Micromax X600 - Now make better use of gravity Review

By Archit Kumar | Updated Sep 07 2010
Micromax X600 - Now make better use of gravity Review
DIGIT RATING
70 /100
  • design

    70

  • performance

    60

  • value for money

    80

  • features

    70

  • PROS
  • High quality headphones
  • Snappy response and interface
  • Good build quality
  • CONS
  • Lack of Wi-Fi
  • Issues with touch UI
  • Lower capacity battery

Verdict

At Rs. 5,999 the X600 is a feature rich handset that offers a lot of functionality at a good price. The dual GSM SIM support is a nice plus. However, it is noticeably built to a budget.

Micromax X600 - Now make better use of gravity detailed review

Most dual SIM, mobile phones come with the same boring procedure of swapping SIM cards using just software. The X600 does something radically differently - this function now has a hardware trigger using a built in motion sensor and dual microphones and speakerphones; one each on each end of the phone. All one needs to do is flip the phone upside down and it automatically swaps to the other SIM card installed. The motion sensor is gravity enabled, giving the phone its name. Fit and feel wise, the phone seems to be quite well built. The whole body is made of plastic with a brushed feel to the surface and a brushed aluminium bezel around the 3.2 inch touch-screen display.


The call receive and end buttons are placed on the top and the bottom which make it very easy to use the gravity sensor enable SIM swapping. It comes with no other buttons for key lock, or volume increase or decrease. Even the power on/off function is carried on by the call end button. So it can be a bit frustrating to change the volume while taking a call or listening to music as you will have to depend on the touch-screen always. It does come with a stylus, but if one loses that, he will have a hard time changing the volume as the touch screen is resistive hence it requires a bit of pressure as well as accuracy. If only they had improved the usability of the resistive touch display it would be a reasonable package, its biggest drawback is the quirky interface.

Performance

Besides that, call quality is fairly satisfactory, in zone one it was clear and static free, but when we entered zone 2, the sound got distorted and sounded metallic and choppy. The voice clarity on the loudspeaker was also pretty clear although when playing music on high volumes it again got distorted with bass heavy songs.  The volume was pretty high and it was easy to have a conversation even in a slightly noisy area.

The bundled earphones were a surprise. Micromax has provided noise isolating earphones which is a rarity among mobile phones in this price range. The sound quality was good, although they are a bit boomy – bassheads will like this. The X600 has a basic 2 megapixel camera. The interface is pretty informative giving information like picture quality, timer options, white balance settings, but one cannot switch to video directly from that interface, one needs to go back and select the video recorder separately – an ergonomic blunder. The quality of the recorded video is also not all that good, and its pixelated and there is a lot of judder. Overall image quality from the still camera is again satisfactory at best.

The data transfer speeds to the device we very good, it took about 25 seconds to transfer a 100 MB file via USB which comes to about 4 megabytes per second and about 45 seconds to transfer a 5 MB file via Bluetooth, that translates to a speed of about 111 kilobytes per second which is mediocre. Also when connected via USB, this phone can be used as a webcam – a neat plus.

Overall this phone rates as a pretty good multimedia device with good quality earphones and a nifty way of switching phones with the option of expanding its memory using a microSD card. What micromax could have improved in this phone is the usability of the resistive touch display, but besides that for a price of about Rs. 6,000 its a good touch-only phone to consider.

Specifications: Display: 3.2-inches, 240 x 320 pixels, resistive touchscreen, 262K colours; Memory: 70 MB inbuilt, microSD expandable, dual SIM, 110 grams

Rating:

Features: 7

Performance: 6.5

Build: 7.5

Value: 8

Overall: 7.5

 

Brand Micromax
Model X600

Features

 

Physical Specs

 
Form Factor BAR
2G Network Bands GSM 900/1800
3G Network Bands 0
Screen Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Screen Size 3.2 inches
Maximum Screen colours 262K
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) yes/no
Battery Rating 1000 mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) 113x56x12.7MM
Weight 110G
Expandable Memory Type Micro SD
Hot Swappable yes
Available Colours Brown

Other Features

 
Operating System proprietary
Charging via USB (Y/N) yes
Hardware Keypad (Regular/QWERTY) 0
Accelerometer (For auto rotate) y
Address Book Capacity 1000 entries

No of calls in register

 
Talk Time / Standby Time * 5hours/8days
No of Profiles # / Customisable 7
Offline Opearability (Y/N) yes
Inbuilt GPS / A-GPS support (Y / N) no

Connectivity

 
Browsing (GPRS/HSCSD/EDGE/3G) Y / N / N / N
EDGE max speed 0
3G max speed 0
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB) N / Y / N / N
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support 2.1/A2DP

Accessories

 
Bundled Accessories Charger, Usb Cable, headset, manual, stylus
Size of memory card provided 0
Overall Build Quality (So 10) 7
Overall Ergonomics (So 10) 7
Keypad Design (So 10) 8

Camera Specs

 
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels) 2 megapixel
Video Capture Resolution 320 x 240
Dual Cameras / Auto Focus / Flash (Y/N) N / N / N
Mirror for self portrait (Y / N) N
Camera Settings (So 10) 6
Zoom (Optical/Digital) Digital

Multimedia

 
Music Formats supported MP3
Video formats supported 3GP
FM Radio (Y/N) Yes

Performance

 

Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)

 
Zone 1 8
Zone 2 5
Device Earpiece Volume 7
Device Loudspeaker clarity 8
Handsfree Clarity 7
Speaker Volume (on call) 6
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (MB/s) 111

WiFi signal strength (Zone 2)

 

Captured Photo Quality (So 10)

 
Captured Photo Colour 5
Captured Photo Crispness 6
Captured Video Quality 4
Loudspeaker Audio Quality 4
Bundled Earphones Quality 7
Video Playback Quality (So 10) 9
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 5,999

 

 

* Manufacturer Rated

 

Contact: Micromax Mobile

Phone: 0124 – 4009600/01/02

Email: info@micromaxinfo.com

Website: www.micromaxmaxinfo.com

Price: Rs. 5,999

Micromax X600 - Now make better use of gravity Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹5999
Release Date: 07 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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