CSL i200 review

Posted on 6:04 PM by Raymond NHL

Good news to budget user!


CSL( Commitment , Service, Loyalty) is a Malaysian company that produce budget and featured phones.


Right now, CSL is doing promotion for its new phone, CSL i200 at RM 98.75 only.


However, some shops are selling at price of RM 130. Please negotiate with them to get a better and more reasonable price.

The box packaging of this phone is really small. Sort of like a cash and carry product just like you buy a pack of Maggi Mee at supermarket.

Inside the box, there are the phone, charger and a pair of earphone.



What's the function? Well, it's pretty much a basic phone. However, at just about RM 100, what can you expect from it?

This phone have dual sim dual standby. Mind you, it's DUAL standby. Probably the cheapest dual sim phone in the market.

Besides, it has MicroSD/ T-flash expansion slot that supports up to 4GB to store all your songs.



Oh ya, did I just mentioned songs? Yes, you are right ! This cheap phone has a built-in MP3 player. Not to forget the loud speakers. It's really great to listen songs from this phone but don't expect the best quality.

There's also a torch light at the top of the phone. To turn it on, hold the 'OK'  button for a few seconds. To turn it off, do the same thing. For Muslims, there's Islamic features such as Azan Alarm.



The overall design of the phone is good. You need not worry bout fingerprints on this phone because of it's rubberize design. Only the region around the LCD attracts fingerprint.



The only bottom line of this phone is that you can't change the message tone. You can set your own songs (MP3 or MIDI ) for incoming calls but for SMS alert , you need to use back the preset sounds in the phone which sucks.

I can't comment on the battery life as this is only the first day I use the phone.

Last but not least, the phone itself comes with one year warranty from CSL.

*This is not a paid review*

46 comments:

theeggyolks said...

erm...not bad for a Malaysian phone

Passion Merlot said...

just bought yesterday, can you tell me how to do the tracker device ?

d4rkholeang3l said...

do click on the ads to support me..thanks

d4rkholeang3l said...

tracker device???i heard u will need to use the friends finder service from maxis or Digi...

Passion Merlot said...

can you elaborate on tracker device..

if should be in the phone, eg in my lg phone under security there is such a folder.

but i can't inside here...

wonder why my battery last only a day even though i play mp3 alot.

i have familar almost except the tracker device...killing me.

encounter unusual to dial contact is alway auto back to sim2 instead of sim1.

skxw-x said...

hi, can i know if it's hard to sms. and the battery life? :)

d4rkholeang3l said...

@ Passion

I don't think the phone is that sophiscated bro...
Btw, it's normal for battery to last only a day especially on heavy usage.

Even my Nokia 5610 experiences the same problem.

Btw, I don't find any problem on the dialing contacts.

@ skxw

the keypad is not that user friendly. I ll say that my previous Nokia 1208 is nicer to sms.

Besides, the software itself is lag. If you're a fast typer, this phone will drive u mad...

Battery life is considerably good for user like me. It last for two days with heavy SMS (with ringtone on) and some playback of MP3 songs

skxw-x said...

oh so when you type fast sometimes the letters don't appear lah? is the speakers good? and not talking about whether it worths the price, generally, is the phone a nice phone to use? and is the dual sim function complicated?

d4rkholeang3l said...

the phone is nice to u...but don't expect too much from it...

speakers are damn loud..trust me, u wont want maximum volume..

dual sim function is not complicated at all...

Anonymous said...

hey, just read ur comment bout this hp. i also have this hp. just wanna ask u several questions.

1. how to transfer file into this hp? USB?

2. how to set to normal abc in texting? im soo furious coz each time i wanna text i hafta to change to normal abc.

3. how to turn on the torchlight?

hope u answer my Qs.

d4rkholeang3l said...

Hi,

1) If you are saying about transferring file to the phone, the only way is by using a memory card.

After copying the files into the memory card using a computer, you MOVE/COPY the file into ur phone. that's the only way.

2) Press # in while you are typing message in the editor until you see ' ABC or abc' .

IF you see 'Ezi abc', dat is with dictionary.

3) I myself still trying to figure out how to turn on the torch light. Will update when I find the solution. Lolz..

Thanks

Anonymous said...

1. do you mean by using memory card reader? btw is the seller supposed to provide usb or any cable to transfer file? and would u mind elaborate how to transfer using "computer"?

2. ok. just figured it out. Settings/phone setup/preferred input method/multitap abc.

3. ok dude. thanks a lot!

eh one more Q. in file manager, i got lots of vids. any chance to play it? or just can keep it as data?

Passion Merlot said...

to turn on tourch lite is by pressing the centre button (orange colour). hold on.

to off it - same method - hope dat will help.

The phone do not have usb cable and all media trandsfer to the mirco sd card and place it back to your phone.In order to play mp3, need to set up memory card in the folder to capture the card. (same as picture folder too) but i dun advise to view picture (too small)

About keypad, mine is abit of hard and wonder how to soften it.

