Continuing our series of inexpensive feature phones, today we have Wynncom’s OGO 077-Konnect under the spotlight. Some of the key features of this phone include Push mail, Social applications like Nimbuzz and Snaptu, and a QWERTY keypad with an optical trackpad which is not something we see often on low end phones. But, is this enough to stand out in a sea of Chinese clones or other low end devices that are in the same price bracket? Let's find out.
Design and Build
The 007-Konnect is a dual SIM, quad-band phone with support for EDGE, but not 3G or Wi-Fi. It has a classic candy-bar form factor and is incredibly light (even with the battery) at just 69g. It’s not bad to look at either, in fact it's very presentable and you won’t feel embarrased if you whip it out in public. I also have to give them props for the build quality; the plastic used is sturdy and doesn’t creak even when pressed. The paint finish is good too but overly glossy so fingerprint smudges are always evident. The bundle includes a charger, data cable, in-ear headset, carry pouch and two back covers (red and black).
Backlight is even across the keypad
I was pleasantly surprised to see a 3.5mm jack and a micro-USB charging port present. There’s nothing else on the sides other than the volume rocker. The screen is a 2.4-inch TFT with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Not bad, but not great either as the brightness is sufficient at the default settings, but the vertical viewing angles are not too great. Unfortunately, Wynncom has gone with a glossy finish for the keypad as well which makes it a pain to use with greasy fingers. Also, the keys have these weird grooves which are supposed to help you distinguish one key from another but end up being counter productive. The optical trackpad is another sore point as the sensitivity was not very good even after adjusting it. At times, it works well, but most of the times it's either over-sensitive or doesn’t work at all. And you don’t really have a choice but to use it, as there’s no D-pad.
The 007-Konnect features a Java-based interface like most entry level phones. I quite liked the style and design of the icons used, they are in-keeping with the whole red and black theme of the phone. Navigating through the menu is sluggish and the trackpad does not help one bit here. Thankfully you can use the two option buttons to quickly switch pages. The home screen has a neat layout as well with all the information about the signal, battery and currently used profile lined up on the top and there’s a shortcut bar below which you can customize in the settings menu to access features that you'd frequenty use.
Well designed menu but a bit sluggish to use
The one major problem I came across was that every little application is a separate icon in the menu and not in categories. For instance, 'Profiles' is not in the settings section which is the first place you’d look. Also, in order to get GPRS going, you need to set a Java profile in the browser, only then will all the Java apps be able to connect to the Internet. This unorganised menu system is really frustrating which is where it loses a lot of points.
The built-in music player supports mp3/MID/WAV/AAC/AMR. The 007-Konnect accepts micro-SD cards but only up to 8GB. The music player is pretty decent and easy to use. The built- in accelerometer is tied in with the media player allowing you to switch songs by simply flicking your wrist. The only problem is that it's too sensitive so even a slight twitch will change the song so swinging your hands while walking and listening to music is not a good idea obviously.
The in-ear headset blocks out sufficient ambient noise
The sound quality is poor with the bundled earphones, but does a decent job of isolating ambient noise. On the other hand, the built-in rear speaker is pretty loud, more than you’d want. The video player supports 3gp/MP4/RMVB file formats well enough provided they're reduced to a resolution of 320 x 240 and lower. An FM radio is present, as well along with a recording feature and reception was a non issue.
The Wynncom Konnect does not have Wi-Fi but supports EDGE data. Thanks to the micro-USB (2.0) port, transferring files to the device is a breeze. The internal memory is only 23.9MB but you have the option for a micro-SD card (up to 8GB supported as I mentioned). Call quality is decent, I didn't experience any dropped calls either or connection problems even while travelling. The volume of the ear piece is sufficiently loud. I could clearly hear the person on the other end even in noisy areas.
If you have EDGE on your phone, then you'll love the pre-installed applications. For starters, we have Opera Mini as well as the stock WAP browser. Social networking apps include Nimbuzz for multiple chat, Snaptu and IM. Setting up the accounts can be a pain as you have to navigate through a myriad of sub-menus till you get it working, but once set, it works well. OGO Zone gives you access to many Java applications from GetJar’s WAP page. Push E-mail let's you configure your GMail, Yahoo or virtually any other mail service and receive notifications automatically.
There are plenty of useful applications bundled along. Something that caught my eye was an answering machine app. It lets you to select the duration after which it kicks in and stores recordings on the phone or memory card. Not bad.
Good set of Java apps pre-installed
There’s also a document viewer that supports Word/Excel/PowerPoint and PDFs, Mobile tracker comes in handy in case your phone is misplaced, call recording feature, Black list and other standard ones like Image Viewer, Melody Composer, Stopwatch, Calculator, World Time, Tasks and Calendar are present.
Very poor performance even in daylight
The 3MP camera is very poor for indoor photography. Outdoors is slightly better, but nothing to praise. The captured pictures exhibit pale and lifeless colors and the amount of detail is not grea, either.
The page is supposed to be bright orange
I don’t think the addition of an LED flash would have helped much either, as it seems the sensor itself is not too great. You get the standard scene modes, exposure settings, etc. for the camera while the video recorder has fewer options to tweak.
The OGO comes with a 1030mAh battery which is quite weak. On a full charge, with a mix of music, little EDGE usage and a few phone calls, you’ll get about a day's worth of battery life or maybe little more if you don't use EDGE. I expected it to last longer given the small screen and lack of Wi-Fi or 3G support.
For a price tag of Rs.4,499, the Wynncom OGO 007-Konnect feels like an expensive proposition considering it doesn't perferom as well as it looks. The interface is slow, no Wi-Fi, poorly implemented keypad and trackpad, weak battery life, poor camera quality and the list goes on. If you are dead set on getting a QWERTY feature phone around this price, then you might want to check out the Karbonn K25i. For just a couple hundred more, you get a much better experience plus it has Wi-Fi.
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Oct 28, 2016
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