Spice Mobile is known to bring in affordable and user-friendly handsets
in the market. Working on their existing strengths, Spice has now
launched their dual-SIM Spice M-5600 FLO TV. The handset is also
referred as FLO TV and uses Spice mobile's existing Flo Touch technology
while incorporating a relatively different concept of an inbuilt Analog
With Android based budget phones stealing the market, do feature phones such as these still stand a chance? Let's take a look.
just 110 grams, the Spice M-5600 is light and easy to hold. It has a
standby button, Micro-USB port and a 3.5 mm head phone jack on the top.
The 3.2-inch QVGA touchscreen display takes most of the space on the
front and below the same are three back-lit touch buttons.
right hand corner button acts as a toggle button to switch between main
menu and home screen. The positioning of this button is extremely
convenient when it comes to user comfort. The back has a 1.3 MP camera
on the top-left corner and a speaker down at the bottom.
Right at the
corner, is an extendible antenna that is visible only when you examine
the handset very closely.
The Spice M-5600 offers dual-SIM
functionality with dual-standby. It also comes with a microSD slot that
enables users to expand the storage up to 8GB.
3.2 inch display is big enough to do your day to day activities. While
it is comfortable to use indoors, it is almost impossible to use this
handset in broad daylight. You would perhaps need to look for shaded
areas when outdoors.
The phone has a 1.3 MP rear
camera that enables you to click photographs as well as shoot videos.
The image quality is decent for sharing but the video quality at 12 fps
is pretty basic. The absence of flash makes it difficult to click
pictures in low lighting conditions. The camera interface also offers
features such as effects and white balance options to aid photography.
phone comes loaded with widgets and multimedia applications. Bold icons
adorn the application menu and contain many pre-loaded apps including
Facebook, Yahoo! Messenger, Bluetooth messenger, News applications,
Privacy Lock and Yahoo! Weather. It also has an Ebook app that allows
you to read .txt files on your phone. In addition to these, it also has S
Apps Planet, which acts as an Application portal.
reading on the Ebook app, and it indeed had some interesting features.
The text size is comfortable to read and an auto scroll feature
eliminates the need for you to keep scrolling through the long texts.
the Bluetooth Messenger and its purpose seemed pointless. All this
messenger does is send text file to any phone via Bluetooth. Even if it
can be used to share texts, the whole idea of a "Messenger" is
misleading with the other person having no method to reply back.
Spice is touting this phone as a multimedia feature phone; this is
exactly where we faced the maximum performance issues.
TV application, which is a special feature in this phone, gives you
free access to terrestrial channels like Doordarshan and DD News. Being
an analog service, the picture quality might not be crystal clear but
yet it is a feature that not many phones have.
To use this
feature, one needs to pull out the antenna and go outdoors. Yes, the TV
signal is a problem for your FLO TV when indoors. You need to be outside
the comfort of your home to watch news on the device. The same problem
exists with the FM. Even to listen to the radio, you need to extend the
antenna that you used for the Analog TV. The FM application offers a
function to record FM.
The 1200 mAh battery is sufficient to last
you a full day with a single charge but that is if you are not viewing
the Analog TV all day long. You can get online via GPRS.
the amount that you pay, the device is definitely worth the money. The
features given are diverse and well supported by the battery backup. The
elegant and lightweight white body is a positive as well. Though it has
added an Analog TV app, the signal reception for the same is a problem
and the antenna that needs to be extended to view TV. Moreover, in the
current context, antennas have become outdated, so the idea of an
antenna phone may not appeal to certain consumer groups.
Price: Rs 3,099
- Bad signal reception for FM Radio and Analog TV
- Poor display
Ratings (Out of 5)
Battery life: 4
Value for Money: 4