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on 28 February 2014
I spent a while looking at Chinese phones, wary of problems with chinese version of play store & having to root phones.
finally I took the plunge & ordered the Foxnovo S7189. I wasn't sure what to expect from such a cheap phone (around £100) delivery from Amazon's stock took 7 days from order.Thankfully the PlayStore is your usual version and all the apps you would expect are available, it doesn't look like I'll have to do any of that rooting malarky after all
Yes you get 2 batteries, one was already fitted, the battery life is ok, on a par with most branded phones. also with the phone you get a rather naff flip case & a very nice smoky grey clear soft gel case. a screen cover came fitted.
I ordered a black phone, the front fascia is black but the rear case is an attractive gloss grey with a chrome band between the two. the material is all plastic, well made, no creaks or poor fitting, the back case is a little flimsy but sturdy enough when on the phone. overall it looks & feels quite good.
the screen size is 5 1/4 inches so they are being a bit naughty with the description there, resolution is 960 by 540 and is very good, I doubt if most would detect the difference between this and a higher spec display.
the dual sim slots are standard size, my micro sim card needed an adaptor - free from o2, I taped the sim into the adaptor so it would be less likey to come loose. it is advertised as 1.2 GHz quad core but is actually 1.6GHz & runs very smoothly, apps open quickly without any fuss. wifi works well & is quick, 3G mobile data is no slouch either, but of course that is dependant on your carrier. the android version is stated as 4.2.1 but is actually 4.2.2 i suspect this is just a minor bug fix. One good thing there is no bloatware to hog memory or slow down performance. so common with most western sourced phones.
The usual Apps are included, just enter your google account & the google apps work just fine, when i switched off the phone & restarted the google apps updated, there is no problem with the likes of gmail & maps, essentially for me the GPS works great, alarmingly when i switched it on chinese maps loaded, but as the GPS got a lock that reverted to in my case Irish maps. navigation is as good with any other phone, i rarely use my old sat nav now. The phone is preset to US English, i changed it to UK English, the are 2 standard voice options,google's own and a pico version a little mechanical sounding but not unpleasant & do the job, when the app updates occurred, the male google voice was replaced with a more rounded female voice engine & it's pretty good.
The FM radio works well, although the auto scan picked up a few stations that were too far away for reasonable reception, there is only a 5 station preset memory. reception though is clear, there is an option to record directly from the FM radio, i suspect that will be a hit with kids. there is also some bass enhancing gizmo commonplace now so kids will like that too.
the camera quality is ok but not outstanding, I prefer to use a compact camera anyway.
The only real downside is the 4Gb memory this means you actually only have about 1.8Gb before you download apps or add music & photos. Do yourself a favour & get a 16 or 32 Gb mini SD card.
so what are my conclusions?
This is as good as any mid price phone I've owned & yet at a third of the cost. The only unknown is long term reliability & only time will tell. As it stands I am very happy with the purchase, Her Indoors is already casting envious glances & I'm sure it won't be too long before I buy a white one to replace her 4" HTC.