Vodafone Blue: Review
This is a Pay As You Go (PAYG) budget phone released by Vodafone for people who want to be connected with their friends all the time and do not insist on too many features or monthly data charges. With a thickness of just 12 mm this phone will fit perfectly in any teenager’s pocket. It is built to be cheap, but is sturdy and light at only 84 gms. Though its features aren’t many, it still offers all the basic needs of a phone in a neatly integrated package with a neat loudspeaker as well.
At first sight it is easy to notice that the 555 Blue just looks like the HTC ChaCha, one of the two facebook integrated phones that phones HTC has released. But do note that the Vodafone Blue isn’t an Android phone, is manufactured by TCL and this entry level feature phone runs a proprietary operating system based on Java platform developed specially for it.
The body has a full QWERTY keypad and 5 soft buttons including the optical track pad which used for scrolling. The phone comes with a grey shade in the front and a white matt finish at the back which gives a polished bold look to it. Also, there’s a blue colored volume rocker in the left and a micro usb port in the right with a 3.5mm Audio jack.
The QWERTY keypad has 4 rows of square keys with blue backlight and a dedicated ‘Facebook’ button on the right corner.
There’s T9 prediction all around the device, right from the status update bar on the homescreen, to text input inside any application. Works neat and pulls out options through which you can scroll through and pick one, also allows you to add custom words and the usual stuff. On a QWERTY device, prediction isn’t a needed feature considering there’s the whole keyboard layout on it, but on the Vodafone Blue, it’s a must considering the way the keyboard is built. Awkward positioning of the keys, as we’d already mentioned in the hardware section.
Entering the application menu, you can instantly notice it looks like a big facebook app with icons which have been edited to look just like the ones in facebook. Vodafone has taken facebook integration to the next level in this phone. This is noticeable especially in the contacts which allows you to pair your facebook contacts with the ones in your sim card. This is extremely useful when you are searching for contacts and the sync is really neat and detects the name while merging contacts with their facebook profile and their number which you’ve already got
This device has been specifically meant to target people of 16-25 of age who just simply cannot be away from facebook. More than that, there’s not much but the loudspeaker and camera make the device an absolute worth for the 5 thousand rupees it costs and facebook integration is indeed impressive.
- Facebook integrated really well, one touch Facebook access
- Decent Camera and Loudspeaker, Camera can be used as Webcam
- Extendable memory, microUSB charging and Bluetooth
- Nifty build quality, 3.5mm audio port
- Lack of WiFi
- Mediocre keyboard arrangement
- UI slightly sluggish at times