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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.

 

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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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.

Nishakant
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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. 

SALMANSADIQ97
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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

imman
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can it be upgraded to ICS?…………PLS DO REPLY

Kentoi90
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yes.. but its still in alpha stage..

ravinder gss
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dose front cam support video calling  and for skype

pls upload a video how the front cam works
pls pls
A humble request.

owais
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pls Spice Mi 350 full  review

Nitinkumar 1101996
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can asphalt game can be downloaded  in this spice mi 410 

Salmansadiq97
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yes i hav played and i runs superbly
check it on google

Rozack
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Thanks great review

Plz also add indoor video 

Navjyot Singh99
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It has a solid hardware

Badpitbull33
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i think spice has hybrid nokia N9 &  sony xperia arc looks….
spice is a cheater

Rozack
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“yeah cheating hai”  hahaha .. tats sounds much like singham villain xD 

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!!!!

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

VinS
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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… Read more »
Maddy
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does this support 3g video calling, please reply.

Guest
Guest

Hi vins howzz the service facility for this phone

Arhantjain94
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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.

Waytohackingblog
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go to their website………..they hav put it

Bharat_magaji
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bro howz the phone??

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. 

Salmansadiq97
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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

Punith
Guest

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

aadi jain
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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
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name as Ao and apn as aircelgprs

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

vikash kr
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yes it does.

Sunny
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Yes, it does.

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

sunny
Guest

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

Gopikrishna
Guest

Oh so the front camera is just a shit right ?

Vikash Kumar
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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..

Gopikrishna
Guest

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

vivek s
Guest

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

Aniltheking88
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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
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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 ? 

Vikash Kr
Guest

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″.

Gopikrishna
Guest

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 ?

Vinaysudhir257
Guest

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

Vikash Kumar
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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.

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

Moshinkarovalia
Guest

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

sunny
Guest

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

Moshinkarovalia
Guest

thanks and how is after sales service for spice ??

Vikash Kumar
Guest

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.

Sunny
Guest
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… Read more »
amit agarwal
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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…..

Neerajkr83
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hi , if you are holder of Spice mi410 or planning to buy, please provide us your experience by liking the page below, i want all the indian mi410 user to bring here so that we can create a great help for all of ushttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Spice-Mi410-android/224417730928938

Paresh
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I have already posted my reivew on Gsmarena Spice 410 you can check that if you still have doubts in your mind.

piyush
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spice will release 2.3 update by the of july 2011

Srijit_thakur
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dude its already july ending and no official update frm the companies side

VIVEK
Guest

its 2.3.4 dude…..

Anuj
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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… Read more »
Srijit_thakur
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obvi. u will void the warranty 

Neerajkr83
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hi , if you are holder of Spice mi410 or planning to buy, please provide us your experience by liking the page below, i want all the indian mi410 user to bring here so that we can create a great help for all of ushttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Spice-Mi410-android/224417730928938

Prabhakar Psi
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spice announced mi410 update software.but it is not opening.

Vivek
Guest

Anuj if you go with unofficial update available, definitely, it will void warranty, but for your kind information, you can roll back to your stock official OS which you got with your mobile…. so in case you got any problem you can install 2.2.2 version and went to them…. and if you really wish to go for unofficial updates then go for CSL SPICE 2.3.4 ROM, definitely its unofficial one but more stable than Cherry 2.3.4

Anuj
Guest
Thanks for the reply man but i am giving this phone back and i will ask for a refund which i will be getting.Yesterday when i was using the phone i just tried to call somebody but i couldnt hear any sound in the headset speaker but when i switched on to the loudspeaker mode the sound was clear.Then i tested it for another hour with no success.Then i had to format it with no avail(So its not a software problem).Then i took it the hotspot guy that i told him to take the phone and refund me.He checked his… Read more »
Srijit_thakur
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maybe ur luck is really bad with the phone i mean geting it screwed 2 times

Bhuvan
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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

Paresh
Guest

I just received my phone yesterday with all the accessories through blue dart. The phone is working fine its just been one day so cannot comment much but phone is in new condition & has month & year of import as April 2011, Month & year of manufacturing as March 2011. Yes there have been couple of complaints but SAHOLIC is addressing it on there facebook page.

Wilson
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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.

Roshan
Guest

But Motorola Defy doesn’t have front camera for video call….what is the point in having a 3G phone without video call option??

Wilson
Guest
Infact, infibeam website sells it for under 15k.. so i think it’s way better than going for spice as motorola     means quality and it’s waterproof, dustproof and can be root and upgraded to gingerbread.  Even if the screen is smaller than MI-410, it’s resolution is better and has more colors  compare to spice.  Also, it’s batter is much better than spice.  The only thing i see missing is that it does not have a front camera and   hdmi output.. but that’s not a deal breaker for me.  How many people connect their phones to their t.v’s to… Read more »
Supriya3592
Guest

go to droidsans-showdown video on you tube.You will get why people prefer this phone over defy or ace.They have compared four phones together.

