10 Latest Smart Phones in India this Diwali!

During this Diwali festival, I have decided to go and get myself a new smart phone. I started to do a little research and came up with a list of phones I could potentially buy. In my research, I found 10 new phones that are out there. So I thought I will share this list and approximate prices with you; so if you are looking to buy a new phone it would helpful. So here is the list of 10 latest smart phones you can consider buying this Diwali.

#1. Blackberry Bold 4 9900

blackberry-bold-9900The phone supports QWERTY keypad and has a touch screen. It does seem to be a phone meant for business with document viewer and Pushmail. It has a single 5 Megapixel camera.

Internal storage space is 8 Gb which is expandable to 32 Gb. It does have 768 MB RAM.

OS: BlackBerry 7 OS


Price: INR 33,000

I guess this phone is a little over-priced considering almost a similar phone BlackBerry Torch is priced a lot less.

Link: Blackberry Bold 9900

#2. BlackBerry Torch 9810

BlackBerry_Torch_9810The BlackBerry Torch supports touch screen and also a QWERTY keypad. Its display screen is 3.2 inches. It has a single 5 megapixel camera. Storage space is 8 GB with support for Micro SD upto 32 GB.

It supports GPRS, WiFi and 3G connectivity.

OS: BlackBerry 7 OS


Price: INR 30,000


This phone is considered to the best BlackBerry phone out there.

Link: BlackBerry Torch 9810

#3.Samsung Galaxy R i9103

Samsung_Galaxy_RThis phone handset has a touch screen, size is 4.2 Inches. It has 2 cameras with primary camera being 5 Megapixel.

It does support 3G and WiFi for connectivity. It has internal storage space of 8 GB and it supports Micros SD, upto 32 GB.

OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)


Price: INR 26,000

The smart phone seems to be priced a tad too high and it might be worth taking a look at some other phones from Samsung in the same price margin.

Link: Samsung Galaxy R

#4. Samsung Galaxy S Plus I9001

Samsung_Galaxy_PlusGalaxy S Plus has a touch screen, while it does support a display screen that is 4 inches. It has two cameras with the primary one being 5 Megapixel.

It supports HD recording and storage space is expandable to 32GB.  For connectivity it supports WiFi, 3G and GPRS.

OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)


Price: INR 22,500

This phone is a good buy for its price, especially if one finds Galaxy R phones a little too expensive.

Link: Samsung Galaxy S Plus

#5. LG Optimus3D P920

LG-smart-phones-P920The LG Optimus 3D has a touch screen, with 2 cameras with one of them being a 5 megapixel camera. Camera features that set it apart are ability to take 3D photos and stereoscopic photos.

It has 8 GB storage space while 512 MB RAM.

OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Price: INR 35,000

This phone mainly caters to the market which wants to take and view 3D photos.

Link: LG Optimus P920

#6. Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V

Sony_xperia_neo_vXperia Neo V is considered to be a value for money phone. It works with touch screen and size is 3.7 inches. It does have two cameras with one being 5 megapixel. It has 2 GB internal memory.

OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Price: INR 17,500

#7. BlackBerry 9330

OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Price: INR 22,500

Link: Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V

#7. HTC Sensation XE

HTC_sensation_xeThis is one of the latest phones from HTC in India. It has support for 3G, and runs on a 1.5 GHz Dual Core processor.

Its internal memory is 1GB which is a bit disappointing but does support Micro SD upto 32 GB.

OS: Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)

Price: Rumored INR 35,000

If you are a fan of HTC smart phones and want to stick with an Android, this phone is worth taking a look.

Link: HTC Sensation XE

#8. Nokia 701

Nokia_701Nokia 701 is also a value for money phone, and has a very good 8 MP camera. It is a touch screen phone. It does support 3G and Wifi.

The memory storage is a decent 8GB which is expandable.

OS: Symbian Belle OS

Price: INR 17,000

The phone is pretty good and has decent reviews. The single problem is that Nokia phones have not been received all that well and support for Symbian is considered uncertain after Nokia joined hands with Microsoft.

Link: Nokia 701

#9.  HTC Explorer

HTC_ExplorerAnother Android based touch phone from HTC, it does have 3.15 Megapixel camera and supports 3G. It does have a 3.2 inch display screen.

Internal memory is a disappointing 90 MB but I guess the low-cost of the phone makes it a decent buy.

OS: Android 2.3

Price: INR 11,600

Link: HTC Explorer

#10. Apple iPhone 4

iPhone4You cannot compile a list of smart-phones without the iPhone 4. It has features like Facetime, retina display screen, 5 megapixel camera. It supports a host of Apps thanks to its iOS platform.

You can look up the complete guide to purchasing a iPhone 4 in India or wait it out until next year when iPhone 4S is expected to be available.

The price is INR 34,500 for 16GB and INR 40,900 for a 32GB phone.

Link: Apple iPhone 4 India

Whatever you choose to buy, do a good research on what exactly you want from your phone. On last thoughts, we should be expecting phones running Microsoft’s Mango OS by year-end.

Do drop in your comments and views about these phones. Also wishing all our readers a very Happy Diwali.


AVG comes to India with its Free 8.5 Security Software

clip_image002AVG’s has come to India with its Free 8.5 security software! AVG Technologies have entered the Indian market (home and small business) with their free security solution, challenging Microsoft’s free antivirus Morro, which is scheduled to be launched by the end of 2009.

AVG’s security solutions suite in India includes:

  • AVG Identity Protection
  • AVG Anti-Virus
  • AVG Anti-Virus + Firewall
  • AVG Internet Security

What you get with AVG Free 8.5 Free


AVG Free 8.5 comes with the following options to provide protection against malware or phishing attacks

  • Antivirus
  • Anti-Spyware
  • LinkScanner

AVG’s anti-virus products are distributed in India by Milestone Interactive Group.

