NEWS

Are Budget Dual SIM Phones Worth it?

May 12, 2010 5:09 PM

Nikhil Pradhan

Feature_Nikil-438x288-179.jpg

We recently tested four different types of inexpensive dual SIM phones to find out if they really hold an edge over the established brands.

We got the following phones into our labs to gauge their worth:

1.    The Karbonn K10: a candy-bar phone with a QWERTY keypad and more than a couple of pointers from the Blackberry school of design (MRP: Rs. 3,400).
2.    The G-Fone 588: another QWERTY phone that is slightly wider than the Karbonn but is also slimmer (MRP: Rs. 4,800).
3.    The Mi- 415: a slider phone with an alpha-numeric keypad and a look that seems inspired by the Motorola Razr series of phones (MRP: Rs. 4,200).
4.    The Intex IN 4470: a phone that sports a candy-bar design and has an alpha-numeric keypad (Rs. 3,200).

After over a week of continuous testing, we were quite disappointed by the performance of these phones. Not only were some of these phones shamelessly ripping off design elements and features from their more vaunted rivals (yes, Karbonn K10, we are looking at you), but they were also underperforming in basic tests that rated their battery life, call quality and multimedia performance.

So, in short, the answer is- no. Dual-SIM phones still have a long way to go before they can meet the quality and design standards set by the more established brands. You can also read our detailed feature on how we tested the phones and their performance and answered the question: Dual SIM Phones: Hot or Not?

Make sure you leave your comments in our forum.

ALSO READ

iOS 9 may include a HomeKit hub called Home

Apple says the first HomeKit devices will be arriving in June, which means you'll need a centralized remote control for managing all of those home gadgets. That will reportedly come in the form of an app built into iOS 9 called, appropriately, Home.

Open Interconnect Consortium: MediaTek exec calls on car giants to join IoT standards body

MediaTek chips are installed in everything from the Xbox to smart TVs but the company plans to be a major IoT player.

ADT hooks up with LG to compete in the budget smart-home space

ADT doesn't want to get caught sleeping on smart homes.

Rdio's cheaper music plan combines ad-free radio with a handful of on-demand songs

If you can't decide between Internet radio and on-demand streaming, Rdio's $4 per month plan will give you a bit of both.

Apple may give social networking another shot with Beats Music reboot

Remember Ping? Probably not, but the music-based social network Apple tried in 2010 might be making a comeback as part of the company's Beats Music reboot.

Expert Opinion

fadell-nest-100254262-orig_500.jpg

Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

Editors Pick

justin_tv-100367814-orig_500.jpg

Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

my_verizon_mobile-100367793-orig_500.png

Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

unionstreet_yelp-100366548-orig_500.png

Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

key-ingredient-tablet-100566733-orig_500.png

Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.