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Sagem Bleu My700x
French mobile manufacturer Sagem, though they’ve been out of the scene for awhile now, has jumped in to the deep end and given us the Sagem Bleu my700x slim mobile phone with A2DP compatibility.
Why it’s called the "my" 700x I wish I knew. But perhaps the letters 'm' and 'y' are not meant to be read together as a word but separately.
Without sounding sexist, let me just say, this is a phone that’s probably designed by and for women. Let me elaborate. To begin with this model, although called 'Bleu' is, in fact, pink. I couldn’t really find any blue at all. It seems like all the device panels either have pink colors or a flowery design in them.
The phone is sleek, slim with dimensions of 106 x 46 x 15 mm, and weighs in at a mere 95gm. It has a 1.8-inch, 256k, 176x220 pixel TFT display and even that’s a bit wasted due to the really dreary colors the interface uses. On one side you’ll find the volume / zoom keys and the music player key just below. There’s a dedicated Music Player key though it is used as the shutter release button when in camera mode. The other side just has the hot-swap slot for a miniSD card.
Below is the propriety connector which doubles as a USB connectivity slot as well. What I find most umm… how shall I put this…'kooky', are the keys. The pad has this odd sort of, three rounded out keys that tend to make it a bit pesky to type. On the rear is the camera and in case you get stumped trying to open the rear panel to insert the sim-card, don’t try sliding it. Simply slip your nail under the edge of the bottom and peel it up lightly so the whole panel pops up.
The i.Tech Bluetooth stereo headset that’s included with the my700x is great. From the design to the quality, I liked the way these could be bent and folded so neatly for storage. You can check out the review here.
I'm afraid the features were extremely unimpressive. The user interface is just plain boring with plain and small icons. The sub menus are also rather tiny and maneuvering through them is not too easy but not too tricky either, to be fair. The backgrounds, themes and wallpapers are all rather feminine. So needless to say I felt a bit funny walking around with the phone.
It's got your basic features as well – calendar, alarm, reminders, converter blah, blah. Nothing new, nothing extra, booorrriinng! Even the games it has are just demos for which you'll need to download the full versions.
Other than these I’m afraid the phone is devoid of any other functions that are worthy of mention.
Now the music player is something I can say for sure that I liked. It maybe the only thing I liked about the phone. The my700x sounds really good even when using the loudspeaker. In fact one can even get quite a good bass effect when in loudspeaker mode. The normal earphones are good as well, but you will need to manipulate the EQ to get the right quality of sound from them. Part of the features with the player include a graphic EQ and 2 sound effects like 3D and reverb. A suggestion: with the earphones DON’T use the reverb as it sounds tacky and you might want to avoid the 3D part as well, makes things sound too much like you’re in a large hall.
But let's talk about the sound quality through the i.Tech Bluetooth headset that’s included. I was quite impressed with the sound quality and output. I enjoyed the full 45 minutes I got to use it. And then the battery died on me. Completely! After a full charge! That was a real downer. But voice clarity for calls and sound quality for music was AWESOME! I only wish Sagem worked on the battery. But here’s the weird thing. This is actually the second time we tested the headphones. The first time was when we received these separately, as I mentioned earlier, for review and when we tested it with the Sony Ericsson W950i, we managed to get a whole 8 hours of usage. Go figure...
The FM radio only works with the wired earphones, not with the i.Tech Bluetooth headset. The reception was good even while traveling. The voice recorder is also a plus point for when you need to take a voice memo.
Despite the relatively low screen resolution, it’s extremely clear while watching videos. However, the option to fast forward and rewind are a bit odd. The video would simply move quickly with no sound of course, and if I clicked resume it would simply hang right there. So unless your one of those geniuses who can lip read real fast… well need I say more?
The phone supports MP3 and AAC+ music formats and 3GP for video.
The 700x is equipped with a 2.0 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom. It also comes with modes for normal and burst. There are also a few effects like grey scale, sepia and negative and exposure settings for night, sunny, cloudy, tungsten and backlight. But that’s it.
Now here’s an odd thing, again. I had a similar problem with the MBM mobile I reviewed earlier, the box and other sites say that the camera is 2.0 megapixels but the Sagem website says that the camera is a 1.3 megapixels. So I’m a bit confused. Should I go with the box or the website, because obviously one of them needs to be updated.
Picture quality is nothing to write home about. The images, though crisp, look faded and the colors seem to be washed off. They’re not as vibrant as I’d hoped. The edges of the images seem blurry and unclear.
Tech & Memory
The Sagem my700x is a quad-band GSM phone with support for GPRS and EDGE, so connectivity to the web is quick and surfing is easy. The phone uses a WAP 2.0/xHTML browser. Even though the screen is wee bit small for my taste I managed to find my way around that. The interface again is a bit crowded so it’s not really all that easy though.
The 700x is equipped with Bluetooth 2.0 and is A2DP compatible as well, thus the i.Tech headphones.
Now for a bit of goods news, the 700x has 32MB of shared memory and comes with a 512MB miniSD card. So space-wise you’ll have no problems at all. For connectivity to the PC a proprietary cable is provided. The phone shows up as a Mass Storage device so you can simply drag and drop your music, pictures or any other files. Another problem though is every now and again the phone refuses to access the SD card and you’re going to have to remove and reinsert it. Thanks goodness its hot swap and I don’t have to open up the paneling or remove the battery every time. I’m hoping that this is a problem only with this particular piece.
Also there seems to be a problem actually checking the files themselves. I took a few pictures from the camera and stored them to the card, but the folder kept showing up empty when I accessed it through the USB. I even tried creating a new folder and moving the files there but, no dice. Finally I had to use the Bluetooth transfer procedure to get the pictures. This is obviously not good at all!
The battery is pretty good too. I squeezed a good 4 hours and also made calls, browsed the internet, watched a few videos and played a few games. With just music and the earphones the battery lasted for approximately 11 hours. The battery life of the i.Tech headset, as mentioned earlier, is debatable. To reiterate, we got over 8 hours when we tested a different piece of the same product separately, but with this Sagem phone, the battery drained within an hour.
Ok! so what we have here is a phone with some great accessories included like the i.Tech wireless headset that’s worth at least Rs. 4000/- and a 512MB miniSD card. The phone and the SD card hang quite often and the camera isn’t too good, but for the price of Rs. 14,000/- it does seem like a good deal. If you’re a girl, maybe this phone is for you. But I’m afraid the bottom line, after careful consideration of the overall performance of the phone, I don’t think it’s worth it.
|Sagem Bleu my700x|
|Network||GSM 850/900/1800/1900, GPRS, EDGE|
|Physical||106 x 46 x 15 mm, 95g|
|Display||170x220, 256k colors, TFT|
|Memory||32mb internal, MiniSD (512 provided)|
|Media||MP3, AAC, FM, 3GP, MP4, Voice Recording, Wave Player|
|Camera||1.3 megapixels, video|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0, A2DP|
|Battery||350 hours stand by, 5 hours talk time|
|Street Price||Rs. 13,999|