Spice Mobile has introduced interesting phones at cheap prices. Let’s take the recently-released Spice QT-44. The QT-44 is great as a low-end QWERTY phone. You will miss a camera, but at Rs 2,599 (approx) do you even want to expect one?
This phone looks good as a basic QWERTY model with a standard build. The memory card slot, unfortunately not a hot swap, supports microSD cards of up to 4 GB.
Since this is a dual SIM phone, it has two slots for each SIM card. Navigation can get tricky but isn’t difficult to get used to. The QWERTY keypad, although too flat, is easy to use after you’ve got the hang of it. Navigation can get tricky but isn’t difficult to get used to. A standard mini USB port for the handsfree and charger is located at the bottom and Dual LEDs are placed on top to function as a torch.
The phone only boasts of an image viewer and audio player. Although the audio quality isn’t too bad, the highs usually tear, while the bass is severely under-toned. Audio on the headphones is slightly better, although high range frequencies experience dithering and low ones are under-represented.
The phone supports dual band, and Internet access is restricted to WAP/ GPRS. The GPRS connectivity is quite standard, and the browser is proprietary to the phone.
However, while browsing the Internet isn’t smooth, social networking using the applications that ship with the phone is quite effective. Bluetooth and infrared are absent.
To check email, there’s the bundled Email2SMS application, which is a pretty workable solution. Social networking is made possible through the Ibibo application.
There’s an FM radio with a standard audio output, which, at the phone’s price point of Rs 2,599, is a good feature. There is also an inbuilt sound recorder, which works well as a dictaphone.
The phone also comes with an e-book reader, and standards such as a calculator and currency converter.
Having dished out 4 hours of talk-time, the battery lived up to our expectations. With basic usage, it ran for a little over a day-and-a-half.
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