Have anyone see similar protective cover for this phone.

Frankly i m amazed it come with organiser like calendder n thing to do function.

Question on Vids, unless you use mkt operation software (phone suites)
maybe u can install the video player but i dun hv time to re modify it and therefore i dun recommend bcz the screen is small.

Hope someone can exchange more tips.

With regard to tracker device, since it indicate and i strongly believe is inside there.

let me elaborate abt this function,

U need to input other hp nos into it.

When the thief install his sim card - the phone will indicate to him to return the phone with your ph nos to contact.

Even if he change to another sim card also repeat.

On your side, you will be inform with his sim card number on the ph nos u input.

The only setback if the thief indicate your number as black list number therefore u never be able to contact him.

To overcome it, u may use other number to contact him since u still have the thief contact number.

That is the function of this tracker device.

Passion Merlot said...

The battery is similar to nokia phone.

Can i know what model of the nokia battery or the name of battery.

Is there a similar battery whereby bigger power to replace the existing one.

Anonymous said...

thanks Merlot.

I also wanna change battery to make it last longer.

even w/o heavy usage, it just can last for a day.

d4rkholeang3l said...

Hi guys, thanks for the comments..

I just check using my mum's phone. Nokia 1200(similar to Nokia 1208).

The battery can be used on i200.
I guess it's better to change the battery.

My phone also cant last long without heavy usage.. Damn, CSL really still need improvement

Anonymous said...

is it safe if i use BL-5CA battery ap set?

d4rkholeang3l said...

not sure bout that...if you got original will be good..

Passion Merlot said...

yes, u can use nokia bl 5c ...bcz i just bought today since i found it in other web site mention abt it.

have anyone find the phone holder ?

plan to enhance the outlook, any recommendation ?

oh yes, i m planning to get the netbook n1100i - any comment or suggestion.

also need to change the ear piece..
bcz my susan boyle mp3 sound horror.

i hate the radio frequency...sort of distortion but lucky me, dun listen much on radio.

i m trying to figure what is the game file extension and anyone wanna chip in ....i confirm definitely not those jar or jad type.

Anonymous said...

how much for original battery? i found ap battery cost RM18 but my brother said it also won't last long and will end up like what i have now. is it true?

d4rkholeang3l said...

Actually, I am planning to get one of those AP battery...but I scare wait explode...

and passion, do u mean u wanna mod the phone??? I did it once to my previous nokia 1208...haha...

Somehow, the speaker at the back of the my phone is dented. WTF man...can warranty or not??

And, I am looking for those cable converter so that I can use normal 3.5mm earphone on this hp to listen to mp3..

Anonymous said...

ctually, I am planning to get one of those AP battery...but I scare wait explode...

NO RISK NO FUN LAH....PLAN TO GET ORIGINAL NOKIA BATTERY.
IF I GET THOSE CHINA BATTERY, ENSURE DUN CHARGE OVERNITE.

and passion, do u mean u wanna mod the phone??? I did it once to my previous nokia 1208...haha...

YEP, PLANNING TO PLAY WITH IT SINCE JUST A BUDGET PHONE TO ME. MY FAV MODEL IS THE SP10I INSTEAD OF THIS.

CSL NETBOOK N1100I IS ALSO MY FAV....BUT THE PRICE EXPECT TO BE DROP AFTER 2009.


Somehow, the speaker at the back of the my phone is dented. WTF man...can warranty or not??

I THINK SO BCZ I GOT THE WARRANTY CARD...NO HARM TRYING.


And, I am looking for those cable converter so that I can use normal 3.5mm earphone on this hp to listen to mp3..

TODAY TRY TO SEARCH UP N LOW...NO LUCK TODAY....HEARD THOSE MULTI PHONE CHARGER GOT IT...BUT HAVE TO BUY THE REST OF OTHER MODEL HANDPHONE WHICH I DUN NEED IT.

Anonymous said...

how much for original nokia battery?

Anonymous said...

got it at a flea market in sg woodland interchange about S$15.

d4rkholeang3l said...

in malaysia, it only cost RM 10 for a battery without warranty..

for warranty, add rm 5 only ..lolz

Anonymous said...

well i must agree with dat.

but security reason is the main criteria why i purchase in sg due to the strict regulation.

Have you ever heard about explosion while charging battery cases. I bet it dare not reveal in the article especially in Msia news media.

Alot of china recycle batteries flock into malaysia market without QC checks. Especially those shopping mall with high end decor carry those limitation plus irregulate stocks. How i knew it, because someone in that industry leak out.

Anyway, is a free enterprise country.

I plan to get those extended battery in sim lim square but also contemplating bcz i dun think this phone will be with me for long. Just bought for play play gadget.

d4rkholeang3l said...

hw's the battery life compared to the original CSL? isit better?

