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Android One Vs Xiaomi Redmi 1S Vs Moto E: Which Is A Better Budget Smartphone?
Google just released its Android one phones in India partnering with the Indian manufacturers. All the three phones released from different manufacturers have the same specifications and only differ from each other in terms of design. So, let us compare them with the Xiaomi Redmi 1S and the Moto E which are already very popular in the range have sold in huge numbers as compiled by the Times of India.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S comes with a standard design characterized by the non-stylish rectangular slab form factor. Its corners are slightly rounded and the red coloured navigation keys on the front gives it a different look on the outside. Its back cover is made of matte-finish plastic that looks sturdy while the body of the phone is made of plastic with only the volume and power keys of metal.

On the Android One, Micromax Canvas A1 gets rounded corners and edges. The back panel has a soft feel which is quite similar to the Nexus 5. The camera housing has been marked with a circle that accommodates the camera lens and an LED flash. This has a metallic finish on it butthe users reviews have shown it lacked quality, clearly with no signs of metal usage anywhere on the phone.

Moto E's body construction on the other hand is quite curvy with rounded corners, wraparound back panel and a bulge on back makes the phone the most comfortable to be held in the palm compared to the three smartphones. The body is made of plastic, but the ring around the camera lens and the volume and power buttons are made of metal with the plastic being used on the phone features a matte finish on it.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S has a 720p display measuring 4.7-inch which is the biggest among the three smartphones in the list. It has wide viewing angles, vibrant colours, optimum brightness levels and good sunlight legibility. The display panel is protected by Asahi Dragontrail glass.

Micromax Canvas A1, on the other hand, has the poorest display resolution at 480x854p on a 4.5-inch screen making the pixilation very poor on it. It's viewing angles, sunlight legibility and brightness levels were however very good.

The display panel's colour reproduction is slightly slower than that of both Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Moto E where the display of this Micromax phone is most susceptible to scratches as it has no added protection like the Gorilla Glass or Dragontrail. Same goes for the Spice and Karbonn Android One smartphones too.

The Moto E sports a 4.3-inch display with 540x960p resolution but the colour saturation is pretty good. Therefore, it does not harm the experience while watching videos and reading texts where Brightness levels and sunlight legibility are as good as that of Xiaomi Redmi 1S.

When it comes to viewing angles the Moto E is the worst among the three smartphones though the Moto E's display is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3.

Redmi 1S runs on a customized version of Android called MIUI 5, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version. There is no app drawer or a menu, all the apps are downloaded directly on the home screen and the icons are redesigned. There are a number of pre-loaded Xiaomi apps and themes, and you can download more from Xiaomi's app store too. Redmi 1S will get Android 4.4 and there is no word on Android L release for this phone as yet.

Micromax's Android One smartphone runs on a stock version of Android 4.4 Kitkat and features a Nexus launcher. Google Now is not optional anymore and swiping to the left on the home screen shows all your Google Now notifications. The app drawer consists of Google apps as well as other apps like Amazon and Hike.. Google has said that Micromax Canvas A1 will get the Android L when the version is released to the public.

Moto E also runs on stock version of Android 4.4, but does not have a Nexus launcher. It, however, comes with preloaded Motorola apps like Alert, Assist and a custom camera app. At the launch of Moto E in India, Motorola had confirmed that the smartphone will get Android L upgrade on it too.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S runs on a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with a 1GB of RAM. On the storage side, the smartphone comes with an 8GB of internal storage memory supporting up to 32GB of micro SD card. Connectivity options consist of 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. Powered by a 2,000mAh battery, this smartphone has an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 1.6MP front camera.

Micromax Canvas A1 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek processor with a 1GB of RAM. It has 4GB of internal storage memory and supports micro SD cards up to 32GB. The phone comes with a 1,700mAh battery and connectivity options on the Micromax Android One smartphone eith 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. On camera side, the smartphone has a 5MP camera and LED flash on the rear with a 2MP camera in the front.

Moto E gets a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM on the hardware. It also has only 4GB built-in storage memory and supports micro SD cards with capacities up to 32GB. This smartphone has the same connectivity options as the Xiaomi Redmi 1S and Micromax Canvas A1. It features a 5MP camera on the back with no LED flash or a front camera.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S's 2,000mAh battery will last you a full working day if you put the screen brightness at the highest level and use of 3G data the whole time.

During the review period, with about each phone call lasting up to 1to 2 hours, it lasted more than 20 hours with light to medium usage even after gaming and internet usage.. The phone offers three power modes where you can choose the economy mode to save some charge.

The Moto E has a 1,920mAh battery that delivers battery life of more than a day easily with moderate use. The usage remains the same with Moto E as it was with Xiaomi Redmi 1S and with heavy usage, the battery life slumps a bit, but not too much.

Though less a day was spent with Micromax Canvas A1, and the usage remained the same, the battery backup seemed to be good and it looked like Google’s claim of day-long battery life for Android One smartphones is going to be true.

Final verdict, which one to buy?
The Redmi 1S is priced at Rs 5,999 is an awesome looking smartphone in the low-end segment right now and looks like the Micromax Android One smartphone has a bit of down fall there. Moto E has a very good screen, great design and an excellent battery life which has consistently performed well. But Micromax's Android One phones have internal competition. At the launch event, Google said that more hardware partners are coming out with lot more phones and so you can expect better phones at a similar price range too.

So, if you wish to buy a low-end phone in the market right now, Xiaomi Redmi 1S would be your primary choice which is followed by the Micromax's Android One smartphone for the priority updates. But if you can't get your hands on Redmi 1S and there is no urgent need to get a smartphone, then waiting for the new set of Android phones from Google would be good.
posted by Shankar Das Shankar Das @ 8:17AM on date 19-09-2014
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