Expert Review of Micromax X279
Indian-bred company Micromax had launched the X279 handset, which is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) bar phone with the dimensions 116.7mm X 49.8mm X 14.5mm and weighing 98gm. It is available in black and grey colors. The front of the phone sports 2.4-inch TFT display with the resolution of 240x320 pixels and supports supports 65k colors. The 0.3MP VGA camera is provided at the back which can take pictures of 640x480 pixels resolution. Although digital zoom is supported, there is no provision for LED flash, so clicking pictures in low-light conditions proves to be difficult. Otherwise, its VGA camera gives good quality pictures. Video recording is also allowed but with relatively poor quality. Also, there is no front-facing secondary camera so video-calling on this Micrmax mobile is not possible.
In terms of connectivity, Micromax has provided just the bare essential features like GPRS (no EDGE), Bluetooth and USB connectivity. No support is provided for infrared, 3G, 4G or even GPS. When it comes to multimedia features, again, Micromax offers only the most essential features like audio playback and video playback. FM radio is well supported and a 3.5mm universal audio jack is provided using which you can play your music on any compatible audio system. Although Micromax is offering only 10MB of internal memory storage capacity, you can expand this capacity up to 8GB using a microSD card. The Micromax X279 is powered by an 1800 mAh standard Li-Ion battery that gives up to 6 hours of talk time and up to 360 hours of stand-by time.
User Interface and UI functionality
There is nothing much to talk about the User Interface of Micromax X279 is concerned. It is sufficient to say that it’s a dual-SIM phone supporting upto two GSM SIM cards with dual stand-by. The UI of the phone is almost same as that of any other phone in this price range, no fancy Android interface is there like that in Micromax’s Android smartphones.
The X279 comes equipped with the basic multimedia features that you can find in any other phone occupying this particular price range. It offers audio playback and video playback, FM radio, a 0.3MP VGA camera that takes barely any decent pictures, voice recording and a 3.5mm universal audio jack that enables you to play your music on any compatible audio system. Also, Micromax has installed some pre-loaded games on to the handset for your entertainment.
Pictures and Video quality
The 0.3-megapixel camera onboard the X279 is extremely sub-par and the lack of LED flash further accentuates the problem of poor picture quality in low-light conditions. Digital zoom is provided which is some sort of saving grace for the camera. Video recording is supported but the video quality is poor and of course, shaky.
Micromax has allowed only GPRS connectivity on the X279 and thus, the lack of EDGE connectivity really disappoints in the form of low speeds. A WAP browser is provided for browsing purposes. The question of 3G support doesn’t even arise since not even EDGE connectivity has been provided.
Internal and External Memory
The X279 packs a measly 10MB of internal memory storage, which is extremely inadequate for storing any music, videos or pictures. However, a microSD slot is provided, using which you can expand memory capacity up to 8GB for storing your data.
Applications and Gaming
The X279 comes preloaded with ordinary mundane applications like alarm clock, organizer, image viewer, voice memo and calendar. Support has been provided for Hindi language input. Some special applications have also been installed by Micromax on the X279, such as the MiZone and the Mi Store. Micromax has also preloaded it with some games and applications. handset.
The Micromax X279 runs on a powerful 1800 mAh standard Li-Ion battery that gives up to 6 hours of talk time and up to 360 hours of stand-by time. This battery life should be pretty much adequate for a phone in this price range.
Micromax has acted very sparingly when it comes to offering good connectivity features on the X279. All you get is Bluetooth and USB connectivity, along with GPRS connectivity for browsing the Web. The glaring absence of EDGE connectivity will leave you disappointed since GPRS provides relatively lower speeds. Obviously, the absence of EDGE leaves no room for the question of 3G connectivity to come up! Even, infrared connectivity or GPS are not present in this handset. Not even Assisted GPS (A-GPS) is supported.
While comparing the X279 with the more-recent X103 that was launched by Micromax recently, we see that the X279 scores above the X103 on quite a number of aspects. Firstly, the X103 is shorter and thicker when compared to the X279. You get support for microSD memory expansion only up to 4GB, whereas the X279 offers double of that. Moreover, the X103 does not feature a 3.5mm universal audio jack so you can’t play your music on any other audio device. However, the X103’s battery offers better talk time as compared to that offered by the X279. In other aspects, both handsets more or less resemble with each other- both are Dual-SIM handsets with dual-standby, each of them sports a 0.3MP VGA camera that is not sufficiently good and both are equally dismal in terms of connectivity features, with no support for anything besides Bluetooth, GPRS and USB connectivity.