Micromax X510 (PIKE) - Match your mood with five colourful back-panels Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Sep 08 2010
Micromax X510 (PIKE) - Match your mood with five colourful back-panels Review
DIGIT RATING
50 /100
  • design

    60

  • performance

    50

  • value for money

    60

  • features

    60

  • PROS
  • Ships with five colourful back-panels
  • Supports simultaneous dual-SIM activation and usage
  • CONS
  • It lacks a hardware keypad
  • The touchscreen interface is quite sluggish and inaccurate
  • Mediocre loudspeaker quality

Verdict

The Micromax X510 (PIKE) is cheaper by about Rs. 500, than its elder sibling X550 (QUBE). But, that hardly justifies it to make a decent buy. The X510 lost out both in terms of performance and ergonomics in comparison to the X550. Lack of a hardware keypad, does not help its cause with unfriendly and ageing touch-screen interface. Hence, we would not recommend it for a best buy or value for money option.

Micromax X510 (PIKE) - Match your mood with five colourful back-panels detailed review

The Micromax X510 (PIKE) has a glossy finish on the LCD screen and built with an all plastic body. It has two call function buttons: call answer and call disconnect – located just below the LCD screen. It includes a 3.5mm audio jack and an USB port at the top; play/pause, fast forward and rewind buttons on the left side and the camera button on the right. It is slightly bulky weighing about 103 grams.


Micromax X510 (PIKE)

The flexible battery cover can be removed using the marked nail grip, located at the bottom surface of the X510. Removing the battery cover and the battery reveals dual-SIM card slots and a microSD slot. Also, there is a groove within the battery compartment, which holds a retractable stylus. The stylus comes in very handy, while working with the inaccurate and sluggish touch-screen interface. In addition, the narrowly spaced keys on the touch-screen keypad, hinders the movement of fingers and strongly emphasises the need for the stylus. Although, we would appreciate if it shipped with a hardware keypad, as it would help a novice user to overcome the shortcomings of the touch-screen interface.

Unlike its sibling Micromax X550 (QUBE), the X510 does not incorporate touch sensitive wallpapers or application widgets. However, the only saving grace is the touch sensitive media player interface, which allows the user to drag the icons across the screen while navigating through the menu options. The home screen and the menu interface is not well organised and intuitive. The most interesting part of the bundled accessories, are the five interchangeable colourful back-panels (Red, White, Black, Yellow and Orange), meant to match your changing moods.

Performance:

The Micromax X510 (PIKE) delivered a modest performance in the signal reception and voice clarity test. It yielded a mediocre performance in the device loudspeaker clarity test, and failed to compete with the likes of its sibling Micromax X550 (QUBE). However, it did well in the Bluetooth test, outscoring the X550 by a margin of 18.67 seconds, while transferring a 5MB file. The X510 performed poorly in the captured video quality test and was no match to the consistently performing Micromax X550 (QUBE) in the overall ratings.

Verdict:

The Micromax X510 (PIKE) is cheaper by about Rs. 500, than its elder sibling X550 (QUBE). But, that hardly justifies it to make a decent buy. The X510 lost out both in terms of performance and ergonomics in comparison to the X550. Lack of a hardware keypad, does not help its cause with unfriendly and ageing touch-screen interface. Hence, we would not recommend it for a best buy or value for money option.

Specifications: Dual-SIM (GSM GSM); 2.8-inch TFT resistive touchscreen (240x400); microSD slot expandable up to 16GB; 2MP integrated camera (1600x1200); Battery - up to 8 hrs talk-time and up to 384 hrs standby-time;

Accessories: AC adapter/battery charger, battery, handsfree headset, USB cable, PC Sync driver CD, user manual, leather pouch, stylus and 5 interchangeable colourful back-panels.

Brand Micromax
Model X510 (PIKE)

Features

 

Physical Specs

 
Form Factor Candy Bar
2G Network Bands GSM 900/1800
3G Network Bands NA
Screen Resolution 240x400
Screen Size (inches) 2.8
Maximum Screen colours 256K
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) Y (Resistive)
Battery Rating 1500mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) in mm 112.5 x 55.9 x 14.1
Weight 103g
Expandable Memory Type microSD
Hot Swappable (Y/N) N
Available Colours Black (5 changeable backpanels)

Other Features

 
Operating System Native/Proprietary
Charging via USB (Y/N) Y
Hardware Keypad (Regular/QWERTY) NA
Accelerometer (For auto rotate) NA
Address Book Capacity 2000 entries
No of calls in register -
Talk Time / Standby Time * Up to 8hrs/Up to 384hrs
No of Profiles # / Customisable 6/Yes
Offline Opearability (Y/N) Y
Inbuilt GPS / A-GPS support (Y / N) N

Connectivity

 
Browsing (GPRS/HSCSD/EDGE/3G) Y/N/N/N
EDGE max speed NA
3G max speed NA
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB) N/Y/N/Y
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support v2.0/Y

Accessories

 
Bundled Accessories AC adapter,Battery,Handsfree headset,USB cable,User manual, PC Sync driver CD,leather pouch, 5 colored backpanels
Size of memory card provided None
Overall Build Quality (So 10) 6.5
Overall Ergonomics (So 10) 6
Keypad Design (So 10) NA

Camera Specs

 
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels) 2MP
Video Capture Resolution -
Dual Cameras / Auto Focus / Flash (Y/N) N/N/N
Mirror for self portrait (Y / N) N
Camera Settings (So 10) 6.5
Zoom (Optical/Digital) NA

Multimedia

 
Music Formats supported MP3/AAC
Video formats supported MP4/H.263
FM Radio (Y/N) Y

Performance

 

Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)

 
Zone 1 7
Zone 2 6.5
Zone 3 NA
Device Earpiece Volume 7
Device Loudspeaker clarity 5
Handsfree Clarity 6.5
Speaker Volume (on call) 7
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (MB/s) 0.104 MB/s
WiFi signal strength (Zone 2) NA

Captured Photo Quality (So 10)

 
Captured Photo Colour 6.5
Captured Photo Crispness 7
Captured Video Quality 4.5
Loudspeaker Audio Quality 6.5
Bundled Earphones Quality 6.5
Video Playback Quality (So 10) 7
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 5,499

 

 

* Manufacturer Rated

 

Ratings:
Features: 6
Performance: 5.5
Build Quality: 6.5
Value for money: 6
Overall: 6

Contact: Micromax informatics Ltd.,
Phone No.: 011-45082591/92
E-mail: Info@micromaxinfo.com
Website: www.micromaxinfo.com
Price: Rs. 5, 499

Micromax X510 (PIKE) - Match your mood with five colourful back-panels Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Release Date: 08 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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