Wilson
Guest

Also, since the audio is not in english, could you briefly explain why they prefer Spice MI-410 to defy or ace ?

Wilson
Guest

If only i could understand the language in the review.  If someone can post an english audio for the same i would be very thankful

Vivek
Guest

Wilson, if really want to go Moto Defy then go, but this phone pretty different than defy… and defy can not match experience what I am getting with this phone….. although price tag is same or quite different, but has some feature which beats defy…. Processor, front facing camera, GPU, Large screen and and one clarification, its not 256 K its 16 M color display only…

Srijit_thakur
Guest

i know the fps in neocore benchmarks is 58.8or 59 which is really very good

Neerajkr83
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hi , if you are holder of Spice mi410 or planning to buy, please provide us your experience by liking the page below, i want all the indian mi410 user to bring here so that we can create a great help for all of ushttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Spice-Mi410-android/224417730928938

Wilson
Guest

BTW, defy also comes with a GPU.. battery backup is much better and has nice features as touble tap to silence the call or flip the phone to mute the ringtone etc..

Wilson
Guest

You should recheck… it has 256k and not 16M.  Also, defy can run at more than 1GHz and the screen size does not matter much as it’s 3.7 but with higher resolution compared to MI-410.  Also, it’s got gorilla glass.. so overall looks better to me any day.  I’m not trying to diss spice, but with all the comments about inconsistent hardware quality and lack of spice service centers, i wouldn’t want to take that chance.  Also, if you can’t do 3g calling, front facing camera is not much of value add to me.  

Bhuvan
Guest

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
Guest

i am Happy with this Phone :-)

Avinashkumar44
Guest

how do u make video calls with this

Mehuldivecha
Guest

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 :)

Neerajkr83
Guest

hi , if you are holder of Spice mi410 or planning to buy, please provide us your experience by liking the page below, i want all the indian mi410 user to bring here so that we can create a great help for all of ushttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Spice-Mi410-android/224417730928938

Vivek
Guest

dude go for Sony Ericson Arc’s screen Guard……. It fit perfectly…… I am using the same

Tomyversatti
Guest

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
Guest

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

Supriya3592
Guest

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!!

Neerajkr83
Guest

hi , if you are holder of Spice mi410 or planning to buy, please provide us your experience by liking the page below, i want all the indian mi410 user to bring here so that we can create a great help for all of ushttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Spice-Mi410-android/224417730928938

Vivek
Guest

Miss….. It support flash Videos, ebook, Camera videos are good If you use LG Camera application, Music is awesome with good quality of headset, it doesn’t mean that headset comes with Phone are bad….. those are also quite good… and if your budget is 15 k  then this is best in this class……

Supriya3592
Guest

i finally bought this phone yesterday but facing a bit of problems in establishing internet settings for vodafone live.vodafone people say that you have to go to menu and then services and then make the required gprs settings.But their is no such service option in the menu.Pleases help me with that so that i can start with my internet connection.

Neerajkr83
Guest

Hi Supriya, Sms VL to 52586.You will get the settings,save them & start ur browser.

Damodar77
Guest

You can contact the spice service centre as this phone is not registered in Vodafone list….

Ankit Kumar
Guest
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… Read more »
Jivraj
Guest

Ankit ;

U R right about the low battery life and poor camera performance (with pre-loaded apps)The display may hav good pixel density but the colour saturation combined with not so good viewing angles is not that great. This phone is no competition to HTC and samsung for their brand value but for features it is .

Vivek
Guest

Regarding Camera, if you use other application like HDR Camera, Camera 360, of LG Camera, you will get good pictures indoor also….. do the research and then review.,…..

About service also you are lack of knowledge…… Go to Techenclave forum and found how service center cater to customer….. the have already replaced faulty handset with new one to two of forum member…. service is quite good….

Vivek
Guest

I am quite wonder about your display remark……. in what sense you need clarity….. You can take your phone to Chroma or any other electronic store and compare there then comment….. Its display is as good as of Samsung and HTC….. Correct your remark

Jafar
Guest
Your review will definately help people to take an informed decision. I intend to purchase LG Optimus one but after a recent price drop in spice mi 410 I got carried away and thought of purchasing it (LG Optimus one still has dust issue below the panel).  I wanted to know if the would recommend this phone over Optimus one considering the price difference between these phones is close to Rs 3500/-. No doubt Spice mi 410 has a great hardwae but LG O1 has been a really successful model. Below are my requirements  Push mail, GPS, Browsing (readability on… Read more »
Jafar
Guest

Just wanted to add one more thing regarding the reception quality. Is the reception weak because the SAR value(radiation level) of this phone is close to 0.5 to 0.7 on head/body ?
Most of the 3G phones have quite high SAR value in the range of 1-1.5 motorola defy is a good example. Even LG optimus one has a SAR value of 0.7-0.9 for India but does not have reception problems.

Aziz Chamadia
Guest

how to use swype and java apps?
please help

Aziz Chamadia
Guest

what changes in gingerbread?

Vivek
Guest

Feeling of touch, fluidity of screen and more application mainly designed for 2.3.4 GB