Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Samsung smartphones under 16K vs rivals

Samsung is the number one player in the smartphone segment, but are its phones the best in their class? We find out.

Samsung is the current market leader in smartphones in India as well as across the world. However, that doesn't mean all its products are the best in their class. So here we compare its sub-Rs 16,000 products with similarly priced devices from international rivals like HTC, Sony, Nokia, and LG.
Samsung Galaxy Pocket vs LG Optimus L3 vs Sony Xperia Tipo
Samsung Galaxy Pocket offers a 2.8 inch screen with 240 x 320 pixel resolution, Android 2.3, a 2 megapixel camera, 1200 mAh battery and a healthy 3 GB of internal memory that is expandable up to 32 GB. The remaining features like 3G and WiFi that are commonly found in Android phones are all there. The phone is available at about Rs 6,500.
Compare that to a slightly costlier Optimus L3 from LG selling at an average price of Rs 7,000. You get much better specifications: a 3.2 inch touchscreen with 240 x 320 pixel resolution, 3.2 megapixel camera and 1500 mAh battery. The remaining specifications are very similar. Optimus L3 is also better looking with LG's L Series design philosophy-a slim squarish profile.

Samsung Galaxy Y with a 3 inch screen and 2 megapixel camera is also on offer at the same price point as L3, but even this one has a smaller screen and camera though the rest of its features are very similar to those of the L3.

Sony Xperia Tipo is the only Android 4.0 based phone here and with Sony's user interface the 3.2 inch screen is more usable on the phone, although the device is otherwise very similar to LG Optimus L3. It is priced much higher at Rs 8,800
The LG Optimus L3 is best in terms of specifications and price, however Sony is better in terms of latest software and performance.