Despite the ubiquity of smartphones, a significant share of push-button phones remains in Russia. According to the latest data, this is 25% of the entire subscriber base, about 10 million handsets. For the most part, they do not have the disadvantage of a short battery life, they are more compact and cheaper. The novelty Philips Xenium E2301 tested today can be used both as a main and as a backup phone.
You can buy it for an average of 3390 rubles.
Supplied in a bright yellow box with brand logo and key specs. The kit includes a battery, USB cable, power adapter and user manual.
The phone is presented in two body colors. It is dark gray with orange trim and dark green with silver.
Made of durable plastic, additional thickening along the edges. You should not abuse this, it is only insurance against accidental falls.
The back cover is textured with fine mesh mesh. It improves grip and reduces the risk of slipping out of your hands.
A 0.3 MP camera lens is displayed in the upper zone. Does not protrude beyond the lid, eliminating the risk of scratches. Next to it is a built-in speaker grille.
The volume is sufficient to not miss an incoming call when the phone is in the next room.
The front side of the Philips Xenium E2301 with a traditional layout. The upper half is occupied by a color display, the lower numeric keypad with a five-way joystick, answer and call reject buttons.
Connectors are hidden under a protective cap. There is a microUSB used for recharging, an audio jack for a headset, and a full-sized USB.
The phone can be used as an external battery to charge accessories or a smartphone.
On the side face is an additional mechanical switch responsible for turning the flashlight on and off. The LED is displayed on the top edge.
The cover of the smartphone is removable. Under it is a compartment for installing the battery, two slots for full-size SIM and a slot for a memory card. The latter can be used to record a library of your favorite music or audiobooks and then listen to it by connecting a headset.
Equipment and communication
It uses a 2.8-inch display to display images. This is a color TFT-matrix with a resolution of 320×240 pixels. The image is readable indoors and outdoors.
The amount of built-in and RAM is 32 MB. Under multimedia and graphics, you can add a microSD memory card.
Works on a 2G network, you can put two full-size SIMs. There is also a Bluetooth 2.1 module. During operation in the conditions of the city and the suburbs, we did not experience problems with the quality of reception. The reception is sure. The interlocutor is heard well, the voice was transmitted without distortion.
The interface is typical for Philips Xenium push-button phones. It works stably, there were no visible freezes during operation for several weeks.
Interface in Russian. The menu is presented in the form of a grid with icons 3 in 3 rows.
In the applications section are available: organizer, stopwatch, calendar, calculator. A separate item is the activation of USB charging.
The multimedia features of the Philips Xenium E2301 include gallery, audio player, video player, camcorder, voice recorder and radio. To receive radio stations, you need to connect wired headphones.
There is a section with detailed settings, including profiles, security elements, display settings.
A low-resolution camera, it is noticeably inferior in detail to those that are used to seeing in smartphones. Suitable for document shooting in good lighting conditions.
The phone is equipped with a 3000 mAh battery. When used as an additional means of communication, the charge lasts for 4 weeks. Use in active mode with frequent voice calls will give about 1.5-2 weeks.
The Philips Xenium E2301 is a robust feature phone with long battery life, dual SIM slots with good call quality, built-in MP3 player, radio, external battery mode and flashlight. The conditional disadvantages include microUSB, in 2022 USB-C will be optimal.