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91Mobiles Knockout: Samsung Galaxy Pocket vs. Spice MI280 vs. Micromax A50

|May 5 2012 |Android Phones, Samsung, Micromax, Spice Mobiles


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 Image Samsung-Galaxy-Pocket spice-mi-280 micromax-a50-superfone-ninja
Mobile Price Rs. 6,775 Rs. 4,949 Rs. 4,890
Dimensions 103.90x57.90x12.98 mm 105.5 X 57 X 12.9 mm 113 X 61 X 13 mm
Weight 97g 96g 110g
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 (2048x1536 Pixels), Front Camera : 0.3 MP, VGA Camera (640x480 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)
GPRS Yes Yes Yes
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.

Display

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.

Camera

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.

Connectivity

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.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket offers tremendously better battery life compared to the other two phones.

Verdict

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.


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