CECT K700 Chinese Dual Sim Mobile Phone

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CECT K700 Chinese Dual Sim Mobile Phone
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There are a lot of these Chinese mobile phones hitting E-Bay and there is very little information about them on the internet, so I thought I would share my experience.

This CECT K700 is not in fact made by CECT. Its chipset is the MediaTek 6227, which is shared with the Anycool D66+ PDA phone. It is marketed by ZTC. Like I say, Google these and all you'll find is people begging for information and or drivers. There are no official homepages for these phones from what I can tell and no support.

So anyway, on to the phone.

The 1st thing to say is, due to the price (usually £100+), there is no reason to buy this phone except if you need to be able to run 2 sim cards at the same time. I do, this is why I bought it and to be fair it does it well.

When you turn it on it blares out it's opening music and it also does this when you switch it off. It can be embarrasing in public and I've not found a way to disable these.

The "PDA" functions equate to a touchscreen with crude handwriting recognition, but it's handy for selecting menus. Don't expect the functionality of an iPAQ or expect to be able to edit documents on this.

The MP3 player is "lively" and the inbuilt speakers are really loud, if a little distorted, I think there's an equaliser function which could help here. The Video player doesn't play MP4 as standard, the video files have to be converted. You don't get the software for this.

By default, there are no settings in the phone for E-Mail, MMS or GPRS data, you have to put them in yourself and it can be a pain. Chinese networks are the only ones in by default. As yet, I've not managed to get the POP3 mail part working.

The camera is 2 MegaPixel (no flash), but even in good light, the pictures pale in comparison to a quality camera phone of the same resolution. But they're passable, hey, it's a phone. The video recording is ok too.

There is a no browser. I can't even find a WAP browser. This is very poor for this day and age.

It has your usual features, calendar, alarm clock, stopwatch, voice recorder etc. You can't sych your calendar with Outlook however.

The big glaring omission is T9 predictive text. It's back to multitap (and the 1990's) or using the stylus on the touchscreen.

You can't add any more games other than the one supplied from what I can see and it doesn't have Java. Or at least you can't install any more Java apps / games.

I seem all negative don't I?

In reality, I quite like the phone, when it's acting like a phone and not a portable media centre; the phone is good looking and tactile, the screen is big and brilliant, I quite like the touchscreen functionality, the dual-sim (both active at the same time) is well implemented and saves me lugging 2 phones around, I can expand the memory to 1gb and the battery life is ok considering the size of the screen and the fact it's running 2 network radios at once. (and you get 2 batteries)

In conclusion, for the sake of a couple of pounds extra, this could have been a great phone. If it had T9 predictive, the ability to add more Java apps and a proper web browser, I'd have said it's worth £100. But as it stands, it just doesn't compare with the main brands in terms of quality and functionality.

Like I said originally, it is only really of use if you want one phone to run 2 different sims at the same time (there's not much competition). But even then, the quality of it means I'd only reccomend it if you could get it for about £50. For £100+ you can get a good phone on eBay which would blow this out of the water, if it had the dual sim functionality, Like a genuine Nokia N73.

I'm almost tempted to get a CECT phone to see if they're better than these MediaTek based ones. But I'll cost me another £130 to find out...but I fear they're all the same, in different "cases".

And of course, if you get stuck, there's little support and the manuals are sometimes in Chinese only.

But hey, the Chinese are smart cookies and in the future I can imagine them getting better, but right now they're a long way off an N95!

UPDATE: I have now figured out how to turn the annoying "turn on" & "turn off" music.

I can now get it to connect to my POP3 mail server, but due to limited internal memory (493K, of which about 200K is free) cannot download many messages. Also if the message is written in Rich Text or HTML, it won't display.

UPDATE: The "High Quality" USB cable / charge cable broke after 2 weeks (the poorly soldered connections fell out of the socket). The seller won't respond (I'm sure he's sick of the problems customers will be putting his way thanks to these substandard phones, but hey, I'm sure he makes £60 profit on each one) and because it's a proprietory cable, there is no website or support for this phone and no-one (Maplin etc) stock any cables like it, I can't charge the phone any more. So it's been put back in the box and is in the cupboard as a £100 paperweight, I'll put it down to experience. BE WARNED, YOU CAN'T GET ANY PARTS / ACCESSORIES ANYWHERE FOR THIS PHONE. LOOK ON E-BAY, LOTS OF PHONES FOR SALE, BUT NO PARTS / ACCESSORIES. Or add on software / games either...

I've since bought a genuine (not CECT copy) Nokia N95 (which I will review later) which is a fantastic, quality, phone. It may have cost 2.5x as much, but it's 10 x better!

It's still a hassle to carry 2 phones, but a least you can get quality products, with support, that won't let you down as quick as I fear these Chinese phones will.


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