Spice M-67 3D - Auto-stereoscopic 3D but not really [Review] Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Jan 14 2011
Spice M-67 3D - Auto-stereoscopic 3D but not really [Review] Review
DIGIT RATING
60 /100
  • design

    60

  • performance

    60

  • value for money

    60

  • features

    60

  • PROS
  • Affordable
  • Dual SIM dual-standby
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • CONS
  • Ordinary build quality
  • Mediocre loudspeaker
  • Stereoscopic function is largely a marketing gimmick

Verdict

The Spice M-67 3D is a feature-rich dual SIM phone with stereoscopic 3D capability. At a price tag of Rs. 4,299, it is disappointing to bear the shortcomings of a stereoscopic 3D display, which is marketed to be M-67's main selling point. However, a better camera and multimedia performance could have justified its cause as a value for money phone. Given the price and ordinary performance, we definitely do not recommend it!

Spice M-67 3D - Auto-stereoscopic 3D but not really [Review] detailed review

The Spice M-67 3D, also known as the VIEW D, is claimed to be India's first 3D phone, with an auto-stereoscopic display. The auto-stereoscopic display creates an illusion of depth with offset images on the screen, while viewing the pre-installed 3D images and videos with a tilted screen. There is a shortcut key to quickly switch between 2D and 3D modes. However, the very purpose of introducing stereoscopic 3D display as the main selling point, has been its undoing.


Spice M-67 3D (VIEW D)

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The key features of the keypad layout include: master & slave dual SIM switching keys, where the master key controls the SIM one and the slave key controls the SIM two. Also, there is a video playback shortcut key located right next to the navigation control dial. The keypad incorporates flat indented keys with ridged spacings between each of them. The hard touch keys lack consistent tactile feedback, requiring the user to put extra effort to register the input successfully. Thus, affecting the typing speed and usability. The indented design really hinders comfortable keypad navigation. The overall build quality and design of the keypad is very ordinary.

The glossy black finish on the battery cover makes it vulnerable to smudges. The menu interface is neat and well organised. As always, Spice has ensured to bundle value added apps like: Spice Gang, Wapedia, Reuters, Free SMS, ibibo & security apps like: mobile tracker, remote wipe and privacy lock.

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

 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The Spice M-67 3D had a decent outing in the signal reception and voice clarity test. There was no evidence of dropped calls. However, we experienced wavering voice clarity across the zone three, particularly with the ear-speaker and the loudspeaker. We also witnessed sound distortion at volumes higher than 50% with the loudspeaker, during the call clarity test. The handsfree headset delivered good voice clarity across all the zones. However, the stereo headset lacked dynamic bass boost resulting in mediocre sound reproduction during the music test. The loudspeaker delivered better sound reproduction compared to the headphones, with good bass and treble balance; however, the sound distorted at volumes higher than 50%. The Bluetooth transfer test yielded impressive result. The captured photo colour and image clarity had satisfactory results. However, the captured video clarity was poor resulting in pixelated artefacts throughout the recording. We experienced blurry images sans 3D effect while testing the pre-installed 3D images and videos, which indicated the shortcomings of the auto-stereoscopic display. Finally, the only big plus has been the excellent video playback without stuttering of any sort.

Our Take

The Spice M-67 3D is a feature-rich dual SIM phone with stereoscopic 3D capability. At a price tag of Rs. 4,299, it is disappointing to bear the shortcomings of a stereoscopic 3D display, which is marketed to be M-67's main selling point. However, a better camera and multimedia performance could have justified its cause as a value for money phone. Given the price, we definitely do not recommend it!

Specifications: SIM (GSM GSM); Display: 2.4-inch LCD screen, screen resolution: 240x320; Memory: microSD expandable up to 16GB; Battery: 1100mAh;

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

Brand Spice
Model M-67 3D
Features  
Physical Specs  
Form Factor Candy Bar
2G Network Bands GSM 900/1800 / GSM 900/1800
3G Network Bands N/A
Screen Resolution 240x320
Screen Size (inches) 2.4-inches
Maximum Screen colours -
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) N
Battery Rating 1100mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) in mm 50.7 x 115 x 12.6
Weight 70 grams
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) Regular
Accelerometer (For auto rotate) (Y/N) N
Address Book Capacity Unlimited
No of calls in register -
Talk Time / Standby Time * up to 4.5 hours / up to 260 hours
No of Profiles # / Customisable (Y/N) 7/Y
Offline Operability (Y/N) Y
Inbuilt GPS / A-GPS support (Y / N) N
Connectivity  
Browsing (GPRS/EDGE/3G) Y/N/N
EDGE max speed N/A
3G max speed N/A
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB) N/Y/N/Y
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support (Y/N) v2.1/Y
Accessories  
Bundled Accessories Charger, handsfree headset, USB cable
Size of memory card provided 512MB
Overall Build Quality (So 10) 6
Overall Ergonomics (So 10) 6
Keypad Design (So 10) 5
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) 5.5
Zoom (Optical/Digital) 4x digital
Multimedia  
Music Formats supported MP3/AAC
Video formats supported MP4/H.264
FM Radio (Y/N) Y
Performance  
Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)  
Zone 1 6.5
Zone 2 6.5
Zone 3 6
Device Earpiece Volume 6.5
Device Loudspeaker clarity 5.5
Handsfree Clarity 7
Speaker Volume (on call) 7
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (kbps) 1115.15
WiFi signal strength (Zone 2) N/A
Captured Photo Quality (So 10)  
Captured Photo Colour 6
Captured Photo Crispness 6
Captured Video Quality 4
Loudspeaker Audio Quality 6.5
Bundled Earphones Quality 6
Display  
Quality of display 6
Viewing angle of display 6
Legibility in bright sunlight 4
Video Playback Quality (So 10) 8
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 4,299

 
* Manufacturer Rated  

Contact: Spice mobiles limited
Phone: 180030077423
E-mail: contactus@spicemobile.in
Website: www.spice-mobile.com
Price: Rs. 4,299

Spice M-67 3D - Auto-stereoscopic 3D but not really [Review] Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹4299
Release Date: 14 Jan 2011
Market Status: Discontinued

Key Specs

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

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Spice M-67 3D - Auto-stereoscopic 3D but not really [Review]

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