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Up your tech quotient, stylishly

Up your tech quotient, stylishly
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First Published: Tue, Jul 06 2010. 08 32 PM IST

Updated: Tue, Jul 06 2010. 08 32 PM IST
The Chat 3G is a nicely built phone, although the quality of materials used isn’t outstanding. The front is glossy black, the Qwerty keypad is identical in design to Nokia’s E72/E71/E63, although the menu buttons have a different layout. The side features a chrome trim running right around. The volume rocker is on the left, and one press will only change the volume by a single gradation—ergonomic blunder. The single button on the right cycles through the row of widgets at the bottom of the screen. The phone is slow; many a time, even switching to the main menu has a 2-second lag.
The selling point is the social networking angle, with a pretty usable full keypad and support for Twitter, Facebook and Orkut. The Chat 3G is pretty decent in this regard, although we’re yet to see the full deployment of the 3G spectrum here. One neat addition is the music syncing, the bundled software will sync even from iTunes, and you can just drag and drop—non-compatible formats are converted, although some formats such as FLAC are not recognizable. Call clarity is good, although we dropped a call in zone three (Digit tests the network in three zones in its office, with one having the strongest signal quality, and three having the weakest signal quality). Voice quality was good, but not as good as some Nokia and BlackBerry handsets. Loudspeaker volume in-call is poor.
The INQ Chat 3G is a good device for those looking for something that’s easy to chat and network with. People looking for the status associated with bigger brands or drool value will not be interested.
2.4-inch, 320 x 240 pixels screen; 3.15 MP camera
Dimensions: 114.5 x 61 x 12.8mm Weight: 122g
Price: Rs7,599
Features: 6.5
Performance: 7
Build: 7
Value: 8
Overall: 7
Build quality of these in-ears is good, although the cable isn’t very thick. The rugged clip provided is a lifesaver for joggers, since you can secure the wire on your collar or T-shirt neck. The driver enclosure is pretty substantial although the cable protruding from it doesn’t have much protection—those that pull their earphones out of their ears will be pulling on the cable. Experience tells us this damages the solder connect, which gradually separates. The eartips we used were rubber, and slightly thicker than the ones on Creative’s EP630. Therefore, they’re not as flexible and don’t seal as well as the Creative’s.
Sound quality is good for this price point. For in-ears, the bass is slightly deficient, although it’s pretty controlled. The mid-range has good presence and the instruments have a nice emotive feel. The treble is slightly recessed. Although this may seem like a lot of nit-picking, it’s not—in fact most casual users will actually like the sound, and it sounds more neutral than the bass-heavy, boomy EP630s.The microphone provides decent clarity and good volume.
The Nuforce NE6 and NE7 are slightly expensive, but better than the de facto offerings from Creative.
Signal-to-noise ratio: 98 dB at 40MW
Driver size: 9mm
Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 KHz Cable length: 1.2m
Website: www.nuforce.com
Price: Rs1,950 (NE6) and Rs2,350 (NE7)
Earphone with microphone
Build quality: 6
Features: 6/6.5
Performance: 6.5
Value for money: 6/5.5
Overall: 6.5
*Ratings out of 10
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First Published: Tue, Jul 06 2010. 08 32 PM IST
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