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.
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!
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.