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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

Phone-ception
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.

Verdict

+ 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

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello there bro. I wanted to ask if you actually bought and own the phone, or if you got it just for review purposes. If it's possible, could you review the CSL Mi450 Mars? Seems like a really good phone.

Azid Izzuddane said...

What kind of custom rom that you are using right now?

Azid Izzuddane said...

what kind of custom rom that you use or you just use the launcher only..?

Twkster said...

I have had this phone for 2 months. I was excited at first as it seemed to be the first feature packed android phone with Dual Sim... which I have been waiting on for a long time since I carry both personal and business phones at all times. The feature set looks awsome at first, but there are some notable shortcomings with this phone considering it's class.

I will never go back to a single sim phone... and my previous phone before this one was an HTC One X,which I consider the best phone I have ever owned ... exept it is single sim only at the moment.

Without further small talk, here are the shortcomings I have found in the Stealth i9500.

1) 512MB Ram - This is a big problem with this phone. This class of phone begs to be loaded with communications programs like Viber, Whatsapp, Yahoo Messenger and Skype. I regularly use nearly all of them for various contacts. Once you load a few programs on this phone the shortage of Ram really takes a toll... I regularly fight with as little as 15% Ram available and this causes instability, hang-ups and program crashes. Very frustrating! Using Ram management apps is not helping much and the OS on this phone does a poor job of managing memory. This problem alone is going to cause me to upgrade to the new Samsung DUOS Grand very soon.... only two months after buying the i9500.

2) Very poor speaker volume. I often miss calls cause cannot hear the ringer when in areas of high noise. Like most phones listening to music without a headset is useless exercise, but I won't fault the phone for that.

3) Poor WIFI reception. The antenna is weak for this class of phone and I regularly have problems getting logged in and staying online when in hotel rooms unless the room has a router right there. Very frustrating as I would like to be able to check mail without dragging out my laptop to get a decent WIFI connection.

In short.... I love the Dual Sim ability. I'm hooked on that now. It was a long time coming in the premium phone class and hats off to Ninetology for being a front runner on this... However now Samsung has joined the dual sim game with a premium version of the DUOS line, and I will be buying that phone shortly since it also uses Jellybean and most important has 1GB of RAM.... absolutely necessary for avid Android users who want full functionality and convenience from their smart phone.

Fix the above problems Ninetology and you will have a great competitive phone!

Twkster said...

I have had this phone for 2 months. I was excited at first as it seemed to be the first feature packed android phone with Dual Sim... which I have been waiting on for a long time since I carry both personal and business phones at all times. The feature set looks awsome at first, but there are some notable shortcomings with this phone considering it's class.

I will never go back to a single sim phone... and my previous phone before this one was an HTC One X,which I consider the best phone I have ever owned ... exept it is single sim only at the moment.

Without further small talk, here are the shortcomings I have found in the Stealth i9500.

1) 512MB Ram - This is a big problem with this phone. This class of phone begs to be loaded with communications programs like Viber, Whatsapp, Yahoo Messenger and Skype. I regularly use nearly all of them for various contacts. Once you load a few programs on this phone the shortage of Ram really takes a toll... I regularly fight with as little as 15% Ram available and this causes instability, hang-ups and program crashes. Very frustrating! Using Ram management apps is not helping much and the OS on this phone does a poor job of managing memory. This problem alone is going to cause me to upgrade to the new Samsung DUOS Grand very soon.... only two months after buying the i9500.

2) Very poor speaker volume. I often miss calls cause cannot hear the ringer when in areas of high noise. Like most phones listening to music without a headset is useless exercise, but I won't fault the phone for that.

3) Poor WIFI reception. The antenna is weak for this class of phone and I regularly have problems getting logged in and staying online when in hotel rooms unless the room has a router right there. Very frustrating as I would like to be able to check mail without dragging out my laptop to get a decent WIFI connection.

