Videocon V7500 - ZEUS harnesses the power of Android Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Nov 10 2010
Videocon V7500 - ZEUS harnesses the power of Android Review
DIGIT RATING
70 /100
  • design

    70

  • performance

    60

  • value for money

    70

  • features

    80

  • PROS
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Ships with a carrying case and 8GB memory card
  • Affordable price
  • CONS
  • No hardware keypad
  • Weak camera

Verdict

Overall, the ZEUS V7500 reveals itself to be a decent performer with good value for money. With the power of Android (Eclair ready), multi-touch screen and 3G, it makes a strong statement. At a price of Rs. 12,500, it makes a great buy, if we could overlook its weak camera and ordinary loudspeaker.

Videocon V7500 - ZEUS harnesses the power of Android detailed review

Videocon has finally made its presence felt in the 3G touch-screen mobile segment, with the release of ZEUS V7500. The ZEUS truly holds an edge in the battle of the touch-screen phones with eye-candy interface, which is well-complemented by the 3.2-inch capacitive touch-screen running at a decent resolution of 480 x 320. Social-networking widgets and special-function shortcuts (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, device synchronization and display brightness) on the home screen provide a glimpse of Android's hidden potential.


Harnessing the power of Android, ZEUS unleashes the power of multi-touch input including support for drop-down & push-up menu, page transitions, display auto-rotate and a wide-array of Android integrated applications.

Videocon V7500 (ZEUS) - 3G touch-screen phone

The Videocon ZEUS V7500 is sleek and stylish adhering to the delicate human body curve design and candy-bar form-factor. It incorporates a glossy black finish on the front panel and decorated with a chrome metallic finish along the contours of the body. The ZEUS is coated with chocolate-brown on the back panel, with a chrome metallic strip highlighting the camera lens and flash-LED. The two contrasting colours on the front & back-panel enhance the appeal and beauty of the smartphone.

Videocon V7500 (ZEUS) - Attractive packaging

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The lack of a hardware keypad is a sore-point, as the touch-screen scrolling feature is quite sluggish. We often found ourselves scratching the finger nails along the narrow margin on the right edge of the screen and the interface being stubbornly unresponsive. After a few iterations, we found that a gestured drag at the top or bottom of the screen would trigger the scroll bar to move on its own will. Depending on the force used with the drag, the speed of the scroll would be determined. For a novice user, this would be an appalling experience! We could hope that such an interface (Android 1.6) bug, would totally get eliminated with the advent of Android 2.1, better known as 'Eclair'. A little broader margin on the sides with the option of dragging the slider itself, would be a welcome relief to the Android fanatics and geeks alike.

Videocon V7500 (ZEUS) - 360 degree view

The ZEUS incorporates the volume rocker and camera button on one side and an USB/power port on the other. There is a 3.5mm audio jack and a power button on the top surface of the cellphone. The camera lens and flash-LED are visible on the top portion of the back-panel, with the chrome metallic strip separating the battery compartment from the camera. Sliding the battery cover downwards reveals one GSM/WCDMA SIM-slot and one microSD memory slot. Menu, home, internet and back buttons serve as special shortcut buttons at the bottom of the LCD screen. With all due credit, the ZEUS stands tall with its feature-rich configuration and decent performance. It stirs up a revving competition with the likes of LG's GT540 Optimus, Samsung's Galaxy 3 and Spice's Mi-300 in the price bracket.

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

 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The Videocon ZEUS V7500 had a decent outing in the signal reception and call clarity test. The loudspeaker clarity was both choppy and yielded distorted vocal sounds during calls. However, the hands-free headset delivered stable performance with consistent voice clarity even at volumes higher than 75%, across all the zones. Device earpiece volumes delivered optimum sound levels for good audibility. The camera performance looked average and was far from impressive. The snapshots and videos showed evidence of grainy particles and blurriness particularly with distant objects. Although the display quality and video playback quality were the super-highlights of the product, we were impressed with the crisp and sharp images running at a decent frame-rate sans stuttering & distortion.


