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Motorhead, come get your kicks

india Updated: Dec 14, 2010 15:54 IST
Aalap Deboor

The Videocon V6200 Ducati Edition seems tough, rugged and sporty from the word go.

It comes packaged in a big, bright box along with a steel water bottle and strap-on case that fits in both, the
bottle and the phone, which you can then attach to your waist. Videocon has meant for the phone to appeal to bikers; essentially youngsters, always on the lookout for adventure. And even though they’ve compromised a little on refinement, the punch they’ve packed into that trendy little phone seems worth the bargain.

Trendy build
The V6200 has a smooth rubberised outer panel enclosed by a steel casing, and a set of smart, backlit contours behind the phone. The chassis is firmly screwed on to the body, and four protrusions on the sides nestle quick-access buttons. A slot for the camera on the back panel doubles up as a compass, temperature meter and pressure gauge. The speaker right beside it bellows out pretty loud tunes. While the outer buttons are easy to use, the keypad by itself can, at times, get unresponsive.

At first glance, the ergonomics will impress you — the phone is lightweight, and the 2.4-inch TFT screen is large enough to make fonts stand out and colours appear bright. There are three screen menus — quite like multiple desktops — that switch functionality between sports, fun and phone functions. While general features are rather run of the mill, the sports menu is something to look out for. It spreads out to display an array of features including GPS, a barometer, altimeter, UV sensor, compass and pedometer. Most of these do their job to the T, except for the pedometer, which doesn’t mobiledetect leg movements.

For adventure buffs
This phone is specifically targeted at people who’re always on the go: trekkers, mountaineers, bikers etc. If you consider their need for essential travel equipment over paid applications and a refined OS, then this phone has it all. However, the slow user interface and unwieldy keypad will most definitely get to you at times. Regular features have been kept to an absolute minimum — they include a melody composer, 2-MP camera, video recorder, image viewer and an FM radio that includes a record feature.

Accurate navigation
However, the sound-enabled and turn-by-turn MapMyIndia navigation system is decidedly the deal clincher. The application comes preloaded on the phone, and uses GPS to trace routes and determine your position wherever you are. It is simple to operate, detects positioning well and uses saved data for navigation. The long battery life further improves the experience. On a single charge, the 1030 mAH battery will last you about 3 to 4 days with average use.

What we like
Ingenious design
Great built-in apps
Excellent pricing

What we don’t
Sluggish UI
Not Internet savvy
Not for all purposes

Verdict
At a market price of R 11,999 (street price around R 10,000), this phone has all the essentials, a good exterior and a manageable OS. If you think you can do without push email and applications — and you’re the kind who often treads on rough, uncharted terrain — then the V6200 is recommended.

Rating- ***1/2