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Mar 27, 2004 11:03 AM 7459 Views
(Updated Mar 27, 2004 11:03 AM)

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I bought the phone 4-5 days ago for my father visiting me for a few weeks. Out of the 3 phones available as part of the RIM Prepaid launch offer, I picked this one because itoffered most value for money.


I will be comparing this phone against the Samsung N191. That's the other phone I have from Reliance. Since the network is the same, the difference in experience should be because of the phone.


I find it a decent phone, but one whose time has come & again. It is a very good looking phone, and its surprisingly light but it looks like a phone from 1999. The body seems to be made of cheap plastic, but I trust Motorola to make their phones tough. I am sure that this phone can take a beating, and still survive.


The signal strength on this phone is quite good, but its not as good as the Samsung N191 (from Reliance). It frequently loses signals while Samsung N191 continues to be on the network at the same spot.


The voice quality of this phone pretty good. The mic is very sensitive, and can even pick up the speaker's breathing. No kidding! The speaker is not as good. The other person's voice doesn't sound quite as rich as on the Samsung N191.


A major disadvantage in this phone is that it does not support T9 predictive text input for text messaging. It uses eZiText for predictive text input. I have taught myself to use it, and I find that it can sometimes be faster than T9. But you can't teach C131 new words, e.g. using Hindi words in an otherwise English message, so you have to switch to ''MultiTap'' to enter Hindi words. This is a major pain in neck for me because I usually type out my messages very fast. The phone also doesn't have an option to ask for message delivery ack.


The menus on this phone take some time getting used to, but I guess that would be true for every new phone. My only gripe with it's user interface is that there is no shortcut key for text messaging. It goes without saying that the UI is not as user friendly as Nokia's. We Indians have been spoilt by Nokia UIs. They are so simple & efficient.


The Reliance dealer told me that the phone's ringers are very low. He was right!! I have never been able to tell that my phone was ringing. Not only is it's ringer volume low, it vibrates very slightly too. You need a quiet environment to tell if you are receiving a call.


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