Earlier this month Spice invited us to the bloggers meet followed by the launch of Spice MI-350n and finally on yesterday, we got the review sample for the hands on. I was getting quite a few requests for a full review and comparison of Spice MI-350n vs Micromax Superfone A75 lite. The review goes as below, I will publish the comparison in a separate story.
Spice MI-350n review
Spice MI-350n is the upgraded version of earlier released Spice MI-350. Although its an entry level Android phone which costs around 7.5k, in terms of look and size it won’t let you down in front of its costlier friends. Lets see what all it packs and where it lacks:
- 3.5 inch 480 x 320 px 262 K TFT Capacitive touch screen
- Android 2.3
- Dual Sim
- 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera with Auto focus
- VGA front camera for Video calling
- 1400 mAH battery
- 650 Mhz CPU, Adreno 200 GPU
- Internal Storage – 230MB, expandable up to 32GB
- No LED Flash for camera
- Average camera performance
In the box:
- Mobile Handset
- Travel Charger
- Stereo Headset
- USB Data Cable
- 1400 mAH battery
- User manual & after sales service list
Display, Build Quality and Hardware
Spice MI-350n comes with 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320×480 px and double touch support. While the resolution and screen size are decent enough, colors on screen are limited to 262k against 16m of mid-range Android phones. Pixel density of 165 ppi is also considered as a bit low. Since it’s a budget android mobile and packs some decent features, I really don’t have any complaint with this.
It has a sturdy build quality with the combo of Plastic shell (for body) and metal (for battery cover). This black and grey combo gives it an average but decent look. As I said earlier, the look won’t let you down anywhere against HTC or Samsung’s mid-range Android phones.
On the back it has a 3.2 Megapixel camera (without any flash) and the speaker. In the front it has 3 hardware buttons (not capacitive) for Menu, home and back. Other hardware buttons are placed as usually on other touchscreen devices. All of them worked without any glitches.
The UI is similar to most of the other android phones in this price range. However the company has taken care of some small issues like replacing stock Android keyboard with the bigger one, including some useful apps by default etc.
As I said UI is very similar to other similar devices, hence there is nothing much mentionable about it. There is no sluggishness (except in the browser) as the 650 Mhz processor does it work well. However I felt a bit glitch while using the pinch and zoom feature in the internet browser. For a better idea of user interface I recommend you viewing the Spice MI-350n review Video and how the angry birds played on it.
Since the phone is not licensed by Google, the Android market isn’t upgradable by default. However its not a big issue as there are loads of apps to perform this.
Camera and Multimedia
Spice MI-350n comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and no LED flash. The overall camera performance is average and the autofocus does it work well (you will feel it focusing). The camera UI has all the standard options.
Spice Mi350n camera picture samples (compressed):
Get the Spice MI350n Video camera sample here.
In terms of Multimedia, this phone doesn’t lack anywhere. The 3.5 inch screen is great to view videos and the Audio output (without headphones) is great. The 3.5mm headset connector gives you an option to connect your favorite handset with it. If you are planning to watch a full movie on it, you won’t be disappointed. Watching YouTube videos is a pleasure on it if you have a speed internet connection.
Connectivity, Call quality and battery backup
Spice MI 350n has almost all the connectivity options. However a mentionable thing is that the 3G works only on the first SIM. Call quality is excellent with no call drops and the battery lasted more than a full day with average usage. If you are a heavy user, you will need to charge it at least once a day.
The Spice MI-350n does excellent in terms of value for money. It does all the jobs perfectly its made for. The camera performance is average but the good thing is that it has an auto focus and you can use it occasionally for casual photography. It performs good in terms of multimedia as well. Overall there’s no major deal breaker with this. So if you are planning to buy this phone, I recommend, grab it.
Since it’s a rare combo of (at this point of time at least) dual sim dual camera Android 3G mobile, it won’t face a stiff competition. Micromax Superfone A75 lite, which comes with a fixed focus camera, is the only head to head competitor against this phone.
Spice MI 350n video review: