Quick Review of the Xolo Q800 (after a week of usage)

Update : 2 years up, and running great!

It’s over 2 years old now. Thankfully, unlike a lot of smartphones (including others at home) no cracked screen – touchwood – despite a couple of drops. The battery lasts pretty much as much as it did. I’m running a custom ROM on it (P5 Quad) that has had some issues with the proximity sensor for a while now – but no real issues.

It’s become the primary camera even while travelling :p (yeah I’m not that much into photography or picture quality – and it does a fair job at least in good light). It does 2G well everywhere – haven’t felt the need for 3G despite having uploaded upto 7-8 pics for some FB posts!! No loose bits, rattles etc either. Been superb value, and my price/month is well below what I’ve spend on telephony per se 😉 Anything from here is a huge bonus!

Been through a couple of aftermarket chargers and use a battery bank as the charger while travelling. Time for a screen guard change, perhaps.

Great phone, or I got lucky.

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I picked up the Xolo q800 last week.

Need to buy:

  • The old Motorola Quench xt3 with 256MB RAM was starting to struggle with more, newer apps. 
  • Have started to do more email etc on the move, and carrying the laptop everywhere is a pain. The xt3 screen is really too tiny for heavier than occasional use.
  • Wifey had been using my old e65, and despite her protestations, needed something that was faster, could do email etc a little easier, and had wifi. The Motorola, with fewer apps, no widgets, and sensors off, still zips!

Reasons to buy this one.

  • Quad-core (didn’t care too much)
  • 1GB RAM : major reason. Apps over time will assume the phone has lots of memory so this’ll be good for a few years for sure
  • Lava’s pushing Xolo as a premium brand, and the build quality was reported to be good
  • 4.5″ screen. Needed something big but the 5 inch phones seemed a bit too large.
  • The camera’s supposed to be good – even in low light. Not a major win for me but handy.
  • The qHD, 540 x 960 Pixels screen is supposed to be good. Am not too swayed by these, usually. (Low end user alert! Never game.)
  • The 2100mAh battery!!!! I need my phones to last, and keep most “features” – accelerometer, auto-brightness, data, wifi, etc – switched off for this. This phone’s supposed to have a 16hr talktime. I was impressed.
  • Mediatek processors seem to have gone mainstream. Fingers crossed.
  • Price! 12.5k for all of the above is just awesome!

The Xolo q800

Of course, most online stores were either out of stock, or gave me cold feet (reliability of product/delivery is still a question mark) so started looking for stores in Bangalore which had some in stock. Serendipitously, found someone who had bought one a week ago for professional reasons, done a review and was looking to sell. The 1.7k I saved on a almost new phone was irresistible, so I picked it up 🙂 Thus far…. The battery’s lived up to its promise. With heavy wifi and data usage, syncing, app installs, and obviously lots of playing around, had nearly 30% juice left after 14+ hours. The speed at which mail/Tweetdeck etc sync after I switch data or wifi on makes me feel I was living in the dark ages so far  🙂 The original screen cover – as it came packed – has scratches and stuff. I need to remove that and replace it with the screen guard that came in the box – but honestly, have not missed it enough. The camera is actually very very usable! My camera-on-the-phone habits might change very quickly. No issues with any of the apps, GPS, pich to zoom, connections thus far. Dual SIM works fine (though again, I don’t see myself use it much. Surprise – the old unused prepaid Reliance card still works and has balance – how!?) Wifi : very impressed. It connects from various corners of the house to the wifi router way better than even my laptop does! Each time. Its a little too large for all the earlier spaces my older phone used to fit into – especially when keeping it around in the car. Still figuring out the “living with it” part. Fits great in the rear pocket. Voice is clear, though not too loud. Something to do with the speaker placement? Update: Downloaded the Rocket Player for music, with an equalizer with presets. Music sounds a lot better – esp if you keep the phone face down. Haven’t tried the headphones yet. Overall, very happy with the phone. Of course, too early to comment on robustness etc. And hoping I never need to test the service centre response and efficiency 🙂   Update (based on a question Uday asked): Its zipping on edge/wifi, the battery is at 55%+ after 24 hrs and have used it for 48hrs twice – this with occasional wifi and lots of data usage on the move, and the usually quota of calls. It works ok in sunlight, Play works perfectly fine, so no complaints at all. Played around with the gallery app a little – including editing a couple of pics. Worked just fine. But I don’t have too many pics in there, so ymmv.

