Welcome the very first operator*subsidised smartphone in India, the MTS Pulse. This CDMAlEVDO smartie is available from MTS free if you sign up for their one year contract. You have to pay ~ 1.500 per month for a year, and as part of the deal, you also get 1,500 minutes of talk time, 1.500 SMSs and 1,500MB of data usage per month. Sweet' Did we mention it runs Android 2.17 Under the hood are a 528MHz processor and 288MB of RAM, along with a pre-installed 8GB microSD card. Other specs include a 3.2-inch 320x480 touch screen, a 5-meg snapper, GPS, and Wi-Fi. There's no Wi-Fi hotspot feature, but you can use it as a tethered modem. No 720p video recording either, alas.
As we've come to expect from any HTC 'droid, the familiar Sense Ul is excellent in terms of its social networking integration and offers a range of useful widgets. The snapper does the job but the phone feels sluggish especially if you've used Android smarties with faster processors. In fact, Angry Birds crawls on this. What doesn't crawl are the internet browsing and downloads speeds. YouTube vids play smoothly on the MTS network and there's even an MTS TV app that gives you access to quite a few news, entertainment and regional channels. There are quite a few better GSM-based 'droids out there but you can't really beat this for pure VFM.