CDMA Smartphone Review: MTS MTag 352

MTS India, the mobile and data service provider is really serious about CDMA technology in the country, has launched several CDMA smartphones in India under its MTag brand. Currently MTS has MTag 3.1, MTag 401, MTag 352, MTag 351 and MTag 281.

MTS MTag 352 review

Bringing pocket-friendly CDMA smartphones MTS India is certainly creating a buzz among youngsters who are looking to jump into Android arena. MTS makes the deal more lucrative as bundle offer adds voice, text and data benefits.

We had the opportunity to try out MTag 351 and MTag 352. In this post I will share my experience with MTag 352. MTag 352 is priced for Rs 6499 (MRP).

First impression & looks

When I just got my hands on MTag 352, I find it looks better than MTag 351 – stylish, fits well in my hand, touch response is quite fine. It has new generation buttons at the bottom of the front, compatible with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though it runs on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. The back is matte finish for easy grip. On the top there are lock button and 3.5 mm audio jack point. At the left side the volume +/- buttons are there.

SIM slot though is not under the battery, you have to remove the battery to remove the SIM card. But microSD card slot is hot-swappable without removing the battery, but you have to remove back cover.

Hardware

MTS MTag 352 comes with 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM 7625A ARMv7 Processor, 256MB RAM, Adreno 200 GPU compatible with OpenGL ES 2.0, total user memory 152 MB (approx). I find that MTag 352 is actually a CDMA variant of ZTE Kis or Roamer 2.

Android version is loaded is 2.3.6 and it is quite the stock version apart from some pre-loaded apps like MTS TV, MTS Planet, MTS Video Bites, Nimbuzz for MTS, MTS Info, Saavn.

Display

The 3.5 inch display with capacitive touchscreen has 320×480 resolution. Touchscreen is well responsive, resolution is not bad either.

Camera

It has a 3 mega pixel camera capable of video recording also. At this budget the camera performs well; good pictures at outdoor at daylight, while the photos are compromised at indoor and at low light.

MTS-Mtag352-sample-camera-pic

Connectivity – It is well connected with WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, USB, Bluetooth and EVDO Rev A (3.1 Mbps downlink and 1.8Mbps uplink). GPS reception is good while used for Google Maps and Navigation.

Performance – Though it is thousand bucks less priced than MTag 351, I find MTag 352 works better. I used it rigorously as a second phone for two days, and it never hangs. On Antutu Benchmark it scored 2634. I played Angry Birds, the phone went smooth during the whole time.

MTS mtag 352 vs MTS mtag 351

The battery life is pretty well, stands for nearly 20+ hours with mediocre use like voice calls, photo shoot, video recording and internet access. Call quality is decent, though on speaker mode audio is quite low. WiFi Hotspot is easy to set up and works smoothly without any hiccup. FM Radio has good reception. With Cowon’s earphone I find music quality is good.

Verdict

At Rs 6500 (You can find better deals for MTag 352), I find this phone is very good considering the specs and bundled offers. I rate it 85/100 and would suggest you to go for MTag 352 instead of MTag 351.

Check out MTag 351 review on the next post… 

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  • karthick March 19, 2013 10:20 am

    i am going to buy this mobile. shall i use reliance cdma sim with this mobile.

    • sachin pimple June 1, 2013 11:15 am

      Go to Rcom site you will find reliance CDMA OMH (open market handsets) there.

  • shiv March 9, 2013 2:41 am

    i have a brand new mtag 352 with bill does anyone want to buy it for 4000?

  • Mithun October 19, 2012 1:18 pm

    Can this phone be unlocked to be used with RCDMA with EVDO?

  • Sumit singh October 10, 2012 9:17 pm

    my budget is 8500 which android phone should i buy
    MTS MTAG 352 or SAMSUNG GALAXY Y DUOS…..
    nd is there any other good choice
    plzzzz help me…..

  • Pike September 24, 2012 12:18 pm

    Recently i have got calls from no. Starting with +21 on my two aircel no s ! No reply from the opposite person while attend tat call ! I think it’s from morocco ! Anybody faced same issue ?

  • Kanaga Deepan N September 24, 2012 10:57 am

    Current MTS users who is looking for Android phones should avoid this and go for Samsung Galaxy Y CDMA (OMH), considering the uncertainity of MTS (esp Aircel acq).. Further Y CDMA has more RAM and processing power + its OMH (you can sell it to other network CDMA users or port out to other CDMA operator later using Y CDMA) and NOT network locked like MTag…

  • Amit September 24, 2012 9:10 am

    Aircel is definitely looking out for Exit so possibily either Telenor or MTS will buy. Deal will be $3 billion(INR17000 cr) plus the Debts which is more than 15000 crores will be transferred to the Acquiring company.

    Things have changed in India, No subscriber additions which will allow new operators, Churn Rate of 15% but Already Biggies are taking actions to prevent.

    Its found that 70% of churn( 70% of the total 15%) is done by retailers who force prepaid users to port to other operators which will yield them close to $1.5( 80Rs) by this the industry is loosing INR 7000 crores. Already Airtel, Vodafone,Idea are planning to stop this kind of churn by altering measures like Submitting porting requests only at Company outlets( franchise).

  • Rudradeep September 23, 2012 10:22 pm

    @ Jaswanth Roy
    @ chitshar

    Though MTS has their licenses lost, they are aggressive in expanding networks and bringing new smartphones – which means they certainly have a back up plan, which might be via Russian Govt pressures on Indian Govt.

    And MTS is not bringing expensive smartphones, rather these are quite pocket friendly smartphones. MTAG 352 is priced for Rs 6500, on retail shops you may get it for Rs 6200.

  • Prathik September 23, 2012 10:05 pm

    @ Jaswanth Roy
    Yes,exactly. MTS is in talks to buy AIRCEL GSM.

  • chaitanya September 23, 2012 9:45 pm

    I m using the MTS MTAG 3.1 , A LOW PRICED MOBILE WITH ANDROID 2.2.
    BUT I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH IT FOR LAST 9 MONTHS, ALSO A GOOD BATTERY THAN OTHER CDMA SMART PHONES. I M HAPPY WITH IT BUT WANT A LARGE SCREEN NOW

  • Jaswanth Roy September 23, 2012 8:31 pm

    @chitshar

    True ! A big uncertainty hangs on MTS future move, not because of their winning back the spectrum as they have all financial strength if they wish so and also their business is going on positive direction in India. But their current strategy seems the acquisition of GSM AIRCEL pan India basis or wait for their review petition verdict from Supreme court on their CDMA license based on their govt treaty with India, their govt is being the major owner of MTS. May be by December a clear picture will emerge, till then we shall continue to enjoy their competitive tariffs and strong network but better not to invest on their sim locked expensive smart phones.

  • chitshar September 23, 2012 7:12 pm

    @Rudradeep Why should we buy any phone from MTS now when it is uncertain that they will win back their licence in the auction?