Like many others before it, Philips has been known to be one of the top rated modern day pioneers of technology. We have seen the advent of the company in numerous avenues of technology (including medicine), and now the latest avenue to attract the company has become the smartphone market.
There are a host of smartphones in the market to choose from, so it does tend to get a bit messy whenever you go phone hunting. The basic reason here being that you are spoilt for choice. And that's only expected since the market is anyway divided into several categories in terms of specs and price ranges.
Philips recently unveiled and released its new W3500 handset that is also a newcomer in the market. It's easy to miss out on the handset while you are hunting for a smartphone, but that happens basically due to the fact that buyers have a certain brand in their minds and the eventual buy is based on that.
However, our job here is to introduce you to anything that you haven't heard or seen in the market, and also reveal whether it will be worth it in the long run. And the new Philips W3500 falls in that category for the time being.
We recently sat down with a review unit of the handset that Philips sent us over. And after playing with the handset for sometime, we have managed to come up with a full review for the same. This will help you further to understand more on the handset.
Philips W3500 Full Review: Form Factor and Operating System
To be very honest, the new Philips W3500 isn't really the lightest of devices. On the contrary, it will weigh a bit in your hand. Sure smartphones these days sometimes tend to be bigger and heavier, but that's not really a trend most new-age buyers associate themselves with.
Apart from that, the handset isn't as imaginative as you may think, in terms of form factor. It looks quite ordinary with its sort of candy-bar form factor. It isn't the thinnest of handsets either with dimensions measuring in at 142 x 73.6 x 9.7 mm. Also, it weighs in at 170g.
The front of the handset still offers a polished look with the Philips branding on top at the front. There are also the usual capacitive buttons on the front. In the back, the branding name can be found once again on the upper half, just below the primary snapper.
Again, the handset isn't much different from what we see all the time and is made up of plastic. Sure you can use a more trendy word such as "polycarbonate" to describe it, but it's still plastic at the end of the day. The phone's power button has been placed at the right side of the handset while the volume rockers are at the left.
All that being said, it still isn't the most disappointing handset that's currently in the market (and we can take a few names in that regard). The handset offers a solid form and won't necessarily slip out of your hand. Somehow, we believe the phones big weight actually helps it to stay fixed in your hands.
Apart from that, the handset offers a very dated Android Jelly Bean OS that could the deciding factor for the handset in terms of sales. After all, all others in the same category are offering the new KitKat OS.