Sciphone i68 overview and full specs
his is a hands-on evaluate of the new i68 and i68+ telephones, which are Chinese so-called "clones" of the Apple iPhoneTM. Note that despite the fact that their bodily appearance is relatively an identical to that of the iPhone, the whole lot else is very other: The firmware (the built-in software) is very a lot unlike the iPhone's, the processor is a lot slower, the camera is now not as just right, and so on. Despite that, these are compelling phones in my opinion.
I at first wrote this assessment for a everyday i68 with general pre-3.0 firmware. Since then I've gotten an i68+ with version 3.1 firmware, so I've tried to replace the evaluation to element out the differences between the where they stand up. In addition, Javquisoft 4.0 firmware was rolled out and I upgraded my telephone to that, which allowed some customizations.
Dual SIM: A cell phone phone that supports SIM playing cards, permitting you to attach to two separate networks at once. Switch simply between SIM card/phone numbers in the related handset.
Quad Band: This phone is unlocked for around the globe use. The phone supports 850/900/1800/1900 MHz. Enjoy worry-free trip anywhere you go.
Touch Screen: 3.2 Inch reveal with 800X400 pixels reveal decision ensures that the texts and photographs you see are all the time clear.
JAVA: Built-in Java generation means you can get the contemporary Apps to use on this telephone. Whether for business or pleasure, this telephone supplies a nice platform for any Java-based utility you need to run.
Mp3/Mp4: It helps MP3/WAV/AMR/AWB format, and beef up a reminiscence of 400 songs. Take the phone with you and take benefit of customized cellular leisure!
The following applies to each the i68 and i68+:
It is most often unlocked. Or to be extra correct it used to be never locked to begin with.
It is quadband so it helps all four GSM frequencies: 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz; and is due to this fact a world telephone because it can be used anyplace on the planet.)
The show is a moderately huge 3.2 inch touch screen providing 240 by way of 320 pixels. It seems to beef up sixteen bits in step with color.
It comes with a small stylus that slides up into the phone for storage however you can get a higher one from DealExtreme.
It accepts up to two SIM cards and they are each usable each time you love. When you make a name there are two dial-out buttons on the monitor to let you choose which SIM you will use. This is useful if you have one SIM for paintings and every other for personal use.
It accepts a MicroSD flash reminiscence card supposedly up to eight GB capacity. It comes with a 1 GB card preinstalled.
It has the slide-to-unlock feature.
It has a built-in motion and orientation sensor and some of the telephone software responds to sudden motion (shaking) and/or to whether you are conserving it in landscape or portrait orientation.
The best buttons are the round frontal button and up/down buttons on the left facet close to the top.
It has handiest one port into which goes either the USB cable, the firmware upgrade cable, the optional headphone adapter, or the cable for the earbuds-plus-microphone.
It has a camera that is either 320X240 or 640X480 resolution.
It runs Java "MIDP" methods (also identified as midlets) such as games and organizer programs.
Its battery can rate by three mechanisms: by means of USB; by way of separate battery charger; or by means of automobile charger.
It comes with 2 lithium ion batteries.
On the entrance there are, of path, a speaker and microphone for talking on the phone.
There may be a speaker on the again or most sensible for enjoying song in tandem with the frontal ear speaker to supply stereo track playback.
The phone has some helpful however clunky integrated methods such as calculator and calendar.
There is a built-in FM radio.
China SciPhone i68 4G Specifications
Networks GSM 850 | 900 | 1800 | 1900
Form Factor Multi-SIM | Bar | Touchscreen
Main Screen 3.2" TFT Touch screen,262K Colors,240X320
Apps Platform Java MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1
Memory Card T-Flash/MicroSD, up to 2GB
Dimensions 115 x 60.4 x 12.2mm
Camera 0.3 MegaPixels ,
Bluetooth V2.0 + A2DP
Wireless Data GPRS
Sciphone i68/i68+ GSM Phones: a Hands-On Review
This is a hands-on review of the now-somewhat-dated i68 and i68+ phones, which are Chinese GSM phones. Although their physical appearance is somewhat similar to that of the iPhone, everything else is very different: The firmware (the built-in software) is very different than the iPhone's, the processor is very slow, the camera is quite lousy, and so on. Despite that, these phones do have the appealing feature of having a large screen and they are quad-band.
