How to ‘Getaway’ with… this much awesome! : A Review

There’s this new show on television that’s the rave of the moment right now. It’s called ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. It’s a really amazing show; drama, intrigue and a whole lot of suspense. It’s a great show really; you should try it.

Anyway, back to the matter.

French mobile phone giant, Wiko Mobile has unveiled a new device that reiterates this company’s market strategy. I mean, when these guys say ‘premium device at a lower cost’, they really aren’t joking.

The phone is called the Wiko Getaway and is positioned as ‘style and performance you’d be proud to show off’. I can say right off the bat that this IS a phone to be proud of; more on style and performance in the following paragraphs.

Packaging:

The device comes securely packaged in a see-through fibre-glass container; definitely a step up from the very basic hard-paper packaging that a lot of other phones come in, including some of their older models.

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A sticker which captures a few of the phone specs, runs across the bottom and on the back.

What’s in the box?

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  • One Wiko Getaway smartphone
  • One pair of earphones
  • Tangle-proof charging cable
  • Wall adapter
  • Three SIM card adapters
  • Sim-tray opener
  • Manual
  • Warranty booklet

Hardware: Look and feel

This phone is definitely stylish. Not to throw shade at any of the other smartphone manufacturers but this phone comes with a lot of the hardware features that the more expensive brands boast of; Aluminum bezel, textured mock-leather back casing, thinness (7.2mm), lightness (133g) and a beautiful IPS display. A Gorilla glass screen means it is completely scratch-proof.

It also comes with dual-SIM slots, a 13 megapixel back camera and 5 megapixels on the front, which are both fantastic. I’d have to do a whole other review of just the camera and its features.

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Three capacitive touch buttons line the bottom of the device just above the beautiful rose-gold metal front bezel. The overall look is simply beautiful to look at; I can just imagine what a white and gold version would look like.

Another thing I love about the hardware is the location of the volume rockers; it makes for much easier access considering it’s a rather large and long device. With the Rainbow and a lot of other phones that have the volume rockers closer to the top, you’d have to constantly move your hand up and down to adjust the volume or engage the use of the second hand; quite the inconvenience if you’re a seasoned one-hander.

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Software:
Although the phone doesn’t have that many distinctive features, it’s a pleasant enough experience software-wise. It comes loaded with stock Android which means the UI isn’t customized at all so if you’re not a fan of stock android, you should consider downloading a launcher on the Google Playstore (I’m a huge fan of Go Launcher).

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On speed and fluidity, the 1.3GHz quad-core processor performs beautifully. There’s been no lag so far and apps run super-smooth.

Battery life is AMAZING. The phone comes with a non-removable battery which is known to last longer. One charge lasts me about 20 hours running on Wi-Fi and with email and a number of apps in full use.

Another feature I really like, even though it’s very minor, is the way the screen times out.

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Isn’t that sorta cool? Like how older TV sets shut off. I actually find myself looking forward to the screen lock (silly, I know). There could be other phones that do this but this is the first I’ve seen so… 😛

Technological Specifications:

Technology: GSM/HSPA4G/LTENoSIMDual SIM (Micro SIM/Nano SIM, dual stand-by)

Weight: 133g

Display Type: IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 16 M colours

Size: 5.0 inches (69.3% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi pixel density)

Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Operating System: Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat)

CPU: Quad-core 1.3 Ghz Cortex-A7 Memory

Internal: 16 GB / 1 GB RAM

External: microSD, up to 32 GB

Camera:

Front – 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED Flash

Rear – 5 MP

Bluetooth: V 4.0

Radio: Stereo FM Radio

USB: Micro USB v2.0

Battery: 2000 Li-Po mAh battery

 

Comparison:

I did a quick side-by-side with an earlier model, the Wiko Rainbow which I currently use alongside my Blackberry (after upgrading from the Bloom). The Rainbow is definitely heavier and slightly bigger/thicker. As for display quality; the difference is very clear.

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Final thoughts:

There’s this new phone on the market that’s the rave of the moment right now. It’s called the Wiko Getaway. It’s a really amazing device; classy, lightweight and a whole lot of premium. It’s a great phone really; you should buy it.

Tip: Order on Jumia for an extra 5% off.

REVIEW: Wiko Rainbow Android Smartphone

In line with its lower-end predecessors, Bloom, Lenny, Sunset, Fizz and Goa, Wiko’s relatively new offering, ‘RAINBOW’ is just as colourful and packs a bit more punch. The Rainbow is available in seven fun colours (just like a rainbow) and is sure to appeal to all personalities. Its 5” hi-resolution display means that movies and videos are a pleasurable experience. Packaging: The box itself is just as colourful as the device. It also makes telling if the seal is broken very easy.

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Box (Front)

Box (Side)

Box (Side)

What’s in the Box? Once you break the seal, inside the box, you’ll find:

  • A Wiko Rainbow device
  • Earphones
  • Charge cord and Plug Adapter
  • One Li-Po battery
  • A Warranty booklet
  • A Manual
  • Three SIM card adapters
  • Two extra colourful phone cases (great for colour matching and blocking, which is pretty much in line with the French and their sense of style and pizazz. Fashionable ladies would love this as there’s a colour for every outfit.)

I love that you get so much with the entire package; it just makes it so much more exciting to unbox. It’s also pretty cool that the company was thoughtful enough to include three SIM card adapters – two big ones and a smaller one (for Nano-SIMs) – even though the phone has just two SIM slots. A lot of phone companies underestimate the importance of making such items an integral part of the ‘follow-come’ accessories.

