Amongst Dual cameras, AI, the Notch, and of course the futuristic foldable displays, we do have the niche segment of feature phones which hasn’t faded away yet. Catering to the same niche segment, Detelan Indian company/producer of the cheapest mobile phone, recently unveiled the Detel D1 Boom feature phone.
From the four colour options available: White, Black, Blue, Brown, Yellow, we got to lay our hands on the White one, and here is what the litmus test results are:
The D1 Boom is a compact one, much like any other feature phone. However, it is a heavy-one, much because of its battery. Though made up of plastic, the feature phone has a sturdy body and is a decent looking one. Starting with the aesthetics, the device has a huge speaker at the back, with the primary camera beneath it. Coming down, there is the ‘Detel’ logo resting in the middle. Upfront, there is the display and the physical keypad, with another company logo and audio keys sandwiched between them.
The top end houses the flashlight while the bottom end features a micro-USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The D1 Boom has its main highlight in the form of a big speaker at the back. Another attraction is the incorporation of the SOS mode furthering the Women Safety Campaign in India.
Technical specs The dual-SIM D1 Boom comes with a 1.8-inch display and has 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded via a microSD card. The feature phone is backed by a 1,600mAh battery and has a rear camera. It supports various features such as Auto call Recorder, Digital Camera, Video Recorder, Phone Vibrator, Wireless FM, Torch ,Power Saving, FM Recording, Audio/Video Player, and Call Blacklist. Additionally, the device comes with support for 23 languages including English, Hindi, Punjabi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali and more.
The Detel D1 Boom, during the review period has been a decent performer. The feature phone allows users to activate the FM by long-pressing the ‘*’ key, unlocks the device by pressing the unlock option followed by the ‘*’ key, enables the Power Saving mode on long-pressing the ‘0’ key and activates the flashlight by long-tapping the big button present in the middle with the flashlight logo on it, all done with great ease.
Additionally, long-pressing the ‘5’ key enables the SOS mode which will lead to five calls to emergency number 112, five messages to police authorities and another round of three or five messages to the registered emergency contacts. I didn’t really get into the hassle of this process, but the panic button works!
As for the audio, the feature phone produces impressive audio quality and justifies the name it has. Additionally, the FM radio works fine. The battery managed to last for a couple of days on a single charge and doesn’t require a lot of time to take in all the fuel it requires. Among others, the camera quality was fine for a feature phone.
The Detel D1 Boom with a price tag of just Rs 699 is a complete steal for the feature phone takers, fulfilling functions a regular feature phone is capable of doing.