iBall has launched its phones in seven different categories. Five of the categories are all too obvious – a touch screen, a dual SIM, a flip/slider, a QWERTY, an entry level phone and a posh looking phone. The other two category phones are something new. iBall’s waterproof phone is probably the first of its kind phone where the phone actually floats on water. iBall’s Senior series is specifically designed for the senior citizens in mind with big key pad and SOS facility. Quite an impressive portfolio for a tyro.
I have seen quite a few brands which have entered the segment but none have left a lasting impression. Either they were targeting the existing segments are trying to fight them on price points alone. iBall in addition to targeting the existing segments, it has created two new segments. It’s only a matter of days before someone launches the same type of phones but iBall has moved in first. Let’s take a look at the seven category phones from iBall.
This is the basic model series from iBall which has three models in it – S306, S-09, S-109. Of these three S-09 is the most basic model which doesn’t have a camera, dual SIM and FM radio capability. S306 and S109 are dual SIM phones with built-in camera and FM Radio. All three phones provide a talk time of 5 hours. The price range starts from Rs. 1250.
Sleec from iBall is the slimmest QWERTY phone in India. Thin is the first phone to be launched in the series. This is just 8 mm in thickness and the nearest competitor is at-least 25% thicker than this and on an average most QWERTY phones are 65% or more thicker than this. Sleec-Thin comes with dual battery, dual camera and dual sim. A very elegant optional cover which houses the second battery to use is bundled free with the Thin phone.
iBall Flip series has the Glider and Flipper – the usual suspects. iBall Flipper comes with a nice yellow design, 2.4 inch LCD display and 1.04 inch OLED display on the top to show the time, incoming number and missed calls. Flipper has dedicated music keys, music player, video player and it is Bluetooth enabled. Flipper supports an external memory up to 8 GB. Flipper has dual Camera with digital zoom.
Glider has a 3 megapixel camera with digital zoom, and it supports an external memory up to 16 GB.
Both Flipper and Glider are dual-SIM mobiles, have mobile tracker and support dual language (Hindi and English).
Key differences : Flipper supports 8 GB memory, Glider supports 16 GB memory. Flipper has dual Camera and Glider has a single 3 megapixel camera. Talk time on Flipper is 7 hours, on Glider it’s a paltry 4 hours.
iBall Posh series has one product – Platina in the portfolio. Platina comes with dual SIM capability, one touch music player and a camera key. It has dual language support (Hindi and English), 2 megapixel camera and shake sensor. Shaking the mobile would change the wallpaper or to the next song if you are using the music player or to a different FM channel.
How could a company launch itself without a touch screen phone? After all touch screen phones are as ubiquitous as dual SIM phones. iBall’s Touch series has two models – Vibe and Vibe WiFi. Other than the obvious Wi-Fi difference, there is nothing to differentiate these two models. Both have a 3.2 inch touch screen, dual SIM, Bluetooth, SD card support up to 16 GB, 3 megapixel camera with digital zoom and dual language support.
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My pick : iBall Sleec (Thin). This is quite a phone. Dual battery, dual SIM and dual Camera. Can it get any better?