Most people find it difficult to zero in on one mobile phone and the confusion further increases if one blindly enters a mobile shop to buy one. So it is imperative for you to first jot down what features you want in your mobile phone and then do a shortlist of handsets.
But many handsets today do have same sort of features, making it further difficult. In this scenario, you can take a cue from what others are already using or which handsets are trending in the market.
The Mobile Indian thus brings a list of ‘Top 25 Most Searched Phones’ which is based on the preference of 1 million unique visitors who visited the website in the month of March 2012.
Nokia C5-03 (Rs 8,449)
Nokia C5-03 is a mid-range Symbian smartphone offering a 3.2 inch resistive touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, WiFi, A-GPS and micro SDHC card slot. It looks similar to Nokia 5800 Xpress Music but has more feature than the later.
On the connectivity front, Nokia C5-03 supports GPRS, EDGE, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. Users can also charge mobile via the USB port. A 3.5mm audio jack is also provided to attach your favorite headphones.
Nokia C6 (Rs 10,399)
The Nokia C6 comes with a slide-out Qwerty keypad, 3.2 inch touchscreen display, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth, WiFi and 16 GB expendable memory. It also comes with Ovi Maps 3.3 Touch preinstalled (the rebranded Nokia Maps).
Samsung-Wave-Y-S5380 (Rs 6,788)
This Samsung phone runs Bada v2.0 operating system on a 832 MHz processor. The single SIM Wave Y S5380 can be used on both 2G and 3G networks. It comes with a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 2 MP rear camera, FM, 32 GB expandable memory, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and A-GPS.
Wave Y has Samsung’s propriety TouchWiz user interface with ChatOn application. Its 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery promises talk time of 13 hours on 2G and 4 hours on 3G networks. Besides, it has accelerometer and proximity sensors for better gaming experience.
Samsung-Galaxy-Y-S5360 (Rs 7,050)
The Samsung Galaxy Y is a good candidate for someone’s first Android smartphone. It runs on 2.3 Gingerbread, and has a 3 inch QVGA display.
It also supports WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, 2 MP camera, 830 MHz processor, 180 MB of internal memory and micro SD card support.
Samsung-Galaxy-Y-Duos (Rs 8590)
This beautifully designed handset has Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, 3 megapixel primary camera, and an 832 Mhz processor. Its 3.14 inch capacitive touchscreen displays graphics and images with QVGA resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Besides, it has 32 GB of expandable memory option.
Like other Samsung smartphones, this handset has also TouchWiz user interface and comes preloaded with Facebook, Twitter, and SocialHub. You can geo-tag images clicked with its 3 megapixel camera which can also capture videos at 24 fps (frames per second) which is okay.
Samsung-Galaxy-SL-I9003 (Rs 17,450)
The Samsung I9003 Galaxy S runs on Android 2.3 and has a 4 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution. It has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with face, smile and blink detection.
The Galaxy SL supports GSM and EDGE network and offers WiFi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Besides, it has an internal storage of 16 GB which can further be extended upto 32 GB through a micro SD card.
Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 (Rs 12,825)
The Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 has a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display of HVGA resolution. It runs on Android 2.2, and has an 800 processor.
Galaxy Ace Samsung S5830 has a 5 megapixel camera at the rear and supports 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Micro USB, 3.5mm jack and a GPS receiver are also on board.
Samsung-Galaxy-Note ( Rs 30,690)
This iconic device, which is hailed as an amalgamation of tablet and smartphone, comes with Android 2.3 operating system but will soon be upgraded to Android 4.0 soon. It has a 1.4 Ghz Dual Core ARM Cortex-A9 processor for ultra smooth function.
Besides, it has an 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, WiFi Direct, and 5.29 inch super Amoled touchscreen. Notably, it can record full HD movies at at 1920 x 1080 dot pixel resolution (30 fps).
Nokia-Asha-300 (Rs 6099)
Nokia Asha 300, which is based on S40 operating system, comes with touch and type based input and a speedy 1 GHz processor. The Nokia Asha 300 features a 2.4 inch touchscreen with a 240 x 360 pixel resolution and an alphanumeric multi-tap keypad. A 1 GHz processor gives it enough power to handle most tasks with ease without freezing or any hiccups. The phone comes WiFi connectivity and is also is 3G ready.
The Nokia Asha 300 comes with a 5 megapixel camera with video recording capability. It features music player, FM radio with recording and a video player supporting various mobile video formats as well. It comes with Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. The memory of the Asha 300 can be expanded up to 32 GB.
Micromax-Superfone-A73 ( Rs 7300)
The Superfone Lite A73 is the second device under Micromax’s Superfone category after the A85. It comes with Android in dual SIM connectivity with a budget friendly price tag as well.
The A73 runs on Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a 650 MHz processor. It features a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen, dual camera, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth etc. It also features a 32 GB expandable memory via SDHC cards and comes with a 3.5 mm universal jack for the best music experience.