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Accessories

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SIM Card Adapter

Hardware: The actual phone as it comes in the box, is black in the front with a brownish-grey back casing, which easily pops out to accommodate the extras. Apart from the turquoise and neon yellow colours that come as extras with the device, the interchangeable cases also come in the colours, Black, White, Coral, Fuschia and Violet, which can be purchased separately. The phone’s screen measures 5” with a 720x1280p IPS display. 6 7

Neon Yellow Back casing

Neon Yellow Back casing

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Back casing in Turquoise

Software/Performance: From display to look-and-feel to actual processor power, the Wiko Rainbow is a valid competitor with other devices in its range.  Browsing and multimedia experience are pleasurable. Complete with cool gesture-based features, vibrating keys and a 4.4.2 Android Operating System, typing and generally operating the device is truly an enjoyable experience. 10 11 12   The Camera: The camera on the Rainbow is really not bad at all (That’s a sentence you never thought you’d ever hear, isn’t it?). With a secondary camera of 8 Megapixels and a Primary (Selfie) camera of 2MP, picture quality is smooth, relatively clear and easy on the eyes. It also comes with extra shooting modes and features like Face Detection, ISO adjustment and Smile Shot (this automatically takes a photo when a smile is detected), to enhance your picture/video shooting experience. 13 14 Check out a few photos I took with both cameras 15 16 Selfie Camera                                   Back-facing Camera (with flash) The Wiko Rainbow is a pretty good buy if you’re in the market for a budget device with cool features and ample accessories. Look out, Tecno, it’s looking like Wiko will be one to contend with. Vive la vie!   Here’s a look at the device specs (for my techie vainies) 😉 Network: H+/WCDMA 900/1900/2100 MHz 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE/ 850/900/1800/1900 MHz Data Segment: HSPA + 21 Mbit/s Operating Segment: AndroidTM 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Processor: Quad Core 1.3 GHz, Cortex-A7 Design: Touch Screen Display Size: 5″ Display Type: TFT, Capacitive Touch, IPS technology Color: 16 million Display Resolution: HD (1280×720 pixels) Multitouch: Yes SIM Card: 2 Mini SIM Available Colours: Black, White, Coral, Turquoise, Fuchsia, Violet, Yellow Neon Size: 146*74*9.3 mm Weight: 167g (with battery) Battery: 2000 mAh Li-Po Standby Time: Up to 260h Talk Time: Up to 16h (2G); 10.48h (3G) Camera:

  • MAIN CAMERA : 8.0 megapixels, BSI technology
  • OPTION : Magic Camera (Cinemagraph, Object eraser), Face detect, Smile Shot, HDR shot
  • FLASH : LED
  • FRONT CAMERA : 2.0 megapixels
  • DIGITAL ZOOM : 4x
  • AUTO FOCUS : Yes
  • IMAGE EDITOR : Yes
  • COLOR EFFECTS : Mono, Negative, Sepia, Aquatic, Blackboard, Whiteboard
  • WHITE BALANCE : Auto, Incandescent, Daylight, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Twilight …
  • VIDEO RECORDER : Full HD 1080p (1920×1088 pixels)

ROM: 4GB RAM: 1GB External Memory: Micro SD up to 32GB Accelerometer: Yes Magnetic Sensor: Yes Proximity Sensor: Yes   So what do you guys think? Look like a phone you’d buy?

REVIEW: Smile Communications Mi-Fi Router and Service

Super fast speed. Affordable rates. Zero-buffer streaming.

Yes, it’s possible and No, this isn’t a sponsored review.

It’s cute.

It’s fast.

It’s portable.

Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for the Smile Communications Mobile Wifi (Mi-Fi) Router.

(No, I mean it. Clap.)

Mi-fi device (front)

Mi-fi device (Back)

Mi-fi device (back)

I’m gonna keep this review short and sweet with bullet points so here goes:

  • It’s Portable (well,duh!) : This device is small enough to fit just about anywhere. Whether purse or pocket, this device won’t be giving you any hassle.
  • Easy to operate
  • Connects up to 10 devices
  • 5GB free when you first get it.
  • Affordable: You buy at N16, 000 plus the free data I mentioned above and subsequent recharges are also quite affordable. See here.
  • Awesome customer service. They come to you when you need them and otherwise give amazing service over the phone.
  • Uses a regular Blackberry charger so if you already have one, you don’t necessarily need the other  unless of course, you need to charge both.
  • Speed options: There is the ability to choose between the 1, 2 and 21 mbps speeds. Guess which one this reviewer chose. -_-
  • Full bars almost everytime.

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Cons:

  • Battery life could be a bit better
  • They haven’t completely covered Lagos. But let’s give ’em a lil space, guys. They should catch up soon.
  • Because of the speed, data tends to run out juuuust a tad bit quicker than devices with 3G capabilities would. That should definitely not deter you from buying; just be aware than ‘levels don change’ and use your data wisely. Although you could always choose a lower speed if you’re a no-limits person.

Oh and speaking of speed? I’ll just let this little .gif I made, do the talking for me

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Note: I clicked the ‘dealdey’ ad.

Yes. That was real. I must confess they do have their peak periods though but its relatively pretty fast the other times too.

LONG AND SHORT?

Get it. It’s well worth the money. I only hope the Nigerian factor doesn’t set in soon though.

*the fingers have been crossed*

 

Comment? Questions?