Videocon V1302 Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) Mobile Phone

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More from the Videocon camp is in the form of their V1302 budget multimedia phone. The V1302 is a simple device that’s built to provide basic functionality with a few ‘cool’ functions thrown in. Take a closer look.

Form Factor
The V1302 is a well designed, simplistic candy bar handset that's just a bit on the heavy side because of its 1800 MHz battery. The microSD card slot can easily accommodate up to 8GB of space but is unfortunately located under the battery. The keypad has a rubberized coating with very large well spaced keys - conducive for quick typing. The Five-way nav-pad is also designed to provide quick access to the handset's multimedia features viz. the FM radio and music player. A set of dual LEDs are located on the top for use as a torch and a mini USB port is located at the bottom for connecting the handset to the charger and the handsfree.

It’s a sober looking handset with a definite feel good factor about it.

Features and Performance

The UI is simple, neatly laid out for easy navigation but is also just a little bit laggy. It also has a bit of a ‘blur’ factor that can be a bit disorienting at times which is a key factor that could make this a bit of a problematic handset.

The music player is quite standard and although it seems like it’s capable of very decent audio the bundled handsfree doesn’t seem equipped to handle it too well. When it comes to calls though, the handsfree works just fine. The speakerphone can dish out quite a bit of volume for both music and calls. The audio player also has a set of EQ presets that can make quite a difference. An FM radio with a ‘schedule to record’ feature is also present and has no issues. Reception is quite good and recordings come out quite well if the reception is clear enough. There’s a separate sound recorder option also available but the microphone’s range isn’t too great. A melody composer has been added for users to create their own ringtones.

The V1302 can also play video files depending on the format they’re converted to and the resolution, frame rate etc. However even my lowest grade 3GP test video was framing quite a bit. The lower grade MPEG 4 files didn’t play.
The only means of connectivity the handset is equipped with is GPRS/WAP. There’s no Bluetooth even for file transfer. The handset doesn’t interface with the PC either, for USB data transfer. If a USB cable attached to the handset is plugged into a PC it will simply charge the device and no more. The browser is quite basic and a bit slow because of the UI.

Misc. Feature
Videocon has thrown in three games but I’d advice sticking to the ones that don’t have too much motion as things get extremely blurry if they do. Other features include an Ebook reader, Calendar, Calculator, Unit Converter etc. and of course the flash light option. This Videocon handset also comes with the Voice changer and Background sound effects features for call cheating. If not used responsibly they can be quite a security issue, so do consider that before using them. The security options include a Mobile Tracker and an option to block Long Distance calls.

Videocon has designed this handset to provide users with optimum battery life. Their claim is that the V1302 will provide users with about 12 hours of battery life which seems a bit unrealistic in real terms.

The Bottom Line
With a price tag of Rs. 3095 (MRP), the V1302 doesn’t seem like a worthy consideration. Videocon provides no memory card, the handset doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity, the UI has quite a bit of a ‘blur’ effect which can be stress on the eyes and the handsfree kit could have been much better. At the end of the day it’s quite mediocre and has only the battery to hold its head above water. A better option would be the Zen Z77 that’s just a little more expensive but offers a QWERTY keypad, social networking, email support and a better music player by far. Of course don’t expect better battery life.

Published Date: Feb 02, 2010 01:32 pm | Updated Date: Feb 02, 2010 01:32 pm