Looking for a great Android phone? With a string of some amazing Android phones wrestling in the market, it can be a hard choice to pick a winner. To make it easier we net the latest and the best Android smartphones below Rs 15,000 that make for a great buy.
1. Lenovo S560
A music lovers delight, Lenovo S560 squeezes in Dolby Digital Plus quality speaker, a Android 4.0 ICS OS, 1GHz dual–core processor coupled with a 512MB of RAM for snappy performance. Fitted with a 4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, the device is backed with a primary 5-mega pixel auto focus camera and a secondary 0.3–mega pixel camera. The dual-SIM offering also brings on board W-Fi and long lasting battery life along with the capability of playing mp3 files for as long as 50 hours for just Rs 14,499. Could you ask for more?
2. Lenovo P700i
Another interesting offering from Lenovo, Lenovo P700i blends in powerful performance and stylishness to keep its rivals on toes. Priced at Rs 12,499, the Android 4.0 ICS powered device packs in a 4-inch WVGA IPS display, a 1GHz dual-core processor backed by a 512MB of RAM for speedy performance. The dual-SIM smartphone comes fitted with a a 5 -mega pixel rear camera with auto focus and a 0.3–mega pixel front facing camera. The lightweight device also brings on board Wi-Fi, A-GPS and 4GB of internal storage which can be expandable via micro SD card to 32 GB.
3.Samsung Galaxy S Duos
A great budget delight from the Samsung stable – Samsung Galaxy S Duos is fused with dual SIM functionality and Android’s capabilities. Thanks to the 1GHz processor you are assured a blazing fast speed while surfing and chatting. At Rs 15,000, the device is equipped with a 4-inch TFT display, a impressive 1500 mAh battery life and an 5-megapixel AF + VGA Front / LED flash camera.
4. Micromax Superfone Pixel A90
A gem from the Micromax house – the A90 is a device you simply cannot ignore. Sporting a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 0.3-megapixel front facing shooter, this dual-SIM handset runs on ICS and is powered by a 1 GHz processor. Priced at Rs 12,990, the 3G-enabled device ships with a RAM of 512 MB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity and popular voice assistant Aisha.
5. Spice Stellar Horizon
Powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 300 MHz GPU, this dual-Sim smartphone runs on Android ICS. It sports a 5-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel primary camera and a 0.3-megapixel secondary shooter. Its advanced security features set it apart from all its peers. Spice is selling the Stellar Horizon for Rs. 11,999.
6. Intex Aqua 5.0
Intex’s latest endeavor – Aqua 5.0 packs in a 1GHz dual-core processor, bundled with Android 4.0 OS, 4GB of internal memory, and 4GB microSD card slot (expandable up to 32GB). Aqua 5.0 sports a 5-inch touchscreen along with a 5-megapixel auto focus rear camera with a 1.3-megapixel front camera supporting video calling. Other goodies include: dual-SIM capability, high resolution display, Wi-Fi, and 2000mAh battery with a talk time of five hours, and about eight days of standby time. The handset is equipped with three sensors – Gravity, Light and Proximity, and supports Auto Call Recorder. Retailing for Rs 9,990, as an introductory offer, Aqua 5.0 customers can get a bag pack worth Rs 700, 4GB memory card, and NQ antivirus absolutely free.
7. LG Optimus L5
The Optimus L5 Dual is available in the market for Rs. 13, 199.The device sports a 4-inch TFT LCD display with a HVGA resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. Its 5-megapixel camera comes with LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, auto focus, face tracking, image editing, video recording capabilities, etc. Other camera features on the phone include Continuous Shot, Panorama and Zero Shutter Lag Exposure. The dual-SIM GSM + GSM phone ships with FM radio and offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.
8. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus
The beautifully crafted smartphone comes integrated with Android Gingerbread operating system with 512 MB of RAM and a 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor to deliver a rich user experience. The Ace Plus features a 3.65 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with HVGA resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The smartphone is laced with Samsung’s unique TouchWiz user interface that promises a simplified and intuitive user experience along with Adreno 200 graphics processor and a impressive 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. Powered by a 1300 mAh Li-ion battery the device offers 4 GB of internal memory with scope of expansion upto 32 GB with a microSD card and more for Rs 15000.
