With the introduction of the new devices announced earlier this year, the prices of the existing devices have dipped slowly yet significantly. Considering a high-end smartphone is always a risk as the new and better devices keep popping every three months. The safest bet is to look out for the device that offers greatest all round value for your money.
Taking the same thought forward, we have found some great online deals on the smartphones that are worthy of purchase or at least recommendation.
HTC Radar (Rs 15,800)
HTC had introduced the affordable Windows Phone 7 based Radar about nine months ago in India. Sporting a 3.8-inch Super LCD touchscreen display, the HTC Radar features a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 mobile processor. With the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update, this is one good phone to own for cleaner user interface and lesser app nonsense. The HTC Radar features a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash and is capable of recording 720p HD videos.
The Radar also offers 0.3 megapixel Front Facing Camera for video chat and calling with select apps. The other features include Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi support, GPS with A-GPS, and 8 GB on-board storage. By default, the HTC Radar has a 512 MB RAM which is decent enough to pull off the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update. Unfortunately, there is no way you can expand the memory due to lack of memory slot. HTC has packed a 1520 mAh battery that promises run time of about 7 hours on 2G networks.
HTC had launched the Radar handset in India for Rs. 23,990 and now it can be purchased for as low as 17,500 from Flipkart and for about 15,800 from Tradus.com after using a discount coupon.
Micromax X205 (Rs 1599)
Using a costly smartphone during the monsoons is a risky affair. That is why you need to invest in a splash-proof, water-resistant smartphones if you have to travel in the drizzly weather. Micromax X205 is a Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) configuration bearing dual-band mobile phone. The bundled T-Flash card offers up to 2 GB storage. The Micromax X205 comes with 1.77-inch TFT display and a multi-tap keyboard with a circulator D-pad in the centre. It features an audio player with FM Radio to enjoy your regular set of songs on the move but only couple of them.
Weighing mere 78 grams, this mobile comes with an 800 mAh battery that promises up to 3 hours of talk time, provided you are using it in a Dual-SIM mode. This mobile phone is a decent investment to use during monsoons and save your costly high-end devices from accidental exposure to moisture or rains. Micromax X205 was introduced for Rs. 2500 and can be purchased for as low as Rs. 1600 from HomeShop18.
Sony Xperia Arc S (Rs. 16,690)
Sony Ericsson had announced Arc S back in September 2011 and made it available in India for Rs 26,900. Appearance wise, this Xperia smartphone is built similar to the original Arc S but has enhancements at the hardware level. Bearing the same 4.2-inch LCD display as its predecessor, the Xperia Arc S supports 480×854 pixel resolution and has Sony Mobile Bravia Engine under it for better visual experience. Under the 8.7mm slim chassis, the Xperia Arc S houses an overclocked single core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processor with Adreno 205 graphics. In terms of imaging, this smartphone does have a good potential to deliver nice images with the help of the 8 megapixel camera at the back. This camera has Exmor R image sensor. It also offers capability to shoot 720p HD videos at 30 frames per second. Along with that, the camera also brings bunch of novel features.
Currently it retails with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and the company has just started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for this smartphone. Though this smartphone has merely 320 MB user available memory on-board, it bundles an 8 GB micro SD card in the package. With other features remaining standard, this smartphone had 1500 mAh battery. The Xperia Arc S was launched for Rs 26,995 and now can be purchased for as low as Rs 16,990 from eBay India website.
Sony Xperia Ray
Sony Ericsson had introduced a number of Android 2.3 Gingerbread running Xperia family devices and one of them was Xperia Ray. Physically a mash-up o fSony Walkman players and a smartphone, the Xperia Ray features 3.3-inch LED-backlit LCD touchscreen display. Elegant looking Xperia Ray houses single core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon family processors with 512 MB RAM, good enough to run the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smoothly. This palm friendly handset features an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and makes it a best deal for shutterbugs to click loads of images and record 720p HD videos. This smartphone is basically meant for those who love good design and don’t wish to carry a large smartphone in their pockets.
The Timescape user interface looks brilliant on the 3.3-inch touchscreen display. Since this smartphone features only 1 GB on-board storage but comes with 4 GB micro SD card. This smartphone was introduced in India for Rs 18,995 and now can be purchased for as low as Rs 11,790 from eBay India website.
Sony Xperia P (Rs. 19,990)
Sony Ericsson has introduced the new Xperia NXT series that comes with great looking mono-block design. The new Sony Xperia P is was launched in the Indian market in the month of May. Based on Google’s Android operating system and has a 4-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 960×540 pixels. This smartphone is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz ST NovaThor U8500 mobile processor and Mali-400 graphics chip – same one found in the Galaxy S II.
Though it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread by default, Sony has promised to release the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update later this year. The Sony Xperia P features a 8 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash for high quality imaging and even recording 720p HD videos. There is a VGA camera in the front to aid video calling and chat. The Xperia P comes with an internal storage of 16 GB out of which 13 GB worth of storage will be available for the user to store his data. The new Sony Xperia P was launched at a price of Rs 26,799 and now can be purchased for as low as Rs. 19,990 from Ebay India. If you are regular shopper at Ebay India then you can use the latest discount coupon to get further discount.