By: Nilabh Jha, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Monday, March 18, 2013 - 05:30
Sony Xperia Tipo Dual
As per Sony, this phone is one of the most successful devices from the company in recent times. And there are reasons for that. One, it is the only Android 4.0 phone from an MNC player in the low budget segment, and Android 4.1 update is on its way already. Sony has done well to optimise the user interface to suit the small display of the phone with some applications placed in the corners of the phone for easy reach. And despite its meagre hardware its performance is really smooth. The Sony Tipo Dual comes with a hardware button, using which one can easily switch between the two SIMs. The Sony Xperia Tipo runs on an 800 MHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 graphics processing unit and 512 MB RAM. The phone has a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with HVGA resolution of 320 x 480 pixel. The phone also comes with Sony's Timescape user interface, and has a 3.2 megapixel primary camera.
Sony Xperia Tipo is a good looking handset and at 99.4 grams, it is quite lightweight as well. Sony Xperia Tipo comes with 2.5 GB of internal memory, as well as an expandable memory card slot with support for up to 32 GB. The phone is powered by a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery with promised talktime of up to 4 hours. It offers regular features common on most Android phones, like 3G, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, proximity sensor and gravity sensor. Sony has also used its xLOUD audio filter technology, which claims to improve audio experience for the user. And while a price tag of Rs 9,400 sounds a bit too much for this specification, the performance of this handset will convince you that it is worth the money.
Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi-530
For those people who like a really big display, Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi-530 is a very good choice. It not only comes with dual SIM but supports 3G on both the SIM cards, which is unique. This 5.3 inch qHD IPS display phone also has one more unique feature, a 5 megapixel camera in the front, which is great for self portraits. You also get an 8 megapixel rear camera. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, which is well complemented by 1 GB RAM. The built in memory is 16 GB, which can be expanded further to 32 GB through a microSD card. Other features include 3G/HSPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, a Li-Po 2550 mAh battery and dual mic noise suppression.
We have been using the device for almost a month now and can safely say that it is a very good buy for anyone who wants a large screen phone with good performance. The phone is priced at Rs 13,999 and for what it offers (its not quad core, but its performance is good for almost all types of usage). You can read the review here.