In a fiercely competitive market flooded with Android operated phones in the Indian subcontinent, it has become an uphill task for a buyer to nail down the right model. The primary purpose of his article is to help the reader to make that crucial decision to invest on the right phone. Listed out below are the top 15 best Android phones available in India.
Best Android Phones In India
1. Samsung Galaxy S5
While a major change was expected for this year’s Galaxy S flagship model, Samsung has rather played it safe sticking to a design similar to S4. The S5 thankfully now sports a new fabric-like back design.
The model boasts of a 1080p 5.1 inches full HD resolution display powered by 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. Snapshots will be clear and crisp thanks to the 16 MP shooter on the back with UHD video recording capability. The phone now sports a new feature, a heart rate monitor. The Galaxy S5 runs on Android Kit Kat 4.4 with Samsung’s signature TouchWiz user interface.
2. HTC One M8
HTC fans in India were pretty excited about what the Taiwanese manufacturer had in store for 2014. Christened as HTC One M8, the new model looks prettier and a bit larger owing to the new 1080p 5-inch display. The phone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0 user interface.
A Qualcomm 801 2.3 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, generous 16 GB internal storage expandable through microSD to an unbelievable 128 GB all neatly packed within its aluminium unibody shell makes this Android phone a top contender.
3. LG G3
The LG G3, the current flagship model, is an update to the impressive G2. The G3 ups the ante in almost every category with the Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, powerful 3000mAh battery, and wireless charging. The phablet like 5.5-inch display is a showstopper.
With a 2K resolution, the screen is one of the best out there and showcases video and pictures in perfect quality. Another smart feature is the new laser technology on the 13 MP camera which speeds up auto focus and enables quicker capturing of shots.
4. Google Nexus 5
A worthy successor to Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 ups the game in all areas including a faster processor, bigger screen, and a better camera. The phone runs on Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
The screen size has been upped to 5 inches with a resultant increase in the pixels per inch to 445, resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a full HD 1080p display. Another enhancement is the quite powerful 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB of RAM available in both 16 GB and 32 GB sizes.
5. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
The Xperia Z1 Compact from Sony is a top-tier Android device, basically a downsized version of last year’s Z1 with a 720p display running on Android 4.3.
Under the hood the model sports a Snapdragon 800 processor and a fantastic 20 MP snapper. The phone is also totally waterproof making it durable and rugged ideal for the demanding environmental conditions in India.
6. Sony Xperia Z2
Sony has announced the successor to the recently launched Z1, the Sony Xperia Z2. Some of the newer features include the Live Colour IPS LED display, which the manufacturer claims has the widest color range of any mobile device in the market.
The 5.2-inch screen packs the same full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, but the specs have been bumped up to 3 GB of RAM, quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2.3 GHz processor with a large 3200mAh battery. The 20 MP rear shooter now records 4K video with a slow motion video recording mode. The totally waterproof phone ships with Android 4.4 KitKat with Sony’s trademark UI.
7. Motorola Moto G
Moto G’s high-speed processor and slick design boost up its overall appeal in spite of it being flaunted as a budget smartphone. The 5 MP camera is simply not in the league of other high-definition smartphones, but will suffice for a budget model.
The 4.5-inch screen boasts of the sharpest display in its class, 1280×720 with a pixel density of 329 ppi higher than even the iPhone 5s. The storage is not all that great with 8GB or 16GB options, but the user can get an extra 65GB with Google Drive.
8. LG Optimus G Pro
The Optimus G Pro from LG has a massive 5.5-inch display, superfast 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 32 GB internal storage and two impressive cameras, a rear 13 MP and a front facing 2.1 MP. The QSlide feature works rather flawlessly allowing applications to run simultaneously & seamlessly.
Combined with a whopping 3140mAh battery, which LG claims would last several days between charges and an infrared sensor which enables the phone to be used as a TV remote, the LG Optimus G Pro is a trailblazer indeed among its competitors in an already crowded marketplace.
9. HTC One Mini 2
HTC has launched a smaller version of its flagship model One M8, the One Mini 2. The display is smaller by only half an inch at 4.5 inches. The One Mini 2 boasts of a rear 13 MP and 5 MP front facing cameras both capable of 1080p HD video recording with 1 GB RAM.
For avid self-portrait fans, the model comes preloaded with Touch Up, the equivalent of a handheld Photoshop. HTC has also equipped this model with similar amplifiers as the M8 with upgraded BlinkFeed and Sense.
10. Nokia X
Nokia’s first entry into the Android universe has resulted in the launch of the Nokia X. This is purely a budget model targeting emerging markets.
The Android OS is a forked version of the 4.1.2. Coming to its specs, the Nokia X sports a 4 inch IPS LCD at 800×480 resolution, 3 MP fixed focus camera, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon dual core processor and 512 MB RAM.
11. LG G Pro 2
The larger sibling to LG G2, the G Pro 2 comes equipped with a 5.9” full high-definition display along with cool camera features like the optically stabilised 13 MP rear camera and 4K video recording. The KnockCode, an evolved avatar of the KnockOn enables the user to unlock the phone with a few timed taps.
12. Sony Xperia M2
Slotting right into the mid-range market, the Xperia M2 has decent specs including a 4.8” qHD display and 8 MP camera. Add to this, LTE support, 2300mAh battery and a slick design that looks similar to the top end Z2 without the aluminium finish.
13. HTC One
The HTC One is quite a stunner which might just bring about a reversal to HTC’s falling market share. From the gorgeous full HD screen to the flawless precision engineered aluminum shell, a marvel of design indeed.
This Android phone is the best HTC has ever manufactured with a thin, but rigid Aluminium shell bonded to a 4.7” screen seamlessly. Talking of the screen, it is crystal clear and sharp with a full HD 1080p resolution and a pixel density of 468 ppi. It is one among a select few models that can be mentioned as being on par with the iPhone as far as the build quality and looks are concerned.
14. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Its official at last, the Galaxy Note 3 is here to stay. Sporting an all new improved faux leather rear in a myriad of colors and a 5.7” full HD display, this model is one great blend of a phone and tablet.
Samsung has also bumped up the software features adding an improved S-Note application & quick menu. This model is powered by a quad-core processor paired with 3 GB RAM. The buyer can choose between either the 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage models.
15. Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Boasting of a 6.4-inch screen, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is not a compact device yet it packs a serious punch in the specifications arena. The phone is completely waterproof similar to other models from Sony, weighs just 212 g with a Triluminos screen integrating the latest X-Reality technology for ultra crisp images.
Providing the much-needed power for this beast of a phone is a Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM with silky smooth performance on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. To avoid the feeling of the inconvenience of using such a large phone device for making phone calls, Sony has also thrown in an NFC- compatible Bluetooth handset to increase the comfort factor of the phone.
We have rounded up 15 of the top Android OS run phones available currently in India. We sincerely believe this article would have given you some pointers on how to go about choosing and investing a substantial amount of money on the right phone based on specifications, features and its performance. Please feel free to highlight other models that you feel are worthy of consideration in the comment section below.