The pixel count on mobile phone cameras are getting higher, we’re up to 12MP now. There was a time that the cheapest 5 megapixel camera phone was upward of Rs. 20,000 and 3 megapixels would set you back about Rs. 15,000 plus. Things are quite different now with the onslaught of the Java mobile handset. Spice launched their 5MP camera the M-7070 that was under 10K and Videocon has this, their 3MP camera phone – the V1705. Take a closer look.

Form Factor
There’s nothing absolutely special about the V1705’s design. However it does look like quite a sturdy device and I have to admit that it’s not altogether unattractive. The keypad is raised and is large and comfortable to use for speedy typing. Being cast as a multi-media handset, Videocon has conveniently placed dedicated keys for the music player and the FM radio on either side of the joystick navigation system. The joystick itself is easy enough to control for movement but it’s quite badly designed to suffice as the selector key. It doesn’t easily get depressed and that can be very annoying.

A dedicated camera key is placed at the bottom of one side. Pressing it once will activate the still camera and keeping it pressed activates the video camera. A mini USB port is located on the other side for PC connectivity and the charger, while a 3.5mm handsfree is placed at the top. That was a good idea. A set of rather loud speakers are placed at the rear just above the 3.2MP fixed focus camera and LED flash. As usual the microSD card slot is placed under the battery.

It’s a simply designed handset that's easy to use.

Features and Performance

The display is clear and very easy on the eyes even in bright sunlight. The layout is no different from any other handsets in its range. There’s a smooth flow to the system with no lag whatsoever while accessing applications or functions. The V1705 is equipped with a motion sensor and functions that use it like the motion based Dice game and options to switch the wallpapers or change tracks by flicking the handset to the left or right.

The music player is adequate at best. The EQ presets can be customized using an 8 band graphic EQ setting and Videocon has also included a 3D surround setting, Reverb effect as well as a Bass Enhancement option. The decibel level is a little low but the quality isn’t too bad. The player's UI is a little over the top though. The handset’s FM radio worked out just fine picking up reception quite well in most places. It has a recording function and the same can also be set to record at a specific time as well. There’s a separate voice recorder, melody composer, Slide show for images and a photo editor that’s quite a bit of fun to play around with.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that standard videos in a 320 x 240 pixel resolution, played just fine with no framing whatsoever.

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