HUAWEI C5600 - Hangout with the Ultimate Tool Kit (UTK) Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Sep 30 2010
HUAWEI C5600 - Hangout with the Ultimate Tool Kit (UTK)  Review
DIGIT RATING
70 /100
  • design

    70

  • performance

    60

  • value for money

    80

  • features

    70

  • PROS
  • Sleek and trendy design
  • Ergonomic keypad
  • Data-service enabled applications
  • CONS
  • Mediocre captured video quality
  • No microSD card is bundled
  • Weak back-lit LED, screen blurs under bright sunshine

Verdict

The HUAWEI C5600 is a feature-rich multimedia smart-phone with OMH CDMA data-service capability as its top selling point. Also, its lifestyle features like sensex updates, sports updates, astrology, dating, infotainment and spiritual zone add value for money. Overall, it is a good buy at Rs. 3,999, if you can overlook its shortcomings.

HUAWEI C5600 - Hangout with the Ultimate Tool Kit (UTK) detailed review

The HUAWEI C5600 is ultra-sleek and stylish with a predominant golden strip decorating the body contours, as well as the keypad keys. Thecellphone is entirely made of plastic with a glossy black finish on both the front and back panels. The gold coated media short-cut key, the cancel/delete key and the gold ringed selection key, add a touch of class to the attractive body design.


The C5600 incorporates a floating keypad design, with convenient spacing between the keys. The call function keys and the option select keys are integrated on a pair of crescent moon shaped pads, placed on either side of the central navigation dial. The keypad keys are soft to the touch and are easy on the fingers while typing or navigating the screen.

Huawei C5600 body shots
Keypad layout
Back-panel with camera
Side view

The C5600 includes a microSD slot on the left side with a flap door mechanism, and the volume control buttons, camera shutter button and an USB port are located on the right. The battery cover has a sliding door mechanism and latches on tightly into the grooved structures on either side of the back-panel. There is a 2 Mega-Pixel camera located just above the battery compartment, with a scratch-proof sticker on the lens. The camera lens is stylishly decorated with a golden ring encircling it. There are three indented holes representing the built-in speakers, just above the camera lens on the back-panel.

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The menu interface is simple and well-organized. The cellphone bundles with a rich assortment of useful applications like: the mobile browser, TATA zone and UTK (Ultimate Tool Kit). The mobile browser application includes intuitive features like bookmarks, saved pages, history and push messages. It allows the user to surf web-pages, monitor the latest sensex updates and also use the Google Search engine. The most interesting aspect of the sensex updates is the sensex ticker, which gives individual stock updates with their current market price in alphabetical order. The TATA zone application allows the user to shop mobile multimedia content online like: games, ringtones, wallpapers, Bollywood zone etc. Finally, the UTK or the revolutionary Ultimate Tool Kit, allows the user to get things done at his fingertips, that were previously unheard of on 2G mobiles. The user can also choose to entertain himself with the wide array of services like: winning prizes in contests or quiz, news, cricket, fun zone, subscription services, infotainment - flight status, PNR status, city guide and TV guide, dating, spiritual zone, astrology and more. With all due credit, the C5600 truly stamps the class and authority of OMH CDMA mobiles with a hint of lifestyle features in it.

Read on to know the performance, conclusion, specifications, test results, ratings and more in the next page...

 

 

Performance

The C5600 delivered consistent signal reception and voice clarity in zone one. However, we observed a considerable drop in voice clarity, when we subjected the cellphone to environmental background noise across both the zones two and three. The device ear piece volume felt loud and clear. However, the hands-free voice audibility felt feeble at medium volumes and we often had to increase the call volume. We were quite disappointed to find the loudspeaker option concealed in the form of a small icon during the call and hence we had to search around before we realized it. The C5600 had a modest outing in the Bluetooth test with a score of 312kbps, while it delivered a mediocre performance in the captured video quality test. There were visible patches of pixelated artefacts and grainy particles in the captured video test. Also, the captured photos were just average in terms of crispness, image clarity and colour depth. Although, the viewing angle of the display was good, the images on the screen looked blurry and unrecognisable under bright sunlight. Overall, the C5600 revealed itself to be an average performer that just gets the job done.

