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Review GSM phone Philips 162
For a year Philips did not offer any low-end models placing all its efforts on the middle-price segment. The majority of the devices were youth models. Having improved its financial activities the company has attended to its market share again and the easiest way in this direction is representing a cheap model for mass audience. So, Philips 162 happened to be this device.
The design is traditional for Philips and the device converges on corners and that makes an unordinary impression. There are several colour solutions available. They are red, black, and silvery. The dimensions are comfortable as well as the weight (98x44.7x15.5 mm, 85 grams, 73 cc). A charger connector is on the bottom end and a headset connector closed with a rubber shutter is near. The phone has a strap hole. Just similar to any low-end solutions the device lacks side buttons. Silvery insertions that actually are holders for the back panel are on the bottom of the side surface. Having pressed on them and pulled you'll open it. This construction is present in little phones and is unusual for ordinary users. The panel is fixed well thanks to the catches and it has no backlash. Some extra efforts applied when closing the panel are a disadvantage. One should be attentive.
The screen is STN and shows 4096 colours. The resolution is 101x80 pixels (30x24 mm) and that allows showing up to 3 text lines and two service ones. Font-size is large and that's unusual for such a device but is generally characteristic for low-end phones (intended for children and elderly people). The screen fades in the sun but information can be read thanks to the font-size. Thus the screen is a representative of the previous generation.
The keypad is made of rubber and pressures are followed by a mechanic click, key recoil is felt. Button motion is little and that makes it hard to type in quickly. There is a 4D navi button and an OK one is placed to the left. The backlighting is blue and characters are seen well.
A 720 mAh Li-Ion battery is integrated into the phone. According to the manufacturer the device is capable of working for about 300 hours in the standby mode and up to 4 hours in the talk mode. In Moscow the device worked for about 4 days in case of an hour of talks and 10 minutes of using other functions. Full recharging takes a bit longer than an hour.
Entering the main menu is possible by pressing the Ok button. The menu is cyclic like in other models by the company. There is no fast navigation but some functions may be assigned to number keys. Moving the navi button calls some firmly fixed list of functions.
Phone book. Name, Surname may be kept for a name. One of 20 groups may be selected (personal melody and a picture are chosen for a group), up to 5 numbers are stored, e-mail address and a note. Up to 100 names with maximum filled in fields may be kept.
Messages. The device supports EMS, templates, SMS Chat. You may use T9 dictionary while input and this is all for the phone possibilities.
Call lists. A general call list for 20 numbers is present in the phone. A total duration for all incoming and outgoing calls may be seen from here.
Multimedia. Here are the folders with images; melodies and a user can delete files. 300 KB of memory are present in the phone and about 220 of them are taken from the beginning.
WAP. There is no GPRS in the phone and access is got via CSD. The version of the browser is 1.2.1. No any peculiarities.
Games and applications. The calculator is plain but there are three alarm clocks and they may be recurrent. There is a global Snooze function.
Three games are represented; they are Brick (arcanoid by Philips), Snake, Master Mind (bulls and cows). New games are impossible to add due to the absence of Java support.
Settings. You may select wall-papers, set a screensaver, turn the keypad backlighting off and perform some other standard operations. No any unique possibilities are offered.
The device rouses no cavils in the connection quality. The volume of its 16-tones polyphonic call alert is a bit higher than average and slight loudspeaker noises are heard when the volume is maximum. The vibra is a bit more powerful. All the preset melodies are midi files.
The device is an extremely light offer that is a model with minimum of possibilities. Motorola C155/C156, Alcatel 332 and some other devices are represented in this class. The device shows no any peculiar features and is neither worse nor better than the rivals. The start price is about 85-90 USD and the model will appear in the middle or in the end of February.
Published 7 February 2005
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