Review which will make sense to everyone
Dear people crying foul, I understand your pain.
This phone was not meant for everyone. The people who are pained to have such phone, please migrate to other awesome manufacturers of the likes of Karbonn, Micromax et al. You'll have a great time dealing with the pristine quality product they have on offer. This was sarcasm, in case you didn't get it.
About the product. I have been using it for about a week now. Fiddled much around with it and now know how make it my pet.
First thing first, the dreaded RAM issue. Yes people, the RAM is scant, I got only 340MB on first ever boot and I operate my whole day on mostly less than 200MB free RAM, but should that concern you? It should if you think you are some rocket scientist, which you probably aren't. I use three apps, WhatsApp, Opera Mini and Telegram throughout the day, with my corporate email synced in background. And I do have issues with Opera Mini closing every now and then. But not even once any app has crashed. I get all the pages of Opera where I left. People who have had any phone understand this particular problem. So, I don't think the issue is very glaring. It is an issue, but hey, it can be sorted with an SOFTWARE update. Remember people, software and hardware are different.
Okay now the build quality.
Forget HTC and Sony, this should be the quality standard at below Rs 10,000 mark. Some guy claiming to have come from Sony Xperia Z1 and then saying the design is not inspiring, you have my sympathies brother. The design is absolutely delightful. The plastic is polycarbonate and not el cheapo polythene. The curves make it comfortable to hold and the phone is dense, like really dense, thus making it heavier too, which is a good thing; speaks volumes about the detailing. One issue, the flash unit on my device wobbles a little. Hmm. Never mind that. The buttons are great and soft to press, which is bad for me but good for most others I have talked to as they find softer buttons, better. For them, "softer buttons are easy to press in pocket". I, with my small hands, tend to press them every now and then.
The display has tweaks my grandmother can't remember the same number of rotis she made for dinner. Apart from usual brightness, it also has tweaks for saturation, temperature and option to disable sensitivity in pockets (this feature first appeared in Nokia N9. How do I know, I have that phone) so your pocket doesn't dial the number for you. The viewing angles are great and there is no chromatic aberration whatsoever. Which also brings in the fact that like most phones, the display is extremely glossy and reflective. I-can-see-my-own-face reflective. Use a matte screen protector if you are not happy with this. But it is with every phone, so this isn't really a downside. The capacitive buttons are not back-lit, which enables you to become Sherlock Holmes while using the phone in dark, as you have to guess where exactly you have to tap to perform navigation. The notification light is non-intrusive and glows very softly, me likey.
OMG! Dis camera zz soo kewl! Literally. The camera is one of the best you can get in under 15,000 bucks. The autofocus is spot on and it creates a nice bokeh effect on its own. It is fast, time taken from one snap to ready to take another is so quick, you won't even realize that the picture has already been taken. It also has HDR, low-light mode, 12 different scene modes, photo filters, ISO upto 1600 (did they actually go crazy?) and a speak-to-click mode (wherein you speak 'click' and the photo is captured, nice for snaps over tripod), apart from the usual camera tweaks you find on a smartphone camera. The Exmor-R sensor made famous by Sony has found home here and dare I say the quality of the pictures. They give a tough run for money to the camera centric mid-range Lumias.
Disappointments galore. The battery lasted me 5 and a half meagre hours of constant gaming, videos, surfing, texting and picture snapping while connected to WiFi all the time. This is the standard test as it gets, because this is all what anyone does. and the screen was on all the time for those 5 and a half hours. This is sheer disappointment. Keep your chargers ready people, winter is coming. Oh, sorry, battery warning is coming. It will last for not more than 12 hours of standard office usage time. This is sad. I understand this *might* be why the Mi power banks are available so cheap.
Continued in next review.
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