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Not quite as I'd hoped, but still an exceptional phone for the price.,
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Firstly, it was delivered from DracoTek in less than a week, which was much better than expected.
I was under no illusions that this would be any comparison with the genuine S4 but I was swayed by at least one previous reviewer who said that they had brought a genuine S4 back cover replacing flip case and it fitted. This led me to hope that the form factor would be near enough to use S4 docks/cradles/cases etc.
I can confirm that this is most definitely not possible. This phone is 5mm longer, 3mm wider, and more importantly 2mm thicker and 38g (29%) heavier. In use this doesn't matter much, but if, like me you carry it around in a shirt or trouser pocket it feels like it is constantly tugging at you, which I never experienced with the s4 or my previous phone the s2. It seems churlish to complain at this price, but it is annoying.
The other noticeable thing is the screen. Many other reviewers have praised it, but I was able to compare it alongside my s2 and images are washed out and misty by comparison. It was particularly pronounced on Google maps satellite view; where the s2 shows a clear, crisp image the S9500 looks like the images were taken on a foggy day. Even when the screen is off, it appears grey alongside the s2's black. Resolution is perfectly adequate for a 5" screen, however. It is similar to the s2, but unsurprisingly no match for the s4.
A few weeks earlier I purchased a ZTE blade3 for someone else at a similar price to this. The S9500 is a vastly superior phone. Again, not a match for the s4 in terms of CPU/RAM, but it has been smooth and responsive in use which the ZTE is not. There are one or two bugs that have appeared - occasionally it would start randomly opening multiple apps or making repeated notification sounds, or continuously sliding the home screen sideways. I turned off gesture control which seems to have fixed it. The smart flip cover which came with it (and works well) tends to keep switching the screen on when it moves in a bag or a pocket, which must impair battery life.
The battery life is the most impressive thing. My s2 would need a recharge after 9 hours at work, but this only dropped from 100% to 82% in a similar time. However if you use it a lot the battery life does drop pretty swiftly. In conclusion, this phone is very good value compared to others of similar price, but if you're used to a top end android be aware that the differences could make it difficult to live with.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2014 19:34:19 GMT
Hi, your review seems to be the most comprehensive and the most "techy" for this phone. I was wondering if you could confirm whether it is easy/possible to simply transfer your contacts/pics/other data from a Galaxy S3 to this phone? I am also a little bit worried about it starting up in Chinese lol!
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