Videocon Cube 3 review: A budget phone with aspirational features
The smartphone offers 4G with VoLTE, 3GB RAM, higher storage (32GB internal) and front + rear LED flash.
It’s a budget phone after all, so don’t expect a very snazzy design. It’s all plastic, with a cube pattern on the back (hence the name). It has the usual power and volume buttons on the right, off-screen Android buttons (not backlit) and removable battery. The memory is expandable and it has a dedicated micro SD slot for this. Power it on and you’re greeted with a decent quality 720p screen that offers good colour and viewing angles. It has Android 6.0 and a mostly stock interface. The interface has some nice features like screen off gestures, turbo download (combines 3G/4G and WiFi), display customisation and scheduled power on/off.
A useful built in app is SOS-Be Safe. You can add emergency contacts and press the power button 4 times to activate (which then sends your location to the contacts). Another included app is Videocon Parallel Space (a co-branded version of Parallel Space, a free app) — it allows you to have two active instances of apps. You can have two WhatsApp, Facebook or Snapchat accounts signed in simultaneously. There is a fair bit of bloatware including games (Asphalt Nitro, Midnight Pool, Motocross, Scrat-ventures & Spiderman) and apps (ChillX, Dailyhunt, Eros Now, Payplutus & State Bank Buddy). Thankfully, you can remove all of them.
The phone works well for day-today use, helped by the simple interface. The Mediatek MT6735 processor is an entry-level one but it’s good enough for most tasks and apps. Camera quality is adequate at best: there is lots of shutter lag but it takes acceptable quality photos in daylight. Upside is front flash, still rare these days. Battery life is a full day with the standby power saving mode enabled.
Given the price, the Cube 3 competes with the likes of the Redmi 3S Prime (Rs 8,999), Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus (Rs 8,499) and Samsung Galaxy On7 (Rs 8,999). This is tough competition, especially considering the better built quality, better performance, fingerprint scanners et al on offer (even full HD screen on the K5 Plus). The SOS features on the Videocon can easily be added on an Android phone with one of the many free apps.
5-inch 1280 x 720 pixel IPS LCD with Dragontrail 2.5D curved glass, 1.3Ghz Mediatek quad core, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage + microSD (up to 64GB), 13MP primary camera with PDAF & dual LED flash, 5MP front camera with LED flash, 4G with VoLTE, GPS, WiFi n, BT4.0, Android 6.0, 3,000mAh, 140 grams