The craze for Android Operating System is growing day by day. In fact, the ComScore report proves the former statement. Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 44.8 percent market share, up 4.6 percentage points from the prior three-month period. Google and Apple standing at top eating away RIM’s BlackBerry market share. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are constantly working towards to deliver top-notch smartphone models at attractive prices. With a millions of Android enthusiasts spread across the globe market leaders were not able to quench the thirst of the users. So, local players especially in India are mushrooming with new new experiments and at very reasonable price. However, when it comes to spending the hard earned money, Indians have no choice but to rely on big brands for trust and value. So small players, note that you have lesser chance to win in Smartphone market. Though the market is crowded with hundreds of Android smartphones, a few models will be outstanding. These could be based on their performance, availability, user ranking, value for money and after sale service. For whatever the reason, they’re believed to be the top models under Rs.20000. So, today we’re going to learn who are those contenders settled in top row. Please note that the below smartphones are not enlisted on ranking basis. 1. Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray – Rs.18500 Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is an elegantly designed smartphone launched in India a couple of months back. Sony Ericsson announced this highly anticipated smartphone during the ComminicAsia event in Singapore. Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray code named ST18i comes with a 3.3 inch scratch resistant LED touchscreen with an excellent screen resolution. This Android smartphone comes packed with all the necessary goodies in a 9.4mm thickness bar. Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray comes with the powerful combination of 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and mobile BRAVIA® Engine. This success combination will result in enhanced contrast, richer colors and photos & videos at quick response time. On the other hand, the device carries an 8.0 megapixel camera with LED flash and Sony’s Exmor R™ for mobile CMOS sensor. This allows the user to capture high-quality, bright pictures and videos in poor light conditions. The device can record and playback videos at 720p HD quality and share with friends. Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray comes pre-loaded with Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread and Sony’s customized UI. The in-built utilities like TimeScape manager and X-Loud will allow the user to manage the notifications in one single pages and experience outstanding music performance. This smartphone comes with integrated social apps like Facebook, Twitter and several other Google apps like Maps, Voice search and Gmail. The 0.3 megapixel front camera allows to make video calls and taking self-portrait. Xperia Ray has connectivity options like Bluetooth with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Micro USB 2.0 and A-GPS. This smartphone works on GSM networks and 3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2.0Mbps. The 1500 mAh battery keeps you going for 6 hours 50 minutes (2G) / Up to 7 hours (3G) talk time. On the whole, Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is a best value for money device. 2. Motorola DEFY Plus – Rs. 16899 Motorola DEFY Plus is the successor of the Motorola DEFY Android Smartphone. Motorola DEFY Plus is an incredible hefty device comes with 3.7 inch TFT Capacitive touchscreen. The device along with the classic version are highly populous for the water and dust proof resistance. For your reference, the new DEFY Plus has an IP67 protection rating. The display screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass works as a scratch proof resistant and ensures a peace of mind when you’re out with the phone. Motorola DEFY Plus powered with a powerful 1Ghz processor with 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM and 2GB of internal memory. The device runs on Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread and customized MOTOBLUR UI with Live widgets. Motorola DEFY Plus comes with an integrated 5.0 megapixel camera with Auto focus and LED flash light on the rear-side. Users can record videos and playback the video streaming. The connectivity options include Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Micro USB 2.0 HS and 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2.0Mbps). But, when we question raised like what makes the difference with the classic version and this smartphone??? This simple answer would be the faster processor and improved battery. The 1700 mAh standard battery will give 7 hours of talk time and 384 hours of standby time. DEFY Plus is also a good entertainment machine, with all the Google mobile services (Google maps, Navigation, Google Talk, Google mail and YouTube) loaded, it makes your life simple and easier. The pre-loaded 7 Digital (Music), Zinio (eMagazines), Cardio trainer, SoundHound and other apps keeps you entertained for longer hours. 3. LG Optimus Black (White Version) – Rs.18990 LG Optimus Black, the slimmest yet powerful Android Smartphone comes in White color. The Korean handset maker recently announced this white version to the World markets and is selling successfully. The white version with its much appealing looks attracts the consumers very much. At the same time, the device is smart enough to handle multiple tasks at an ease. LG Optimus Black features a bright NOVA IPS display with 700 nits, which claims to be the best ever display with a smartphone. The 4-inch Capacitive touchscreen display comes in 800 x 480px resolution, albeit with enhanced brightness, richer contrast and improved sunlight legibility. LG Optimus Black is populous for its elegant looks and sleek design measuring 9.2 mm thickness. Under the hood, the device carries 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU, 512 MB RAM and 2GB internal storage. Though, the device dubbed from original Optimus Black, it is quite powerful to impress the crowd and compete in the present trend. LG Optimus Black (White Version) comes pre-loaded with