Expert Review of MTS MTag 281
MTS is another Indian brand trying to make its presence felt in the Indian smartphone market. The company already has a base as Internet service provider. They offer 3G dongles for Internet, so the company is not a complete rookie and has a foundation to build on further. Smartphone industry is probably the fastest growing sector in the world and not to cash on it would be foolish for any brand. MTS MTag 281 is an Android smartphone but with a relatively low-sized display of 2.8 inches. The QVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen is backed by 262k colors. The 3 megapixels primary camera does well to hold its ground in both outdoor and indoor conditions capturing images at a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. The touch bar handset has a length of 104mm, a breadth of 57mm and a thickness of 13.3mm.
Internal memory of 170MB with 256MB of RAM would last longer if the user is not too keen on keeping a big collection of songs, games, images and videos. But if that is not the case, the microSD card slot comes into play with a 32GB increment capability. With 1,200mAh standard lithium-ion battery, MTS MTag 281 produces an average talktime of upto 4 hours along with a standby time of upto 220 hours. The device supports CDMA network and unlike its counterparts like Micromax or Karbonn, MTS MTag 281 does not come with the dual-SIM facility. The device has an 800MHz processor while the software aspect of the device includes Android Gingerbread as the operating system. Now this is not the latest version of Android but is close enough to it to provide access to loads of games and applications.
Internet is vital in a Android handset and here the WAP browser version 2.0 along with GPRS and EDGE are the sources of accessing it. The users can download data including songs, games, images and videos. Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Hotspot is an excellent source of spreading the connection across other compatible devices. Remaining data connectivity features include Bluetooth and USB port. There is no LED flash, whose addition would have really made a difference. Video recordings are better indoors but the sound quality degrades a bit while recording outdoor due to the absence of noise cancellation feature. Some other applications offered by the smartphone includes Live MTS TV, Online Music Application, Nimbuzz (All-in-one Messenger), Google Mail, Google Talk, Facebook, Plug N Play.
User Interface and UI functionality
MTS MTag 281 has a 2.8-inch QVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen. The swiping speed or the responsive speed is good for its class but the display does seem to hold back a bit at times. Color saturation is also a bit off but with 262k colors, there is not much to expect in the first place.
MTS MTag 281 has a music player running in the formats of MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, OGG letting the user listen to songs. Earphones and loudspeakers are the two means to listen to songs with a 3.5mm audio pin supporting the former. Video player also supports multiple formats comprising of MP4, 3GP and AAC+. FM radio is an alternative tool to listen to the latest musical tracks provided by the entertainment world.
Pictures and Video quality
MTS MTag 281 comes with a respectable 3 megapixel primary camera that can click worthy images at a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. The resolution is actually pretty nice and healthy for 3 megapixels supporting good quality video recordings as well. Digital zoom is a way to get a better view of distant objects but beyond that there is no other significant assisting feature.
MTS MTag 281 comes with WAP 2.0 browser along with GPRS and EDGE that are internally built sources of web. Downloading speed of the device is not the fastest but is adequate to get the job done. Websites like Facebook and YouTube are a little slow to open which is largely due to the huge amount of data buffer that goes into it. Wi-Fi is present too but the addition of Wi-Fi Hotspot is the real deal in terms of value which can make the device an independent server for other devices to connect to the web.
Internal and External Memory
MTS MTag 281 offers a 170MB user available memory along with a 512MB ROM and 256MB RAM, which is sufficient to store a small to medium sized data. If the user wants to go heavy there is always the support of the microSD card slot which can enhance the external memory of the device upto 32GB. A 2GB of microSD card comes along with the handset to satisfy your storage needs.
Applications and Gaming
MTS MTag 281 is aided by the Android Gingerbread operating system which gives the device a license of downloading tons of games and applications like Whatsapp and Temple run. There would be certain games that would be out of reach for the user since Gingerbread is not the latest version of Android.
A 1,200mAh standard lithium-ion battery powers the MTS MTag 281 into producing a talktime of upto 4 hours along with a standby time of upto 220 hours. Multimedia usage can also work for a substantial amount of time without compromising too much power.
MTS MTag 281 is beefed up in the data connectivity department with Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, GPRS, EDGE, WAP browser. For data exchange there is Bluetooth and USB port.
MTS MTag 281 when compared to iBall Andi 3e has a smaller screen with 2.8 inches for the former and 3.2 inches for the latter. iBall Andi 3e has the dual-SIM facility which is missing in MTS MTag 281. iBall Andi 3e has a slightly better camera with 3.2 megapixels as compared to the 3 megapixels camera offered by MTS MTag 281. MTS MTag 281 is powered by the 1,200mAh standard lithium-ion battery as compared to the 1,400mAh standard lithium-ion battery of iBall Andi 3e. The standby time thus is more with iBall Andi 3e with 400 hours as compared to the 220 hours offered by MTS MTag 281.