Micromax Q66 Eclipse Review
- Stylish QWERTY
- Ships with a leather pouch
- Poor SIM latch build quality and faulty mechanism
- Mediocre keypad ergonomics
- No bundled memory card
The Micromax Q66 eclipse is an affordable dual SIM smartphone with a stylish QWERTY, which is also its undoing. Overall, at a price tag of Rs. 5,499, the Q66 does not truly justify its worth and is hence not recommended.
The Micromax Q66 eclipse is yet another dual SIM smartphone that has been targeted at the youth by the Indian brand, and it directly competes with the likes of Wynncom Y100. Incorporating a stylish body design and swivel-style QWERTY, it will almost definitely grab attention. The contours of the LCD and the back panel have a glossy black finish. The contours of the keypad layout and the back side of the front panel are coated in glossy cyan, which adds a stark contrast with the black. The shiny surface on the back side of the front panel also serves as a mirror for the style conscious. However, one sore point is that the front and back panel are vulnerable to fingerprints and smudges.
The Q66 ships with a stylish leather pouch, which can be fastened to your waist belt or attached to the hand-grip that accompanies it. The pouch with the hand-grip resembles a tiny ladies purse, that can be carried around like a vanity bag. In spite of its compact design, the Q66 is quite heavy weighing about 118 grams. It is built like a tank with harder than normal plastic and portrays a near perfect square shape with rounded edges.
The Q66 incorporates a QWERTY keypad that has three overlapping hues of black, blue and purple. This interesting colour pattern gives it an attractive look. The keypad is built with out-dented keys which are separated by very narrow spacings between them. This hinders the navigation comfort across the keypad to a large extent. The keys lack tactile feedback and require extra effort from the user to register an input successfully. Overall, the build quality and ergonomics of the keypad is ordinary.
The battery cover is clumsy and does not come off easily. Another sore point is the poor build quality of the SIM 2 latch, which fails to latch on during SIM card installation. In spite of multiple trials, the latch mechanism failed and the latch door came off the hooks. Thus, we could not install the SIM card into it.
The menu interface is neat and well organised. The trackball is handy for menu navigation and browsing. However, it lacks precision and is a bit slow in responsiveness. Overall, the menu and graphic user interface provides satisfactory ergonomics.
Read on to know the performance, our take, specifications, ratings and performance test results in the next page...
- SIM (GSM+GSM)
- Display: 2.4-inch, Screen resolution: 320x240
- Memory: microSD expandable up to 8GB
- Battery: 850mAh, Talk-time: up to 4 hours, Standby-time: up to 8 days
- Dimensions: 71x71x18
- Weight: 118 grams
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