9. Zopo Leader ZP900
This Android smartphone uses SGX531+ GPU MTK6577 Cortex A9 dual core processor, clocked at 1GHz frequency along with 1G RAM and 4GB ROM storage. Fitted with a 5.3-inch Sharp ASV TFT multi points capacitive touch screen with a QHD 960×540 resolution,the device ships with the latest Android 4.0.3 OS and a built in 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera in the front. The dual card, dual standby smartphone also supports WIFI, 3G, GPS and G-sensor.
10. Sony Xperia Tipo
Sony’s Android ICS powered budget handset, the Xperia Tipo runs on an 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and an Adreno 200 GPU. It offers a RAM of 512 MB and an onboard memory of 2.9 GB which can be expanded by up to 32 GB. The device is fitted with a 3.2-inch TFT touchscreen and a 3.2-megapixel camera and comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro USB and 3G connectivity. Sony Xperia Tipo is retailing for Rs 9499.
Blocking ads on your device is moral grey area, but it’s hard to argue that it has benefits. AdBlock Plus is one of the most popular ad blocking plugins for browsers available, and it works extremely well. And luckily for Android users, an official app has made its way onto Google’s Play Store.
Most ad blocking apps right now require root, but AdBlock Plus is a little different. It’s compatible with almost all browsers in the Play Store without root, but only over WiFi. If you want ad-blocking over 3G, you’ll have to root your device. There’s just a few listed limitations to keep in mind if you install this app:
- Rooted: Blocks ads over Wi-Fi and 3G
- Non-rooted with Android 3.1 or later: Blocks ads over Wi-Fi
- Non-rooted with Android 3.0 or earlier: Some manual configuration is required. Please visit our website to learn how to setup your own proxy: https://adblockplus.org/en/android-config#proxy
- Also, Android does not allow ads to be blocked on SSL encrypted websites.
There’s still a few features missing from the bigger version of ABP, like whitelisting, but it’s a new app. I’m sure that’ll come eventually. Anybody ready to get this installed and improve your mobile browsing? Hit the download link below.
The mobile smartphone and tablet industry seems to have a very prominent divide, with a lot of consumers having their favorite operating system and choosing to stick to hardware which is powered by their chosen OS. Obviously fans of Apple’s iOS use the iPhone and iPad devices, whereas Android lovers have a wide range of hardware to choose from due to the fact that the OS is available to multiple manufacturers.
But what happens if you are a die hard fan of iOS, or Windows Phone but you still want to sample the delights that Android Ice Cream Sandwich has to offer? I personally am an iPhone user for the last five years and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. But after recently getting my first taste of Android, I am severely tempted to shell out for a second device so I can have the benefits that both provide. For those that can’t, or won’t, purchase a second device then why not run Android 4.0 in virtualization on your desktop or laptop in order to see the Ice Cream Sandwich experience first hand?
Android 4.0 is an operating system in its own right, but instead of running on a dual boot setup, we install and run ICS within a free of charge virtualization application known as VirtualBox. VirtualBox runs like any other application or program on your machine, but offers the benefits of being able to install a secondary OS within it which can be invoked quickly by the user. For all those die hard iOS and Windows Phone fans out there, this is a perfect way to experience the delights of Android.
Are you ready for a whirlwind journey down Ice Cream Sandwich lane? Buckle in and follow the simple steps below.
Step 2: Find the saved location of the downloaded VirtualBox binary and install as you would with any other native application making sure to follow all on screen prompts and instructions.
Step 3: Head on over to the VMLite website and download a copy of the Ice Cream Sandwich which has been preconfigured for virtualization and features seamless mouse support for navigation. The download weighs in at 88MB in size so may take a while to download depending on your connection.
Step 4: Locate the downloaded ‘Android-v4.7z‘ file and extract the contents from within.
Step 5: Once the Android-v4.7z file has been opened, locate a file from within the archive called ‘Android-v4.vbox‘ which as you can tell by the file extension is a pre configured VirtualBox file.
Step 6: Double click on the Android-v4.vbox file which will load the VirtualBox application and boot up the ICS file.
Step 7: When the boot menu is presented in VirtualBox, press ‘start‘ on the top toolbar and then if required select the ‘Android Startup from /dev/sda‘ option.
Step 8: All steps are complete. Android 4.0 ICS should now be booting up allowing you to enjoy that Android goodness.
Windows and Linux users may find that an alternative, specific version Android 4.0 may be required, which can be found by visting the Android-x86 page. The performance of the Android ICS virtual installation will obviously not be as smooth as intended on an actual device built for purpose, but it does give a feel of the OS with apps being able to launch as well as widget customization.