What you don’t get with AVG 8.5 Free

  • Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware: Protection against viruses, spyware, adware and trojans
  • LinkScanner Active Surf-Shield: Protects in real time against poisoned web pages while you’re surfing
  • LinkScanner Search-Shield: Real-time safety ratings for all search results in Google, Yahoo and MSN/Live search
  • AVG Security Toolbar: Easy access to LinkScanner tools, built-in search capability


AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is for private, non-commercial, single computer use only. The use of AVG Free within any organization or for commercial purposes is prohibited.



This AVG Free 8.5 is compatible with

  • Windows 7 (RC)
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP

About AVG

AVG is focused on providing home and business computer users with the most comprehensive and proactive protection against computer security threats. With more than 80 million active users around the world, the AVG family of security software products is distributed globally through resellers and through the Web and supports all major operating systems and platforms.

Now that AVG has introduced the free version in the Indian market, it plans to announce other commercial products in India soon.

Click here to download AVG Free 8.5.

Share your comments on what you think.

Link: freeAVG

(Source: press release)


India among 10 most impactful markets for Google


Search engine giant Google is beginning to see India as one of the 10 most impactful markets in the coming 3-5 years. This means that soon they will start hiring locally to drive their brand advertising stream of business.

India is one of the largest employers for Google outside the US. Google has announced global job cuts (close to 200 jobs in sales and marketing operations worldwide), however, that has a minimal impact on India. Google believes that India is a strategic location with good technical skills and manpower. Moreover, it is among the highest growth markets for Google.

Estimated India revenue and headcount is yet to be disclosed by Google.

Whatever it may be, it sure is good news for India.


Affordable Dell Latitude 2100 Netbooks for Students

clip_image002Dell Latitude 2100 netbooks are now available at a starting price of Rs 23,205 in India, providing an affordable classroom computing solution. The netbooks are specially designed for students, giving modern classrooms a new gateway to discovery and collaboration.

The netbooks are light in weight, easy to carry around and come in five different colors, catering the needs of not only school-going kids, but also public sector and enterprise customers.


Standard specification of Dell Latitude 2100

  • Processor: Intel Atom processor N270
  • Optical Drive: External DVD+/-RW via USB (Optional)
  • Connectivity: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, full suite of wireless communication options
  • Weight: 1.32 kg (with a 3-cell battery)
  • Storage: Hard disk drive or solid state drive
  • Battery: 3-cell or 6-cell battery
  • Additional: Three-in-one Media Card Reader, VGA port
  • Operating System: Windows XP Home/Windows Vista Home Basic/Linux Ubuntu

The good thing Dell’s done is by keeping the prices low and quality relatively high, which will make these laptops a lot more popular among students.


  • Colorful lids
  • Rugged rubberized designs
  • Options for a carrying handle and shoulder straps
  • Anti-microbial keyboard
  • Touchscreen LCD
  • Solid-state drives
  • External DVD-RW optical drive
  • Dell Mobile Computing Station docking cart

Link: Dell Latitude


Microsoft XP in less than $15

clip_image002Well, well, don’t jump over! While the news is still reported to be a leak, it also has some ifs and buts!

The exact news (leak) is that Microsoft has dropped the price of Windows XP for Netbooks to under $15 per license, which is almost one third of the price of a Windows Vista license that Microsoft typically charges the manufacturers of normal laptop makers when they bundle it with their products.

What is Netbook?

As you may already know, Netbooks are the small portable laptops, designed mostly for accessing only the Internet and remote web-based applications. If you wish to read more about Netbooks, then I will suggest you to visit this page on our all time favorite resource center wikipedia, but only after you read this post completely.


Some Trends

  • Netbooks worldwide are picking up fast from mere 1% market share of the total laptop market in July to an alarming 19% month-on-month market share of laptops in December 2008. [Source: Pricegrabber report]
  • According to an estimate, almost thirty times more netbooks were sold in 2008 than in 2007 (400,000). [Source: eetimes]
  • For 2009, it is estimated that netbook sales will grow 189% to 21.5 million. [Source: eetimes]

All in all, netbook market seems to be the next big fish in this era of economic slowdown, no wonder all the biggies are pulling up their socks to get the big pie.

Here is a quick summary of what is happening in the market:

  • ASUS has allocated engineers to develop netbook based on Google’s Android platform.[Source: Bloomberg]
  • Microsoft attributed its significant declines in Windows revenues last year largely to strong sales of netbooks that undercut its normally much more profitable business. [Source: electronista]
  • Microsoft has already confirmed that it will be providing a version of Windows 7 specifically designed for netbooks. [Source: CNET UK]
  • Dell and HP, the two biggest PC makers, both released a “Mini” series (the Inspiron Mini and HP Mini) in the netbooks market last year.
  • 70% of the total Netbook sales have been in Europe. [Source: UMPC]

So what do we expect?

  • A price war at a B2B level will definitely be transferred down to the consumer level. So expect a further slash in the netbooks prices in the US and Europe.
  • With 3G services being launched in India, the netbooks sales are poised to pick up fast in the Indian market too.

What is in it for me?

Well I would like to see Microsoft extending its price cut policy to off-the-shelf windows licenses for notebooks and PCs in the Indian market. Does anyone have the exact figures of the pirated OS market in India? I am sure no one would like to go for a pirated Windows if they could get a genuine one for Rs. 500. Microsoft could sure earn heavy bucks if they get into a price cut and volume sales game in India.

Anyone from Microsoft board room reading this??? 🙂

(Source: Electronista)

(Image Credit: Digital Tech News)