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Spice Mi 410 Full Review

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.

 

OS ANDROID 2.2
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
Flash ROM 2GB eMMC
Ram 512MB
Dimensions 122X 66X 9.9 mm
Weight 143 gm
Display 4.1-inch Capacitive Touch Screen , 800 X 480 WVGA
Camera 5 MP rear with HD Video, 0.3MP front
Battery 1400 mAH
Talk Time Upto 380 Mins GSM , Upto 300 Mins (3G)
Standby Time Upto 300 Hours
Network Quad band GSM , Tri-band 3G, HSDPA/HSUPA , up to 14.2 Mbps
Connect Bluetooth v2.1 EDR
Other Supports Flash 10.1
Price Rs. 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.

VALUES 2G 3G WiFI
Talk Time 5 Hours 3.5 Hours -NA-
Standby Time 72 Hours 50 Hours 5 days
Internet Browsing 5-6 hours 5 hours 8 hours
Video Playback 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Video Stream 2.5 hours 1 Hour 3.5 hours
Music 12 hours 12 hours 12 hours
Music Stream 7 hours 5 hours 8.5 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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UNBOXING VIDEO

REVIEW VIDEO

CAMERA SAMPLE

 

iG Tech Labs




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 skype pls 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 review Plz 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..

SALMANSADIQ97
SALMANSADIQ97

BEEN USING IT FOR 8 MONTHS, MY OPINION ITS THE BEST VALUE FOR  MONEY PHONE IN 14K RANGE, EVEN AFTER 8 MONTHS I CANNOT FIND ANY BETTER ALTERNATIVE

Kentoi90
Kentoi90

yes.. but its still in alpha stage..

Salmansadiq97
Salmansadiq97

yes i hav played and i runs superbly check it on google

Rozack
Rozack

"yeah cheating hai"  hahaha .. tats sounds much like singham villain xD 

Shwetank Shukla
Shwetank Shukla

try z4root named android app. it works on most devices. :)

Maddy
Maddy

does this support 3g video calling, please reply.

Guest
Guest

Hi vins howzz the service facility for this phone

mohd afais
mohd afais

friends i can help you out i have downloaded and installed it. if you need to see the video how i did look in to the site. its much better. peopel they have used the blueberry mobile sw. they are trying to fool us.but is having spice logo at startup. so they made some changes.SPICE people are fools. THEY HAVE NOT TOLD 1 important thing.WHEN YOU EXTRACT YOU NED TO RENAME ITYOU FOOL SPICE PEOPLE ARE YOU MAD AH?friends please rename and use it..if the download link is dead mail me i will upload the file and give you friends the linkchk the video inhttp://www.inforall.webs.com.or mail me inmohdafais@gmail.com

Guest
Guest

Hi Arhant,  iGyaan itself has posted an article on how to upgrade from 2.2 to 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), it is essentially the upgrade of Cherry Magnum HD phone , you can get it from their site as well. 

aadi jain
aadi jain

go to setting touch on wireless & network>>mobile touch on data enable select network mode  GSM/WCDMA auto touch on Acess Point Names apn name aircelgprs aircelmms

vivek s
vivek s

name as Ao and apn as aircelgprs

Sunny
Sunny

Yes, it does.

Gopikrishna K
Gopikrishna K

Hi , so are you able to use 3G video calling and is there any other problems surounding the phone ?

Gopikrishna
Gopikrishna

Hi , so are you able to use 3G video calling and is there any other problems surounding the phone ?

vivek s
vivek s

I have this fone for a month now. this supports only two touchpoints, so gaming sometimes irritating but still a good bargain 

Aniltheking88
Aniltheking88

da spice is not trustable yet......i also hv dis phon aftr one month flash is not working....camera quality is nt gud......nd spice's service is in very poor condition......dey gave me another phn(in very bad condition luks very old)  instead of repairing "my" phn's flash.......and dis replaced phn also hav charging problem nd atfr dis dey again gave me another phn which is also nt working properly......nw itz two mnths mah phn is in service center nd registerd a complaint in consumer court.......spice is nt trustable in costly phn so dnt buy spice  

Vinaysudhir257
Vinaysudhir257

Hi Vikash Kumar, Which phone do you suggest as an alternate to spice mi 410 ? my budget is 15000RS, Is there any branded phone like this one ? 

Vinaysudhir257
Vinaysudhir257

Hi Vikash Kumar, Does the phone Has 16M color depth or 265k ?? How is the touch problem ?Did u upgrade to 2.3.4 ? How is the Zoom function which recording video at 720p ? Can we connect this phone to LED monitor ?  using mini HDMI to VGA Adoptar ? How is the battery life ? Thank You

Rohit Dhusia
Rohit Dhusia

hey salman i m thinking to buy this phone.tell me something more about dis phone...is dis phone support video calling on skype plz reply me fast ok thanks

Gopikrishna K
Gopikrishna K

Sunny, it seems like you own the phone, if so i have one more doubt . Does this phone support 3G video calling feature ?

Gopikrishna
Gopikrishna

Sunny, it seems like you own the phone, if so i have one more doubt . Does this phone support 3G video calling feature ?

Vikash Kr
Vikash Kr

u can go for Motorola defy which is available at 14500/-. but it has screen size of 3.7 ''. But personally after using big screen phones   i cant settle for anything lower than 4".

Vikash Kumar
Vikash Kumar

dear Vinay, it has 265 k screen but does not matter as it is very good. i upgraded it to 2.3.4 & touchscreen works just fine. video recordings havnt tested yet as i am not camera enthusiast. yes u can connect it to HDtv using HDMI connector. battery life if above average as with other smartphones it will last u a whole day.

Gopikrishna K
Gopikrishna K

Oh so the front camera is just a shit right ?

Gopikrishna
Gopikrishna

Oh so the front camera is just a shit right ?

sunny
sunny

You cannot make 3G video calls even after upgrade to Gingerbread,  But you can make video calls over skype and other voip softwares.

Gopikrishna K
Gopikrishna K

Vikash so is there any problem with you on using this phone ? And please answer to my question . Do this mobile support 3G Video calling ?

Gopikrishna
Gopikrishna

Vikash so is there any problem with you on using this phone ? And please answer to my question . Do this mobile support 3G Video calling ?

sunny
sunny

Yes, i can vouch for the build quality  :-) I dropped it from 5 feet height few days back and it still works perfectly

Moshinkarovalia
Moshinkarovalia

thanks and do u have any idea about after sales service for spice??

Vikash Kumar
Vikash Kumar

i am one of those types who change their mobiles every six months so it doesn't matter to me . but this mobile is v solid built don't worry about that.

Moshinkarovalia
Moshinkarovalia

hey vikash do u this phone is for long term ussage ..4 years approx .and can i risk 14k on brand like spice ....plzz reply  thank uu