Wynncom Y95 - Match your dress code with three colourful backpanels Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated May 24 2011
Wynncom Y95 - Match your dress code with three colourful backpanels Review
DIGIT RATING
60 /100
  • design

    50

  • performance

    50

  • value for money

    70

  • features

    60

  • PROS
  • Dual SIM dual-standby
  • Three interchangeable backpanels
  • Motion sensor functionality
  • CONS
  • Sluggish interface
  • Mediocre keypad design & ergonomics
  • Cheap build quality

Verdict

The lack of good keypad design and ergonomics is the major setback for such a basic budget phone. Also, its cheap build quality puts the Y95 in a spot of bother, when compared to better designed models like the Byond Q99, Fly MV135, iBuzz iQ-3, even though they sell at a slightly higher price of Rs. 3,500. If you are a music buff, you should strictly consider the likes of Fly MV135 or if you are a business professional you would want a decent QWERTY phone like the Byond Q99 or the iBuzz iQ-3. As the Wynncom Y95 fails to meet our expectations on more than one criteria, we strictly do not recommend it.

Wynncom Y95 - Match your dress code with three colourful backpanels detailed review

The Y95 is the latest entry into the list of youth-centric mobile phones launched into the market by Wynncom. All the models in this series are aptly code-named with the letter 'Y' followed by the model number, which represents the Y-series mainly focused at the youth. We had earlier reviewed the Y100 which didn't quite impress us with its pedestrian performance, unlike its stylish and expensive looks. We shall find out later in the review, if the Y95 is any better in terms of performance while implementing a rather simplistic design.


Look and Feel

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The Wynncom Y95 is sleek and tall like its elder sibling Y100. It comes with a glossy white finish on the front and backpanels. The interchangeable rear panels - light grey and pink, provide you the privilege of match-making with your dress code. As this is the only major value addition to the feature set, we wished to have a choice of more than just two interchangeable backpanels. The cheap build quality of the battery cover and its lack of proper latch mechanism represent poor ergonomics.The glossy silver finish on the keypad adds a touch of class. However, the mediocre keypad design and its cheap build quality result in too much of flex or sideways tilting of keys. This actually hinders typing accuracy and speed particularly while messaging, which will surely disappoint the SMS freaks and the power users. The Y95 surely fails to do justice as a youth-centric smartphone with a sub-par keypad design coupled with a shoddy D-pad interface and lacklustre ergonomics.

Features

The two notable features that are worth mentioning are the STK (SIM ToolKit) and the gesture based motion sensor functionality. The STK allows you customise the dual SIMs with individual settings for Airtel Live. Meanwhile, the motion sensor feature allows one to change the wallpaper or an MP3 song or a video during playback by just a sideways flip of the phone. However, the one notable omission is the lack of pre-installed motion sensor games. Another feature that really distracted us, was the vibrating alert which seemed louder than normal and more distracting than the ringtone itself.

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

 

 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The interface isn't snappy and lags intermittently, particularly while opening large applications like the still camera or the video camera. This is partially attributed to the low internal memory on the phone (240KB). The Y95 delivered decent call quality in areas with good signal strength, while there was a slight drop in voice clarity across low-signal strength areas. There was an instance of echoing on the receiver's end and slight distortion on the source end, while testing the loudspeaker at more than 50% volume levels. The loudspeaker and the bundled earphones audio felt choppy at volume levels exceeding 50%, which makes it a below par performer in music tests. The display reveals washed out colours and banding when viewed at certain angles. Also, the display fonts are blurred out beyond a certain viewing angle, which indicates poor image rendering capability of the display. Overall, the Y95 is an ordinary performer and does not impress the likes of power users.

