The mobiles that I would recommend for people with feature-fetishes are the N80 and the W810i. The N80 is in a mixture of chrome and metal finish and really small to hold for a smartphone, and is available in two versions – silver and black. All the major control keys are accessible on the outside so there is very little need to open the keypad, unless you want to write a message or manually type a number. Now the feedback of the control keys is excellent, although the proximity of the standard keys, control pad and call keys may cause a bit of trouble for those with large fingers.
But the really cool thing to watch out for is the high resolution screen, I could actually watch a full-length film on this and the landscape mode really works – both for viewing images and browsing on the internet. Speaking of connectivity, the phone is totally loaded and has everything from Bluetooth to Wi-Fi to infrared and this phone is actually Quadband and the surprising part is despite doing all that, it’s still faster that any Nokia phone in the market, all thanks to the Symbian 60 v3 OS.
If you guys can’t stop clicking pictures, then this phone is just for you it houses a 3 Megapixel camera, which has no problem storing those huge photographs because this phone comes with a 40 MB internal memory and mini SD expandable memory slot, which can go up to 2GB. But, with a price band of Rs 26,000 I wait would for the price to come down.
On the ratings front:
Final verdict 9/10
W810iLet’s just say black is beautiful – it’s compact and very desirable. The W810i has looks catering to a business executive, but on the inside, it has all the frills for an 18 year old, and since it has the walkman branding, let’s not forget it comes with amazing speakers and music quality can be compared to the lights of an iPod, but yes unlike the iPod it has an FM radio. And the earplugs that come with it are pretty unique in terms of styling. The music hot key is also well placed.
If you have a big music collection then this phone is not big on internal memory but gets it right with a expandable memory stick duo slot, which can go up to 2 GB. The display is also quite crisp and the pre-loaded themes are a lot of fun. But what pack’s a killer punch is the 2 Megapixel camera and the images are very clear, but the flash on the phone is not really flash but just light. And finally at Rs 16,000, I say its good value for money. But with Sony-Erickson’s own phone having the same features, without the walkman branding and costs around Rs 10,000, I could give it a miss on the ratings front.
Final verdict 7/10