CALAMITY COM­PAN­ION

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES - —TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL AND PIC­TURE BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

In an emer­gency, it is in­tu­ti­tive to shout for help and seek help. But in case you find that your phones have run out of power, XPal’s Spare One can be your se­cu­rity be­cause it has been de­signed for such even­tu­al­i­ties. Throw it in your car or keep it handy for the elders at home, the Spare One will never dis­ap­point as it does not need reg­u­lar charg­ing (this sleek de­vice runs on AA bat­ter­ies). There is also a SIM adapter, in case you have a mi­croSIM.

In com­plete con­trast to cur­rent phones with their huge dis­plays, the Spare One does not have one. There is a screen-like por­tion from which you can spy the AA cells inside. The SIM card slot can be ac­cessed by re­mov­ing the back panel. The lim­ited set of keys in­cludes an al­phanu­meric key­pad along with vol­ume con­trol, torch and the lock key. When pow­ered on, the phone beeps a cou­ple of times. There is an LED in­di­ca­tor on the left and right of the bat­tery that shows the sig­nal and bat­tery sta­tus.

The Spare One can be used for dialling any num­ber. De­signed only for emer­gency use, the phone does not come with a con­tacts list, just nine num­bers that can be as­signed to speed di­als. Dialling a num­ber and long press­ing the de­sired key saves it to the as­signed num­ber. With­out a screen, send­ing a mes­sage is a task. So the Spare One can be used for send­ing a pre-con­fig­ured text to pre­set num­bers.

Xpal has been in­tel­li­gent enough to add sound for in­di­cat­ing the ac­tions. There are dis­tinc­tive tones when switch­ing the phone on or off. The call qual­ity was clear and we are sure that the Spare One will of­fer 10 hours talk­time as promised. The com­pany claims a standby time of 15 years. But what if it runs out of charge? While the Spare One is clearly a use-and-throw phone, it does not die so eas­ily. When the 10 hour talk­time is con­sumed, just re­place the bat­tery. It will in­stantly make the phone ready for an­other pos­si­ble emer­gency.

GG

XPAL SPARE ONE Price:

$69 + $15 (ship­ping charges)

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