I got hold of my first triple SIM phone – the Q300 Trident Triple Sim by Cherry Mobile – last week. It being the first triple sim mobile phone released and marketed in the Philippines, I simply had to have one. Actually, stocks of the unit come in trickles so I was kinda lucky I went to one of my preferred telecom shops at Alabang Town Center just in time for the arrival of only two (2) brand-new Tridents. The SRP (suggested retail price) is P6,490.00, but I was given an extra discount of P290.00 – nothing much to crow about. But with the features that come with it, I think I might have a relative good-buy here.
As promised in my first blog about the Q300 a couple of weeks back, here’s my quick take on the same. Nothing much in terms of technical mumbo-jumbos, but a plain stripped-down assessment from an ordinary techie like myself.
Out of the Box
Looks and feels like…
The shape of the Trident Triple Sim (Q300) resembles one of my older mobile phones – the Nokia E61 – but thinner, lighter and shorter in length and width. This means that you can fit one in your palm comfortably enough and even operate its various functions with one hand, unless you have small/dainty metacarpals or the type who would prefer inputting texts on QWERTY keys using two. Just for comparison, I intermittently used both left and right hands with the Nokia E61 because of its sheer size and thickness.
My Gray Q300’s casing is a combination of stainless steel and what appears like recycled hard plastic in the back that has a leather-like embedded design. The keys remind me of the Blackberry, but with a trackpad in the middle this time. it feels easy on the palm and does not give me the possible danger of the unit falling off easily.
The screen quality (2.46” TFT LCD) could be better, but with all the other features, I can live with it. And since the unit carried three sims, there are additional keys that take some getting used to. Nothing to fret about, though. There is also a dedicated keypad lock key in the lower left portion that works more as a keypad unlock since the unit automatically locks itself when not in use.
This is the Trident Triple Sim’s best suit – it has loads of features that give more value for your money than a similarly-priced QWERTY phone.
– it is triple sim, triple standby (but keep in mind that only sims 1 & 2 can do SMS, MMS Voice Calls and GPRS…the 3rd is for SMS and Voice Calls only.
– it comes with an Analog TV (free channels only) with record option (and a pull-out antenna for clear reception)
– it has WiFi that works well
– it has a 2.0 MP camera
– it has wire-free FM with record option
– it is quad-band so it qualifies as a worldphone
– its’ external memory is expandable up to 4GB via MicroSD
– it comes with google maps, document viewer (Word & Excel)
– it has bluetooth
– it has a travel adapter that doubles as USB charger
– it comes with two (2) free batteries!
The two free batteries could serve two purposes: so that the 2nd one can be your quick backup since battery life can be a letdown if you use all its features (especially viewing the analog TV and for surfing) one after the other…and probably because the battery is unique to the Q300 so its easy availability in the market is close to nil. (someone correct me on this if you’re in the know)
It can’t be all that good…can it?
Of course, if there are pros in the Q300, the cons can’t be that far behind. But in fairness, my complaints are not that major.
– aside from Sim 3 not open to MMS and GPRS usage, the location of the 3 Sims could be improved. As it is, Sims 1 and 2 are placed on top of each other such that you won’t be able to remove Sim 2 without pulling out Sim 1 first. Sim 3 has its solo spot, though, so I wonder why it is limited in capabilities.
– the MicroSD slot is tucked beside Sim 3 so you can’t place or replace one without turning the unit off and opening the back.
– the keypad unlock button needs a real hardpress and as a result, you could wear-and-tear the same a lot faster than the other keys.
– if you’re the picky type, chances are that you won’t be totally impressed with the durability of the unit’s casing.
– if you’re the type who goes for high-quality stored ringtones or good killing-time games, then you won’t find them here. i already picked the best options for my profile and still find them a bit primitive.
For the price I paid for the Q300, it’s still money well-spent. Just don’t come looking for the extra polished features of a Nokia or Sony-Ericsson. So if owning a triple sim phone is too hard to resist, then this one should not be a disappointment. Nonetheless, if two sims can still float your boat, then Samsung, Cherry Mobile and MyPhone have already mastered the dual sim technology so getting a two-in-one mobile unit remains a safer bet for purposes of practicality.
…And those are the things that make the Q300 a relative winner to me. I give it 7/10. 😉