Videocon seems to have established itself as a mobile manufacturer now and not just a company renowned for consumer electronics for the home. Their range extends from the lower end segment to devices in the higher end spectrum with touchscreen devices running on a Windows Mobile Platform. The V1306 Dual SIM is one of their ultra budget handsets for those looking to keep things real simple. Here’s a closer look.

Form Factor

The V1306 looks like the Nokia 1608. There’s no doubt about it. In quite a few ways though, it’s a little better than the Nokia model in terms of features at least. The V1306 comes with an LED light located on the top and a standard mini USB port (universal – Charger, USB, handsfree) on the side. It’s also of the Dual SIM variety and supports external memory (up to 4GB) via microSD cards. There’s no hot swap for the same but it doesn’t seem necessary for a handset in this segment. It’s light weight with comfortable keys making it a comfortable mobile to use.

Features and Performance

Since the phone is designed for and targeted at a lower end demographic, the UI is simple, colorful and well laid out. Its navigation and accessing functions are smooth, however when it comes to typing the handset just can’t keep up. The V1306 isn’t designed for speedy typers as you’ll have completed an entire SMS of 100 characters while the handset would still be on its 70th. It’s excruciatingly slow. This is one of the handset’s bigger drawbacks. Another issue is that it doesn’t have a Vibrate & Ring option in the settings. It relys on what Videocon calls a ‘Vibra’ Speaker system. The speakers vibrate for external audio which means for incoming calls as well. But in a noisy environment, if it’s in your pocket you won’t feel or hear it.

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