Our Take

We have seen an appalling number of dual SIM mobiles hitting the market and trying to outsmart one another in the recent past. While a few have shined with their overpowering feature-set and a balanced performance, most have fallen by the wayside and have failed all expectations. Unfortunately, the Y95 joins the list of the latter. We have seen a lot of competition in the sub Rs. 3,000 category to capitalize on the ever-increasing demand for the dual SIM budget segment from the likes of Intex, Fly, Micromax, Tech-Com and iBuzz. The lack of good keypad design and ergonomics is the major setback for such a basic budget phone. Also, its cheap build quality puts the Y95 in a spot of bother, when compared to better designed models like the Byond Q99, Fly MV135, iBuzz iQ-3, even though they sell at a slightly higher price of Rs. 3,500. If you are a music buff, you should strictly consider the likes of Fly MV135 or if you are a business professional you would want a decent QWERTY phone like the Byond Q99 or the iBuzz iQ-3. As the Wynncom Y95 fails to meet our expectations on more than one criteria, we strictly do not recommend it.

Specifications: SIM(GSM GSM); Display: 2.4-inch TFT screen, Resolution: 240 x 320, Colours: 262K; Battery: 1000mAh, Talk-time: up to 6 hours, Standby-time: up to 240 hours; Weight: 90grams; Memory: microSD, expandable up to 8GB;

Ratings
Features: 6
Performance: 5
Build Quality: 5
Value for money: 6.5
Overall: 5.5

Brand Wynncom
Model Y95
Price (MRP, Rs) Rs. 2,999
Features  
Physical Specs  
Form Factor Candy Bar
2G Network Bands (MHz) GSM 900/1800
3G Network Bands (MHz) N/A
Screen Resolution 240 x 320
Screen Size (inches) 2.4
Maximum Screen colours 262K
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N) N
Battery Rating 1000mAh
Weight 90 grams
Expandable Memory Type microSD
Hot Swappable (Y/N) N
Available Colours White, Light grey and Pink
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 300
No of calls in register 20 dialled, 20 missed, 20 received
Talk Time * 6 hours
Standby Time * 240 hours
No of Profiles # / Customisable 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 N/A
3G max speed N/A
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB) N/Y/N/Y
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support v2.1/Y
Camera Specs  
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels) 1.3MP
Video Capture Resolution 240 x 320
Dual Cameras / Auto Focus / Flash (Y/N) N/N/N
Mirror for self portrait (Y / N) N
Camera Settings (So 10) 4
Zoom (Optical/Digital) Digital
Multimedia  
Music Formats supported MP3
Video formats supported 3GP, MP4, AVI
FM Radio (Y/N) Y
Accessories  
Bundled Accessories Charger, handsfree headset, 2 back covers, USB cable
Size of memory card provided None
Build and Ergonomics (So 10)  
Surface materials used 5
Overall build and in-hand feel 5.5
Quality of moving parts 5.5
Design and ergonomics 5
Keypad design (on-screen or hardware) 5.5
Menu and interface 6.5
Settings and ease of navigating menus 7
Camera menu options 6
Performance  
Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)  
Zone 1 7
Zone 2 6
Zone 3 5.5
Handsfree Clarity 7
Loudspeaker Clarity 6
Earpiece Clarity 6.5
Handsfree Volume 7.5
Loudspeaker Volume 5
Earpiece Volume 6.5
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (in Kbps) 148
Imaging and multimedia tests  
Captured Photo Colour 5.5
Captured Photo Crispness 5
Captured Photo Detail 4
Captured Video Quality 5.5
Effectiveness of integrated flash N/A
Music Quality (loudspeaker) 5
Music Quality (handsfree) 5.5
Volume levels (loudspeaker) 5
Volume levels (handsfree) 5
Display (So 10)  
Crispness 4
Colour 5
Font rendition 5
Legibility in bright sunlight 3
Video playback 5

 
* Manufacturer Rated  

Contact: Wynn Telecom Ltd.
Phone: 18001029299
E-mail: info@wynntelecom.com
Website: www.wynntelecom.com
Price: Rs. 2,999

Wynncom Y95 - Match your dress code with three colourful backpanels Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Release Date: 24 May 2011
Market Status: Discontinued

Key Specs

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

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Wynncom Y95 - Match your dress code with three colourful backpanels

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