Olive V-G200 Pwrr Dual SIM

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Olive’s marketing concept for their mobile handsets is to give them names in addition to complicated serial numbers. The names themselves are in SMS-text type short forms which make them a little easier to distinguish, in this case the V-G200, because of its high powered battery is called the Pwrr. For those unfamiliar with SMS text short forms that’s – Power. Here’s a closer look.

Form Factor
The G200 is a simple candy bar device that doesn’t come off as overly attractive. When it comes to ergonomics though, it’s extremely well designed albeit slightly on the bulky side. The large keypad makes for quick and comfortable typing. The five way nav-pad and the 2.4-inch resistive touchscreen help enhance the handset’s overall aesthetic appeal. The only connectivity port is a mini USB slot on one side that serves as a universal point of contact for charging and using the handsfree. The MicroSD (support for up to 4GB) is located under the massive 2000mAh Li-ion battery, above the Dual SIM slots. A simple VGA camera is mounted on the rear.

It may not be the best looking handset out there but it’s certainly one that’s been designed to be very user friendly.

Features and Performance

It’s the same old JAVA UI as we’ve seen in all the other handsets in this category. Like Samsung’s TouchWiz interface for their desktops and the copy of the same that’s also available with the Intex IN4495, the G200 also has a drag and drop widget system. There are multiple widgets in the pop out desktop menu that you can place on the desktop for quick access. Unlike the 4495’s UI though, the G200’s is smooth and there’s no lag at all. The Stylus is handy on a rare occasion as everything works seamlessly using just the physical keypad and nav-pad.

The UI is also relatively finger-friendly so that’s an option as well. The handset’s handwriting support could have been better refined and it doesn’t easily distinguish between an ‘a’ and a ‘d’ and a few other alphabets. Unfortunately there’s no memory tutorial for this.

In the music department the G200 is good with music quality but the decibel is way too low to enjoy that quality if you’re outdoors. It has a no frills player so nothing can be done to further enhance the output. The handsfree provided isn’t the best there is and doesn’t really help the cause. The FM radio’s reception was just about average. If you’re stationary in a place that usually gets good reception there’s nothing to complain about but in most other places the pick up was not as good as other handsets in this budget category. A melody composer to create ringtones and a voice recorder are also present.

Video playback was not smooth when it came to standard 3GP files. For some reason though the handset refused to play my lower end MPEG4 files that other handsets at least read successfully. For seamless playback you’ll have to seriously downgrade your videos to watch on the handset. Low end MPEG4 files didn’t have an issue but quality was shot.
With regards to connectivity the handset supports GPRS/WAP for browsing the internet and Bluetooth for wireless data transfer and audio playback through A2DP supported headsets and MMS for picture messages. The Bluetooth radio also supports remote control connectivity if your PC is equipped with a Bluetooth dongle. There’s no support for USB to PC connectivity. Each time I connected the handset via USB cable to the PC it only charged the handset but I was unable to access the files on the drive or my memory card. This is very inconvenient as I’d need to keep shutting off the handset if I needed to either remove or add files to my microSD card. There’s also no support for POP or IMAP emails.

Misc. Features
The handset has a few security functions like a personal lock code for messages, call history and the phonebooks. A firewall setting for incoming calls and messages is also available. It works just like the Blacklist application in other handsets. Basic settings like an Alarm clock, Calendar, Calculator, To DO list etc. are all preset. Olive has included just one game though with the handset.

The VGA camera is quite average and comes with all standard settings like White Balance, color options etc. Image quality is not bad for a VGA mobile phone camera even with the slight reddish hue. The camera can also capture video.

One tends to expect quite a bit from a 2000mAh battery, sadly for some strange reason the Pwrr’s doesn’t deliver. On an average, with basic usage that included a few calls and messages, internet and audio, it ran for about 2 days which is good but it should have been better. Talk time averaged in at about 5 hours, which is again better than most other devices in its class but this count too should have been much higher. All things considered though, it’s not an aspect that you’d complain about even if the numbers tell you differently.

The Bottom Line
With a price tag of Rs. 3,499 (MOP), the Olive Pwrr could have been quite a decent dual input handset. The only problem is that its media functionality didn’t work out too well. From the design to the UI and other features the handset is otherwise quite capable. A slightly better option in this case would be Intex’s IN4495 that also has touchscreen input but it’s media capability for audio is far superior though the camera isn’t as good. If it’s image capture you want, the Pwrr is your choice, if it’s audio, go with the In4495.

Published Date: Mar 16, 2010 01:54 pm | Updated Date: Mar 16, 2010 01:54 pm