Mid-range Android Phones
The mid-range Android Smartphone, like the LG Enlighten, are close to $200 and under. These tend to be underpowered, so don't expect great performance with every app. However, they're fine for Web surfing, email and basic games and productivity tools.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini ST15i
This is the latest entrant in the segment from Sony Ericsson’s Xperia series. Priced at $220, it’s pretty affordable. The new ST15i runs on 1GHz Qualcomm processor and is equipped with android 2.3 Gingerbread. Yes, its display is not that large, just 3-inches but the QWERTY keypad and the superb 5 Megapixel camera (with autofocus and LED flash) more than make up for that. The battery, too, is awesome. It provides 4 hours of talk-time and 340 hours of standby time, making it a real endurance phone.
Samsung Galaxy Ace
This is a reasonably-priced Android phone by Samsung which comes packed with many fun and awesome features. Its 3.5-inch screen and rectangular shape and square edged case make it look similar to the iPhone 4 and 4S. To make it cheaper, I’m guessing, they went with plastic rather than metal for its case material. It runs on Android 2.3 Froyo. The Ace packs a “pretty good” 5 Megapixel camera which lets you snap good quality pictures. However, there is now an AMOLED screen upon which Samsung is busy harping these days. CNET says that “except for its low resolution screen, it can easily pass for a high-end smartphone.” Overall, a great mobile, priced at just $235. Spice Mi 410
Even though it’s not really a big brand as yet, Spice is definitely not set to relent mode with this new phone. While it’s not really one of the best Android devices in the market, this is one that is indeed good for starters. The new fully-loaded Mi 410 comes with a 1GHz processor, HDMI port, 5 MP camera with flash and autofocus and 4.1 inch capacitative screen which has a great resolution of 480 px x 800 px. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The best part? It is priced at just $190.
Motorola XT Fire
Yet another awesome Android phone from Motorola, a company which seems to be bouncing back with great enthusiasm. The phone is powered by an 800 MHz processor and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It sports two cameras: a 5MP camera in the rear and a VGA camera in the front. The 3.5 inch HVGA display offers great resolution. Pegged at a price of $190, this has almost everything to be a candidate to become your first Android phone.
This is the newest HTC phone on the block and will be available in markets very soon. It will be priced at a great price; $175. The Explorer will feature a 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. Powering the device is a 600 MHz scorpion CPU. CNET says, “The HTC Explorer is aimed at those using a smart phone for the first time. We reckon this straightforward Android handset could easily find plenty of fans.”