It is quite interesting that hundreds and thousands of articles are written on Mobile phones, but majority of them only talk about GSM phones. CDMA has not really been written much about. I have been using a Reliance CDMA connection for almost 4-5 years now and I find CDMA service more cost effective than its GSM counterparts. So I decided to give CDMA phones a little limelight as well.
When I decided to write about top 5 CDMA phones, I thought it to be a very easy task. Well, it definitely was not as easy as I thought!
The CDMA Operators decided to open up for the OMH (open Market Handsets) thus rendering equality across CDMA with regards to operator selection. Like GSM, a customer has ability to choose any CDMA service provider. There have been lots of phones which support CDMA and new launches have been pretty common. Just last month LG launched 6 new CDMA OMHs. Most of the CDMA handsets have pretty much same features ranging from low-end to high-end ones. Handsets are available from 1000 Rs to 20,000 Rupees. The Handsets which really mattered were only handful of them.
Here is my Top 5 CDMA handsets which every person with CDMA must look at!
Top 5 CDMA handsets in India
1) Samsung Galaxy i899
India’s First CDMA Android Phone. The phone comes with all your preferred google Services. Sadly though it only supports Cupcake OS ( Android 1.5). It supports High-speed 3.1 Mbps speeds, and boasts a 3.2MP camera with Autofocus and LED Flash. It has an on-board Memory of 230MB + 32GB Expandable through microSD Card.
Samsung Galaxy i899 Specifications
- Android 1.5 OS
- Dimension 116.5 x 56.4 x 12.8 mm
- A 3.2" AMOLED Screen
- 3.2 MP Autofocus Camera with LED Flash
- Supports GPS
- Supports Wifi as well.
- Ability to install custom apps from Android Market
Samsung Galaxy i899 price: Rs. 13500/- (approx)
2) Blackberry 8530
The reason this phone lost to Samsung Galaxy is due to its lesser Talk time, and Poor 2 MP camera (which is without Flash). This one’s another bold Business handset which competes with top GSM phones as well.
Blackberry 8530 specifications:
- 2.0MP Digital Camera (with 5X digital Zoom)
- 256MB Flash Memory
- Wi-Fi® enabled
- Built-in GPS capabilities ( Includes Blackberry Maps and e911 capabilities)
- 3G technology
- CDMA Dual Band: 800/1900 MHz
- CDMA Dual Mode: CDMA 2000 1X with Ev-Do
- Bluetooth® enabled
- Multimedia Player
- Wireless Email
- 4.5Hrs Talktime and 17days Standby time
Blackberry 8530 price: Rs. 18000/- (approx)
3) Samsung M369
This one again Goes to Samsung. This handset is a Full QWERTY with High speed Internet & Mobile TV app a 16GB expandable Memory, Email, Instant Messaging,and a mobile tracker. This one’s Got a 4Hrs Talktime as well.
Samsung CDMA M369 Specifications:
- 2.2 " TFT LCD Screen
- A 2MP Camera, with 60min Video recording
- Full Fledged Polaris 6.15 browser with TV App
- Youtube Video Streaming
- 104MB internal Memory with upto 16GB expandable via microSD
- High Speed Data access upto 2.4 Mbps using EVDO
- Mobile Tracker
- Talk Time # Up to 270 min* and Standby (Standard) Up to 420 hrs
- A Full QWERTY keypad.
Samsung CDMA M369 – Rs. 6649/- [ Buy Now ]
4) Corby TV (speed)
Yet Another Samsung Handset to feature in TOP5. Sensuous Curvy Body with ability to play TV. Supports 1X and EVDO. This handset is a OMH means you can use any operator you like.
Samsung Corby TV Specifications:
- Touch UI with Widgets. ( Facebook, twitter and 27 other useful ones)
- A 2.8" TFT display
- 2MP Camera with Autofocus
- Ability to Play TV and Radio Bluetooth connectivity to Headsets and Stereo Music.
- A Mobile Tracker
- A Browser to connect to internet.
- Hi Speed Connectivity with Data Speed upto 2.4Mbps
- Inbuilt Youtube player.
- 80MB internal Memory and upto 8GB Expandable via micorSD
Samsung Corby TV price – Rs. 7669/- [ Buy Now ]
5) LG Cookie ZIP 510 CDMA
New LG510 is a full touch Open Market Handset with broadband speed and video online capabilities. Includes a full fledged internet browser. Feature wise this one’s pretty close with Samsung Corby TV but looses out in ability to play Live TV and Just a 4GB Expandable memory.
LG Cookie ZIP 510 CDMA Specifications
- A 7.62 CM TFT Full Touch Screen
- A 2 MP Camera with only 2X digital zoom
- A 72MB internal Memory with Upto 4GB micoSD expandable
- A lot of embedded games like Sudoku etc.
- BREW 3.1.5
- upto 5Hrs of talk time
- Other usual stuff like Bluetooth 2.1 , FM radio etc
- High Speed Internet Access
LG Cookie ZIP 510 CDMA Price: Rs. 7899/- [Buy Now]
Let me know if I have missed out any, but as far as I know these are the top CDMA phones in India !