Samsung Google Nexus S
After a lot of deliberation I have decided to go with Samsung Google Nexus S
There were four contenders for my next phone
HTC Desire Z was my first choice because it has a full QWERTY keypad. Also the price of 17K on Saholic was too good. But it was out of stock and everywhere else it was available for around 22K. I didn’t really want to spend 20K on a new phone.
Samsung Galaxy SL is a great phone too but it does not have an LED flash. Big deal. I do use my mobile’s flash as a torch. So that one put me off.
Now it was between LG Optimus Black and Nexus S. I was leaning towards LG because feature wise it was the best of the lot. However Nexus S won because of its 16GB memory and Android 2.3. I know I can upgrade Optimus Black to 2.3 but its better to have it right out the box. Optimus Black does not come with an included memory card so I’d have to spend another 1K to get a 16GB card, that would take the price to above 20K. I got a fabulous deal on Nexus S on eBay. I had an eBay voucher for Rs. 1,000 so I got the phone for 18,490! With bill and warranty. That was a steal!
Nexus S doesn’t have FM radio but I haven’t used the radio of my Nokia E72 much so I won’t be missing it. The only thing I compromised on was a QWERTY keypad. But after playing with the onscreen keyboard on some other Android phones and looking at the demo of Swype, I thought I can do without a QWERTY keypad. If I could have gotten the Desire Z at around the same price I would still opted for it.
Now waiting for the phone to arrive.