All you Moto GP freaks, what was your reaction when you heard about Videocon releasing a “Ducati Series” phone? If you actually thought of picking it up, then please read this before you do buy one. Features and extra stuff is all well and good, but what about performance and the money that you throw in?
Design and Features
Anyone, and mind you anyone, will appreciate how the V6200 has been made. Right from the rugged design to the very detail of the phone, one thing’s for sure, the V6200 looks awesome. Well at times the phone does look like a newly-wed bride (with lights flashing from all corners), but it’s all cool. Let’s start off with the features of the phone, but before that a quick look at the specs.
The V6200 has a 2.4-inch TFT display, below which comes the standard four-way navigation and then the twelve-key keypad. The V6200 is decorated with buttons on both sides as well as on both ends. On the right is the Torch button (which works even when the phone is switched off) and the camera button, in between the two are two slots for the SIM card and mini USB. Similarly on the left there is a dedicated button for your GPS while the other is to switch to different features on your Multi-Function Display (MFD) screen. Coming to that, the MFD screen is a small one, about 3 cm in diameter and gives various information like temperature, pressure, etc. it’s also situated next to the 2 Megapixel camera.
Moving to the features, the phone supports your mundane features such as an e-book reader, calendar, alarm clock, internet browser, java games, video/audio player, FM radio, etc. What’s cool about the V6200 is that it has some additional sports features like a barometer, altimeter, pedometer, thermometer, digital compass, UV sensor and in-built GPS.
Does it go vroom vroom when switched on?
There are plenty of goodies that come along with this phone. Right from an arm band and a water flask to a CD with photos and videos of Ducati bikes, then comes the standard barrage of cables like the USB cable, a headset and a hands-free. Not to forget, the phone comes pre-loaded with lifetime access to maps from MapMyIndia.
So when it comes to the design of the V6200, the features that it has to offer and the extra stuff they throw in, I’m left with a wide smile on my face. Somehow, the smile disappears later onwards.
Although a simple Java-based system, the interface lags only a bit. The main screen is divided into three modes. The phone mode has all the phone functions like making phone calls, messaging, internet browser, user profiles, etc. Think of multimedia and you have the Fun mode. This one consists of games, videos, images, songs and an FM radio. Last comes the Sports mode which has the sports features.
Designed like a Ducati for sure...
For a new user, it’ll take a while or so to get used to the navigation between the different types of menus. But once you find your way around, switching is not too difficult.
If there’s anything that matters now, it’s about the V6200's performance and this is where the acid test actually begins. Let’s take it from all perspectives.
The V6200 supports MP3 and AAC for audio, and 3GP and MP4 for videos. The audio quality is okay but the volume doesn’t go up too high. The videos are decent, with some pixelation and lagging in the midst of videos.
Starting off with call quality, the voice is quite audible and although not the best for crowded scenarios, it manages to do the job. What I absolutely hated about the V6200 was its poor reception. Even where most of the other phones could easily pick up signals, this one never did and it really is irritating to search for a “hot-spot” where you receive signals.
Side profile of the Videocon Ducati phone
The internet browser is just average and you cannot expect it to be fast just because it’s a Ducati series phone, right? Texting on this phone was a pain and although I never expected it to be awesome, it wasn’t very simple. While the predictive text had a limited dictionary, simple functions like typing a capital letter needs a pre-requisite of a full stop!
The camera is average at best. While some images are noisy, others have a hint of blur. The video recording is also just plain Jane. Overall it looks like the camera is there to fill up space and nothing else!
So much for that, now let’s have a look at the sports features of the phone. All these features, including the barometer and thermometer work well. The only one that stands out is the UV sensor. Even in the most burning heat of the day, the sensor doesn’t detect any “danger” and feels that we are in a “Safe Zone”!
Back to the garage for you
Finally, let’s talk about the battery life, which if summed up in two words is quite poor. It goes on for about one and a half days on full charge and average use. Performance-wise the V6200 is just average, has nothing to really boast of.
At Rs. 11,995 (Rs. 9,950 MOP) the V6200 doesn’t fall in the value for money category and in terms of features you cannot call it a smartphone either. Agreed that the goodies are cool, but c’mon, I can buy a flask and even download Ducati videos and pictures for free! At this price, there are always better options like Samsung Galaxy 3 or the slightly higher-priced LG Optimus One.
Published Date: Feb 08, 2011 11:00 am | Updated Date: Feb 08, 2011 11:00 am