The G5 is a GPRS enabled handset that supports the WAP standard as well. There’s no support for email but you can send and receive MMS and access the internet via the native browser. Quick access links are provided to Facebook, Yahoo! and Twitter and apps for MSN messenger and eBuddy are available for social networking. You can also sync your handset with online sites that you may use to back up your data like contacts etc. Bluetooth for file transfer, AVRCP and A2DP functionality is also provided and of course USB connectivity to use the handset as a Com Port. The handset can also be used as Webcam when connected via USB.
Plenty of social networking
Standard mobile features like a Calendar to save reminders and events, a calculator, Alarm Clock, Tasks app, Stopwatch, EBook Reader for .TXT files and a currency converter are pre-loaded. A few extras include a Theft Tracker and what appeared to be a document reader that refused to read any format including .DOC, .PDF, .XLS or .PPT. The error message that showed up was simply – "System No Font", whatever that means. So if you’re thinking this phone could be used for presentations, think again.
The G5’s 2MP camera with standard settings like Night Mode, color settings and White Balance doesn’t really perform all too well. While pictures look quite good on the small display and on the projection, viewing them on your PC in native resolution is not a pretty sight. The pictures appear very pastel and photos look more like water color paintings rather than digital images. But as low end 2MP camera phones go, it’s quite decent to say the least.
Average for it's segment
The battery life of the G5 is one of the handsets main assets. On a single charge with nominal use – a few calls, plenty of messages, a little browsing and music, the handset ran for two full days. The projector will run for 2 hours easy so you’ll be able to watch a full length English movie but a Hindi movie would not be such a good idea. I’d recommend hooking the device up via the charger for longer running films.
The Bottom Line
With a price tag of just Rs. 7,499 the G5 projector phone actually manages to deliver on its USP. It’s a good looking handset that’s good on battery life and comes with quite a few connectivity features and social networking options but it does have its quirks, but then again, which handset in this segment doesn’t. If you’re looking for a sturdy handset that allows you to watch videos on a ‘big screen even in a black out, I say the G5 is the one for you.