Top 5 budget Android phones of 2012

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What do you call an Android based mobile phone with at least the latest Android v2.3 OS, touchscreen, a decent camera and most other smartphone features that you can buy in India for less than Rs. 8,000? We call it a Budget Android Phone.

No these are not your flimsy models from unknown companies. They are very much the real deal, promising smartphone features without drilling a hole in your pocket.

Let’s check out the 5 budget Android phones in our list that you can buy in India.

Top 5 budget Android phones of 2012


LG Optimus Pro C660 Price = Rs. 7999/-

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Optimus Pro C660 is based on the Android v2.3 OS powered by an 800 MHz processor. With a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen and a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, it is not the best but definitely worth the low price of Rs. 7,999. The phone has a decent 3 MP camera and a 2 gig memory card is included in the price. LG Optimus Pro C660 has a QWERTY keypad and ticks virtually all boxes when it comes to connectivity and utility at this price, making it a basic entry level Android phone that is hard to overlook.

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 2.8-inch TFT Touchscreen
  • 3 MP Primary Camera
  • 800 MHz Scorpion Processor
  • QWERTY Keypad
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB

Buy LG Optimus Pro C660


Samsung Galaxy Y Color Plus S5360 Price = Rs. 7990/-

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Sleek design and the 3 inch touchscreen are one of the first things that look appealing about this phone. Galaxy Y Color Plus is based on the Gingerbread platform and is powered by an 823 MHz processor. One wonders what justice will features like smile detection and panoramic photo abilities will do to a 2 MP camera, but they’re there anyways. It also has DNSe sound enhancement which is present even in the costlier Galaxy models and does a neat job for the price tag of Rs. 7,990. We looked at this phone on Flipkart.com and found out that the online retailer is currently offering an 8 GB Transcend MicroSD card with the purchase, as opposed to the regular 2 GB.

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 2 MP Primary Camera
  • 3-inch TFT Touchscreen
  • FM Radio
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB

Buy Samsung Galaxy Y Color Plus S5360 Here


Micromax A78 Price = Rs. 7799/-

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Rivalling the already very established multinational mobile giants, Micromax delivers a massive punch with the number of features they’ve packed inside this spunky Android mobile phone. The Gingerbread OS is powered by a 650 MHz processor and the phone promises to be a hit with people who love to SMS as it also has a QWERTY keyboard. Although there isn’t a microSD card included in the box, you really can’t complain when the phone boasts of a 3.5 inch touchscreen, 3 MP primary camera with LED Flash, 0.3 MP VGA front camera, dual-sim capacity and more. Bang for the buck, we say.

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3 MP Primary Camera
  • 0.3 MP Secondary Camera
  • Dual Standby SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 3.5-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 650 MHz Processor
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB

Buy Micromax A78 here


Spice Mi-350n Price = Rs. 7710/-

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Spice Mi-350n’s features are similar to the A78 and is based on Android v2.3 OS, also powered by a 650 MHz processor. At 3.2 MP and extras like auto focus and multi-shot, it is the best camera – at least in terms of MP amongst all the other budget Android phones in this list. It also has a 0.3 MP VGA secondary camera. All other smartphone features plus dual-sim capacity and a 3.5 inch touchscreen make the Spice Mi-350n, a very spicy deal at Rs. 7,710.

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3.2 MP Primary Camera
  • 0.3 MP Secondary Camera
  • 3.5-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 650 MHz Processor
  • 2G and 3G Network Support
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)

Buy Spice Mi-350n here


Motorola FIRE

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Like many other Motorola models, the FIRE is a quirky handset with some positives that go through the roof and some limitations that make the phone seem less attractive than what it actually is. At 600 MHz, the FIRE seems anything but fiery from a processing power perspective, but it has additional Graphics support with an in-built Adreno 200 GPU to support high resolution activity. The phone has a 3 MP fixed focus camera and the display is a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen. It has a decent battery life but it cannot tether or be a hot-spot. At 7,500, FIRE is the cheapest phone in our list.

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 2.8-inch Touchscreen
  • 3 MP Primary Camera
  • 600 MHz ARM11 Processor
  • QWERTY Keypad
  • 2G and 3G Network Support
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB

buy Motorola Fire here


It is so surprising that just 3-4 years back, these kind of phones were in the range of Rs. 20k to 25k. However, now you can a get a complete smartphone with all the important features for as less as 6000 or 7000 rupees.

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  1. Niyas farvez says

    How ever of these phones like nokia other cannot perform actions .battery life

  2. Chandra Sekar says

    Samsung good one..

  3. Sujit Kumar says

    How to book wishtel tablets.

  4. Gautam Kumar says

    Hey!
    Please tell me abt "LG Optimus Pro C660" [email protected].

  5. Rajesh Kukreti says

    good one

  6. Vijaya Durga says

    hmmmmm

  7. Technary says

    The Samsung Galaxy Y really has taken the recent majority of the market. The dual Sim model in it is also a valuable asset. Great list!

  8. Puneet says

    Well, dual SIM Smartphones are in the market from Samsung and are going very well. I have that “Samsung Galaxy Y Color Plus S5360” which you mentioned in your post and it is also very satisfying phone.

  9. Malick Md says

    I bought a Huawei Sonic U8650 last week. I find this as the best piece in terms of display, processor, look and feel etc., Comparatively best battery life among Android phones. The price quoted was 8900 with 10% discount in ebay I bought it for Rs. 8000/ I think for this price, no comparable Samsung or HTC models available in the marketplace.

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