Conclusion

Overall, the ZEUS V7500 reveals itself to be a decent performer with good value for money. With the power of Android (Eclair ready), multi-touch screen and 3G, it makes a strong statement. At a price of Rs. 12,500, it makes a great buy, if we could overlook its weak camera and ordinary loudspeaker.

Specifications: SIM (GSM/UTMS); Display: 3.2-inch, resolution: 480 x 320, colours: 262K; Memory: microSD expandable up to 8GB; Battery: 1230mAh, talk-time: up to 7 hours, standby-time: up to 408 hours; Weight: 114grams;

Brand Videocon
Model Zeus V7500
Features  
Physical Specs  
Form Factor Candy Bar
2G Network Bands GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G Network Bands UMTS 2100 WCDMA
Screen Resolution 480 x 320
Screen Size (inches) 3.2-inch
Maximum Screen colours 262K
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) Y
Battery Rating 1230mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) in mm 114.9 x 56.8 x 12.6
Weight 114grams
Expandable Memory Type microSD
Hot Swappable (Y/N) Y
Available Colours Black
Other Features  
Operating System Android 1.6 (Eclair Ready)
Charging via USB (Y/N) Y
Hardware Keypad (Regular/QWERTY) NA
Accelerometer (For auto rotate) Y
Address Book Capacity -
No of calls in register -
Talk Time / Standby Time * Up to 7 hours / Up to 408 hours
No of Profiles # / Customisable (Y/N) -
Offline Operability (Y/N) Y
Inbuilt GPS / A-GPS support (Y / N) Y/Y
Connectivity  
Browsing (GPRS/EDGE/3G) Y/N/Y
EDGE max speed NA
3G max speed HSDPA 7.2MBps / HSUPA 2MBps
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB) Y/Y/N/Y
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support (Y/N) -/Y
Accessories  
Bundled Accessories Travel Charger, USB data cable, Car charger, bundled earphones, two batteries (one spare), carrying case
Size of memory card provided 8GB
Overall Build Quality (So 10) 7.5
Overall Ergonomics (So 10) 7
Keypad Design (So 10) 5
Camera Specs  
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels) 5 Mega-Pixel
Video Capture Resolution -
Dual Cameras / Auto Focus / Flash (Y/N) N/Y/Y
Mirror for self portrait (Y / N) N
Camera Settings (So 10) 6.5
Zoom (Optical/Digital) 6x Digital
Multimedia  
Music Formats supported AMR, AAC, AAC , EAAC , MIDI, MP3, WAV
Video formats supported H.263, H.264 AVC, MPEG-4 SP
FM Radio (Y/N) N
Performance  
Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)  
Zone 1 7.5
Zone 2 6.5
Zone 3 6
Device Earpiece Volume 7
Device Loudspeaker clarity 5.5
Handsfree Clarity 7.5
Speaker Volume (on call) 7
WiFi signal strength (Zone 2) Medium
Captured Photo Quality (So 10)  
Captured Photo Colour 6
Captured Photo Crispness 6
Captured Video Quality 7
Loudspeaker Audio Quality 6
Bundled Earphones Quality 6.5
Display  
Quality of display 8
Viewing angle of display 6
Legibility in bright sunlight 6
Video Playback Quality (So 10) 8.5
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 12,500

 
* Manufacturer Rated  

Ratings
Features: 7.5
Performance: 6.5
Build Quality: 7.5
Value for money: 7
Overall: 7

Contact: Videocon Industries Limited
Phone: 0124-4969999
E-mail: support@videoconmobiles.com
Website: www.videoconmobiles.com
Price: Rs. 12,500

Videocon V7500 - ZEUS harnesses the power of Android Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹12500
Release Date: 10 Nov 2010
Market Status: Discontinued

Key Specs

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

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Videocon V7500 - ZEUS harnesses the power of Android

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