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A Battery With A Phone

The 3,500 mAh battery sits, unremoveable, but visible under the back panel of this 5-inch smartphone. The battery to phone-size ratio is in the E700’s favour. The charger will give it a quick charge. That said, there’s no special battery saving mode. It’s all a matter of pure battery heft. But if you’re one of those especially concerned with battery life, the E700 is worth a look. The battery’s performance is pretty good.

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The 3,500 mAh battery sits, unremoveable, but visible under the back panel of this 5-inch smartphone. The battery to phone-size ratio is in the E700’s favour. The charger will give it a quick charge. That said, there’s no special battery saving mode. It’s all a matter of pure battery heft. But if you’re one of those especially concerned with battery life, the E700 is worth a look. The battery’s performance is pretty good.

Also under the removeable plastic panel are slots for three SIM cards — all micro — and a memory card. Nice for those who lead those multiple lives.

The rest of the specs are about average going by today’s standards, but value when you consider the price, which is Rs 12,000 though I see it available for a thousand less. That puts the E700 in direct competition with the Moto G and a growing bevy of others.

The phone itself is not bad looking but not remarkable either. It feels solid but not uncomfortably weighty. I intensely dislike this form of softened plastic on the back panel because it picks up the grease and sweat off fingers. But it far outshines glossy plastic.

On the back, you also have an extra button. You can assign this to trigger off a function or app of your choosing. A long-press will open up the camera, which, by the way, has a front-facing flash for selfies. The main camera is average with colours being noticeably off.

The E700 is not a bad package, what with some of the specs being quite solid and the others being adequate. It’s nondescript but a good workhorse; sturdy and smooth functioning. Acer’s interface can be a bit bouncy and annoying, but it’s easy to live with all the same.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 23-03-2015)