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lean mean machine - the impression maker
18 September, 2013
I am writing this review cz i really dint find complete and well researched reviews at the time i was about to buy this phone, and it made the decision making more tough...!! after using it thoroughly for 15 days here is the review:
Xolo has been in news for its association with Intel and has launched some successful mobile phones like q1000, of which it is a successor. Reason for launch of this phone at this price tag and time of the year definitely is the ever rising competition which has landed numerous quad core phones in the market, with Micromax Canvas Series giving a real tough competition.
Since I was switching from (SGS3)Samsung Galaxy S3, settling for smaller brands was definitely troubling for me for which I had decided on Samsung Grand Duos which was costing approx. Rs. 20,000. Doing some research on the net I found this phone, and since I prefer slim phones, I found it a good deal. it has a Media Tek MT6589T Chipset with a quadcore processor overclocked @1.5 GHz, which was far better than other processors in range (no doubt that Snapdragon series processors @1.2 GHz (Samsung) are more energy efficient and consume less battery, Xolo made it better by giving a 2500MAh battery ).
XOLO is the marketing label of ALPS international and LAVA Mobiles, which makes them one of the many players in the market which are striving hard. But their website gives you next to nothing information about them. Also an indepth research will reveal it to you that this phone is sold in China under the name of Green Orange N1, and comes in much cheaper and in many colors (which made me feel funny somehow – y xolo doesn’t brand it that way If they have the rights to).
Anyways, with a full metal body form factor and 6.8mm thickness, and the best processor in range, it looked like the leanest mean machine, now was the time to check its juice, so I turned to the experts. Thanks to some serious Phone reviewers on Youtube (iGyan), I compared the benchmark scores (Quadrant and AnTuTu) from the following links:
Form Factor: Unibody Slim design is the greatest attraction for this phone. Mat finish at the back gives it a good solid grip, but gets touch prints fast. Non removable battery, and apple like sim tray (but a normal size sim slot) gives it a premium feel. The side keys also have a good feel, but there is a scope of improvement in the style and build quality of the buttons. Also when charging from my laptop (my house has earthing issues)using usb cable, I got a mild electric shock.
Performance: it performed better than even the top end phones available in the market, and is way ahead of its competitors in the market (Canvas 4 was the worst performer overall). Only drawback was non expandable storage@16GB and 1GB RAM. Works for me as I really don’t like to overload data in my phone, but 2GB RAM would make a lot of difference. For some, esp music people, its too less…!!
Operating System: Jellybean 4.2.1 in stock form. Gives you the relief of customisation and your phone is not burdened by those heavy skins and gimmicks that you wont even use. For instance, In SGS3, I never used the multitasking window or shaking gestures, etc. overall the performance is snappy, no snags, even with the heaviest games. Regular games run smooth. IPS display makes it even more pleasurable.
Connectivity: Excellent network reception, I compared it with SGS4 and its better, though SGS3 was the best performer. Major Drawback here is that it doesn’t have WiFi Direct. Lets you make hotspots though. Voice clarity was good, though its speaker volume is too low.
Sound: A major disappointment. Speaker volume is too low but then that is a consistent issue with most of the slim phones. U will need a loud ringtone for busy places. It’s inaudible in metro station and sometimes I miss calls because if it.!!! Makes watching videos a taxing experience. Even the music player doesn’t give too good an output. P.s. they give you very ordinary headphones with worst quality of sound, so add a new pair to your handset costs.
Screen, touch and Display: 5 inch screen with IPS Display @294ppI makes it eye-candy to use (human eye doesn’t go beyond 300ppi, so it’s foolhardy to go in for those 400ppI displays). Dragontail protective glass is good, best part – it comes with a company fitted screen guard that is well pasted without bubbles, totally worthed. Capacitive touch is responsive and supports 5 finger touch. But the edges have a lot of non screen area, which makes the phone size go up but not the corresponding screen size. Could have been improved there.
Camera: A major disappointment. Totally average, slow working, no anti shake feature built in it. Worst is when you try to capture objects in motion. I purchased a DSLR app from the playstore, does no good. Its 13 MP for super still photographs. Otherwise my S3 was way superior @8 MP. Front camera s good as compared to other phones. Ultraslim Form factor further makes it difficult to take good pictures. Video recording doesn’t offer you to switch to lower resolution and stores videos in .flv format (most disappointing). Also the volume levels of recording are very poor. Hence, if camera is your major concern, its definitely not meant for you.
Battery: @2500 MAh, it as a great performer, also its got that superfast charging feature, takes less time to charge. Gaming drains battery very fast. Overall the battery has more juice than the rest in the league.
Service and Support: it definitely was my major concern as people all over the net complained about it. Worst of all, I went to Delhi’s famous Gaffar market, and no dealer sold XOLO cz they dint have service centres. But now, they have 2 service centres in delhi, plus they have tied up with FedEx to provide pick from home facility to the customers (akin to companies like dell, which is really commendable if it works to similar standards). They have a 24 hr toll free helpline which can help you out in case. I tried to find a back cover or any cover that fits it, but I cudnt get one in the market, nor was the company able to provide it. So they have way to go in this sphere, but to start out in this competitive market, and to be an indian brand to do so, its good.
Verdict: it fits in the budget, looks and works like a premium top end phone, but has flaws due to price constraints, works for someone who likes a snappy premium looking phone with a good battery and operating system capabilities, and a functional camera. Not for camera lovers, or for music guys. Leaves a premium impression, so an excellent choice for the executive class people for whom connectivity and functionality are very imp...!!!
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