a 1 GHz processor, Android 2.1 that is upgradable to Android 2.2 (upgrade is already available). Other features like 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS that you normally associate with Android are there too.
You also get a 5.0 megapixel auto focus camera with 720P video capture capability,
Ferrari is about Italian design, and this phone is no different, it flaunts a bold yet elegant design: the glossy red casing with chrome trim makes it a true pleasure for the eyes. The front is dominated by a spacious 3.5-inch, hi-resolution capacitive touchscreen, while the back sports the legendary "Scuderia Ferrari" shield with details in carbon fiber, while the redesigned microphone recalls the "air intake inlet".
Apart from the attractive price of Rs 18,500, you also get a Ferrari bluetooth headset, and 8 GB Micro SD card free with this phone at Letsbuy.com. Futurebazaar.com is offering this phone with Android 2.2 upgarde at Rs 17,999, but is not clear whether the Ferrari Bluetooth handsfree is there or not. Call them up before you decide on which one to buy.
Samsung Wave S5253
This is one deal at Flipcart.com that will appeal to people looking for good value for money and looking for a feature phone. Samsung Wave is available for Rs 6,000, and that is the price at which high end feature phones are available whereas Wave is a smartphone.
It gets a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, A-GPS, 3G, WiFi, expandable memory up to 16 GB (4 GB free), FM radio with recording. What's more, you get to download apps from the Bada operating system's (Wave is based on Bada, which is Samsung's own smartphone OS) apps store.
Though upgrade to Bada 2.0 is not yet available for Wave, it is likley to be introduced sooner rather than later.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V
This is no discount offering, but a new device that has just been launched at a very attractive price of Rs 17,500. The Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V is a well designed phone loaded with features. It has a 3.7-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels with Multi-touch and reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine (Sony's image technology).
This phone runs on an Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system and has a 1 GHz Scorpion processor. The phone also has 512 MB RAM. The Neo V from Sony Ericsson is home to a 5 megapixel camera with features such as touch focus, image stabilization, face detection, auto focus, and smile detection.
You can take 3D sweep panorama pictures on this smartphone that you can view on a 3D television on multi angle 3D display. The phone also supports a Geo-tagging feature and a send to web option. The Ericsson Xperia Neo V can record HD videos at 720p (30 fps).
A video stabiliser installed on this Sony phone will let you capture videos with a professional touch. This Ericsson mobile has front facing camera for video calling. Flipkart is also offering a Bluetooth kit free with this device at a Price of Rs 17,500.
Apart from these offers, most online sites are offering freebies on all most all models of higher end phones, for example Flipkart.com is offering Bluetooth handsfree kits with most mobile phones, though make of the kit varies depending on the model you are looking at and its price.
Similarly Letsbuy is offering a assured surprise Diwali gift with each purchase. Similarly other merchant sites like Homeshop18, Futurebazaar and Indiatimes are all offering freebies with most purchases made before Diwali.
Typically these gifts include free memory card, Bluetooth handsfree kits, screen guards and other mobile accessories. So it is worth checking for these deals across various sites before you zero in on any particular website.
Even for the phones that we have mentioned above, do a rechecking as offers change so fast that it is difficult to be sure that the best offer for today remains the best offer tomorrow.