When the word 'Android' is mentioned, the first thought that comes to people's mind is "powerful but EXPENSIVE" - which is not totally true. Powerful? Yes! Expensive? Not really. There are tons of cheap android devices and I would be mentioning few in this article.
Well, cheap has its own 'price' to pay. So don't expect these cheap androids to be like their elder siblings who cost more, have larger screen sizes, better screen quality (HD, Super AMOLED etc.), stronger battery life and so on. Do not belittle them in anyway either, because these devices have very good hardware requirements to run Andriod OS (operating system) beautifully and as such, they have enough strength to contend with top players of other mobile operating systems - and I don't see these tough phones accepting defeat anytime soon.
You may wonder why you need an Android device. Well, it's no longer news that Android OS is the most sought-after OS in the world. Plain obvious, right? Because it dominates the world market shareholding, in almost half of the entire market and even the U.S. it still emerges top with Apple's iOS behind it. "Why?" you may ask. Android is a very beautiful, powerful, easy-to-use OS. It is very flexible and that is why it is easily adopted by various handset manufacturers. Not forgeting, Google's Android has thousands of apps and the best part of it all is that most of these apps are free. Also, the social network service integration is top of the world!
I think a voice inside you is saying "Cool!!! But I heard Android guzzles mobile data a lot". Truth be told, all mobile operating systems do that, but a previous article here http://bit.ly/ysd74e titled "Simple Steps To Reduce Mobile Data Consumption" will guide you on how to put that in check.
Below are entry-level Android phones whose prices don't put a hole in your pocket:
- Etisalat's Gaga: At a price tag of just N18,999, this phone has a 2.8inch TFT-capacitive touchscreen(256K colours). It's got a 512MB ROM, a 256MB RAM, a 528MHz processor, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspot. It sports a 3.2MP camera, download speed reaches 7.2Mbps (3G), runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) and has a document viewer. Etisalat gives you free 250MB data for 4 months and in that same duration, you get to call at 20kobo/sec with no access fee. One surprising thing about this phone is that the body/build does not look cheap. A very reasonable purchase for new entry users I would say.
- Motorola Fire XT531: This mid-range device valued at N34,500 has a 3.5-inch TFT-capacitive touchscreen, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, compass, document viewer, maps, 7.2Mbps download speed (3G), Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi hotspot, Multi-Touch gesture, 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, front camera, GPS, 800MHz processor, Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). Even at that price tag, Motorola still went ahead to add a very strong battery of 1540mAh.
- Samsung Galaxy S: the price ranges between N25,000 - N30,000. It features a 2.8-inch TFT- capacitive touchscreen (16M Colours), 170MB internal memory, 7.2Mbps download speed (3G), 600MHz processor, Android Eclair (upgradable to Froyo), GPS and a 2MP camera.
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X8: This phone costs N30,000, has a 3-inch TFT-capacitive touchscreen(16M colours), scratch-resistant glass, 128MB storage, 168MB RAM, download speed up to 7.2Mbps (3G), WLAN, 3.2MP camera, 600MHz processor, GPS, Social Network Service (SNS) integration and a 1200mAh battery.
- LG Optimus Pro C660: This one is for the qwerty lovers and at just N26,000, it spots a 2.8inches TFT-capacitive touchscreen (256K colours), full QWERTY keypad, 150MB storage, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 3.6Mbps download speed (3G), Android 2.3(Gingerbread), 800MHz processor, compass, GPS, FM Radio, SNS integration and a powerful 1500mAh battery.
- LG Optimus ME P350: It costs N21,000, has a 2.8inches TFT-capacitive touchscreen (256K colours), multi-touch, 140MB RAM, 3.6Mbps download speed (3G), 3.2MP camera, Android v2.2(Froyo), 600MHz processor, compass, FM Radio, GPS, SNS integration, Document Viewer and a 1280mAh battery. Glo offers along with this phone free 3GB data for 3 months 150 free Glo-to-Glo sms 300 free airtime Glo-to-Glo, up to 20% bonus on all recharges free night calls.
- Huawei Ideos S7 Tab: This is a tablet with a 7-inch resistive touchscreen (256K colours), so you may add a little bit of pressure when clicking with your fingers. It has an optical trackpad, 8GB storage, 256MB RAM, 7.2Mbps download speed (3G), WLAN, 2MP Camera, runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), 1GHz Scorpion processor, GPS, built-in Kickstand which allows you use the tab as a photo stand or a video viewer, it also has a powerful 2200mAh battery. This Tab costs just N45,000.
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini - N26,000
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro - N30,000
- Motorola XT311 - N28,000
- LG Optimus GT540 - N31,000
- LG Optimus 1 P500 - N25,500
- Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510 - N31,000
- Samsung Galaxy Ace - N45,000
- Samsung Galaxy Gio - N30,000
- Samsung Galaxy Fit - N38,000
- Samsung Galaxy Mini - N31,500
- ZTE Racer - N25,000.
Go get one, feel the power of 'DROID' and witness firsthand what I'm talking about. And no, don't expect a cheap Nokia Android anytime soon!