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Nokia C5-03 is most sought after: TMI survey

The Handset Hotlist, based on a survey of online preferences, is brought out by The Mobile Indian, and is released every month.

The constantly shifting taste of mobile phone consumers continued to be reflected in The Handset Hotlist survey (September 2011). Seven of the 25 phones that made it to the list of August &#151 including the iPhone &#151 have disappeared from the Hotlist this time round.

The Handset Hotlist, based on a survey of online preferences, is brought out by The Mobile Indian, and is released every month.

Sreekant Khandekar, director, The Mobile Indian, says, “Since the Hotlist was first released, only 16 models of mobile phones have managed to keep their place in the list, three months in running.”

Nokia C5-03 continued to be the most-searched mobile phone on The Mobile Indian for the third consecutive month, followed by Android-based Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830, which stood at No. 4 last month.

The surprise entry is Nokia C2-03, which features on the list for the first time, at No 3. A basic phone, priced at only Rs 4,500 with a S40 operating system, the Nokia C2-03 has a touchscreen and comes with a basic camera.

“Micromax A70, which has figured in the list each month, reaches No. 4, the highest so far. It has consistently been the most searched-for model among the Indian brands on the list,” says Khandekar.

Over the last three months, the number of models in the Handset Hotlist with a touch-based keypad has dropped from 17 to 11, while the total number of models with a Touch-Qwerty facility has grown from three to seven. Is this an aberration that will disappear, or does it signal the start of a new trend?

Khandekar adds, “Another possible surmise which can be deduced from the latest Top 25 Handset List is that consumers are now looking for mobile phones with smaller screens, and they would prefer a model with a Touch-Qwerty keypad to navigate the internet. Whether this reasoning is correct will become evident only a few months later.”

Table 1: Top 25 Handset Hotlist for September 2011

Rank Aug Rank Jul Brand Model Price 3G OS
1 1 Nokia Nokia C5-03 8600 Yes Symbian
2 3 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 14700 Yes Android
3 NA Nokia Nokia C2-03 4500 No A40
4 7 Micromax Micromax A70 8000 Yes Android
5 4 Nokia Nokia C6 12200 Yes Symbian
6 2 Samsung Samsung Star II Duos C6712 6000 No Java
7 17 Nokia Nokia C3 5800 No Java
8 12 Samsung Samsung R910 Galaxy Indulge 8000 Yes Android
9 15 Micromax Micromax X560 5350 No Java
10 22 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510 10100 Yes Android
11 13 Nokia Nokia C2-01 3800 Yes Java
12 10 Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson W8 12000 Yes Android
13 11 Nokia Nokia X7 18000 Yes Symbian
14 14 Samsung Samsung S3850 Corby II 5600 No Java
15 NA Nokia Nokia C3-01 8199 Yes Java
16 8 Nokia Nokia X2-01 3500 No Java
17 9 Nokia Nokia C5-00 7500 Yes Symbian
18 NA Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson Txt Pro 7469 No Java
19 5 Nokia Nokia X3-02 7500 Yes Java
20 NA Nokia Nokia C2-02 4000 No S40
21 NA Nokia Nokia C5 7300 Yes Symbian
22 NA Spice Spice Mobiles M-6700 Cappuccino 3599 No Java
23 6 Nokia Nokia 5250 7900 No Symbian
24 NA Nokia Nokia C1-01 2200 No S40
25 16 Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson Yendo 5200 No Java

Top 10 Indian Challengers

The second edition of The Top 10 Indian Challengers also saw huge changes &#151 in fact, more significant than in the top 25 since half of the 10 models on it are appearing for the first time.

The Challengers’ list was introduced in the month of August and is a ranking of the 10 most exciting handsets from Indian marketers, based on the preferences of the visitors on the website.

Commenting on the new Challengers’ list, Khandekar says, “The idea of Top 10 Indian Challengers is to go beyond the dominant international names and capture the undercurrent of change in the Indian market. Some of these names could well be the leaders of tomorrow.”

In the Challenger list, Micromax bags the top two spots with its A-70 and X-560. Notably, seven handsets of Micromax features in the list. The other three spots were taken up by Spice Mobiles M-6700 Cappuccino (No. 3), iBall Aura V36 (No. 6) and Spice Mobiles M 6868 (No. 8).

Table 2: Top 10 Indian challengers for September 2011

Rank Aug Rank Jul Brand Model Price in Rs 3G OS
1 1 Micromax Micromax A70 8000 Yes Android
2 2 Micromax Micromax X560 5350 No Java
3 NA Spice Spice Mobiles M-6700 Cappuccino 3599 No Java
4 NA Micromax Micromax X600 3809 No Java
5 NA Micromax Micromax Q80 4761 Yes Java
6 NA iBall iBall Aura V36 5375 No Java
7 NA Micromax Micromax Modu-T 9999 Yes Java
8 8 Spice Spice Mobiles M-6868 5500 No Java
9 4 Micromax Micromax Van Gogh X450 3500 No Java
10 NA Micromax Micromax A60 5719 Yes Android

Difference between the two lists

&#151 In the Challenger List, only four of the 10 Indian handsets are 3G-enabled; in the Handset Hotlist, 50 per cent phones are 3G-enabled.

&#151 In the Challenger List, visitors have shown a keen interest in WiFi functionality, as seven out of 10 handsets support it.

&#151 A good camera seems to be gaining popularity in the Challenger choice: five of the handsets have a resolution of 3 MP, and two phones have 5 MP.

Both lists suggest that touchscreens are a must-have and the typical screen size, too, is roughly the same, at about three inches.

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