Conclusion

The HUAWEI C5600 is a feature-rich multimedia smart-phone, with OMH CDMA data-service capability being its top selling point. Also, its lifestyle features like sensex updates, sports updates, astrology, dating, infotainment and spiritual zone add value for money. Overall, it is a good buy at Rs. 3,999, if you can overlook its shortcomings with the camera and loudspeaker. We'd recommend it if you are looking for a OMH CDMA lifestyle cellphone, overlooking the need for a camera.

Specifications: OMH CDMA SIM card; Display: 2-inch TFT, Colours: 262K, Screen resolution: 240 x 320; Memory: microSD expandable up to 4GB; Camera: 2 Mega-Pixels; Battery: 800mAh, Talk-time: up to 4hrs, Standby-time: up to 8hrs;

Brand HUAWEI
Model C5600
Features  
Physical Specs  
Form Factor Candy Bar
2G Network Bands CDMA 800M
3G Network Bands NA
Screen Resolution 240 x 320
Screen Size (inches) 2-inches
Maximum Screen colours 262K
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) N
Battery Rating 800mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) in mm 107.8 x 45.8 x 9.9
Weight 105 grams
Expandable Memory Type microSD
Hot Swappable (Y/N) Y
Available Colours Black with Golden stripes
Other Features  
Operating System Native/Proprietary
Charging via USB (Y/N) Y
Hardware Keypad (Regular/QWERTY) Regular
Accelerometer (For auto rotate) NA
Address Book Capacity 1000 entries
No of calls in register -
Talk Time / Standby Time * up to 4 hrs/up to 180 hrs
No of Profiles # / Customisable (Y/N) 6/6(Y)
Offline Operability (Y/N) N
Inbuilt GPS / A-GPS support (Y / N) N
Connectivity  
Browsing (GPRS/HSCSD/EDGE/3G) Y/N/N/Y
EDGE max speed NA
3G max speed -
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB) N/Y/N/Y
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support v2.0/Y
Accessories  
Bundled Accessories Charger, hands-free headset, PC suite CD
Size of memory card provided None
Overall Build Quality (So 10) 7
Overall Ergonomics (So 10) 7
Keypad Design (So 10) 7.5
Camera Specs  
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels) 2.0MP
Video Capture Resolution 176 x 144
Dual Cameras / Auto Focus / Flash (Y/N) N/N/N
Mirror for self portrait (Y / N) N
Camera Settings (So 10) 7
Zoom (Optical/Digital) NA
Multimedia  
Music Formats supported MP3
Video formats supported MP4
FM Radio (Y/N) Y
Performance  
Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)  
Zone 1 7
Zone 2 6
Zone 3 5.5
Device Earpiece Volume 7
Device Loudspeaker clarity 6
Hands-free Clarity 7
Speaker Volume (on call) 7.5
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (Kbps) 312kbps
WiFi signal strength (Zone 2) NA
Captured Photo Quality (So 10)  
Captured Photo Colour 6.5
Captured Photo Crispness 6
Captured Video Quality 3
Loudspeaker Audio Quality 5
Bundled Earphones Quality 6.5
Display  
Quality of display 7
Viewing angle of display 7
Legibility in bright sunlight 5
Video Playback Quality (So 10) 6
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 3,999

Ratings:
Features: 7
Performance: 6
Build Quality: 7
Value for money: 7.5
Overall: 7

Contact: Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Phone: 0086-755-28780808
E-mail: mobile@huawei.com
Website: http://www.huawei.com/
Price: Rs. 3,999


 

HUAWEI C5600 - Hangout with the Ultimate Tool Kit (UTK) Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹3999
Release Date: 30 Sep 2010
Market Status: Discontinued

Key Specs

  • Screen Size Screen Size
    NA
  • Camera Camera
    NA
  • Memory Memory
    NA
  • Battery Battery
    NA

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