Best budget Android phones

We've review six of the best budget Android smartphones from Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson and Garmin-Asus.

Sony Ericsson's tiny XPERIA X10 Mini Pro smartphone.

Sony Ericsson's tiny XPERIA X10 Mini Pro smartphone.

This year definitely marks a watershed for Google's Android operating system in Australia. Providing a number of benefits over Apple's iPhone including an open applications market, a fully customisable user interface and full multitasking, the Android platform continues to go from strength to strength.

There are now more than 10 Android smartphones on the market in Australia from a wide range of manufacturers including HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola and LG. We've already covered the top end of the Android market in a comparison of the HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy S, Google Nexus One, Motorola Milestone, Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 and the HTC Legend. Now we've rounded up six of the best Android smartphones for those on a budget, including models from Motorola, LG, and Sony Ericsson.

Handset Motorola DEXT Motorola Quench LG Optimus LG GW620 Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini / X10 Mini Pro Garmin-Asus A10
Current Android version 1.5 (Cupcake) 1.5 (Cupcake) 1.6 (Donut) 1.5 (Cupcake) 1.6 (Donut) 1.6 (Donut)
UI overlay Motoblur Motoblur LG Home LG Home User Experience Platform (UXP) Garmin navigation UI
Screen size 3.1in 3.1in 3.0in 3.0in 2.5in 3.2in
Display technology Capacitive TFT Capacitive TFT Resistive TFT Resistive TFT Capacitive TFT Capacitive TFT
Display resolution 320x480 320x480 320x480 320x480 240x320 320x480
Multitouch No Yes No No No Yes
Keyboard Touch screen + physical QWERTY Touch screen Touch screen Touch screen + physical QWERTY Touch screen (X10 Mini)
Touch screen + physical QWERTY (X10 Mini Pro)

Touch screen
Camera 5 megapixel, autofocus, geotagging 5 megapixel, autofocus, geotagging 3.1 megapixel, autofocus, geotagging, face detection 5 megapixel, autofocus, geotagging, face and smile detection, beauty shot

5 megapixel, autofocus, geotagging 5 megapixel, autofocus, geotagging

Camera flash No Single LED No Single LED Single LED No
FM radio No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internal memory 1GB 512MB 130MB 150MB 128MB 4GB
External memory microSD card (up to 32GB) microSD card (up to 32GB) microSD card (up to 32GB) microSD card (up to 32GB) microSD card (up to 32GB) microSD card (up to 32GB)
Dimensions 114 x 58 x 15.6mm 116.8 x 60 x 12.4mm 109 x 54.5 x 12.7mm 109 x 54.5 x 15.9mm 83 x 50 x 16mm (X10 Mini)
90 x 52 x 17mm (X10 Mini Pro)

109.8 x 58.1 x 13.9mm
Weight 163g 130g 115.5g 139g 88g (X10 Mini)
120g (X10 Mini Pro)

140g
Processor Qualcomm MSM7201A (528MHz) Qualcomm MSM7201A (528MHz) Qualcomm MSM7227 (600MHz) Qualcomm MSM7200A (528MHz) Qualcomm MSM7227 (600MHz) Qualcomm MSM 7227 (600 MHz)
3G network bands 900/2100MHz 900/2100MHz 850/2100MHz (Telstra variant)
900/2100MHz (Optus/VHA variant)
900/2100MHz 900/2100MHz (Optus/VHA variant)
850/2100MHz (Telstra variant)
900/2100MHz
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP 2.0 with A2DP 2.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP
Quoted talk time 360 minutes 348 minutes 440 minutes 520 minutes 210 minutes 480 minutes
Quoted standby time 320 hours 350 hours 500 hours 500 hours 360 hours 600 hours
Adobe flash support No Yes No No No No
Australian carriers Optus Optus Telstra, Optus, VHA Crazy Johns, Telechoice Telstra, Optus, VHA Optus
Other features Accelerometer, Digital compass, ambient light sensor Accelerometer, Digital compass, ambient light sensor Accelerometer, Digital compass Accelerometer, Digital compass, ambient light sensor Accelerometer, Digital compass, ambient light sensor Accelerometer, Digital compass, ambient light sensor

What's your favourite Android smartphone? How does your Android phone stack up against the competition? Let us know in the comments below!

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