Xolo Q900 Review
Xolo as a brand is known for smartphones at reasonable prices. Recently, the company has launched a the Q900, which is yet another budget phone from the company lets see if it can stand out in this mess of Android phones.
Build Quality & Hardware
First things first, In a speedy segment which is adding devices by the minute, it is important to pay attention to the design of the device to make it stand out from other products available in the market. Unfortunately, the Xolo Q900 has a typical Xolo design, the device has a simple and boring facade.
The device pretty much looks like a regular Xolo phone with the same build, design and the bezel wrapped around which could have been easily ignored. The area around the touch capacitive buttons has a lot of useless space and could have instead used to decrease the physical size of the phone. Having said that, the handling of the device could have been improved in terms of the thickness, but overall the device feels great in the hands and has a solid built.
The Xolo Q900 features a 4.7 inch HD display, which has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with a 312 ppi pixel density. Apart from the display, also on the front is a 2 MP camera along with the a couple of sensors, at the bottom you will see the usual touch capacitive buttons. The backlighting looks shabby as the light leaks around the capacitive buttons, seen below.
The slightly-curved back- cover of the device has a glossy finish, even though its made of plastic and is a budget phone but the overall structure at the back manages to give a sturdy look to the device. Thanks to the glossy finish, this phone is a fingerprint magner
The back has an 8MP camera which is raised and will hit the ground when the device is placed on a table, not the most ideal situation if you ask us. Below, the awkwardly raised camera, you can see a photo led flash but there is no secondary microphone for noise cancellation. The back also holds the XOLO logo embedded in the plastic, and at the extreme bottom you will find a speaker grill which does provides some satisfactory sound.
Overall, the build quality of the device is solid and does not have any squeaking sounds or loose parts.
The specification list on the Xolo Q900 is pretty common in the market, a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels which gives a 312 ppi. This budget smartphone from Xolo is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek 6589 processor and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The device sports a 8 MP camera as a primary camera and a 2 MP secondary camera, the device is equipped with a 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. It also accepts a microSD card upto 32 GB.
The Xolo Q900 supports Dual SIM just like any traditional Xolo phone, the device is packed with a 1800 mAh battery and comes with some basic features like WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Display And Multimedia
The Xolo Q900 has a decent display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and gives a 312 ppi. The display on the device is better than seen on previous Xolo phones and has satisfactory viewing angles. This certainly does not mean its the best we have seen so far, but lets not forget this is a budget phone.
The Xolo Q900 does well when it comes to audio playback as the speakers on the device deliver some good sound. The UI on the device is more or less vanilla but the icons look like those on the Touchwiz UI from Samsung, those familiar will adapt easily.
Video playback on the device is smooth and lag free, also the Xolo Q900 handles all usual file formats without any major hiccup.
The stock browser on the Xolo Q900 is avoidable, although, text is sharp and easy to read, the overall the browsing experience is full of lag and slow. Alternative browsers from the play store are recommended.
The Xolo Q900′s scored 4836 in Quadrant and 45.9 fps on Nenamark which is around the average for this chipset and these specs. You can watch the benchmarks video below.
Gaming on the Xolo Q900 was average too, we were able to play games like, Dead Trigger 2 without any lag and Asphalt 8 with considerable lag. You can watch the gaming video below:
The main camera on Xolo Q900 is a 8 Mega Pixel snapper, which comes with some basic features like auto focus, Geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and is accompanied with a LED flash. The camera quality of the device is average, as the photos that we took and are displayed below .
Shooting outdoors, the colors seemed slightly unnatural and over saturated, the camera to some extent tends to over-expose images. Macro-shots though seemed much better, with good background blur and sharp detailing on focused objects. The device is capable of full HD video recording. The secondary camera on the device is a 2 mega pixel camera which justifies the reason its been made for, probably not for selfies but for video calls.
Network, Phone Call And Messaging
Phone call quality was very good and we have no complaints with the way Xolo Q900 handles networks. The network holds good throughout the day and you will not face issue for the network going off. The device supports Dual SIM and we did not face any issues using both SIM cards in our tests.
The keyboard on the Xolo Q900 is quite similar to the stock Android keyboard. It is well laid out and can be customized according to your needs via replacements fromt the Google Play store.
Overall, the Xolo Q900 is a smartphone that is improved from any other Xolo phone and hopes to distinguish itself from the crowded budget smartphone market within the company itself. The device might not lag behind the others as far as performance is concerned, we feel that Xolo could have done a better job with the camera, the looks and the UI. However, looking at its price and specifications, it does not really stand out, but is yet another handset in the large mass of devices.