Android OS v2.2 Froyo and can easily be upgraded for v2.3 Gingerbread. Also, there was an official confirmation made by LG which states that the high-end device will be considered for future upgrades Android Ice Cream Sandwich by 2012. Being qualified as a high-end smartphone, Optimus Black might taste the ICS. LG Optimus Black features customized Optimus 2.0 UI that notifies the user with new message alerts and missed calls while on lockscreen. Optimus Black code named LG P970 comes with a new G button which allows you to control the phone with various preset motion gestures. With the help of integrated Accelerometer it understands the user gestures and functions like panning around a webpage, changing homescreen and accepting calls without unlocking the screen. LG Optimus Black P970 sports a 5.0 megapixel camera with LED flash on the rear-side and a 2.0 meapixel camera on the front side. The rear camera is capable of recording videos at 720p HD quality at 30fps. For the connectivity options, users can rely on Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Micro USB 2.0 and 3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps). The device comes with a standard 1500 mAh battery which supports 16 hours of talk time and 455 hours of standby. For and unleashing smartphone performance, users can buy this. LG maintains a wide range of service network and a good after sale service. 4. Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 – Rs.16900 Samsung Galaxy SL also known as Samsung Galaxy I9003 is an Android smartphone from the Galaxy family introduced to Europe and Asian markets. This smartphone looks just like the flagship Samsung Galaxy S I9000 with a Super Clear LCD swap. Also, the device looks beefed up in thickness and bump in weight due to the improved battery. With an enthusiasm, we tried to compare both the devices to figure out few more difference. To our surprise, this mid-range smartphone roughly remains the same in terms of specs with Samsung Galaxy S. Do the change in screen brings that much of price variation ??? Simply, unjustifiable. As aforesaid, Samsung Galaxy SL comes with a 4.0 inch Super Clear LCD display screen with WVGA resolution. On the top, the screen it is covered with scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass display. The device comes packed with 1GHz Cortex A8 Processor with PowerVR SGX530 GPU, 512 MB RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. This smartphone runs on Android OS v2.2 Froyo with customized TouchWiz 3.0 UI. Samsung Galaxy SL sports a 5.0 megapixel camera with Auto-focus on the rear side and a 0.3 Megapixel VGA camera on the front side. The rear-side camera is capable of recording videos at HD 720p at 30fps. The device external memory slot allows user to use microSD card up to 32GB. The connectivity options include, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, micro-USB v2.0 and 3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps). Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 smartphone comes pre-loaded with Image/video editor, Document editor and supports Adobe Flash 10.1. The device comes with a standard 1650 mAH with 15 hours (2G) / Up to 7 hours 30 minutes (3G) of talk time. 5. Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro – Rs.15100 Among all of the devices we discussed today, Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is the only smartphone comes with physical QWERTY keyboard. Also, this is the second device from Sony Ericsson appears in this list. Though there are many other smartphones in this price range, we are compelled to include Xperia Mini Pro in this list for its powerful hardware and competing features. The device promises you to enjoy a unleashed performance at point of time without any compromise. Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is a compact device comes with a slider QWERTY keyboard. The device allows you to experience the powerful combination of Touch & Type functionality. Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro code named SK17i is the successor of Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro. The new Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro comes with 3.0 inches, LED back-lit LCD Capacitive touchscreen. The display screen works with multi-touch input method and the screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass for extra durability and scratch resistant. The device runs on Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with customized Timescape UI. Under the hood the device powered with 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon coupled with 512 MB RAM and 400MB Storage. The sales pack also comes with a 2GB of SD card. Like the Xperia Ray, this smartphone too comes with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine for enhanced contrast, richer colors and photos & videos at quick response time. The 5.0 megapixel camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash allows the user to shoot videos at 720p HD quality. The secondary 0.3 megapixel camera on the front side is capable for taking self-portrait and video calling. Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro comes in four different colors including Black, White, Pink, Turquoise. The sales pack brings in an additional back-cover panel for free. This smartphone is compact enough to carry in pockets and big enough to type without any hassles. Xperia Mini Pro comes pre-loaded with integrated social apps like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and YouTube to keep in touch with friends. Also, the device carries business apps for working professionals and gives an access to Android market for loads of apps. For data and connectivity options, users can rely on Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Micro USB v2.0, A-GPS and 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps). We further conclude Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro is a powerful Android machine to get entertained for longer hours of time and is a best value for money device that users can rely on. The top models keep on changing from time to time based on the user priorities. Readers are welcomed to share their views about the above devices and they are open to make their own assumptions. 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