The A73 comes preloaded with apps like Google Voice Search which enables you to perform various actions by speaking to the phone, live sending text messages, taking down notes, play music, access websites, and find directions to places etc. The phone also has a series of apps like SAAVN for users to listen to their favourite music using this online music store, Times of India online newspaper, and Netqin antivirus.
Sony-Ericsson-Xperia-Arc-S (Rs 20,490)
This Android 2.3 operating system based handset comes with 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor for smooth function. The 4.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen bearing Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S comes with a mammoth 8.1 megapixel primary camera with HD recording capability. Besides, it has 32 GB of expandable memory where you can store a lot of your favourite contents including images, songs and videos.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S supports GPRS, EDGE, 3G and WiFi platforms for connectivity. This handset also supports 3D gaming.
Samsung-Star-3-Duos (Rs 5,050)
The Star 3 Duos has been the most popular feature phone series by Samsung and has also been launched by Samsung in dual SIM connectivity option as well. The Star 3 Duos feature Samsung’s proprietary operating system integrated with TouchWiz Lite interface that offers better usability and functionality. The handset has 3 inch TFT LCD display that comes in 320 x 240 pixel resolution with a capacitive touch based input.
The Star 3 duos comes with 3.2 megapixel fixed focus camera as well. It features a dual SIM based system that allows users to use two different connections at the same time. The device is 11.5 mm thick that makes them stylish as well as easier to carry and flaunt. The Star 3 Duos comes preinstalled with Samsung’s ChatON application that enables users to sign-in without ID or password to send personalised multimedia messages, group chat, and buddy management to fellow ChatOn users.
It also allows users to access Push Instant Messenger capabilities via ChatON through various instant messaging services like MSN, Yahoo, and Google Talk. Also, Star 3 Duos phone is natively integrated with Facebook, Twitter and push email services allowing them to stay connected on the go or through integrated WiFi while at home or office as well.
Nokia-Lumia-800 (Rs 22599)
The Lumia 800 is Nokia’s flagship WP 7.5 Mango based smartphone. Sporting a unique polycarbonate body and a unibody design, the Lumia 800 smartphone comes with a 3.7 inch Amoled display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, that has been protected by using Corning Gorilla glass on top of it.
Inside the Lumia 800 houses a single core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 mobile processor with Adreno 205 graphics card. It can play the latest games as long as they are compatible with the Windows platform.
Lumia 800 runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and comes preloaded with select Nokia apps such as maps that offer turn-by-turn navigations. At the rear lies an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash that can record 720p HD video. There’s no front camera though. It has 16 GB on-board storage but with no memory slot, hence no expandable memory.
Nokia-C2-06 (Rs 4,424)
The Nokia C2-06 is a dual SIM Touch and Type mobile phone. It is a 2G device sporting a resistive touchscreen display, a 2 megapixel camera, video player, music player, audio jack and up to 32 GB external memory support. It also supports Bluetooth, USB data connectivity.
Apple-iPhone-4S ( Rs 30,000)
The iPhone 4s comes with a sleek, sharp and thin design similar to its predecessor the iPhone 4. The fifth-generation model of Apple iPhone comes with a 3.5 inch screen with a 640 X 960 pixel resolution known as the Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone.
The iPhone 4S comes with Face Time app for video calling, but only over WiFi. The display has also been given a special Oleo Phobic coating which is very useful for the Indian environment as it reduces finger prints due to sweaty hands. Along with this, the phone has an upgraded iOS 5 operating system and a mighty faster dual core processor.
Apple users can also make use of the Apple iCloud service to store their pictures. Notably, Apple is giving 5 GB of space free to every user.
The phone has an 8 megapixel camera with an LED flash. The 8 megapixel snapper uses the one of the best image sensors to reproduce life like colours with detail and variance. The camera can also record full HD 1080p video and get functionalities like touch focus and Geo tagging.
Nokia Lumia 710 (Rs 14,499)
The Lumia 710 sports a 3.7-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display screen with 480 x 800 pixel of resolution and runs on Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS. It comes with a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor with 512 MB RAM and has Adreno 205 GPU.
Nokia Lumia offers a 5 megapixel camera lens with LED flash light. This helps you to click images and record HD videos. It supports 4x digital focus and 3x video zoom. The handset records HD videos with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution at 30 fps. Other camera features like Geo-Tagging, touch focus, continuous auto focus, exposure compensation, auto and manual white balance and image editor provides better quality images.
Lumia with its 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery claims to provide a talk time up to six hours in 2G and seven hours on 3G. The phone has an inbuilt memory of up to 8 GB which helps you store files of your choice.
Nokia Asha 200 (Rs 3942)
Nokia dual SIM handset, Asha 200 comes with a Qwerty keypad with a 2.4 inch TFT display screen with resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.
Asha 200 comes with 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and has features like self timer, still image editor for capturing your best pictures. Asha 200 has expandable memory up to 32 GB as well.
