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The Mi 410 is the first attempt from Spice to attack the 1 GHZ smartphone market in India. Possibly the only phone to offer these specs at a pretty decent price. Lets look into the Spice MI 410 carefully.

 

BUILD QUALITY, HARDWARE & DESIGN

 

The Spice MI 410 is built to last, metal accents and a full metal back cover,  a metal frame and solid construction make the Mi 410 an extremely robust device. The volume rocker and the power button are flush with the device and highly tactile. The screen is also scratch resistant, but its no gorilla glass.

The device or its internals don’t  shake or rattle and the phone is like one solid piece of hardware. Talking about hardware, lets look at the specs.

 

OSANDROID 2.2
Processor1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
Flash ROM2GB eMMC
Ram512MB
Dimensions122X 66X 9.9 mm
Weight143 gm
Display4.1-inch Capacitive Touch Screen , 800 X 480 WVGA
Camera5 MP rear with HD Video, 0.3MP front
Battery1400 mAH
Talk TimeUpto 380 Mins GSM , Upto 300 Mins (3G)
Standby TimeUpto 300 Hours
NetworkQuad band GSM , Tri-band 3G, HSDPA/HSUPA , up to 14.2 Mbps
ConnectBluetooth v2.1 EDR
OtherSupports Flash 10.1
PriceRs. 14,000/-

 

Design on the Mi410 is pretty good too with a flat slab/tablet type structure on the device. It one of those designs that may not appeal to all in the beginning, but grows on you as you begin to use the device. Honestly, it kind of reminds us of end 2010 HTC phones, with really prominent edges.

CAMERA & MULTIMEDIA

The rear camera on the Mi410 is a 5MP autofocus camera which does a good job of focusing, you can actually see the camera move when its trying to focus, making it an exceptionally great autofocus mechanism. It also utilized 4 point metering to gain a focus point allowing it to be accurate in most situations, indoor, outdoor or night mode.

Video quality is also decent with jitter free recording and smooth capture. While in video mode the zoom option while recording is missing, but was not quite missed.

The screen is nice and vivid and has a comparatively large ppi at 227.55 ppi. With a native resolution of 480×800 pixels making it a very good display. We have no complaints with the display and in-fact were quite happy with it. The screen is good for watching videos and browsing the internet. The ppi is rich enough for reading books, documents and articles without trouble. Let us remind you that its no retina display, but its possibly one of the best resolutions you can get for the price.

The inclusion of stereo speakers caught our attention at the get go. Its surprising the kind of sound you can get from these speakers. In a normally quiet environment the speakers are sufficient for watching videos and movies. The speakers are loud and clear with accurate channel mapping.

The touch screen on the Mi410 seems like a bother initially, after a bit of playing around we found out that the maximum issue is with the lock screen, where the screen response seems to be less, it also seems like a software glitch, as we upgraded to 2.3 the touch sensitivity issue reduced significantly, but is still there. Pinch to zoom and scrolling work fine and are not affected by the issue.

The included earphones are simply ordinary and don’t expect much from them. While they can be used for simple handsfree usage, if you want to enjoy music on this device, invest in a good pair of earphones.

PHONE & MESSAGING

The sound quality from the earphones and the outgoing sound from the mic is great, and more than expected. While network strength is constantly 1 bar less, it does not affect the usage of the device and in our signal measurement test we would get a consistent -60db value.

Messaging and typing on the keyboard is achieved with ease and effortlessness. The keyboard is well spaces with large keys and responsive, the touch sensitivity issue does not occur in the keyboard, that why we insist its a software issue and not hardware (we could be wrong too).

BATTERY LIFE

A lot of people asked us to test the battery and we did some extensive tests on the battery.

VALUES2G3GWiFI
Talk Time5 Hours3.5 Hours-NA-
Standby Time72 Hours50 Hours5 days
Internet Browsing5-6 hours5 hours8 hours
Video Playback3 hours3 hours3 hours
Video Stream2.5 hours1 Hour3.5 hours
Music12 hours12 hours12 hours
Music Stream7 hours5 hours8.5 hours

 

We noticed a well managed battery life even with the wifi hotspot on. Battery was inconsistent and scores above are average from out tests.

