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SPICE STELLAR VIRTUOSO: A stellar phone decently priced

Jan 31 2013, 09:21 IST
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SummarySpice Mobileís new gizmo is a cheap contender in a costly market segment.

The introduction and success of the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note in 2011 opened up a new market for phone makers. They saw that not all smartphones need to be as small as the iPhone, nor did they really have to be approaching tablets in sizeóthere was a mid-sized segment, and it was very attractive for prospective phone buyers and phone makers alike. Soon, that segment was flooded with alternatives, with Samsung itself launching new versions of the Note, Apple experimenting with an iPad Mini and a larger-than-normal iPhone 5. But these were expensive products. Cheaper alternatives were needed, and thatís where companies like Spice Mobile and Micromax stepped in.

Spice Mobileís entry into the mid-size segment the Stellar Virtuoso MI-495 is what you would expect if Samsung took the Note and sold it for R10,000 or thereaboutsóno frills, but certainly coming with all the basic requirements. The first thing you notice about the Stellar Virtuoso is its large screen. The front of the phone is dominated by the 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen; thereís not a single physical button on the front, not even a back button. The next thing you notice is the silver metal band running along the sides of phone, which lends it a stylish appeal. The overall look thus created, it must be said, is very reminiscent of the iPhone. The sides also come with the normal volume and power/screen lock buttons and the various ports needed for headphones and charging. As far as looks go, I would strongly recommend this phone.

Now, letís get to the actual performance. The Stellar Virtuosoís dual core processor is sufficient to run the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS loaded on the phone; the apps donít lag or freeze and the device remained quick even while multi-tasking. One little niggling problem was with the camera. It doesnít come with a dedicated physical button that clicks the photos; thereís only a touch button, and it is not easy to hold the camera steady and press the button at the same time. Simply doing what Apple or Samsung do, linking the volume button to the camera while the camera is on, would have been a good step here as well. Otherwise, the 8 MP camera does a wonderful job, even in low light conditions. And the fact that the LED flash can be kept on for upto a minute while filming a video is very useful.

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