You can stay connected to the Internet through GPRS and EDGE facility. Connectivity options like Bluetooth and USB port are also provided in the handset.
Samsung-Champ-Deluxe-Duos-C3312 (Rs 3779)
This 2.8 inch screen based handset is a feature phone and has 1.3 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory, and has dual SIM which comes with dual standby feature that allows the second SIM to remain active even when you are talking to someone over the first.
Besides, it has FM radio, 1000 Li-ion battery, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth etc.
Nokia X2 02 (Rs 3249)
Nokia X2 02 is based on Series 40 operating system. The alpha-numeric keypad based handset comes with 2 megapixel rear camera, 2.2 inch TFT screen, FM radio with recording facility, 32 GB expandable memory slot, GPRS and EDGE.
This dual SIM handset has a 1020 mAh battery that according to Nokia provides talk time of 10 hours and 443 hours of standby time. It has Bluetooth and USB port for data exchange as well.
Sony-Ericsson-Xperia-Neo (Rs 14,930)
This 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen based handset comes with Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset, 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, 32 GB expandable memory, 8 megapixel rear camera and 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.
Besides, it has HDMI port, WiFi with WiFi hotspot feature, DLNA, micro USB port, Bluetooth A2DP for connectivity. It has Accelerometer, proximity, compass sensors for a smoother gaming experience.
Sony-Ericsson-Live-with-Walkman (Rs 10,650)
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is Sony’s latest Walkman series phone based on Android OS. The Sony Ericsson Live features a hardware music button that provides instant access to the music player and with Facebook integration users can easily share it among all their friends with just one touch.
The Sony Ericsson Live smartphone features a large 3.2 inch multi-touch touchscreen and is powered by a 1 GHz processor. A front facing camera is also added to the device. The rear camera is a 5 megapixel auto focus camera and can capture 720p HD video recording at 30 FPS.
Sony’s xLOUD, which enhances audio output, is preinstalled with the latest Walkman update on this device. To make it all a little more exciting, the device comes pre-installed with the latest Android OS for smartphones – the Gingerbread 2.3
The Live also comes preinstalled with Sony’s Qriocity media service that lets the users explore music and video content direct from Sony.
Micromax-Superfone-A78 (Rs 7,750)
Micromax Superfone A85 features a dual-core 1 GHz mobile processor and the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, which is expected to be upgraded soon to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Superfone has a unique motion sensor powered user interface and flaunts a 3.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with WVGA (480×800) pixel resolution.
A85 has a 5 megapixel primary camera at the back that is capable of capturing good quality images and has also a built-in image editor and a secondary camera, with 0.3 megapixel resolution.
The phone supports up to 7.2 Mbps download speed over 3G and also features WiFi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. Micromax has packed a 1500 mAh battery in it. The phone is reasonably priced at Rs 15,290
Samsung-Omnia-W-I8350 (Rs 14,950)
Samsung Omnia W is the first Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system based phone. Samsung Omnia W is powered with a 1.4 GHz processor for better and faster computing along with a 3.7 inch Super Amoled 800 x 480 pixel resolution based display. The phone also features a 5 megapixel rear camera and along with a VGA resolution based front facing camera for video conferencing.
In term of memory, the device features a 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage space for storing all the users content on the device itself. If that’s not all then with Microsoft Windows Phone Mango users will get an additional 25 GB of Cloud based storage space courtesy Microsoft Sky Drive.
Sony-Ericsson-W8 (Rs 7,750)
The Sony Ericsson W8 is the first ever Android based Walkman smartphone. The phone has been there in the market and runs on Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system which is a bit old now. The phone gets a 600 MHz ARM11 processor and a 3-inch TFT screen with 320 x 480 pixel resolution.
The W8 uses the proprietary Timescape UI that integrates social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to your home screen. You can customise the four corners of the home screen as per your priority and set your music and apps at just one click away.
The W8 Walkman phone is comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera. The Sony Ericsson W8 ships with 128 MB of internal memory. The micro SD compatible phone’s storage can be expanded up to 16 GB using a memory card.
However, the phone is quite old and therefore doesn’t match well with the current offerings in terms of specifications or features. You can look at Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman for the latest specifications and music capablity.
Sony-Ericsson-Xperia-Neo-V (Rs 14,930)
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V is the upgrade version of Xperia Neo and features the latest Google Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system with the regular features of the new generation Xperia smartphones that include Facebook inside Xperia, the Bravia engine and the upgraded audio player with the Xloud. And to keep thing in great motion, it features a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a dedicated graphics engine as well.
Apart from that it gets a 3.7 inch multi-touch reality display with Sony’s Bravia engine for better visuals.
Neo V has a 5 MP camera with LED Flash and auto focus which can shoot 720p HD videos at 30 FPS. The phone features a 1500 mAH battery, which the company claims to have 7 hour talk time for this smartphones. It has 32 MB of internal storage and its external memory is expandable up to 32 GB through a micro SD card. The phone is priced at Rs 17,500.