We bring you the 91Mobiles Knockout between the three latest Android Gingerbread devices that have been recently launched in the market – Samsung Galaxy Pocket, Spice MI280 and the Micromax A50.
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is an Android smartphone launched last month. Weighing 97g, it sizes up at 103.90mm x 57.90mm x 12.98mm. Sporting a 2.8 inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen display, the Galaxy Pocket runs Android v2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by an 832 MHz processor along with a 1200 mAh battery.
The Spice MI280 is a Dual SIM Android smartphone, sporting a 2.8 inch TFT LCD Capacitive Touchscreen Display. It runs on Android v2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by a 600 MHz processor along with a 1000 mAh battery.
The Micromax A50 is a Dual SIM Android smartphone. It features the A.I.S.H.A interactive speech recognition application. The A5 runs on Android v2.3.6 Gingerbread and is powered by 650 MHz processor along with a 1200 mAh battery.
The product specifications of the phones are as follows:
|General Information||Samsung Galaxy Pocket||Spice MI280||Micromax A50|
|Mobile Price||Rs. 6,775||Rs. 4,949||Rs. 4,890|
|Dimensions||103.90×57.90×12.98 mm||105.5 X 57 X 12.9 mm||113 X 61 X 13 mm|
|Form Factor||Touch Bar||Touch Bar||Touch Bar|
|Display||2.8 inches TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, 262K Colors||2.8 inches, TFT LCD Capacitive Touchscreen Display, 65K Colors||3.11 inches Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen|
|Operating Frequency||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / HSDPA 900 / 2100 MHz||GSM 900 / 1800 / WCDMA 2100 MHz | GSM 900 / 1800 / WCDMA 2100 MHz||GSM 900 / 1800 / WCDMA 2100 MHz | GSM 900 / 1800 MHz|
|3G||Yes, HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps; HSUPA||Yes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps (HSPA 3.5G); HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps||Yes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|CPU||Yes, 832 MHz ARM 11 Processor||Yes, 600MHz Processor + GPU||Yes, 650 MHz Processor with multitasking support and accelerated performance|
|Internal Memory||Yes, Internal Memory : 3 GB Storage||Yes, Internal Memory : 134 MB Storage, 512MB Nand Flash ROM + 256MB RAM||50MB, microSD/TransFlash support|
|Camera||Yes, 2.0 Mega Pixels Camera with Fixed Focus||Yes, Rear Camera : 3.2 MP Camera (2048×1536 Pixels), Front Camera : 0.3 MP, VGA Camera (640×480 Pixels)||Yes, 2.0 Mega Pixels Camera|
|Video Recording||Yes, QVGA@15fps||Yes||Yes|
|OS||Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)||Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)||Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread)|
|Browser||Yes, HTML, RSS||Yes, WAP 2.0||Yes|
|WLAN||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot||Yes, Wi-Fi tethering||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass||G-Sensor and Proximity Sensor||G-Sensor|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support, Bing map||Yes, with A-GPS support||Yes|
|Radio||Yes, Stereo FM Radio with RDS||FM radio||FM radio|
|Battery Model||Standard Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery||Standard Li-Ion 1000 mAh battery||Standard Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery|
|Standby time||Up to 520 hours (2G), Up to 460 hours (3G)||Up to 144 hours||Up to 10 days|
|Talktime||Up to 950 minutes (2G), Up to 360 minutes (3G)||Up to 3 hours||Up to 4 hours|
What’s the difference?
While sizing up the three smartphones, one sees that while the Galaxy Pocket is a bit more expensive, the Spice MI280 and the Micromax A50 resemble each other quite a bit- both in terms of price and features. However, Samsung certainly gives certain extra features compared to the other two phones- like a more powerful processor and significantly better battery life.
All three phones come with capacitive touch screens but the Micromax A50 has a slight larger display size at 3.11 inches compared to the 2.8 inch on each of the other two.
When it comes to the camera option, the Galaxy Pocket and the Micromax A50 offer a single 2MP camera. However, the Spice MI280 shines through in this aspect with a rear-facing 3.2MP primary camera and a front-facing 0.3MP VGA camera for video chats.
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket supports 3G networks with HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps and HSUPA. The Spice MI280 also supports 3G networks with HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps (HSPA 3.5G) and HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, similar to the 3G options offered by the Micromax A50- HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps.
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket offers tremendously better battery life compared to the other two phones.
The verdict is basically two-part since the same phones might not suit everyone.
If you are looking for a budget-smartphone and don’t mind the price premium, the Samsung Galaxy Pocket is certainly the phone for you! With a more powerful processor and tremendously improved better battery life, the Galaxy Pocket certainly trumps the other two in terms of essential features.
But if you are looking for a cheaper phone with good battery life and a bigger screen display, go for the Micromax A50. But according to us, it is the Samsung Galaxy pocket which definitely comes out on top amongst these three.