 

CONCLUSION

The Spice Mi410 is an extremely great option at its price. With features usually found in devices upwards of 20k. This device also looks, feels and performs like an expensive phone, so it should be a satisfying experience for the user. The fact that this handset is easily root-able will let people exploit the real benefits of the device. The screen issue may bother some , but it is not enough to not let us recommend this phone to some one who has this device in mind.

 

PRICE : 14,000/-

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167 comments
PMP Certification
PMP Certification

I am very happy to read this. This is the kind of info that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that's at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.

LaxmikantSoni
LaxmikantSoni

I've bought this phone 03-10-2011. it works better till 04th August 2012 but one day it's dead. I don't know how & why? here in my area service of service center is very poor. Now I'm confused what should I do with this? Overall phone is good work till 4th august 2012. but proximity sensor is not good as other branded like samsung, motorola etc. battery life is average.

mohan kumar
mohan kumar

can i solve karbonn A9 issue that screen goes blank while calling.. help me by showing review sir

Nic
Nic

can any1 tell me how to upgrade it to gingerbread please????

Nishakant
Nishakant

Worst smart phone one can have. Please write review after using it for some days. I bought after reading your review, i tell you it is a piece of crap which deserves its place in dustbin. It is not at all userfriendly phone and gives lot of headache and pain while operating. One should always buy from the reputed companies, never from these fly by night rogue companies which introduces experimental phones in the market. 

imman
imman

can it be upgraded to ICS?............PLS DO REPLY

ravinder gss
ravinder gss

dose front cam support video calling  and for skypepls upload a video how the front cam works pls pls A humble request.

owais
owais

pls Spice Mi 350 full  review

Rozack
Rozack

Thanks great reviewPlz also add indoor video 

Badpitbull33
Badpitbull33

i think spice has hybrid nokia N9 &  sony xperia arc looks.... spice is a cheater

Guest
Guest

You have said that this handset is easily rootable. Please tell us the method or the software with which this handset can be rooted. Very urgent as this can be the deciding factor to buy this phone. Thank you iGyaan You guys truly ROCK!!!!

Salmansadiq97
Salmansadiq97

no get it from spice official site that is the one GB for indian spice but comes with bloatwares, also available on mediafire and megaupload check it on XDA or google it

VinS
VinS

Has got the Handset week back from saholic @13kI upgraded with its official ROM available at spice website with gingerbredI had an excellent experience with my MI 410.With lots of application running, phone still stable. GPS catches signal very quickly.Phone network reception is also very good.camera @5MP is excellent in bright light but average in low light.Video Recording @720P is good in bright light but again average at dim light.Battery gets charged completely within 1 hour.WIFI, Bluetooth works absolutely fine without any problems within 10M range.Looks is very solid.With GPS/WIFI continuously ON, battery last from morning till evening.My Rating is as follow:Performance@1GHZ processor: 9.9 / 10Screen responsiveness : 8.0 / 10GPS warmup &signal accuracy: 9.5 / 10Camera : 7.0 / 10Video Recording@720P : 7.5 / 10 Looks & body design : 9.5 / 10Battery life : 8.0 / 10Network Signal reception : 9.5 / 10Price@given features : 9.9 / 10Overall satisfaction : 9.0 / 10---------------------------------------Total : 87.8 / 100Overall I would just say that if you are not brand crazy i.e if you judge things by there quality & not just blindly with brand name then SPICE MI 410 is the best option if you want 3G/ WIFI/ GPS/ Video calling/ 4.0inch Capactive Multitouch screen/ in price range below 15k.

Arhantjain94
Arhantjain94

hi m arhant... i just bought this phone and looking for an update..can any1 plz post the link for anroid 2.3.4 for spice mi 410.thnx.

Punith
Punith

please tell me the aircel gprs setting for mi 410 .....i'm finding it difficult.

Gopikrishna K
Gopikrishna K

Hello guys I have a question to someone who have used this phone, IE Does this phone include Proximity Sensor ?

Gopikrishna
Gopikrishna

Hello guys I have a question to someone who have used this phone, IE Does this phone include Proximity Sensor ?

Vikash Kumar
Vikash Kumar

Got this phone 2 days back..I want to clear all you guys doubts here. this is by far the best deal u can get at this price point..the phone features are awesome..screen is very bright ,very readable & very big.phone does not look cheap at all..fits snugly in ur hands. the phone is v fast also..touchscreen response is very good also contrary to what others have to say about it. i will definitely give it 4 out of 5.A must buy!!! It does not get better than this at least on such shoe string budget..

