My friend introduced me to some of his cell phone distributor-contacts in Laoag City and I was enticed to try some of their made in China products. I am willing to try/test the knockoff Nokia model (N99i) because of the following reasons.
Price. The N99i is cheap selling at Php5,000 (around US$113) or even less.
Features. The N99i has the following specifications:
- Network:GSM 900/1800/1900
- Built-in Bluetooth
- Dual SIM card, dual standby
- Comes with a spare lithium battery (optional)
- Ring tones Type: Polyphonic (64 channels), Monophonic, True Tones, MP3
- Music player: Support MP3 player with mp3,midi,wav format
- Movie player: Support 3GP/MP4 movie player with full-screen
- Camera function: Digital Camera Built-in with video recording capability
- Memory Type: Support Micro SD expansion slot – up to 2GB
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Built-in hands free operation mode
- Display: 2.6″ TFT Touch Screen QVGA display with 260k colors, 320 x 240 pixel resolution
- Vibrate: Yes
- Internet Browser (GPRS + WAP)
- Java 2.0
- Handwriting Recognition
- Messaging: Email, SMS, MMS and EMS supported for both main and sub SIM card, SMS group send, Long text SMS
- Cell phone Directory: Phone Book Memory supports 400 records
- Supports Caller Ringing / Caller Video Player
- Game Supported with built in games
- Calculator/world time/Unit Conversion/Currency Conversion/Calendar/Games
- Stand-by time: Up to 150h
- Talk time: 180min–300min
- Complete English Interface (Default)
Depending on the seller, the package may also include:
- Instruction Manual
- 1 x 256MB Micro SD Memory Card
- 1 x USB Data Cable
- Unlocked N99i Dual GSM Tri-Band Cell Phone 2 x Lithium Batteries (1800mAh)
- 2-in-1 Power Adaptor + External Battery Charger
- 1 x Handwriting Stylus
- Car Charger
Be warned, however, that some N99i units have been reported to experience some problems after a few months of usage. First, some told that when the battery gets drained, they were forced to go back to the seller for servicing of the unit because it won’t power up after charging. Some even said they could not connect to the internet using WAP. Others didn’t like the camera because there is no built-in flash.
However, being curious that I am, I will still get one myself. I think feature-wise, I can live with N99i’s lacking. Price-wise, I think no Nokia model of its class and features will sell at lower than 10K. I told myself, ok let me do some experiments on N99i (also known to many as “iPhone clone”) to give benefit to the doubt. Here in laoag City, many people are friendly and with my reputation as a good buyer, I think that seller will not turn down my request/demand for free service should the unit bug down within 3 months. I intend to use this cell phone in getting the 2008 Beijing Olympics Medal Count/Tally updates.
I will update this post on the N99i when I have obtained the cell phone unit from the store tomorrow.