I originally wrote this review for a generic i68 with generic pre-3.0 firmware. Since then I've gotten an i68+ with version 3.1 firmware, so I've tried to update the review to point out the differences between the two where they arise. In addition, Javquisoft 4.0 firmware was rolled out and I upgraded my phone to that, which allowed some customizations.
Flash memory cards
Video recorder (camcorder)
Setting up data services
Control by PC
Javquisoft version 4 firmware
The following applies to both the i68 and i68+:
* It is normally unlocked. Or to be more accurate it was never locked to begin with.
* It is quadband so it supports all four GSM frequencies: 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz; and is therefore a world phone because it can be used anywhere on the planet.)
* The display is a relatively large 3.2 inch touch screen offering 240 by 320 pixels. It appears to support 16 bits per color.
* It comes with a small stylus that slides up into the phone for storage but you can get a better one from DealExtreme.
* It accepts up to two SIM cards and they are both usable whenever you like. When you make a call there are two dial-out buttons on the screen to let you select which SIM you will use. This is helpful if you have one SIM for work and another for personal use.
* It accepts a MicroSD flash memory card supposedly up to 8 GB capacity. It comes with a 1 GB card preinstalled.
* It has the slide-to-unlock feature.
* It has a built-in motion and orientation sensor and some of the phone software responds to sudden motion (shaking) and/or to whether you are holding it in landscape or portrait orientation.
* The only buttons are the round frontal button and two up/down buttons on the left side near the top.
* It has only one port into which goes either the USB cable, the firmware upgrade cable, the optional headphone adapter, or the cable for the earbuds-plus-microphone.
* It has a camera that is either 320X240 or 640X480 resolution.
* It runs Java "MIDP" programs (also known as midlets) such as games and organizer programs.
* Its battery can charge by 3 mechanisms: via USB; via separate battery charger; or by car charger.
* It comes with 2 lithium ion batteries.
* On the front there are, of course, a speaker and microphone for talking on the phone.
* There may be a speaker on the back or top for playing music in tandem with the frontal ear speaker to provide stereo music playback.
* The phone has some useful but clunky built-in programs such as calculator and calendar.
* There is a built-in FM radio.
Flash memory cards
The phone accepts one MicroSD flash card, reportedly up to 8 gigaytes. I've used two different ones in my phone:
* The generic 1GB card that was included with the phone.
* A Sandisk 4GB MicroSD HC that I got for about $10.
Both worked just fine.
Transferring files to the phone
The i68/i68+ are media-centric cell phones. As such you will probably want to transfer media files to it and the procedure for doing so is very simple:
1. You connect the USB cable from your phone to your computer.
2. The phone will display a menu asking if you want to tell the computer it is a storage device or some other option. Select "mass storage".
3. Two new drives will appear on your Windows computer. The 1st is large: It is the MicroSD card. The 2nd is less than 1 megabyte: It is internal memory that the phone always has.
4. You then move your MP3 files into the appropriate directory of the MicroSD drive.
Alternatively you can remove the MicroSD and put that into a USB adapter or SD adapter if you have one, then write the files directly onto the MicroSD, then put that back into the phone.
The directories (folders) on the MicroSD flash card are as follows:
* Audio = voice recorder files
* eBook = text files
* Java = Java programs specifically .jar and .jad files
* MP3 = MP3/WAV files
* Photos = photos e.g. JPG files
* Video = videos e.g. 3GP files
The phone comes with a decent but very basic music player program. I have experimentally determined that the generic i68 firmware can play the following types of music files:
It cannot play OGG or FLAC.
The version 3.0a software handled MP3 and WAV but I did not test others.
What kinds of MP3s work best?