Sunny
Sunny

Bought this 2 days back and i am ok with this. Loads of features and works well.  Those who NEED a good camera in phone, please STAY AWAY from this phone,   the pictures and videos look washed out to me.  Other than that its been good till now.  Placed it beside my frnd's Galaxy S with Amoled(both full brightness) and surprise surprise, the spice was brighter than the galaxy s. May not be as fancy as samsung's UI but works for me as i bought it mainly for the processing power and screen size.  HDMI out was also a deal maker for me :-)   So the point is KNOW WHAT YOUR REQUIREMENT IS.  If you need brand name, fancy UI and other bla bla, just go for samsung or the other big boys. If you just want to root your phone and tweak,  want the high processing power, may want 3G calls, this should do the job just fine.   WELL, who knows, after 6 to 8 Months we will have phones with quad core processors and 3D display, so we might even get the galaxy S2 for 15k then :-)

amit agarwal
amit agarwal

Ok Dudez I have Read enough comments Finally Say Someone Who's Using Mi-410 Is the phone worth buying for Playing  HD Games, Internet and Application Support. Plz Comment.....

piyush
piyush

spice will release 2.3 update by the of july 2011

Anuj
Anuj

I got this phone a week ago.It is a very good phone in terms of performance and features for its price tag but it has some problems too. When i bought this phone i found a very strange problem in it.The problem was that it restarted whenever i locked the screen using the lock screen button whenever i locked it for more than a minute.If i unlocked it before 20 secs or so then it didnt restart.So i called up the spice hotspot on the same day and they replaced it the next day. Another problem is that after some time the speakers tend to become a bit less loud and the sound also becomes a bit distorted but after restarting the phone it becomes normal and it starts again after some time. So i think the sound problem is mainly due to software and not hardware( i hope so) . So im waiting for spice to release the 2.3 GB update and hoping that it solves the audio problem. So a piece of advice is that do check the phone before buying it ,especially the restarting part. I have a question too IF I install the unofficial 2.3 GB update(for cherry magnum HD) on this phone.So will it void the warranty ? Plz do reply as i dont want to void my warranty :D

Bhuvan
Bhuvan

Just wanted to inform you guys that Some people have received DEFECTIVE pieces of Mi-410 when they ordered it online through SAHOLIC. One person has received a second hand used piece with scratches and second one has received a mobile without a battery. Its better to get your mobile on the Hotspot rather than getting it Online through SAHOLIC. Techenclave Spice mi 410 thread page 31

Wilson
Wilson

Motorola Defy at 15,599 looks like a better option.. what do you say ?? it is scratch and water resistant and has gorilla glass.  It has better battery life etc... it can even be overclocked to 1GHz or more.  So why should i consider spice over motorola ? Plus the screen resolution is better at 16M(480 x 854) versus spice's 256k.Any clarity would be useful.

Bhuvan
Bhuvan

Guys do you have any idea about LG Optimus Net a upgrade of LG Optimus One with Gingerbread out of the box and 800Mhz processor, Of course it is the same Turbo processor used by Ace (Overclocked MSM7227). 

Sagarraj
Sagarraj

i am Happy with this Phone :-)

Mehuldivecha
Mehuldivecha

I bought this mobile last week and loving it. Am only worried about scratches on screen and a good cover. Can anyone suggest a good screen gaurd and a cover. Heard that htc hd 7 cover fits good? Anyway regarding negative comments, these are from people who cant do a simple google search and have no idea about what android is all about. Also, this comment was typed on the mi410 :)

Tomyversatti
Tomyversatti

I had bought this phone last week.I am loving it.  Overall performance is competitive with the devices available in tech range.Value for Money.

Paresh
Paresh

I have posted a similar question on techenclave (spice mi 410 thread) and waiting for a response

Supriya3592
Supriya3592

hey guys i was also planning to buy this phone.Actually was eagerly waiting fr it fr a couple of months but ur reviews r making me think.. please tell me.. i wish to use my phone for  videos(require flash support), ebooks, camera-videos, n music for long i thought this phone can make up to my expectations. please users tell me if it really can.. i have this budget of 15k shall i go for it or choose some others like defy or ace. WAITING FOR UR REPLY>. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!

