Wiio Wi Star 3G review: value for money

Wiio, the Jaipur based company who claims to have sold 10,000 units of its Wiio WI5 smartphone in two months has launched its Wi Star 3G smartphone.

Wi Star 3G is a low budget 3G enabled smartphone with all basic features of a smartphone.

It is device that offers a large screen and falls in the budget category. Is the device worth buying? Let’s find out in our review of the device.

PROS

  • Large screen
  • Low priced
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

CONS

  • Poor camera quality
  • Below average display quality
  • Low battery life

DESIGN

The design of the phone resembles to Samsung devices. It does not have a different design element that makes it stand out.

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The phone weighs 164gms and measures around 9.8m in thickness and has rounded edges and offers a good grip. The front panel has three touch buttons- Menu, Home and Back.

The power button is placed on the right side, while the volume rocker are placed on the left side of the phone and the USB port is at the bottom of the device.

The rear cover has textured surface made of a thin layered hard plastic. The camera is placed toward the top and two SIM slots on the left side of the rear panel and a microSD slot on the right. The battery is placed in the centre of the rear panel.

DISPLAY

The Wi Star 3G sports a 5 inch FWVGA display with 854 x 480 pixel resolution. The device offers a smooth touch.

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The phone does not have a protection glass. It has the accelerometer and proximity sensors. It does not have a light sensor, which means users will have to adjust the brightness manually.

The display is dull and the screen is barely visible in sunlight. The viewing angles are not good but the colour reproduction is decent.

USER INTERFACE

The device runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. The user interface has nothing different from any other Android phones available in the market. The device has the basic Android features.

It also offers the QUICK OFFICE software that allows users to create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentation slides.

Wiio has also added some third party apps, such as Whatsapp, Facebook etc. which can be useful.

Considering the low price of the device, its offers decent features and interface.

CAMERA

The Wiio Wi Star 3G features a 5MP camera and 2MP front camera. The camera quality is below average and it can shoot max FWVGA videos. LED flash is also not very effective.

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There is no autofocus and most of the pictures come out shaky. The phone has a HDR mode, but is not of much help as it takes lots of time to capture each frame.

Pictures taken in low light also have a very poor quality and the video quality was also below average. The pictures taken from the front facing camera are also unsatisfactory.

The Wiio Wi Star 3G is definitely not the phone you want to buy, if looking for phone with decent camera quality.

UNDER THE HOOD

The device is powered by a 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6572 SoC dual core processor paired with 512MB RAM. It has a internal memory of 4GB which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.

It has dual SIM functionalities and on the connectivity front it has 3G connectivity, Bluetooth and WiFi.

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It is juiced by a 2000mAh battery which has a standby time of 120 hours and 8 hours of talktime. The phone can last for about 3 to 4 hours with moderate to heavy usage with maximum brightness.

The performance of the device is okay, high end games are playable in medium graphic mode.

The sound quality in calls is decent but the phone kept dropping network even in areas with good mobile reception. The sound is loud and 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS worked without any issues.

WRAP UP

Priced at Rs 3,999 the Wiio Wi Star will be selling exclusively through e-commerce website eBay.

At this price the device offers almost all the essential features of a smartphone. It is a good choice for first time smartphone buyers.

The phone is pointless to buy if you are looking for a phone with a decent camera.

The performance of the device is decent and the overall software experience is also good. It is a decent buy at such low cost and is god value for money.

 

Vishal Kawadkar

editor@gizmolead.com

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