Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Spice Android One Dream UNO: Best budget Android One Smartphone

SPICE Dream UNO MI-498, Powered by Android One

 Introducing the Spice Dream UNO, a phone that is specially engineered for those who believe in the power of dreams. Effortlessly intelligent and incredibly friendly. Fulfil your every dream with Spice Dream UNO, powered by Android One.
The Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, quite a mouthful for a phone name, is launched with a price tag of Rs. 6999.

About Android One

Android One is a standard created by Google for Android systems, mainly targeted at people buying their first smartphone, and customers in the developing world. Android One smartphones will run software close to stock Android, without the often extensive vendor-specific modifications that many smartphone vendors apply. Security updates will be handled by Google, avoiding problems some earlier phones have had with lacking security updates.[1] Google also makes a reference hardware design available for Android One, meaning that OEMs just have to manufacture the phone.[2] The first set of Android One devices features MediaTek’s quad-core MT6582 Mobile System-on-Chip (Mobile SoC).[3]
Android One phones will initially roll out in India, Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines and other South Asian countries in 2014.[4] The first Android One smartphones were by the Indian brands Micromax, Spice and Karbonn in September 2014, and other manufacturers are going to follow gradually.
Various news articles mention that the Android One standard also dictates minimum hardware requirements,[5][6] but the actual list of minimum requirements doesn't seem to have been made available on the Internet.




Inside the Box 

Spice Dream UNO Android One handset, data cable, battery of 1700 mAh capacity, travel charger, screen guard, warranty card, service centre list, user manual and decent earphone. SAR Value : 0.641 W/Kg.


Design and Display
The Dream UNO has got curvy design, looks beautiful (premium look). The rear is with matte finish and soft to touch. Build quality is good and so is the finishing. Weight with battery is 139 grams and dimensions are 67.74 x 133.86 x 9.12 (mm).

Volume rockers and power button are on the right side. 3.5mm audio jack is on the top and micro USB port at the bottom. There is a single mic next to the USB port. There are no dedicated navigation buttons. It is a dual SIM (Micro SIM’s) handset and both the SIM slots support 3G.
The LCD IPS touch screen is 4.5 inches supporting 854 x 480 pixels resolution. Touch is smooth and responsive. Viewing angles are okay. There is LED notification and good number of sensors – Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro and Magnetic.

Operating System
All Android One handsets are backed by Google and as of now running Android 4.4.4. They will continue getting software updates for 2 years and will be the first to get the latest Android L.

Memory and Storage
There is 1 GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Of the 1GB RAM about 645MB is available and of the 4GB internal storage (ROM); 2GB is available for apps on the first boot. Micro SD card of up to 32GB is supported. And you can install apps on external storage (most of the apps).I installed the Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 and the huge data files got installed on the external storage. I tried connecting OTG pendrive – however that was not supported. OTG is not supported.

All these Android One handset including the Spice Dream UNO MI-498 are using the MediaTek MT6582 1.3GHz cortex A7 quad core processor coupled with Mali 400 MP GPU. Performance is lag free and smooth. Hardware is capable of playing high end games.

Camera and Entertainment
There is a 5MP auto focus camera on the rear that can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps and a 2.4MP front camera that can shoot 720p videos. Still image and video quality is good enough for this price tag. Check the sample images and videos.

FHD videos are also supported.


No issues with sound, it loud and clear, even the in-call speaker sound well. 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth worked well. I got the first GPS lock almost instant.


There is 1700 mAh battery that does a very good job.

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