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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review : Ninetology Stealth II (i9500)

Era of the underdog
You need a huge hand for this one

With loads of Android devices out there in the market, it will reach a point where an average consumer will have to do some pondering before grabbing the next device upgrade. It might even reach a point where there is only a fine line to differentiate a "premium" built android phone (eg. HTC, Samsung and etc.) or the "local" phone brands such as Ninetology, Micromax and their clones.
This review will serve as both technical and philosophical review on this particular phone.

Looks can be deceiving

Lets start off with how the phone looks. From the front, this phone looks decent. It has a 5-inch screen, a physical power button placed on the right side of the phone, a volume rocker on the left side and three capacitive touch button at the bottom of the screen. It also spot a micro-usb/charging port and 3.5mm audio port at the top. It has chrome finish on the speaker at the front, around the trim and also around the camera. I don't mind the trim and the button but the camera does give out a weird kinda feel. The back cover has a gloss finish and also ninetology logo printed on top of it. The back cover feels really cheap and looking at the photos of Micromax A110's back cover, I feel kinda jelly. Overall,  without taking another glance at this glance at this phone,  you might mistaken it for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or S3.

It's what inside that counts

The Stealth II on paper is a shocker as it sports a 1 GHz dual core processor with 512MB RAM. It also supposedly have 4GB but most of them are used for the operating system leaving an internal SD memory of 1GB. It also can supports up to 32GB of SD card memory. This phone also allows dual sim support and it's a boon for me as I am currently using two numbers for different purposes.

Paranoid Android

This might be the strongest point on why I can recommend this particular phone over most premium brand phones out there. The support for this model and it's clone is immense. Being the best selling phone model in India, with loads and loads of custom ROMs and now with Jelly Bean updates,  there is no reason for me not to recommend anyone from getting this phone.
But if you are going to stick with the stock ROM of ninetology,  you might be a little disappointed as it is loaded with GO Launcher as its launcher and I am a person who finds responsiveness more important than looks (My favourite being CyanogenMod's ADW Launcher being the best), I ended up flashing a custom ROM.

Final bout

As a conclusion, after using this phone for a while, I have realized that this phone and its clones which are considered as "local"  phones might be able to triumph over those goliath mobile phone companies out there. This type of phone will be able to cater average user that only requires adequate power and specs for their phone. This underdog might need to be watched by everyone that is already in the mobile phone scene for quite sometime.


+ Nice design
+ Bang for bucks
+ Loads of custom ROMs and supports

- "Cheap"  back cover
- Stock ROM does not feel very responsive
- Not much accessories for it yet

Rating: 4 out of 5

Make sure you get the case for free if you are getting this phone