Micromax Andro A60 is the cheapest Android phone available in the market. Intex has promised a cheaper version (Rs.5000) and Micromax itself will be releasing another Android phone in the sub-10K range. Andro A60 is a nice little package and true to its name of an entry-level Android phone, it delivers. Resistive touch screen on the phone is the only compliant I had, but that is only expected from a device which costs Rs. 6990. Read our first review of Andro A60 here.
Android as an operating system provides a great deal of flexibility which iOS users can only dream of. Android might not be for the faint hearted but once you get past the learning curve it is treasure trove. By spending Rs.7K, you can control the phone and are not at the whims and fancies of any corporation. Andro A60 runs Eclair and what we hear from Micromax, this is the farthest it can go.
We took the dump of the device state and found details about A60’s hardware. This can be easily achieved through a myriad of applications which does the same thing. MSI is one such app which can be downloaded from the market place.
Processor, RAM and memory
A60 has a ~170 MB RAM (172752 kb) and is powered by ARM MSM7627 processor which has max clock speed of 600 MHz
<6>[ 0.236865] ACPU running at 600000 KHz[ro.product.cpu.abi]: [armeabi] [ro.product.name]: [msm7627_ffa]
[ro.product.manufacturer]: [Micromax] [ro.com.google.clientidbase.ms]: [android-zte]
Internal memory on A60 is 430 MB with 150 MB allocated to System, 261 MB allocated to data and 20MB allocated to cache. The phone runs the zte android code base.
Connecting the device via USB to a Ubuntu/Linux system and executing lsusb command gives us this output.
Micromax A60’s entry is the third line from the bottom : ONDA communications S.p.A. And the manufacturer id is 19d2. This phone is supposed to be manufactured by ZTE. Elsewhere in the world this phone is known as ZTE Penguin. Google’s Android development kit has the manufacturer codes for 15 manufacturers. ZTE has the manufacturer id as 19D2 in that list. There’s no entry for ONDA communication. Who’s the original manufacturer? How’s ONDA related to ZTE? Something which we don’t yet know.
Others : Video, Audio and OS
All the other features are decent on this phone. Watch the video below for a audio/video/OS review.
Final verdict : A60 is a good entry level Android phone which performs well on what the phone promises. Resistive touch screen is the only misgiving on this phone which is expected of a phone which costs Rs. 6990.