First day impressions:
100% VFM device: For less than 6k bucks, the design is killer, one like that of premium phones. If the brand is not noticed (printed on the back), it can easily be mistaken for a high end device like a nexus/htc. The phone does not feel cheap in hand at all. No Android device in this segment has such premium looks yet. Good call quality and decent speaker. Sound is a little bit plasticky (very slightly), but does the job well and is loud and clear enough for calls, songs and movies. There are 3 back panels provided in the box. A bright red, a white and a black. All 3 complement the phone pretty well.
- Feels perfect in the hand thanks to its 4.5 inch screen, unlike devices with 5 inch screens, that make it difficult to reach the other corner of the screen with one-handed usage. Screen is pretty sharp and has decent colours.
- No bloatware and minimal pre-loaded apps. Customized and smooth UI.
- Almost 6 GB available for apps/media. Capability to move apps to external storage (micro SD card).
- Volume rocker and Power/Unlock buttons are on 2 different sides, making it easy to use with one hand, the thumb for the power button and the index finger for the volume buttons. The buttons do not wobble and the built quality is pretty decent.
- Good viewing angles in all directions.
- Comes with a factory installed screen protector, a glossy one.
- Cool gesture access to apps (customizable to any app), right from the lock screen.
- Expandable memory, OTG support and wireless display capability with compatible TV’s/HDMI dongles.
- The 2 sim card slots are a micro sim and a normal (mini) sim each. This is pretty useful in case you need to pop in someone else’s sim card into your phone. Both the sim cards can work on a 3G network, so no more swapping sim cards just for 3G data.
- Audio enhancement option, for better quality output through the 3.5 mm jack.
- Although the battery is a decent 2000 mah, it does seem to be draining faster than expected. Charged it to a 100% and is already in 70’s, in less than 3 hours of initial setup and app installs.Below medium screen brightness. This was however with both the sim cards installed, and a lot depends on the signal strength.
- The feather buttons on the bottom of the screen DO NOT light up. Thats such a bad bad thing. It takes a little getting used to. Lit buttons are a bare minimum expectation on any phone. The buttons do glow a very bright Red outdoors.
- Rear camera quality is average. Front cam does the job for video calls and decent outdoor selfies.
- Earphones in the box. Not worth mentioning about..
- Slight heat near the LED flash during long usage and while charging, but negligible.
- Need to remove battery for sim card and sd card removal.
Final words: One really cant complain much about anything, keeping in mind the price point this was launched at. Excellent value for money given the premium design and decent specifications. A definite buy, specially if this is your first android phone, or maybe a second phone, at least to show off the killer looks 😉
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