Tech-Com T-31 – Dual-memory complements dual-SIM Review

Tech-Com T-31 – Dual-memory complements dual-SIM Review
VERDICT:

The Tech-Com T-31 is a feature-rich entry level dual-SIM cellphone that provides you decent value for money. The presence of dual-memory slot is its top selling point. However, the lack of Bluetooth and USB connectivity options is the biggest drawback. At Rs. 2,199, there is very little we could bargain for and mostly overlook its shortcomings.

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Tech-Com’s T-31 – sleek and trendy

The T-31 is coated with an attractive glossy black finish on the front and back-panels. The thin red plastic strip coated in metallic red runs across the contours of the body and adds a nice contrast against the black keypad with ridged partitions coated in red. Also, the navigation control dial with the centre select button coated in metallic red, adds to the beauty of the cellphone. It weighs just 80 grams and it aptly justifies the sleek form-factor with light-weight design.

The ordinary build quality of the battery cover, hurts your fingers while removing it. The marked nail grip is too small and the battery cover isn’t flexible enough for a smooth removal process. Removing the battery cover and the battery reveals two GSM-SIM slots and two microSD memory slots. There is a camera with lens cover/sticker located at the top of the battery cover and one power port at the bottom surface of the cellphone.

The keypad layout incorporates an isolated keypad design, with ridged partitions separating the keys into four rows and three columns. The isolated keys provide comfortable room for navigation and also enable quick & accurate typing. The keys are quite responsive to the user input and deliver consistent tactile feedback. The menu interface and navigation system is simple and well organised. Overall, the sound ergonomics and keypad design yield satisfactory results.

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

 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The T-31 had a modest outing in the signal reception and voice clarity test. There was considerable distortion in voice clarity across zones two and three, when we subjected the cellphone to environmental noise. The hands-free failed to completely isolate the background noise during the calls, while the loudspeaker defeated the purpose of its use with choppy sound output at volumes more than 50%. The camera delivered ordinary performance with lack of colour depth and image crispness resulting in blurred images. Also, the captured video performance was mediocre with pixelated artefacts and grainy particles evident in every frame. The bundled earphones delivered impressive sound reproduction with dynamic bass and treble. It yielded good lows and mids, sans distortion at volumes up to 75%. The display test produced satisfactory results, with the ordinary legibility under bright sunshine being the weak point.

Conclusion

The Tech-Com T-31 is a feature-rich entry level dual-SIM cellphone that provides you decent value for money. The presence of dual-memory slot is its top selling point. However, the lack of Bluetooth and USB connectivity options is the biggest drawback. At Rs. 2,199, there is very little we could bargain for and mostly overlook its shortcomings.

Specifications: Dual-SIM(GSM GSM); Display: 1.8-inches; Memory: microSD expandable up to 4GB; Battery: 1000mAh, Talk-time: up to 3.5 hours, Standby-time: up to 200 hours; Weight: 80grams;

Brand TECH-COM
Model T-31
Features  
Physical Specs  
Form Factor Candy Bar
2G Network Bands GSM 900/1800
3G Network Bands NA
Screen Resolution
Screen Size (inches) 1.8-inches
Maximum Screen colours
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) N
Battery Rating 1000mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) in mm 108 X 45 X 13.5
Weight 80 grams
Expandable Memory Type microSD (Dual)
Hot Swappable (Y/N) N
Available Colours Red with Black
Other Features  
Operating System Proprietary
Charging via USB (Y/N) N
Hardware Keypad (Regular/QWERTY) Regular
Accelerometer (For auto rotate) N
Address Book Capacity 500
No of calls in register 20
Talk Time / Standby Time * Up to 3.5 hours / up to 200 hours
No of Profiles # / Customisable (Y/N) 6/5 (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 NA
3G max speed NA
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB) N/N/N/N
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support (Y/N) NA
Accessories  
Bundled Accessories Charger, hands-free headset
Size of memory card provided None
Overall Build Quality (So 10) 6.5
Overall Ergonomics (So 10) 6.5
Keypad Design (So 10) 7
Camera Specs  
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels) 256 x 320
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
Zoom (Optical/Digital) NA
Multimedia  
Music Formats supported MP3, AMR
Video formats supported 3GP, AVI
FM Radio (Y/N) Y
Performance  
Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)  
Zone 1 6.5
Zone 2 5.5
Zone 3 5
Device Earpiece Volume 6
Device Loudspeaker clarity 5
Handsfree Clarity 5
Speaker Volume (on call) 6
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (MB/s) NA
WiFi signal strength (Zone 2) NA
Captured Photo Quality (So 10)  
Captured Photo Colour 5.5
Captured Photo Crispness 5
Captured Video Quality 4
Loudspeaker Audio Quality 6
Bundled Earphones Quality 7.5
Display  
Quality of display 7
Viewing angle of display 6.5
Legibility in bright sunlight 5.5
Video Playback Quality (So 10) 7
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 2,199

 
* Manufacturer Rated  

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

Contact: Tech-Com
Phone: 011-46547008
E-mail: support@techcomindia.com
Website: www.techcomindia.com
Price: Rs. 2,199

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