Melbon is a relatively unknown name when it comes to mobile phones. In addition to mobile phones, Melbon makes all sorts of computer peripherals and home appliances; from speaker systems to LED TVs and air purifiers. Their line-up of mobile phones consists mainly of feature phones
The Melbon Dude 44 is an ultra-affordable feature phone and it is as basic a phone can get. This phone is available in online stores at a low price of Rs. 570/-. The phone does not support 3G or 4G networks. This phone is not made for social media or internet surfing. Its sole purpose of existence is to make calls and last long while doing so. Let us go ahead and find out more in detailed review about this device.
· 1.8 inch non-touch TFT LCD screen (128 X 160 pixels); 114 PPI.
· Dimensions: Weight 110 gm.
· 950 mAh removable battery.
· 250 MB built-in storage; Expandable storage up to 8 GB via microSD card.
· Dual SIM, GSM + GSM.
· 0.3 MP primary camera with LED flash.
· FM radio.
ü 950 mAh removable Li-Ion battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü FM radio.
û Small 1.8 inch display.
û 0.3-megapixel primary camera.
û Limited phone book.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Melbon Dude 44 Handset
The Melbon Dude 44 is a compact phone with a rounded design which is quite pleasant to hold. The back panel of the device is easily removable due to a small niche provided in the corner. The device is available in two colors Black and Yellow. Both the colors sport a matte finish. The back is plain except for a raised rounded rectangle which houses the camera along with the LED flash and the speaker grill which is a series of drilled holes arranged in a geometrical pattern.
The color of the back panel is carried over to the front. A thick plastic strip borders the edges of the phone separating the front from the back. The color of the strip varies in the two color versions, Red in case of the Black phone and Grey in the case of the Yellow phone. The back panel is removable and gives access to the battery, the dual SIMs, and the microSD card slot.
On the front of Melbon Dude, 44 Mobile is the 1.8-inch display at the top, with the earpiece located above it. The two action buttons are situated directly below the display along with the call receive and call end buttons, the four-way navigation key, the OK button and the alpha-numeric keypad. The Ok button also acts as a shortcut for the LED light. The OK button is round and big. The keys on the keypad are generous with big printed numbers. There is no front camera.
The Melbon Dude 44 mobile has a 1.8-inch display outputs at a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels. It is sufficiently bright and shows nicely saturated colors. At such a low resolution, some pixilation can be seen around the fonts. The display can be viewed easily in direct sunlight with no strain on eyes.
The camera on the Melbon Dude 44 is not much to talk about, carrying a resolution of 0.3 megapixels which shoots images at 640 x 480 pixels resolution. The camera is sufficient for shooting some casual pictures in ample daylight.
The provided LED flash is not much of help in low-light photographs. Overall, this is an ok camera useful for shooting casual photos but is a useful inclusion at its price point. The VGA resolution is a disappointment though.
The Melbon Dude 44 is a feature phone which is not burdened by a big display or some extra smart features. The phone’s main selling point is calling and it delivers in that respect. The phone goes through everyday tasks effortlessly and the call quality is excellent.
The 950mAh battery powers the phone for a very long time. But the battery capacity should have been increased. The phone is thick enough to accommodate a bigger, denser battery. The built-in 250 MB storage can be increased up to 8 GB via a microSD card.
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The Melbon Dude 44 is squarely aimed at people whose main utility of their phones is calling. The device ticks all the right boxes for its intended user base a long battery life, uncomplicated features, and reliability.
· Performance: 3 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.