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.
MTS MTag 281 Description
MTS MTag 281 is another smartphone in the trio series, launched by MTS, which runs on Android v.2.3 Gingerbread platform and is powered by 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor, the advanced processor to deliver a quality service. This Android smartphone is very cheap and is full of applications and features based on latest technology and platform. MTS MTag 281 handset is a CDMA device and it doesn't supports GSM network. MTS is a very renowned name in the network providers, so is the case with this handset. It supports high speed wireless tethering in order to deliver the best Internet service amongst the rivals. It has an elegant style with compact body built with candy bar form factor. This droid has 2.8 inch wide TFT QVGA display with capacitive touch that gives a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels with 262K color depth. The screen looks vibrant, clear and rich with equiangular view from all sides. To make the device more enticing, the company offers three additional back covers (red, white and blue) in the box to suite your mood. You will also get a 2GB memory card along with the handset so that you can store your multimedia files along with your data in the handset.
MTS MTag 281 holds an internal space of 512MB with 256MB space for RAM and you can expand the external memory of the device up to 32GB via a memory card slot. There is a primary 3.0 megapixels camera at the back that captures images with quality and utmost clarity. With the high speed Internet service at your feet, this smartphone will makes surfing and application usage as smooth as breeze. MTS MTag 281, along with its other siblings, comes pre-bundled with MTS TV application that allows you to have an unlimited access to Live TV with more than 100 channels. You will get nearly 4,50,000 applications at your service and the games also from the Google Play, that is, the Android market. Connectivity options, such as Bluetooth, USB port, Wi-Fi, MTS hotspots, etc. are available at your end so that you can access Internet and can easily sync your MTS smartphone with the nearby devices. The audio and video player int his smartphone supports multiple formats to give you comfort and you can also enjoy the latest numbers on the FM radio. MTS MTag 281 is powered by standard Li-Ion 1,200 mAh battery that allows a good talk time of more than 4 hours on a CDMA network and you can also do hours of web surfing with a long multimedia playback time.