Micromax X360 Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) Mobile Phone

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Micromax seems to have taken a breath of fresh air and totally remade their presence. From their previously drab website, they’ve moved into a much more vibrant state and there’s clearly a significant difference in their mobiles as well, at least cosmetically. Micromax has also tied up some pretty big brands like Yamaha for enhancing their audio experiences and this, the X360 comes with an MTV branding and exclusive content. Here’s a closer look at the X360.

Form Factor

It’s been a QWERTY here and a QWERTY there the last couple of weeks and the X360 is a pleasant break from all that. This is an extremely stylish, well designed handset. It’s light weight, comfortable to hold and its metal casing gives it a seriously refined look. The keypad look and feels really good and the same goes for the round nav-pad and corresponding ‘Function’ keys. At the bottom you’ll find a standard USB port beside the 3.5mm handsfree socket. Once again it seems like the biggest chink in the Micromax armor is the LCD display. In broad daylight it is only easy to view when the handset’s held at an angle. In the dark it’s a different story altogether. Seems like the contrast ratio is quite skewed. Otherwise the 240 x 320 pixel 2-inch display is quite clear.

When it comes to cold hard looks, the X360 has got others in its class beat silly.

Features and Performance
The customized UI is smooth and lag-free. Navigation is a breeze and this would have been just perfect if it wasn’t for the extra (unnecessary) button taps to access functions. But you can get used to it. Everything is very neatly laid out and the Dual SIM functionality for the X360 is easy to manage and the handset makes the distinguishing use of each SIM quite easy. The problem with this UI, in general, is that it has issues with reading media off of a memory card. Folders have to be added manually.

The handset is thoroughly built for media, audio-wise at least. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Wolfson and Yamaha once again (the Yamaha sound engine is also available in the ezpad Q5) the X360’s music player is pretty much how the ad describes it. It may not restyle your hair to look that goofy, but I guarantee no disappointment in the audio quality of this handset. Tones are perfectly balanced and the bass will have you tapping your feet just about anywhere. The EQ presets make a really big difference and if you’re interested in customizing the audio a little more, the 8 band graphic EQ setting will allow you to create your own presets. I really don’t recommend pushing the volume too high as the comfortable handsfree and audio engine are perfectly designed to offer really good audio even at low levels.

Even the handset’s FM radio with its Scheduled Record function was a non-issue. Reception was clear in most areas and fairly decent during my commute. The voice recorder will provide clear audio recordings provided you’re speaking within a range of 2 feet.

Even though these Java based mobiles come with flashy UIs and even throw in big names like Wolfson and Yamaha, the processing power of these devices to handle video is just not strong enough. Even though the bundled 2GB card is loaded with plenty of exclusive MTV content from music, wallpapers to videos the X360 can’t handle the codecs too well. Low end MPEG4 and 3GP files frame quite a bit and do not do the 240 x 320 pixel display any justice.
The connectivity options are quite limiting in the X360. It supports GPRS and WAP for net connectivity but lacks any sort of Social Networking tools. You’ll have to suffice with the native browser as Micromax has not included this device with an Opera Mini browser. Thanks to GPRS, MMS is supported but there’s no option for downloading emails. The X360 also supports Stereo Bluetooth and of course USB 2.0.

Misc. Features
The X360 comes with all the basic features that include a calculator, alarm clock, world clock, scheduler, unit converter etc. Sadly there’s just the singular puzzle game preloaded and no more. Just to reiterate, MTV has made sure that there’s plenty of content provided on the bundled 2GB card. The content includes videos from Roadies and some of the older MTV shows. Wallpapers and even a few dance tracks are also on board the card.

The 1.3MP camera is another major issue with this handset. Settings are quite basic but the image reproduction is just not good at all. While colors don’t look too bad, the images as a whole look extremely blurry and out of focus even in bright sunlit conditions.

The X360 comes with an 800mAH battery and the company claims 5 hours of talk time. That’s not too exaggerated as it comes close but not too close to that figure. On a single charge the X360 averaged in with just about 4 hours of talk time. That’s not 5 hours but it’s still pretty good.

The Bottom Line
With a price tag of Rs. 4,999 (MRP) that includes a case and a 2GB card loaded with media courtesy of MTV, the handset is definitely a great choice if all you’re interested in is music, radio and good looks. With no social networking options, games or the capability to download emails it’d make more sense to go in for the ezpad Q5. It also has a Yamaha music engine and offers quite a bit of social networking but unfortunately looks no where as good as the X360. Of course you’ll be paying for the additional features, but it’s quite worth it.

Published Date: Feb 18, 2010 09:58 am | Updated Date: Feb 18, 2010 09:58 am