Pine Executive – dual-SIM, feature-rich budget cellphone Review

Pine Executive – dual-SIM, feature-rich budget cellphone Review
VERDICT:

The Pine Executive is a feature-rich budget phone, with its key selling point being the simultaneous dual-SIM activation and usage sans switching. Overall, considering the price to feature ratio, it makes a decent buy at Rs. 1, 995. However, we would not recommend it for a best buy, as it failed miserably across multiple performance test categories.

Pine Executive – Dual-SIM budget phone

The Pine Executive has a sleek and delicate human curvature design, with a predominant plastic strip running across the body contours of the cellphone. It has an all plastic body, coated with a glossy finish which gives a shiny look to the front and back-panels. The battery cover reveals a weak build quality and could break easily under rugged use. The battery cover can be removed simply, using the marked nail grip at the bottom surface of the back-panel. Removing the battery cover and the battery, reveals two GSM SIM card slots and one microSD memory card slot. It incorporates an USB power port on the lower left hand side and a torchlight bulb at the bottom surface of the cellphone. The torchlight can be turned on using the specially designated torch key at the top of the keypad, located to the right of the navigation control/select buttons.

The keypad consists of narrow-ridged spacings separating the keys and the call function buttons located on either side of the navigation control dial, which is located just below the LCD screen at the centre. The keypad has a blue backlit LED that lends an attractive look to it. In spite of the closely spaced keys, we found the keys to be very responsive and yielded good tactile feedback while typing lengthy messages. The menu interface is very simple and user-friendly. The application software includes some interesting features like data security, where you can lock your data stored on the phone or memory card with a password and also choose whether to enable protection for phonebook, SMS, MMS, call history, file manager or all of them.

Performance:

The Pine Executive had a modest outing in the signal reception and voice clarity test. It yielded mediocre performance in both the device loudspeaker and hands-free clarity test. There was evidence of static noise and wavering voice clarity with the loudspeaker and the audibility was very weak with the hands-free headset. Also, it had a very poor performance in the Bluetooth transfer speed test with a score of 30KB/s. It produced disappointing results in the captured photo quality and video playback test with below average scores. We could witness visible pixelated artefacts and distorted images in the captured video, while there were colour patches and grainy particles in the video playback test. On both the occasions, the video frame rate was poor, leading to stuttering and periodic freezes. We could however forgive its shortcomings considering it to be a very basic budget phone.

Conclusion:

The Pine Executive is a feature-rich budget phone, with its key selling point being the simultaneous dual-SIM activation and usage. Overall, considering the price to feature ratio, it makes a decent buy at Rs. 1, 995. Although, we would not recommend it for a best buy, as it failed to impress across multiple performance test categories.

Specifications: SIM card: dual-SIM (GSM GSM); Display: 1.8-inch LCD screen (128 x 160); Memory: microSD (up to 4GB); Battery: 1000mAh, up to 4hrs talk-time, up to 250hrs standby-time;

 

Brand Pine
Model Executive
Features  
Physical Specs  
Form Factor Candy Bar
2G Network Bands GSM 900/1800
3G Network Bands NA
Screen Resolution 128 x 160
Screen Size (inches) 1.8-inches
Maximum Screen colours 65K colours
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) NA
Battery Rating 1000mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) in mm 110 x 47 x 14
Weight
Expandable Memory Type microSD (up to 4GB)
Hot Swappable (Y/N) N
Available Colours Black
Other Features  
Operating System Propreitary
Charging via USB (Y/N) N
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 250 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/HSCSD/EDGE/3G) Y/N/N/N
EDGE max speed NA
3G max speed NA
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB) N/Y/N/N
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support
Accessories  
Bundled Accessories Charger, Hands-free stereo headset
Size of memory card provided None
Overall Build Quality (So 10) 6.5
Overall Ergonomics (So 10) 7
Keypad Design (So 10) 7
Camera Specs  
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels) VGA (352 x 288)
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
Video formats supported MP4
FM Radio (Y/N) Y
Performance  
Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)  
Zone 1 7.5
Zone 2 6.5
Zone 3 NA
Device Earpiece Volume 7
Device Loudspeaker clarity 5
Handsfree Clarity 5
Speaker Volume (on call) 7
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (MB/s) 0.030MB/s
WiFi signal strength (Zone 2) NA
Captured Photo Quality (So 10)  
Captured Photo Colour 5.5
Captured Photo Crispness 6
Captured Video Quality 5
Loudspeaker Audio Quality 6
Bundled Earphones Quality 7
Video Playback Quality (So 10) 5
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 1, 995

 
* Manufacturer Rated  

 

Ratings:

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

Contact: Pine Mobiles Pvt. Ltd.,
Phone: 91-11- 46252222
E-mail: info@pinemobiles.com
Website: www.pinemobiles.com
Price: Rs. 1, 995

Vinod Yalburgi
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