Micromax Q75 (ezpad) - Snappy QWERTY smartphone Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Oct 27 2010
Micromax Q75 (ezpad) - Snappy QWERTY smartphone Review
DIGIT RATING
60 /100
  • design

    70

  • performance

    60

  • value for money

    60

  • features

    60

  • PROS
  • Ergonomic QWERTY keypad
  • Trackball navigation control
  • Solid build quality
  • CONS
  • Lacks 3G and GPS functionality
  • Quite bulky
  • No memory card is shipped

Verdict

The Micromax Q75 ezpad is a snappy business smartphone that provides executive-class features at a very affordable price. The trackball, on-the-go Wi-Fi connectivity and lightweight yet efficient Opera Mini browser are its strong selling points. The QWERTY keypad and solid build quality add to the justification of a business smartphone. At a price point of Rs. 7,999, it makes a decent buy. However, if you are a cameraphone fanatic, you would be disappointed with the ordinary video camera.

Micromax Q75 (ezpad) - Snappy QWERTY smartphone detailed review

Micromax introduces the Q75 (ezpad) into its long list of QWERTY smartphones making the buzz in the business segment. With a rich assortment of features including: trackball navigation, QWERTY keypad, Wi-Fi support, Zenga mail client, Snaptu social networking, dual-SIM dual-standby, pre-installed Opera Mini browser and multi messenger-Nimbuzz, it makes a strong statement at an affordable price.


Look and feel
The Micromax Q75 imitates the Blackberry Curve business phone design aesthetics, with a wide QWERTY keypad and 2.4-inch wide display. The glossy black finish on the front panel and the chocolate brown matte finish on the back-panel make a stark contrast against each other. At the same time, the chrome metallic brushed finish on the battery cover blends well with the chocolate brown coat on the back-panel.

Micromax Q75 - Snappy QWERTY smartphone

Ergonomics and interface
[RELATED_ARTICLE]The battery compartment incorporates a latch mechanism, operated with the use of a switch located just above the battery cover on the back-panel. Removing the battery cover and the battery reveals two GSM-SIM slots and one microSD memory slot. There is a 3.2 Mega-pixel camera located just above the battery compartment latch switch and a speaker right next to the camera. The Q75 also includes a 3.5mm audio-jack and a power port at the bottom surface of the cellphone.

The wide and seamless keypad layout enables quick navigation through the menus, while it also supports fast typing. The trackball comes in handy while surfing the web-pages for scrolling and selecting the options. The shortcut menu and application buttons add to the ergonomics of the keypad.. Although, we felt that the keys were a bit hard on the fingers, much against its name “ezpad”. The lack of tactile feedback was very evident, as we had to press the keys quite hard to successfully register the input.

The home-screen includes a wide-array of widgets like: Facebook, YouTube, e-mail, Google and Wi-Fi. The trackball simplifies the navigation functionality by a big notch and makes surfing, downloading and online gaming a very enjoyable experience.

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

 

Performance
[RELATED_ARTICLE]The Micromax Q75 had a decent outing in the signal reception and voice clarity test, producing mixed results across various tests. The ordinary loudspeaker failed to impress by producing choppy vocals at volumes higher than 50%. Also, the handsfree output was quite feeble in noisy environmental conditions defeating the purpose of noise isolation. Although, the device ear piece produced consistent voice clarity across all the zones. The Q75 delivered a modest performance in the camera test, with the photo colour and crispness being average. The video capture test was less than satisfactory with blurred images and pixelated artefacts in every frame. The display test yielded satisfactory results with the sole exception of outdoor legibility (bright sunshine) being ordinary.

Conclusion
The Micromax Q75 ezpad is a snappy business smartphone that provides executive-class features at a very affordable price. The trackball, on-the-go Wi-Fi connectivity and lightweight yet efficient Opera Mini browser are its strong selling points. The QWERTY keypad and solid build quality add to the justification of a business smartphone. At a price point of Rs. 7,999, it makes a decent buy. Although, if you are a cameraphone fanatic, you would be disappointed with the ordinary video camera.

Specifications: Dual-SIM(GSM GSM); Display: 2.4-inches, Screen resolution: 320 x 240, Colours: 65K; Memory: microSD expandable up to 8GB; Battery: 1200mAh, Talk-time: up to 7 hours, Standby-time: up to 240 hours; Weight: 100grams;

Brand Micromax
Model Q75 ezpad
Features  
Physical Specs  
Form Factor Candy Bar
2G Network Bands GSM 900/1800
3G Network Bands NA
Screen Resolution 320 x 240
Screen Size (inches) 2.4-inches
Maximum Screen colours 65K
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) N
Battery Rating 1200mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) in mm 115 x 64.5 x 12.2
Weight 100grams
Expandable Memory Type microSD
Hot Swappable (Y/N) N
Available Colours Black
Other Features  
Operating System Proprietary
Charging via USB (Y/N) Y
Hardware Keypad (Regular/QWERTY) QWERTY
Accelerometer (For auto rotate) NA
Address Book Capacity 1000 entries
No of calls in register -
Talk Time / Standby Time * up to 7 hrs / up to 240 hrs
No of Profiles # / Customisable (Y/N) 7 / 7(Y)
Offline Operability (Y/N) Y
Inbuilt GPS / A-GPS support (Y / N) N
Connectivity  
Browsing (GPRS/EDGE/3G) Y/Y/N
EDGE max speed 236.8kbps
3G max speed NA
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB) Y/Y/N/Y
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support (Y/N) -/Y
Accessories  
Bundled Accessories Travel charger, Hands-free headset, USB cable, PC Sync CD, Silicon cover
Size of memory card provided None
Overall Build Quality (So 10) 7
Overall Ergonomics (So 10) 7
Keypad Design (So 10) 6.5
Camera Specs  
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels) 3.2 Mega-Pixels
Video Capture Resolution -
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 / AMR / MIDI / WAV
Video formats supported AVI/3GP/MP4/H.263
FM Radio (Y/N) Y
Performance  
Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)  
Zone 1 7
Zone 2 6
Zone 3 5
Device Earpiece Volume 6.5
Device Loudspeaker clarity 5
Handsfree Clarity 6.5
Speaker Volume (on call) 7
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (KB/s) 42.21KB/s
WiFi signal strength (Zone 2) Medium
Captured Photo Quality (So 10)  
Captured Photo Colour 6.5
Captured Photo Crispness 7
Captured Video Quality 5.5
Loudspeaker Audio Quality 6
Bundled Earphones Quality 6.5
Display  
Quality of display 8
Viewing angle of display 7
Legibility in bright sunlight 5.5
Video Playback Quality (So 10) 7.5
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 7,999

 
* Manufacturer Rated  

Ratings
Features: 6
Performance: 6.5
Build Quality: 7
Value for money: 6.5
Overall: 6.5

Contact: Micromax Informatics Ltd.
Phone: 011-45082591
E-mail: Info@micromaxinfo.com
Website: www.micromaxinfo.com
Price: Rs. 7,999

Micromax Q75 (ezpad) - Snappy QWERTY smartphone Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹7999
Release Date: 27 Oct 2010
Market Status: Discontinued

Key Specs

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

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Micromax Q75 (ezpad) - Snappy QWERTY smartphone

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