Since touchscreen is very ‘in’ right now, I’ve been asked quite frequently by quite a few of our readers what are some of the best handset choices in the category. While there are quite a few low budget touchscreen devices in the market now, here are my recommended choices for those with a budget of Rs. 12,000.

Budget Android
The Android segment is finally getting to be quite affordable. Here are a few of the choices in this OS’ segment.

Samsung Galaxy 3 – Best Price Rs. 11,700
This device runs currently on Android 2.1 but will be upgraded to 2.2 aka Froyo when it’s out. It features Samsung’s DNSe audio enhancement technology with a 5.1 Surround Sound setting coupled with DivX and XviD video support for .AVI files. The 667 MHz processor is designed to make navigating menus and accessing apps a quick and painless procedure. Samsung has incorporated their TouchWiz 3.0 UI onto the Galaxy 3 which is well laid out and user friendly with a Swype keypad thrown in for speedy messaging.

It also features –
a 3.2-inch touchscreen sporting a 240 x 400 pixel resolution
3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
GPS with A-GPS support and geotagging
Bluetooth with A2DP, USB 2.0
3 Megapixel AF camera – Face/Smile detection, auto-stitch panorama
FM radio
microSD card support up to 32GB
3.5mm handsfree socket

Spice Mi-300 – Best Price – Rs. 9,990
Spice has also jumped onto the Android bandwagon and their Mi-300 is one of the cheapest Android devices on the Indian market. It comes with its own customized, colorful UI and a long list of handy apps that Spice has thrown in. The Mi-300 runs on Android 2.1 and offers a track ball for navigating the menus with touch sensitive keys below the display and multi-touch.

The Mi-300 also offers –
a 3-inch touchscreen and a 320 x 480 pixel resolution
3.5G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
GPS with A-GPS support and geotagging
Bluetooth with A2DP, USB 2.0
5 Megapixel AF camera
FM radio
microSD card support up to 32GB
3.5mm handsfree socket

LG Optimus GT540 – Best Price – Rs. 10,699
This is the first of LG’s Optimus series of smartphones to hit India and comes with quite a bit of features that make the Android OS even more user friendly. It’s a slick looking handset that’s also lightweight and comfortable to use. Additional features that make it a handset to consider include DivX and XviD support and a speedy 600MHz processor. It supports Android v2.1 aka

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