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November 20, 2011

Philips Xenium X518: Xperiment Touch


Philips have re-entered the mobile handset scenario in India after a long hiatus, with their new Xenium range of mobile phone handsets. The word Xenium roughly translates to a present or a gift in Latin. The X518 is a dual SIM touch screen phone with a stylus. Does it manage to hold it’s own in a world where mobile phones are only getting cheaper by the day? Read on to find out. 
Navigating through the menus is extremely laggy as well
Navigating through the menus is extremely laggy 


Design and Build Quality
The X518 comes in an all-black finish with a silver lining at the bottom with the word ‘Xenium’ embossed on it. The entire exterior of the phone is glossy and the back especially is prone to fingerprints. There are three physical buttons at the bottom for call, home and end, which also doubles up as the power button. The feel of the buttons is quite plasticy and cheap and the button feedback isn’t standard. The right consists of the dedicated camera button and volume rocker while there’s the mini USB charging port on the right. The phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means that both, the charger as well as the headphones need to be connected to the mini USB slot. 
Prone to fingerprints
Prone to fingerprints


In terms of ergonomics, the X518 doesn’t impress really because it needs to be used with a stylus. Also, unless you’re tying the stylus to the phone, there are chances that you’ll end up misplacing it. Now, tying it to the phone brings up it’s own set of problems. Firstly, the stylus keeps scratching against the screen of the phone, if it’s kept in the pocket. Secondly, it extremely limits the usage of the phone with one hand. You’ll almost always have to use both your hands to operate the phone, which is a disadvantage considering the miniscule size of the phone. It’s quite light at 108 grams, but the build quality is poor.

Features
Interface
The Xenium X518 is a Java phone and it’s interface is extremely slow and sluggish. Add to it the poor resolution of the phone (240 x 320) and a terrible resistive touchscreen and you’ve got a frustrating user experience, as your end result. More often than not you’ll have to tap the screen really hard with the stylus for it to register your touch. The home screen comes with a range of widgets and shortcuts for calendar, clock, Bluetooth, FM and music, but it slows down the phone even more, so they aren’t really useful. Navigating through the menu screen just once shows how draggy and slow the whole experience is. The X518 receives a thumbs down for the interface because it majorly contributes to the downfall of the phone. 
The home screen interface, slow and sluggish
The home screen interface, slow and sluggish


Media
The phone comes with a pretty standard music player - the repeat, shuffle, track titles, volume bar and the forward, rewind buttons. It comes with eight preset equaliser settings and they work pretty well, but we’d recommend you listen to music at a few notches lower than the max volume because the clarity tends to get a little distorted. MP3, WAV, AMR, MIDI and AAC audio formats are supported. Music via the headphones is pretty clear and loud. The highs are a little sharp, but the audio quality dished out by the X518 is quite nice, and that’s one of the few highlights of the phone.

The phone supports MP4, 3GP and H.263 video formats at a resolution of 176 x 144. Video playback is quite limited due to the screen size and it’s resolution, so we wouldn’t recommend  you use this phone as your primary video playback device. Lastly, the FM radio works, like you’d expect it to and it’s got a good reception range. 
Stylus becomes a necessity
Stylus becomes a necessity although it looks like a screwdriver..


Connectivity
Connectivity options are pretty limited. There’s no Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE, so the only way you can connect to the Internet is using GPRS.

                                                        *SPECIFICATIONS*
Display
Form FactorBar
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Number of Colours262K
Type
Input TypeTouchscreen
Screen
Screen TypeTFT
Screen Size2.8
Hardware
ProcessorNo Information
SpeedNo Information
Memory
Internal1
Maximum capacity16
Extendable MemoryYes
Memory TypemicroSD
Resolution
Sensor Resolution2MP
Camera Features
Resolution1600 x 1200
Optical zoomNo Information
Video resolution / frame rate15 fps
Front facing cameraNo Information
Video RecorderYes
Zoom
Digital Zoom8x
Sound
SpeakerphoneYes
Audio connectorYes
Audio Features
FM RadioYes
Connectivity
InfraredNo
2GGSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
3GNo
A2DPYes
Dual Sim SupportYes
WAP EnabledYes
Interface
WiFiNo
Connection Options
USB ConnectorYes
EGPRS or EDGENo
GPRSYes
Software
OSNo Information
VersionNo Information
Type of Camera
Type
Battery
TypeLi-Ion
Capacity1530
Talk Time with Standard Battery720
Standby Time with Standard BatteryDual SIM up to 1000hrs
Dimensions57 x 14.3 x 104 mm
Weight108
Multimedia
Music PlayerYes
Music FormatAMR, MIDI, MP3, AAC, WAV, AAC+
Email and Messaging
Email ClientYes
Type of Email Account SupportNo Information
MMSYes
Network
Dual BandYes
Tri BandNo
Quad BandNo
Type
Additional Features
GPSNo
Java TypeMIDP 2.0
Sound Settings
Ringtone TypeMP3, Polyphonic
Volume
Volume84.77
More Features
Unique Feature
After Sales Service
Warranty Period1
COSTS:Rs.5,000

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