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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Videocon's tribute to Ducati - Videocon V6200

Well, I must say, this is a first, in India. This is the first time, a mobile manufacturer has thought above the aam janta and hippie attired baboonic youngsters to target their customer base. This is the first time a mobile manufacturer has chosen it's target customer base to be Bikers. Yesterday Videocon launched the V6200 and dedicated it specially to Ducati.

In a dazzling opening ceremony marked with the presence Videcon's Senior Management, actress Shruti Hassan (she looks absolutely stunning) and above all the Ducati Monster in the backdrop, the Videcon V6200 Ducati edition was revealed and introduced to the public.

So, how does the phone fair up and what's special in this phone to be called dedicated to a brand like Ducati? Let's take a quick look at it's features.

The V6200 not only features the Ducati Red on the central joy stick, but it also boasts off the official Ducati Emblem at it's rear, which is my opinion is really a big deal. I don't remember any telecom company doing that kind of branding with any motorcycle manufacturer.

The phone features instruments like -
  • GPS
  • Thermometer
  • Barometer
  • Pedometer
  • Altimeter
  • UV Rays Sensor
  • Digital Compass
  • LED Pulse Indicator
The 6.4 cm TFT screen has 3 modes - Phone, Fun and Sports (like the drive mode selector on bikes). Also, there are dedicated buttons for GPS, LED Torch, Camera and Sports Feature. But from my point of view the best feature of this particular mobile is that the 4GB microSD card for this mobile is pre-loaded with life time validity maps from Map My India which is a great boon to have not only during long tours but also in day to day travel.

Clearly the Videcon V6200 has been designed and built for ruggedness and mainly targets at tourers. The aam janta might get attracted towards the hoopla around this phone (generated by the presence of the brand like Ducati, the stunning Shruti Hassan and might be it's future TVC), but for them, this phone would be a
  • waste of money as at a price of ₹12k, other mobile phones are available with features, which would keep them amused in the day to day hustle (forget about what Shruti Hassan said in the video clip!!)
  • waste of technology, I mean come to think of it, apart from the Map My India life time valid maps, when does one need Thermometer, Altimeter, Barometer etc!!
As far as I can understand, the GPS in the phone would be primarily used in conjunction with the Map My India maps, and there are no other GPS app pre-installed in the phone, nor there would be the facility to have any other app go in, which in my opinion limits the scope of GPS to an extent. There are many biker specific GPS Data Logging apps available on the internet like, measuring your distance traveled, average speed through the trip, actual instantaneous speed etc. which cannot be used with this phone.
So, if you are a regular weekend long ride tourer, this phone is just for you as apart from being associated with an exotic brand like Ducati, the phone provides useful tech during long rides. Else, there are other more entertaining phones in the same price range.
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Item Reviewed: Videocon's tribute to Ducati - Videocon V6200 Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Sajal
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