In short.... I love the Dual Sim ability. I'm hooked on that now. It was a long time coming in the premium phone class and hats off to Ninetology for being a front runner on this... However now Samsung has joined the dual sim game with a premium version of the DUOS line, and I will be buying that phone shortly since it also uses Jellybean and most important has 1GB of RAM.... absolutely necessary for avid Android users who want full functionality and convenience from their smart phone.

Fix the above problems Ninetology and you will have a great competitive phone!

Tim Sanders said...

I used this phone for two months before i replaced it with a similarly spec'd Samsung Grand DUOS. At first i was quite impressed with the phone. I have desired a good dual sim phone for some time and the premium manufacturers had avoided this category until samsung realized they were over looking an important market segment in Asia and India in particular... Because i am a typical user i was using the stock ROM and unrooted... i don't have time for endless phone tweeking. Cutting to the chase i found two weaknesses that caused me to replace the phone:
1) 512 RAM is just inadequate in this class phone. I found myself constantly fighting to free up memory. Users who need to install multiple communication programs like skype, viber and whatsapp will encounter memory issues... The Samsung Grand DUOS has 1024k available considerably helping in this area.

2) Poor Wifi performance. Whether due to poor antenna or software issues, weak signals constantly caused problems when travelling. Rarely could I get wifi in my hotel room without phone kicking the network off because of weak signal... other phones i have had like HTC One X allowed a weak signal over ride.. but none here that i could find. MY New Samsung Grand is performing fine and the same hotel rooms used in past prove it out...

On the bright side.. I preferred the Dual Sim performance on that phone over the Samsung Grand.

The best phone I ever had was the HTC One X ... but unfortunately no Dual Sim... and I will never go back to single sim phone after having the convenience of Dual Sim...

Tim Sanders said...

I used this phone for two months before i replaced it with a similarly spec'd Samsung Grand DUOS. At first i was quite impressed with the phone. I have desired a good dual sim phone for some time and the premium manufacturers had avoided this category until samsung realized they were over looking an important market segment in Asia and India in particular... Because i am a typical user i was using the stock ROM and unrooted... i don't have time for endless phone tweeking. Cutting to the chase i found two weaknesses that caused me to replace the phone:
1) 512 RAM is just inadequate in this class phone. I found myself constantly fighting to free up memory. Users who need to install multiple communication programs like skype, viber and whatsapp will encounter memory issues... The Samsung Grand DUOS has 1024k available considerably helping in this area.

2) Poor Wifi performance. Whether due to poor antenna or software issues, weak signals constantly caused problems when travelling. Rarely could I get wifi in my hotel room without phone kicking the network off because of weak signal... other phones i have had like HTC One X allowed a weak signal over ride.. but none here that i could find. MY New Samsung Grand is performing fine and the same hotel rooms used in past prove it out...

On the bright side.. I preferred the Dual Sim performance on that phone over the Samsung Grand.

The best phone I ever had was the HTC One X ... but unfortunately no Dual Sim... and I will never go back to single sim phone after having the convenience of Dual Sim...

Flux Krol said...

hey bro. nice post. just want to know what custom rom did you use for your Ninetology Insight? i'm using ninetology stock rom (BP2) and it kinda dissapoint me with its laggy :(

Ziko said...

Hi Kevin, nice review. I am a fan of custom rom myself and I was wondering, this phone, is it rooted by default or do you have to do it by yourself, and also, did u flash it using CW or is there any custom method for it?

Thank you in advance, your answer will surely help me in deciding whether to proceed with the purchase or else...

Anonymous said...

Great review and I bought one myself, but I can't get it rooted, any advice. I've tried Super One Click,z rootkit, and a couple of others. It doesn't fully root, it just installs the app. I can't get it in recovery mode like a Samsung so I can't use Odin. Please help.

Anonymous said...

If you get an answer to that root Stealth 2 question, please email me at english.lecturer.my@gmail.com

Tempus Fugit said...

howto flash the stealth 2 rom to cynogen..?

AFwcxx said...

Hey bro,
what custom roms are stable with this device?
CyanogenMod maybe?

AFwcxx said...

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