Finally took the plunge with my first real cell phone in over a year (sorry Nabeel, but the Siemens I bought from you isn’t *that* good 🙂 and the Nokia that got snatched was also a low-feature, budget set).
The Samsung SGH-x600 seems to be a Rs.20,000 (~US$350/JPY 38,000) phone at the price of a much lesser one. It has all the features and I haven’t heard any complaints from other users. The only reason I can see for the actual price being almost half of that is the negative image people have of Korean brands.
I just bought it yesterday evening and haven’t used it much yet, but the interface is much better than that of others I’ve recently used. I generally don’t like phones that are too small since they compromise on key and screen size and just feel flimsy, but now that I have one, it is quite convenient. I still would have preferred a flip model, but those aren’t very common here. This is what the X600 looks like:
I’ve heard excellent things about the VGA (640×480) camera. Doesn’t compare to the megapixel ones you guys in Japan are using, but good enough for blogging and other cool stuff. The one thing I was warned about is that accessories for these types of (relatively) uncommon, but good brands can be pricey. And the PC connecting cable alone costs about 20% of the price of the phone. I’ll have to think about it, or maybe try to get Infrared working on my laptop.