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Obi Worldphone SF1

  • Posted By:Klientscape Business
  • DATE:06 February 2017

Obi Worldphones is a Silicon Valley based company focusing on reasonably priced phones without much compromise on the design and functionality. Founded by former Apple CEO, John Sculley and former Apple designer, Robert Brunner.

This review is a collaboration between six members of the KlientScape family including two application developers.

No other phone can match the SF1 when it comes to value for money. Priced at only Rs.21499 ($197) for the 16 GB and Rs.26499 ($244) for the 32 GB, the performance is great and the design revolutionary. Equiped with a 1.5 GHz 64-bit Octa-core processor and a Adreno™ 405 graphics processor, the phone can run different apps or games simultaneously with ease and without lag or reload. The memory provided is 32GB Internal Storage + 3GB RAM or 16GB Internal Storage + 2GB RAM (DDR3 RAM and eMMC 4.5 ROM). That is a very sound offer for its price.

The phone comes equipped with Android Lollipop with future plans for Marshmallow upgrade. The software seems to be the closest it can come to stock android without a heavy skin to slow down performance. Android lovers will undoubtedly love this phone. However, if you liked the HTC sense UI 7 or TouchWiz this phone will require some getting used to.

It can easily handle busy working life. It comes with Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point so one can easily work with documents and files.

All in all, a great phone for working people on the go.


Gaming

With no visible lag even when directly switching between Asphalt Airborne 8 and Dream League Soccer 16 the gameplay remained as smooth as ever. Both games take considerable processing power to run. The SF1 is not built for gaming so one can expect it to heat up within 20 minutes of graphic intensive gaming but that doesn’t take away the fact that it can handle games that require high specs.

Signal

It picks up on mobile networks perfectly. Communication is clear even when the signal strength is weak.

The Wi-Fi signal is pretty strong even when you’re fifty feet away from the router while using 10 mb/s internet speed using a fiber optic router. Internet calls are clear as well using Skye or WhatsApp over a distance of thirty plus feet away from the router.  

Unboxing

The SF1 comes in a transparent plastic box designed to show off its unique design.

What’s in the box?

1. The SF1 handset.

2. USB 2.0 cable

3. Charging adapter

4. Sim tool

5. Basic instructions and disclaimers.

Earphones not included. This is a minor annoyance as most people will replace them with one of their choosing.

Camera

Camera (Primary/back: 13MP AF with LED Flash; Sony Exmor RS™ Sensor and Secondary/front: 5 MP with LED Flash). The photo quality is very nice. Probably the best macro capture of its class. The wide shots leave a bit to be desired but are above average. With quite a few presets and more extensive settings such as ISO and HDR the SF1’s primary camera is very good. The secondary camera has room for improvement. The photos can be grainy and requires a few seconds to focus and distinguish color changes but selfie enthusiasts can still expect decent quality.

Battery

The battery life is very good. It can handle over 12 hours of regular use, 3 of those hours spent gaming. But it can take up to 3 plus hours to fully charge it. Though it must be stated that the provided Obi charging adapter was damaged (which might not be the case for others)  and a Samsung charging adapter was used for testing, using the usb 2.0 cable provided by Obi Worldphone.

Display

The SF1’s display is crisp and the colors pop beautifully owing to the full HD display. Whether you’re browsing through photos or watching movies the display is great. Even the sun legibility is pretty good. The five inch HD display screen is perfect for watching movies and playing games. The SF1 comes with an IPS panel which presents a clear view from any angle.

Design

The elevated display screen is a truly unique addition to the SF1s sleek and sexy design. It almost looks like two separate phones merged together. The raised display could be prone to damage but the gorilla glass 4 provided should protect it from minor drops and knocks. The size is just right. Large enough to display everything clearly but small enough to easily fit in your pocket. It gives a nice grip as well. The power and volume buttons are easily accessible even though they sit flush with the design. The design is definitely one of the SF1’s greatest aspects.

Audio

The sound when listening to music or watching movies through an Apple headset is wonderful. The music played on the phone’s speakers could be better.

The audio during phone calls is excellent. The SF1 has two microphones that distinguish between one’s voice and background noises such as vehicles or environment noises like the wind and makes for clear communication even during internet calls through Skye or WhatsApp.

How We Do Rating

First we consider the phone’s target audience. Then compare phones within the same price range and again compare it with phones of similar specifications. We check if the phone is as good as the manufacturers claim it to be.

We then check user compatibility and the practical use. Along with its camera, graphics, battery and so on. The review is written after two weeks of constantly testing the phones limitations.

Camera
Design
Display
Value for Money
Performance
Battery Life
Software

Pros

  • Game-play and processing power. i.e. Octa-core processor and RAM
  • Terrific primary camera. Especially macro.
  • Design. Your phone will definitely stand out among others.
  • Unmatched value for money

Cons

  • Pictures taken under low light can be grainy.
  • It heats up within an hour of regular use.
  • Doesn't have quick charge.

Specification

Body

Dimensions

146*74*8mm (7.8mm body with 0.2mm floating display)

Aesthetics

Unibody with metallic accents and floating glass display

Weight

147g

Display

Size

5'' JDI In-Cell IPS

Resolution

Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)

Pixel Density

443 ppi

Protection

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4; Oleophobic Coating; Fully-laminated OGS (One Glass Solution)

Platform

OS

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop (with plans to upgrade to Marshmallow

Chipset

Qualcomm® MSM8939 Snapdragon™ 615

Clock Speed

1.5 GHz 64-bit Octa-core processor; Adreno™ 405 GPU

Memory

Internal

32GB Internal Storage + 3GB RAM / 16GB Internal Storage + 2GB RAM (DDR3 RAM and eMMC 4.5 ROM)

External

Expandable up to 64GB by MicroSD™ card

Camera

Primary

13MP AF with LED Flash; Sony Exmor RS™ Sensor; f/2.0 Aperture

Secondary

5 MP with LED Flash

Audio

Add-ons

Dual Mic for Noise Cancellation, Dolby Audio™, Quick Charge 1.0

Communication

SIM

Dual SIM (1 Micro + 1 Nano / MicroSD™ card expandable up to 64 GB)

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Direct

Bluetooth

v4.0, A2DP

GPS

A-GPS, GLONASS**

USB

MicroUSB v2.0

Battery

Capacity

Embedded 3000 mAh Li-Po battery with Quick Charge™ 1.0

Standby Time

up to 20 days*

Talk Time

up to 28 hours (2G)* up to 23 hours (3G)*

Video Playback Time

up to 10 hours*

Music Playback Time

up to 60 hours* (via speakers) up to 100 hours* (via headphones)

Sensors

Sensors

Accelerometer, Proximity, Magnetic, Gyro, ALS (Ambient Light Sensor)
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