Bass is not great on the speakers, and yet bass guitar sounds passable with the headphones. I converted this bass player video and it sounds almost as good as on my PC.
Pop music should be mostly OK with headphones and sometimes with speakers.
Flamenco sounds better on the speakers than headphones, because the guitar is high-pitched anyway. The headphones make it sound blurred or muddled, although it may help to turn on the equalizer and set it to Treble.
Podcasts such as Truth About Markets sound much better with headphones.
How is the audio quality?
The sound quality produced on the built-in small speakers is good and loud, but rather tinny i.e. lacking in bass.
I decided to perform some simple tests. I downloaded the mp3 files at swing.be and listened to them using the i68+. I got the following results:
* 800 Hz = loud
* 400 Hz = about half as loud
* 250 Hz = hard to hear
* 14 kHz = maybe 2/3 as loud as 800 Hz
Headphones with adapter
There is an optional adapter that lets you use your own headphones. I have this adapter and the sound quality is good enough for me. But of course, how well it works for you depends on how good your headphones are. I am only using $8 headphones.
* 800 Hz = loud
* 400 Hz = loud
* 250 Hz = loud
* 125 Hz = about half as loud
* 100 Hz = hard to hear
* 14 kHz = hard to hear; could be due to headphones.
* 15 kHz = almost inaudible; could be due to headphones.
The earbuds that I received with the i68+ are just OK quality. They are better than the speakers but they just don't compare to the adapter with my cheap headphones.
At the same volume level as my headphone tests, I got:
* 800 Hz = somewhat weak
* 400 Hz = somewhat weak
* 250 Hz = weak
* 125 Hz = hard to hear
1. The music player only supports one playlist. So all your songs even if you have 100s of them are in the same list. This is very inconvenient.
* A simple workaround is to put all the songs by a given artist into one folder and then use the Documents feature to browse and select individual songs. The generic firmware shows a dancing man animation when playing a song in this manner. version 3 firmware just shows the MP3 player.
2. Some filenames are not properly read. Consequently they appear in the old MSDOS 8.3 format e.g. SONGNU~1.MP3 instead of SongNumber100.mp3.
3. I found that the generic pre-3.0a firmware had a lowest volume level (before off) that was still quite loud. I had no luck turning that down even in Engineering Mode. The version 3 firmware MP3 player does not have that problem at all.
What free programs exist to edit music files and rip CDs?
For ripping, use CDex or FreeRIP.
To edit audio, try Audacity or WavePad.
This phone does play videos. You can load them onto the MicroSD or into the internal memory in the same way you do MP3 files except that you must put them in the Video directory.
Supported video formats
As with other mobile phones, the video player program does not play just any video file format. At this point I have managed to get small 3GP, 3G2 and MP4 videos to play with the version 3.1 firmware's player. The generic firmware's player didn't accept 3G2.
* 3GP is the standard video container used with mobile phones.
* 3G2 is related to 3GP.
* MP4 is also used on regular PCs.
Note that 3GP, 3G2 and MP4 are just containers. The codec that is used to compress the movie can be
* Possibly h.264/AVC
After much experimentation, 176X144 remains the largest resolution that has worked for me. Anything larger than that is rejected.
Here are a few sample videos:
* Rotating teeth video
* Newtonian toy animation
I encode videos using FFMPEG, which is an open source video converter that can be used either from the DOS prompt (the command line) or using a GUI. The best GUI for FFMPEG seems to be WinFF. Make sure you download it from this link and not another.
In WinFF, these settings worked best for the 3.1 firmware and Javquisoft 4.0 firmware:
* Convert to: Mobile phones
* Device preset: CDMA 3G2 (h.263 codec)
* 176X144 resolution
* Bit rate 128k for action; higher for drama/interviews.
* Additional FFMPEG options: -me_method epzs -sameq
These settings worked best with the generic firmware:
* MP4 container
* Xvid codec
* 176X144 resolution
* 12.5 frames per second
* AAC LC audio
* 2 audio channels
* 128 kbps audio bitrate
* 44100 audio samples/second
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