Are Budget Dual SIM Phones Worth it?
May 12, 2010 5:09 PM
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?
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