Anonymous said...

frankly not really....

i need to get those higher mah instead

actually i prefer sp10i model with 30 day battery life but the scene is small..1.4 inches.

did u try the muslim prayer...quite interesting to me.

d4rkholeang3l said...

I guess I wont be changing the battery then..

nah, I din try the muslim prayer as I don't know how to operate it. And not to mention, I am a chinese.

kodoya tsukasa said...

hye, guys...
I am looking for those cable converter so that I can use normal 3.5mm earphone on this hp to listen to mp3..

please, help me!!!

my orginal handsfree (CSL) is !@#$%^&*

someone.... please... T.T

d4rkholeang3l said...

I am actually looking for one too...
anyone got, please pm me...

btw, i think it can be used with samsung model..

gt one samsung phone, the jack almost same design..try searching on ebay..

kodoya tsukasa said...

http://www.amazon.com/Hands-Free-Headset-Adapter-Eternity-Blackjack/dp/B001O11JUY

Anonymous said...

GOT PROBLEM TO SEND SMS USING SIMCARD2. AFTER SEND SMS SIMCARD 1, THEN WHEN TRY TO SEND OTHER SMS BY SIMCARD 2, THE MENU DIDN'T SHOW THE OPTION. I THINK SOFTWARE PROBLEM THAT'S WHY THEY SELL IT <RM100. NONSENSE!!

Anonymous said...

just bought csl i-200 at tesco RM99. Add RM17 to get another 2 years warranty. So I've 2 1/2 years warranty. What a good deal!!

kodoya tsukasa said...

what???
owh, damn...
i just got 1years warranty only...
at tesco too!!!

hey, anyone here sells csl i-200 handsfree??? or earphone...

OR SOME KIND OF 3.5MM ADAPTOR FOR CSL I-200!!!!!

SOMEONE!!!! PLEASE! :D

Passion Merlot said...

hey, anyone here sells csl i-200 handsfree??? or earphone...

the existing headphone shld be okay mah.



OR SOME KIND OF 3.5MM ADAPTOR FOR CSL I-200!!!!!

just got mine at singapore, but able to listen as headphone only.

Passion Merlot said...

3.5 adaphter charge me ex..S$15.oo but no choice since is sort of limited edition among those nokia samsung.

anyone keen, i dun mind to let go since only able to listen as headphone instead of using as headfree set.

Passion Merlot said...

Just bought another battery with 1020 mah for the price of S$10.

Hope it will be much better with the previous one.

Due to two sim card if not i won't be using this phone. Frankly, i find it okay if only you are a simple basis user.

Just like my friend, she can't carry two phone at one time and charge both phone at one time.

d4rkholeang3l said...

anon-well, i faced that too...The only way is to save the message as draft, then only the option would appear.

kodoya- I am letting go mine... If u wan, offer me ur price via msn

nhl_hanlim@hotmail.com

passion - It's kinda expensive for the adapater...isit the same as kodaya had posted??
The adapter is used on samsung phone one rite>

Passion Merlot said...

samsung adapter unable to fix into this csl. confirm liao.

Anonymous said...

The spec says it supports up 4GB micro SD ... actually did doesn't according to them

Anyone has comment directly to johnnylee@time.net.my

Anonymous said...

i did place a 4gb but unable to catpure my music file.

so i just forget about it...frankly, the earphone not really dat fantastic - and the adapter which i bought also not really enchance the sound quality.

in fact , i have use the brand schiesdrer...but abit dull sound.

so i basically use a dual phone dat all.

Ir A. Aziz said...

hmm, i just wondering.. u said that we can make the mp3 to be the ringtone. how to do that?

kodoya tsukasa said...

hey, Anonymous!
where u buy the adapter?
u mean 3.5jack?

for Ir A. Aziz question...
~STEP 1~
press up (music player), then press list, select the song u want to be a ringtone, select options, select "add to ringtones"... DONE!

~STEP2~
now, go to general (user profile)>
customize> tone setup> sim1/2 incoming call> then select the song u choose from the step1.

z4akmalz@yahoo.com
~if someone find the 3.5 adapter, ym me... or email...

◕‿‿◕™

Passion Merlot said...

bought at sim lim square...but for caution sake, the shop is like a private with dishonet staff....

got a bad experience but i manage to tell him off for his dishonesty that another staff step in to counter offer me.

i learn a big lesson,never let people take advantage of you by telling straight to his face. " i know you are lying to me"

of course,it take some risk...


anyway, i told him...i dun mind to lose a few hundred dollar as i can earn back easily but as for you, you live with it for your rest of your life knowing that you cheat n lie to me....

In the end, his excuses himself and the other staff step in.




when u tell them the fact of his lies.

umnosejati said...

hi..i just want to know what style to write a msg..same as nokia or sony ericsons

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