The Android fever is catching up India. Samsung has released a range of Galaxy branded mobile phones featuring Android 2.1 OS, Olive has come out with its Olive Pad Android Tablet and now it’s the turn of Spice Mobiles. Spice Mobiles introduced Mi-300 featuring Android 2.1 Éclair OS with advanced features such as Touch Screen, 3G (Actually 3.5G), WiFi and Assisted GPS Navigation (turn by turn Navigation). All these priced at a mere Rs.9990. We understand from its website that is an introductory offer and the actual price is Rs.16999. Just what you need to step into the new 3G era that India will go through soon.
Spice Mi 300 Specifications
(Where ever possible, I’ll compare it with Nokia 5800 device which is priced some where around Rs.14000 mark since that is the standard Smart phone that most people seem to be using in India).
Screen and Size
Spice Mi 300 has a 3.2 inch Capacitive touch screen (3.2 inch resistive Touch screen for Nokia 5800) and has a larger width than Nokia 5800.
Mi 300’s dimensions read 114.9×56.8×12.6 mm where as Nokia 5800’s is 111×51.7×15.5 mm (Height, Width, Thin, in that order)
So clearly, Mi 300 has a bigger touch screen area and yet is a thinner mobile (but still a mere 480×320 pixel resolution where 5800 has 640×360 resolution). Mi 300 has Multi touch support with Pinch to zoom feature which isn’t present in Nokia 5800.
Camera and Media
Mi 300 has a 5 MP camera at the back with LED flash light which Nokia 5800 has a 3.2 MP camera with LED flash. But, Nokia 5800 also has a front camera used for Video calling which isn’t present in Spice Mi 300.
As said earlier Mi 300 has WiFi, 3G and also Bluetooth, GPRS/EDGE, a Data Cable.
Applications and OS
Nokia 5800 is based on Symbian S60 5th edition OS where as Spice Mi 300 has a Google Android 2.1 OS. Which is better? Clearly Android is proving to be superior to Symbian, till now.
With Android OS, you can download and install hundreds of Apps from the Android Market place in your mobile. And since it is a Google product, you can now get all your favourite Google products right on your mobile, starting from Gmail, Search, Maps (see Google Maps Navigation in India) etc.
Spice Mi 300 has an Internal Memory of 156MB which is almost double that of Nokia 5800 which has 81MB. External memory of Spice Mi 300 can be expanded up to 32GB with the use of a Micro SD card.
So from all angles, Spice Mi 300 looks like a superior mobile to Nokia 5800.
Just a small worry before you set out to buy this one that you just can’t be sure how seriously the manufacturer’s take of pushing OS updates to this mobile. Nokia 5800 has been released year’s ago and still you receive Software updates which show the commitment of Nokia on this device.
Also, Spice and Nokia, two extreme brands where one is far superior to the other in terms of Support and Quality of service and the other is just budding. You can easily guess which is what.