Spice MI – 495 Steller Virtuoso Review
Choosing Spice MI-495 is a tough decision When there are same phones wth more popularity like Micromax A110 Canvas 2. My first priority was Micromax A110 only. But when I went to the shops in Gurgaon they were selling Canvas 2 at a price of 12000. Because it was selling like hot cake. So I really got disappointed. I can arrange more 2k bucks but throwing extra 2k for a phone that has the same features of other cellphones setting at 10000Rs. I knew that in a few weeks Micromax A116 will be availbale but I couldn’t control my urge to buy new phone. I went to a shop to buy Micromax A110 but their I saw the little Beast of Spice standing elegantly at one corner. I asked the shopkeeper and he handed me the box. I stared at the Box. The phone pics was looking good like Iphone but there were many doubts like
*What If it is a wrong decision?
*Should i trust Spice?
*What about the Service quality?
*What if the phone display sucks?
*It dont have even a review on google?
*There will be no support like Micromax A110
and blah blah. My thoughts was overtaking my mind. But then i decided I will buy whatever the situation is. We should not fear of bad decisions because sometimes you judge your decisions bad decision,s are best for you. And I handed 10300Rs to the shopkeeper. And it was a correct decison. So here is my Review:
P.S :- Dont think me as a new Android User who just surpized by the awesomeness of Android. I have experience with Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy 3, LG optimus one, hTC droid and even Iphone 4S. I am using Fonearena Pics because I dont have another good camera with me now.
and a free leather cover
Design and Build Quality:
Trust me when I was coming back home two people asked me,” Is that iphone 5 bro?” and I was like No Dude its Android\m/. Its well build and give a sexy feel and the best thing about it That it is Slim. About 9.4mm. Its is in black colour with Grey strip at the sides. there is a Spice logo at the backside and the another good thing is that its camera is not coming outwards like Micromax A110 which I seriously hated. Its flat and gives a Premium look. I will give it 9/10 for its Look and Slimness.
My greatest concern was the Display because I was seriously worried that what if its display will be bad like some if the cheap Android phones Blurred or distord or Pixelate. But when i looked at the it my respone was Wow. Its crystal clear. Its display resolution is qhd(960*540px). Its a 4.5 inch IPS LCD capative touch screen. Touch is smooth and responsive. and it feels good to type on a clear and huge screen. I will rate it 8.5/10 because of my habbit of using Super Amoled Screen.
Its packed with 1ghz Dual core Mediatek processor same as Micromax A110 canvas 2 and a GPU PowerVR SGX 531 which is good to fullfil the wishes of Gamers. But a slighly disappoint is that its ram is just 512mb, which is not a problem but HD games needs a little ram. But you can easily play HD games on it. I will give it 8/10 because of 512mb ram.
Its packed with 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera for video calls. I wasnt expectating a Good camera but its above average means you cant compare it with galaxy S2 8MP camera but still it click pretty nice pictures dont considered it a bad camera and it lack a dedicated camera button. I tried skype and it works perfectly. I will rate it 7/10 in this area.
Audio quality in the earphones is very nice, crystal clear and decently loud too. I will rate it 8/10 in this field.
It can easily play HD videos too. i tried 720p and even 1080p too and it worked nicely with No problems except some of the 1080p videos but thats not a big problem so its not a cons. I will rate it 9/10 in Video playing.
I tried some games like Temple run, Angry bird and few others and all worked perfectly. its GPU serves nice. But i could test big games like NFS, Shadwgun because of low speed data connection. But i can surely say it can play any game that works on Micromax A110.
Quadrant score: 2914
Its packed with 1700mah where Micromax A110 have 2000mah but that doesnt make a huge difference. As all Android sucks at the battery side, This one too. Battery stands from morning to night more that 12hours on heavy usage like Samsung Galaxy s2. Buts its the problem with every Android phone. So dont worry. But still I have to rate i.
Overall Pros and Cons:
* Bigger and crystal clear Display and Good in sulight Visibility
* Smooth and resposive
* Better resolution
* Powerful Dual core with PowerVR GPU
* No dedicated buttons for camera or even Menu (it have oncreen buttons)
* Only 512mb ram ( but it doesnt means it lags)
* No Community support or Roms.
Posted on January 27, 2013, in Android and tagged android, best, cheap, comments, core, custom, dual, easy, fast, mi495, professional, review, rom, root, specifications, spice, spice mi-495, steller, user, virtuoso. Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.