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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice product with one or two design 'flaws'., 28 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Swees® 5.0 inch 3G Unlocked Smartphone Android 4.2 Dual Core 1.3 GHz, 512MB RAM / 4GB ROM, Dual Sim Dual Standby, Capacitive Touch Screen, 8MP Camera WIFI GPS + Original Flip Cover Case - White (Electronics)
The phone comes packed in a basic box - and why not, no reason to add to the cost of production. The phone is protected by means of a foam liner which stops the phone from moving sideways during transit and also, as it is higher than the phone, keeps the top of the box from denting the phone from the top.

If you are a novice to the world of smartphones and Android, I was until after many hours of self-tuition, then you will find the manual which is provided with the phone to be next to useless: it is too sparse and far too small. Even with my reading glasses I found it hard to see the so called instructions. One saving which is not justified, I feel.

The charging cable is via a mini to standard USB, which plugs into the mains adaptor. It is too short: unless you are fortunate enough to have a socket outlet at high level you will have to rest the phone on a low chair or something similar. The battery is a high capacity one, which is why it takes a long time to charge from the point where it was some 50% depleted.

The phone feels nicely weighted; the stainless steel back has a sticker on it to show how to remove the back in order to get to the battery and SIM cards, for example. I can't say that I am impressed by the way that the back is secured; I am not confident that the method of securing will stand up to any unintentional abuse should you have the need to swap batteries or SIM cards a lot. To remove the back, face the front of the camera downwards, with a finger nail prise off the bottom left corner of the stainless steel back - just a little - then move the finger nail across to the other side of the bottom so that the bottom section of the back is lifted without any twisting movement of same. Then tilt the back forwards towards the top of the camera and then slide the back towards yourself. Upon removal one can see that the method of securing is via two tiny lugs, one at either side of the top part of the back section. Those lugs enter slots in the phone. The lugs are very feeble looking: hence the reason why I advise caution when removing the back of the phone.

The phone is dual SIM. It immediately recognised both cards. It is possible to choose which card slot is the default. If a card is 3G the phone will show that fact. Signal strength seems on a par with that of my other phones used in the area where I live. The quality of the sound when using the phone was very good. I haven't found out yet if I can alter the level of volume of the ringing tone when an incoming call takes place. Yes, it has the usual set menus - general, meeting, silence, outdoor - but I can see that the pre-set levels on those choices can be altered.

The screen is a delight; although not being a smartphone user in the past meant that I was unaware of just how little movement causes image loss - even though the IPS type screen is used to improve viewing angles, I still found it somewhat disappointing. Screen intensity levels can be easily altered, and 'sleep' modes also, should you wish to conserve energy and improve battery life.

The sound of music when using the cheap looking earphones was excellent; and not that bad either when using the speaker on the phone. The FM radio was good too: subject to the quality of the sound being generated by the radio station in question. There is no aerial provided - the cable of the earphones act as such, which means that even if you do not intend to use the earphones you must have them trailing over you, nonetheless. My second gripe is that the physical volume control is too easy to push by accident when just holding the phone; it needs to be put in a place where the fingers can touch it unless one intends to do so. It is twice the size of the power button; and being in an almost identical position, but on the left of the phone instead of the right as the power button is, it is too easy to touch when one grips the phone to push the power button - or indeed when just holding the phone.

Neither the front nor the rear facing camera are anything to write home about; proving that a large megapixel count is not an automatic sign that a quality photo will be the outcome of a camera which boasts a high number of megapixels on its sensor.

As I said in the beginning of this review, I am not an expert on smartphones, so perhaps I am wrong, but I would say that this phone represents excellent value for money.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2013 12:49:12 GMT
Hi, has anyone had any problems with 3G, mine only works through WiFi, even though it says 3G enabled in the settings - not showing symbol on the top of the screen

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2013 20:46:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2013 20:47:49 GMT
ReviewMan says:
My phone, mostly, shows H+. increasing in power and strength of signal, from left to right, we have:
3g, H, H+. I have not experienced any problems with any of those. Generally, downloading speed of web pages has pleasantly surprised me. My expertise lies more in computing than smartphones but it sounds to me as if your phone is not receiving the 3g signal from the masts.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2013 21:33:53 GMT
Hi, thanks for that. I have solved the 3G problem. I went into my local Tesco store - on Tesco/02 - where there was a complete wiz kid on the phone department who was able to sort the problem very quickly - looked like Data out of Star Trek his fingers moved that fast. It was in the settings, the APNs - Access Point Names - should have set it's self up automatically to default, but hadn't, so he did it manually for me. Now everything works perfectly and I'm very happy with the phone. The only thing that stops it getting 5 stars is the camera and screen not up to the standard of the iPhone etc, but then its a fraction of the price of those, so really it should receive 5 stars for the price - less than £70.00 on eBay. Once again many thanks for the reply.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2014 17:42:44 GMT
kaja says:
hi
is your phone still working ?

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 09:18:37 BDT
Extending the battery power is possible with the Android Boost Pro (free app). Install and reboot, and see your battery life extended.
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