Tuesday, February 12, 2013
This is the full review of Spice mi 530 aka Spice Stellar Pinnacle after a week usage
The device comes with 5.3"qHD IPS display with 240dpi. The Display is Natural and nice, without any oversaturation of colours, and the touch is highly responsive, far better than micromax's superfone pixel and canvas2. It has dual core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2Ghz per core with PowerSGX 531 as GPU, supported by 1Gb of RAM, from which 980mb is available, and 16Gb of ROM out of which ~12.4Gb is user accessible.
It has dual sim slots with dual 3G, and expandable memory upto 32Gb. All this is supported by 2550mah of battery, which in real usage gave me around 2 days of normal usage and with heavy usage the battery died in around 7-8 hours with around 2 hours of calling,hours of 3g and wifi browsing and few hd gaming.
This has dual cameras, 8mp rear with dual LED flash, that comes with features like panaroma, 3D pictures, multi shot, face beautification, night mode, etc. Also it can record full HD videos of 1080p at 15fps.
front camera of 5mp sets it apart from all other devices.
The cameras perform really well, but not outstanding. I was able to click some descent pictures.
For better results i use camera fv-5 that really helps in enhancing the quality of the clicks.
I have uploaded some of my random clicks outdoor (first and second), and in dark with flash (it was able to decide how much flash should be thrown to a nearby object in full dark).
Image 1 : Low light (flash fired)
Image 2 : Daylight
Image 3 : Dark room (flash fired)
In Full dark, some devices just fill the object with white flash if its too near, which thankfully is not found in this device, resulting in a clear image in full dark.
The build Quality of the set is solid, and there is no queaking sound on my try to twist and press the phone from portions.
On the top, there is 3.5mm jack and alongside is the microUSB port and the power button which also acts as lock/unlock key. On the right hand there is a volume rocker and camera key that is rarely found on android based devices.
In terms of UI and software capabilities, spice has really worked hard to incorporate features found on Galaxy S3, like Flip-to-Mute, Intelligent Calling and Answer and Pop-up play into their device.Also there is gesture screen lock that enable to perform various functions (like opening camera, browser, calling contact, etc) without unlocking your device. It also comes with a feature named Hi-Connect, that allows to sync wirelessly to laptop to share contacts, message, media and even call logs.
This device runs on android 4.0.4 i.e. ice cream sandwich, but is upgradable to 4.1 (jelly bean), updates will be rolled out shortly as per spice, and unlike micromax, spice keeps their promises in providing updates and after sales services.
The UI is fluid and snappy and there is no lag at all, and multitasking is breeze (thanks to its 1Gb of ram).
On bottom there are three backlit touch buttons which are quite responsive.
Spice has also made sure that the user has not to look into market for basic accessories, and hence provided leather flap cover, screen guard (as its not gorilla glass protected), and an OTG cable for connecting pen drives directly to your device.
The Benchmarking Scores are :
Quadrant Standard :3249
Antutu : 7802
Nenamark2 : 25.5 fps
The video playing capabilities of this device are really awesome. Videos of 720p and 1080p resolution play without any lag. Pop-up play also works flawlessly.
High Resolution Games also work perfectly. I played temple run2, and need for speed most wanted 2012 and graphics are really nice.The Gpu PowerSGX531 supports the processor decently.
Web Browsing is a breeze and pinch-to-zoom and kinetic scrolling, and flash work perfectly.
Below are videos of how fluidly games run on the device :