1) Samsung Galaxy S II (I9100)
Price: Rs 32,890
Awarding the Samsung Galaxy S II as the best Android device was not an easy call, thanks to the competition in the market from the HTC Sensation to the LG Optimus 2X. Read ourcomprehensive review of the Galaxy S II here. The Samsung Galaxy S II certainly delivers and keeps up with all that hype, the Samsung Galaxy S II is the best Android phone for sure; it perhaps is the best overall smartphone today. What makes the Galaxy S II even more tempting in India is the price-point; the S2 is delightfully priced lower than the international pricing. With an MRP of Rs 32,890, the S II should soon settle around the 30K mark in the market. While 30K is a lot of money, but when you consider the fact that most of the other high-end android devices are priced around the 25K mark, 30K for a phone that is far, far ahead of the rest of the pack in every department is clearly justified in our books.
2) HTC Sensation
Price: Rs 30,499 (flipkart.com)
The Sensation is HTC's current top-end offering in India; it has a large, high-resolution screen and offers the trademark HTC build quality. Running on Android Gingerbread, the Sensation comes with an upgraded HTC Sense UI (version 3.0). Powered with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 768MB RAM, it has enough firepower to ensure a fluid Android experience. The biggest advantage of the Sensation is the screen resolution, with 540x960 pixels rendered on the 4.3-inch S-LCD screen, the Sensation has the highest pixel density of all the Android phones (with 4-inch and above screen size)
3) HTC Incredible S
Price: Rs 26,399 (flipkart.com)
The Incredible S is superbly built, has the HTC Sense UI and offers a very fluid Android 2.3 experience. With a 4-inch screen, the Incredible S is sized perfectly, striking a good balance between screen-size and handling. With 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and 768MB RAM, the Incredible S is well specced, offering a stutter free overall experience across the interface, apps and multitasking (especially after the Android 2.3 update).
4) Google Nexus S
Price: Rs 19,900 (flipkart.com)
The Nexus S is a “Google” phone, which offers a massive advantage over other Android phones with respect to receiving Android updates. Any minor update or a newer version of the OS itself that the hardware qualifies for will be first seen on the Nexus S. The Nexus S ships pre-loaded with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) version and it does not come with any customized UI, giving you the “RAW” android experience. If you are one of those purists wanting the core Android experience, the Nexus S is certainly your best bet today. The 4-inch SuperLCD display of the Indian version is sharp, bright and visibly vibrant, and while it doesn’t compare to the SuperAMOLED of the original, it is still one of the best displays out there.
5) LG Optimus 2x (P990)
Price: Rs. 26,990 (flipkart.com)
The only other dual-core processor phone available in India, apart from the Galaxy S II, the LG Optimus 2x sports the popular 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor onboard, and in fact, holds the title of the world’s first dual-core smartphone. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Optimus 2x has a 4-inch IPS LCD screen, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of inbuilt storage, an 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera, as well as GPS/A-GPS connectivity. At its price, all this makes the phone a great value for money proposition. It's also one of the few phones in the market to offer 1080p HD video recording.
6) Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Price: Rs. 27,499 (flipkart.com)
Announced back at CES 2011, the Xperia Arc is Sony Ericsson’s current flagship phone, and is one of the thinnest phones in the world, measuring just 8.7mm at its thinnest with a beautiful contoured form factor. Bearing a 4.2-inch LED-backlit Reality Display powered by a Mobile Bravia Engine, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, and an 8.1MP camera powered by an Exmor R sensor capable of 720p HD recording. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, with Sony Ericsson’s Timescape UI, and an Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update has been released for it as well.