My first 6 incher android phone was the Tecno A3. Nice phone, we’ll built but it’s functionality was limited by its extremely low app installation memory. One had to delete an app to install another. At a point it even became difficult working with the phone as insufficient memory error messages kept coming up for simple tasks. I loved the screen size. Just the perfect size for mails and movies and of course games. Not too big for a handheld, one hand operation. Regretfully I had to sell it off and have been looking for a replacement since then.
Just last week I stumbled upon the Archos 59 Xenon on a merchant site. A 5.9 inch screen android smartphone. Going through the specs, I felt I got all I ever wanted. It’s specs exceeds that of Tecno A3 in many areas. It has a HD display, with a quad core processor and 1Gb RAM. It is a dual sims phone with internal unpartitioned storage of 16Gb and SD support up to 32Gb running KitKat. And the icing on the cake is the price. Just N23,500 (about $118). I felt there must be a catch. But curiosity took hold of me and I placed my order.
The phone arrived yesterday and I was not disappointed. In fact I was awed by what I got. The phone exceeded all my expectations.
As seen above, the box is compact and looks ordinary. Inside the pack, you have
– The phone
– USB cable
– Wired earpiece
– Instructions manual (186 pages)
– Warranty manual
– International warranty Centres
– Free screen guard
– A micro sim carrier
The charger looks solid and the type you see with premium quality handsets. Top marks there.
This post is about my first impression. Hands-on review will follow. But before I treat you to more pictures let me just mention that this phone has USB OTG functionality and a special feature called Archos Fusion Storage – more on those in the upcoming review.
One thing I noticed is that Archos brand has been around for sometime and is an international brand. If it could start making budget priced phones with such high specs, then our local Tecno, Infinix, and Innjoo brands had better go back to the drawing board or they end up losing the market to the likes of Archos.
When looking for a low or midrange device, would you buy an Archos?
Would you rather stick with your Tecno, Infinix, and Innjoo?
Or you’ll rather wait for my hands on review?