Tech-Com T 51: Dual SIM, dual memory - double trouble [Review] Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Jan 20 2011
Tech-Com T 51: Dual SIM, dual memory - double trouble [Review] Review
DIGIT RATING
60 /100
  • design

    50

  • performance

    50

  • value for money

    70

  • features

    70

User Rating : 1/5 Out of 1 Reviews
  • PROS
  • Very affordable
  • Dual SIM dual-standby
  • CONS
  • Technically flawed dual memory slot
  • Mediocre performer

Verdict

The Tech-Com T 51 fails to justify its USP by revealing a technical flaw with its dual memory slots. Also, it does not justify even its Rs. 2,100 price tag by being less than a mediocre performer.

Tech-Com T 51: Dual SIM, dual memory - double trouble [Review] detailed review

Tech-Com has stormed the entry level cellphone market with numerous dual SIM and dual memory combo models like: T 31, T 51 and T 55, bringing stiff competition to other entry-level brands like Spice, Fly, Micromax, Akai and Intex.


The T 51 incorporates a matte black finish on the keypad and a matte chocolate brown finish on the back panel. The body contours of the front panel is decorated in a silver metallic finish, to add a touch of class to the design aesthetics of the cellphone. The keypad layout incorporates flat-key design with narrow ridged spacings separating the keys from each other. The white font colour of the keys, adds a stark contrast with the black coated keys. The scratch proof sticker on the LCD is a value add, which most budget phones miss out these days.

Tech-Com T 51 - 360 degree view

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The cheap build quality of the keypad results in poor tactile feedback from the keys during user input. Hence, the user is required to press the keys harder to register the input successfully. During our tests, we noticed that the memory card slots revealed intermittent issues with recognizing the microSD cards. Sometimes, both the memory cards got detected, while some other times neither of them were detected. Also, there were a few instances where only one of the two cards got randomly detected. We went through a hectic run-down of multiple trials, until both the memory cards were detected. This is a serious technical flaw, wherein one of the key selling points of the cellphone is its own undoing. The build quality of the battery cover is mediocre and tends to break off easily under rugged use. The overall build quality of the cellphone is ordinary. The menu interface is simple and well-organised.

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

 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]In spite of the signal reception being consistent across all the three zones, we experienced wavering voice clarity with the device earpiece across zones one and three. The loudspeaker delivered distorted sounds at 50% volume and above, while the voice clarity wavered intermittently irrespective of the zone selection. The handsfree audibility was very feeble even at maximum volume and coupled with inconsistent voice clarity, it gave us an illusion of broken words from the other side. The photo colour and crispness yielded satisfactory results with both indoor shots as well as the outdoor ones. The captured video revealed pixelated artefacts, while the image colour and crispness was mediocre. The display quality isn't impressive with limited viewing angles and poor legibility under bright sunshine. There isn't anything worth mentioning about the multimedia test, as the results were unsatisfactory.

Our Take

The Tech-Com T 51 fails to justify its USP by revealing a technical flaw with its dual memory slots. Also, it does not justify even its Rs. 2,100 price tag by being less than a mediocre performer.

Specifications: SIM (GSM GSM); Display: 2-inch; Memory: dual microSD expandable up to 8GB; Battery: 1400 mAh, Talk-time: up to 4.5 hours, Standby-time: up to 300 hours; Dimensions: 112 x 47 x 14.5mm; Weight: 85 grams;

Ratings
Features: 7
Performance: 5.5
Build Quality: 5
Value for money: 7.5
Overall: 6

Brand Tech-Com
Model T-51
Features  
Physical Specs  
Form Factor Candy Bar
2G Network Bands (MHz) Dual GSM 900/1800
3G Network Bands N/A
Screen Resolution -
Screen Size (inches) 2-inches
Maximum Screen colours -
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) N
Battery Rating 1400mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) in mm 112x47x14.5
Weight 85 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 1000 entries
No of calls in register 20 received, 20 missed & 20 dialled calls
Talk Time / Standby Time * up to 4.5 hours / up to 300 hours
No of Profiles # / Customisable (Y/N) 6/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) -
Accessories  
Bundled Accessories Charger, handsfree headset, USB cable
Size of memory card provided None
Overall Build Quality (So 10) 5
Overall Ergonomics (So 10) 6.5
Keypad Design (So 10) 5.5
Camera Specs  
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels) 1.3MP
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, AMR
Video formats supported MP4, 3GP, AVI
FM Radio (Y/N) Y
Performance  
Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)  
Zone 1 5
Zone 2 6
Zone 3 5.5
Device Earpiece Volume 5
Device Loudspeaker clarity 5.5
Handsfree Clarity 5
Speaker Volume (on call) 6
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (kbps) 741
WiFi signal strength (Zone 2) N/A
Captured Photo Quality (So 10)  
Captured Photo Colour 6.5
Captured Photo Crispness 6
Captured Video Quality 5
Loudspeaker Audio Quality 5.5
Bundled Earphones Quality 6
Display  
Quality of display 6
Viewing angle of display 5
Legibility in bright sunlight 4
Video Playback Quality (So 10) 6.5
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 2,599

 
* Manufacturer Rated  

Contact: Techcom
Phone: 26428541 / 42
E-mail: techcom@airtelmail.in
Website: www.techcomindia.com
Price: Rs. 2,100
 

Tech-Com T 51: Dual SIM, dual memory - double trouble [Review] Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹2100
Release Date: 20 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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