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15 comments

  1. 1. “The speed at which mail/Tweetdeck etc sync after I switch data or wifi on makes me feel I was living in the dark ages so far :)”

    2. “Quad-core (didn’t care too much)”

    If you know 1 is partly because of 2, you’d care 🙂

    BTW, what is the Android version this one has? And what was the previous one you used? This could be the other reason for the faster speeds now.

  2. sameershisodia

    From whatever I’ve read, neither Android nor the apps are making using of the 4 cores yet. Dual cores are plenty – in fact my other choice was indeed the Xolo A700!

    Android: 4.1.2

  3. Sameer,
    What is your review on the phone, after using it for quite a few days?

    Few reviews on Flipkart (http://www.flipkart.com/xolo-q800/product-reviews/ITMDGS2D6SRWTW6C?pid=MOBDGS2CE2VBZQ8H&sort_order=most-recent) says GPS is not working, Wallpapapers (though cropped) resets to original size, gallery app closes suddenly, …etc. And someone else, mentioned that “This device looks exactly same as GIONEE GN708W. Some sources said that it has been brought from China and sold by XOLO with rebranding/retagging”

    I am pretty much interested to buy this phone for my cousin. If above said issues (especially with important apps like GPS/Gallery/ExchangeEmail/GooglePlay…etc) doesn’t really exists, I will go to store right away.

    Awaiting your response…

  4. sameershisodia

    Uday – pretty good. GPS takes a few seconds to get a lock – but worked on a trip to Goa and back.
    I’ve been using one of the standard wallpapers, no issues with that yet. Used the gallery app a couple of times, so no comments on that either. Its likely that all these are rebadged Chinese handsets – most budget Android phones are and sometimes look eerily similar.

    But hey – not complaining! Its zipping on edge/wifi, the battery is at 55%+ after 24 hrs and have used it for 48hrs twice – this with occasional wifi and lots of data usage on the move, and the usualy quota of calls. It works ok in sunlight, Play works perfectly fine, so no complaints at all.

    (Just played around with the gallery app a little – including editing a couple of pics. Worked just fine. But I don’t have too many pics in there, so ymmv).

  5. Ruso

    How is the phone doing now since its almost been a month that you bought it.

    Thinking of buying this phone, but the fear of going in for a lesser known brand is still very strong. Any comments would help.

  6. sameershisodia

    Pretty good, actually. Used it extensively on a 2 week holiday, including for reviewing/editing docs, lots of email, facebook, picture uploads, etc. The GPS does take a minute to get a lock – but once it does it works very well. The camera is very good, and the battery holds up well in varied conditions.

  7. Amit

    Hi, i was looking for a budget phone at appx. INR 10k, confused between xolo q800 & nokia lumia 520.

    Which one would you suggest?

    How is your phone performing after almost 2 months usage?

    Any idea about SAR values of this phone being high?

    Thanks.

    • sameershisodia

      From the secondhand experiences of someone using a Lumia recently, I’d say stick with Android – and the Q800 or its newer, cheaper sibling – the Q700 is a great buy.

      SAR value – on paper seems quite low. Not sure of how it is really – but I haven’t felt a headache etc (that I did with an earlier handset) after long calls.

  8. Hi,can u tell me which will be better micromax canvas 2pls A110Q OR Xolo Q800 .(help!)

    • sameershisodia

      Well, haven’t used the Canvas 2 or HD or any of them personally, but know of folks who do. From what I understand, they’re very decent phones except that the battery isn’t comparable. Also, the Xolo Q700 is even better value now!

  9. Nilesh Lonkar

    I want to buy phone below 11000/- and I am confused between Micromax Canvas Doodle and Xolo Q800. Please tell me which phone i should go or please refer any other mobiles

    • sameershisodia

      Never used the Canvas so cannot really comment. No “doodle” on the Xolo. I saw the Q700 recently – pretty impressed with the screen and battery on that.

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