We have been trying out the latest phablet which is now on sale in Argos for a while now and overall its not bad,For  someone who is looking to move up in screen estate and not looking for top range specs and performance this is ideal,media consumption is quite good and on a phone costing sub €200 it does well,however a power-user would not take to it well,Myself testing and using phones daily and use devices that cost big money down to what this costs there is elements there as to you get what you pay for which can be said for any phone and not picking on this one in particular but its not all bad..

Before we go any further check out the unboxing below and see what’s inside,this to begin with is impressing coming packed with a micro sd card,gel case and screen protection,these are rarities these days and what consumers look for next after buying a smartphone albeit this is not a device that has built in memory enticing you to use cloud storage which is becoming the norm and augmenting storage via sd card is still a deal breaker for some..

If you are not into looks and super features this device will be for you,over the two weeks using the device it surpassed my expectations for a considerably cheap droid with a big 5.5 inch screen,the design is pretty standard and quality of the device is not bad either,it does feel a little cheap to hold but yet comfortable,Multitasking was mostly fine,depending on the task or app however there was some lag,this can be expected from any device but you would see a notable difference here..

The best attribute to this device was its screen estate,5.5 inches is not small by any standard but becoming the norm,this might exceed some peoples boundaries but its the preferred size for most who are into the bigger device/phablet.Media consumption was excellent though,with a crisp display and sound,At times though the small speaker on the back did sound tinny or distorted this depends on how loud the volume is though,Using headphones too was good with on par sound yet the effects could be heard to depending on volume..

The camera was another let-down,In low light situations using the front or rear was poor.light dependent though.In bright conditions the camera did well but with minimal options in the camera settings this is where some improvements could be made, HDR mode saved the day if not the flash,You would need both in low light conditions,the front facing camera was poor but even with today’s high end phones this is often the case and for the cost of the device you could allow these minor problems,if you are not a photo happy person you will be fine…

Overall for the money you pay for this device and you want to veture into the phablet world and are on a budget I would reccoment this device,I prefer to use high end models myself and got custom to this after a few days and it did all the daily tasks I would normally do with ease,even for gaming it was good with good colour reproduction and graphics,on heavy games though you will get lag..

Battery life was surprisingly good,I could get a day no problem to my disbelief and screen on time was around 3.5hrs even 4 at times,this was another surprise for a cheap phone which gets my thumbs up.For me this device would suit the average person no problem after giving it a good run for its money,taking out the weak camera and occasional lag you could easily forgive this at the price you pay,you get a great media rich experience on a big screen with a good battery and this is where most of are at today when it comes to mobile phones,we want a good battery and we want a good screen to view things on and this has it….

 

 

 

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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