There’s a different philosophy behind reviewing entry level phones – more than features, people tend to look at price, but with the way the mobile phone market is becoming more and more sophisticated, even low end phones have to be distinguished by some creative features. Today, I have a brand new TORQUE straight from the box. The TORQUE C100 is the China made entry level phone that has been out for a few days in your favorite mobile phone flea market. Read on for my hands on.
Dont expect high end features. Expect useful ones, vis a vis price and there are two things worth mentioning – this is, to my knowledge, the cheapest mobile phone WITH built in Bluetooth and a VGA (that’s a maximum of 640×480 resolution) camera. Although it’s audio isn’t as good as the famed Motorola W230, the latter doesn’t have Bluetooth, making it hard to sync. If you know of a phone that can contest this claim, please tell me!
The second peculiar feature is that the TORQUE C100 is compatible with third party accessories – namely the BL-5C battery of Nokia!!! Yep. It’s compatible. The logic behind this is simple. In the entry level market, spare parts are always in demand, and knowing that the TORQUE C100’s battery is compatible with the BL-5C makes finding accessories easier. I don’t think there’s any exclusive use clause for the battery, none I’m aware of.
The C100 feels good in the hands, as expected with low end phones. It lacks the luster of the best of the best out there, but what do you expect. The C100 accepts expandable microSD and Transflash memory up to 1GB. TORQUE branded microSD 1GB memory cards WITH SD adapter only cost P179.00, cheaper than those from CD-R KIng. You absolutely NEED to have an expansion card as the phone only has a measly 5MB of internal memory!
The TORQUE C100 has been available in mobile phone outlets just recently and it’s a decent budget phone for sending and receiving photos via Bluetooth. Other features include a MP3 player, stereo audio, and 128 x 160 65K color TFT screen. It is, apparently, moving very fast.