Ankit Kumar
Ankit Kumar

OK guys, I own this phone and have been using this extensively in the last couple of days... and here’s my honest review of Mi-410. Built Quality: 4/5 Looks pretty sleek and solid. However I wonder if this can take any impact as I see this phone is pretty heavy compared to other phones of the category. Signal Reception: 2/5 The phone keeps disconnecting from the network pretty often, I had no such issues with previous phones in my area. However, when I installed optional software to monitor network, it does show the signals but status bar says unavailable. Wi-fi is pretty ok though signal to weak compared to my previous phone, yet to test 3G on it. Camera : 2/5 Camera is very poor, this is almost useless indoors. I see nothing but dark shades even with flash on the photos are mediocre, color reproduction is poor. Video: 2/5 Though this boasts of a 720p@30fps, frame rate is very poor and I see a very gittery video even in VGA mode even with other programs disabled. Overall Features: 4/5 Has all the decent features to survive for couple of years before becoming outdated, 3G, HSPCA, Wi-fi, AGPS, HDMI out. Display: 3.5/5 Is pretty decent but no way to close to the htc or a samsung.Speakers: 2/5 Below average speakers, sound reproduction is pretty poor though it has dual speakers on either side. If you are an avid music listener, invest in a decent earphone. This does come with a 3.5mm jack. Ear phone provided with the phone is not a good one, I've also observed low buzzing noise from the headphones when connectedBattery: 2/5 Yet to test it fully but with my experience from the last one week, I can tell it last about a day with low to medium usage. 15-20 min video 10-12 calls about 2/3 min average, 30min browsing/games/3G stand-by should be around 2 days Value for Money 3/5 This phone mysteriously keeps rebooting once or twice a day, applications do crash. However am yet to find out if this is due to any running apps or any hardware issue. I have Gingerbread 2.3.4 currently and have installed around 5-6 google apps that barely consume any  memory.Service:  ??? This is my first spice phone, so cannot comment on it, heard that it is pretty poor and should end-up in a recycle bin in case of any serious trouble.Overall 3/5 This phone by no means is a competition with likes of HTC Sony or Samsung, though it has decent built quality and features. I would say if you can compensate with these short coming, looking for a phone that’s not built to last or keep changing phones quite occasionally (every year) with technology then look no further else this is strictly not the one to look at...

Aziz Chamadia
Aziz Chamadia

how to use swype or where to download swype how to run java apps like state bank freedom

Arunesh
Arunesh

can we install cm 7 on this  

Arunesh
Arunesh

anyone u bought the phone faced such a problem 

Arunesh
Arunesh

hey what are changes with the phone after the update to 2.3

Santosh
Santosh

if you are spending 14K..go with HTC desire..little higher range but that one is tried and tested..i got fooled by the price and the specs.. and carried away..but in long run i think it is the brand that matters

Santosh
Santosh

After spending a hour with the hotspot center, he ask me to go to the service center...when i went to the service center..they did not know what to to do with it...after a lot of argument with the service manager for changing the phone or refund....he requested to go to another service center in mohali....god.. desperately i went there and after spending an hour there...they found some software problem and corrected it... i spend half of my day running here and there for a brand new phone which i purchased yesterday..so do you think i should recommend you this phone..

rahul pareek
rahul pareek

nice review!but i don's see this phone as a sucessmy blog:www.myandroidlove.blogspot.com

Santosh
Santosh

i bought a spice Mi 410 yester day. Besides very poor battery life it is having a bizarre and unique problem. it is getting switched of automatically and getting started again in 10 to 15 min interval... i am going to complain about this to day. .. can any body help me regarding this...does this have a solution???

rock brock
rock brock

your  are  right dude i broght i facing

rock brock
rock brock

hi freinds i broght it i request to you all of them do not buy this mobile you will get trouble soon as i am go for samsung ace very bad mobile battery 0 c

Somesh singh
Somesh singh

hi can you plz give a reivew on olive fluid v w1.thanks,

Rishi Raj
Rishi Raj

Thanks for this review but a few questions are still in my head: What about its GPU? It has AF cam, so is macro mode present? Is this device listed in official android market? Anyway, by next week I'll buy it.