MVL has brought to public its new G81, which is quite an interesting entry into the market. This dual sim Quadband (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Mhz) phone packs quite a punch for its size, an has an interesting set of features, one of which is a Blackberry style trackpad.

Form Factor:

The phone is compact and has a QWERTY style keypad. The keypad is quite responsive, but causes issues if you have fat fingers like mine. The phone also features a features a camera button on the left side, which comes in extremely handy. 2 clicks on this button and you’re ready to take your pictures.
The G81 features USB connectivity on the lower right side of the phone. The cool thing is that with this particular phone, you have an option of hot swappable memory. An extremely useful feature.

Navigation on this phone is enabled by using a Blackberry style track pad, which can get a little over sensitive sometimes. However, this takes a little getting used to and doesn’t seem like much of an issue within a few days of owning this phone.

The phone also features a 2.4″ Color Display, which is very effective, but can get somewhat grainy at times. As mentioned earlier, the keypad is tightly packed, and can become somewhat troublesome if you have larger fingers. However, it can’t be denied that this is a very effective and responsive keypad.

Features and Performance:


The operating environment on this phone runs smoothly and there’s no lag when it comes to navigating the menus, typing or accessing applications. The trackpad makes navigation quite smooth and adds a lot of value to the experience. Dual SIM management is standard, and as far as the physical build of the phone is concerned – it comes built for Dual Sim, with a specific button for each SIM.


Its very disappointing that this phone does not feature a headphone jack. So the only way you can listen to your music is by playing it out loud. Great! Apart from this the speakerphone quality isn’t bad, definitely gets the Loud factor going. However a disappointment nonetheless. 

The phone plays back only 3GP/MP4 files. This is good enough for normal video recording and playback. In terms of media functionality, the phone features a Image viewer, video recorder, audio player, an FM radio (which performs quite well,  and comes with scheduled recording),  sound recorder, and an image editor. Now, don’t get carried away, but the sole purpose of this editor is to simply crop images, or resize them to the screen size of the phone.

The great thing is that although you cant listen to your music privately, the 16 GB SD capacity definitely lets you blast out a long music session.

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