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I got this to replace a broken Nokia 5.1 (broken due to my own clumsiness). I figure it'd just be the same phone but slightly better specs - it's not.
- Battery life seems pretty solid. - For the price can't really fault performance, no slowing down or anything like that - Camera is O.K at this price point (nothing to write home about, but more than usable).
- This is a long phone. I'm a guy with reasonably large hands and I find it awkward to use, I imagine it'd be near impossible if you've got dainty hands (without one of those weird plunger things on the back). Compared with the previous 5.1 it's probably another 30% longer.
- Navigating between app screens involves what I personally think is a very awkward gesture - hold and drag right at the side of the screen. It works OK some of the time but on some apps (like Instagram) it can be a bit off. I've inadvertently clicked stuff, liked things, sent garbled messages etc. Using Instagram is been transformed from something to kill a bit of time to a fraught, "will I randomly like/message some stranger?" experience. I've been using it for probably over a month and It's not getting any more intuitive - it feels more like pretty poor usability design in my view. Maybe I'm just showing my age, though.
- This is possibly an issue with Android more than the phone - disabling the companion works, but it constantly reminds you that it's disabled every time you unlock the screen. I disabled it for a reason - why they feel the need to badger me about it is mystifying.
The really bad (most likely a faulty handset)
- It seems to pick up "ghost touches" randomly. The top settings bar will randomly expand even when not touching the screen. - It just decides on a whim when to lock (changing the settings doesn't seem to help). - Keyboard swipe just randomly stops working. - The overall touch functionality is just awful, and incredibly buggy. Ghost touches, things just closing randomly, random locking, it makes it such a ball ache to use. For comparison, my old Nokia had a shattered screen which meant touches wouldn't always get registered is more usable than this!
The really really bad (phone unusable) - Can't make or receive calls because the screen just goes black. It seems the screen just straight up shuts off (you can't lock/unlock it, you can't do anything).
I'm giving this 3 stars because it's probably a perfectly fine phone, I've just been given a broken handset. The other usability issues probably wouldn't seem so egregious if the phone actually worked...
Didn't know what to expect really. A phone with 5.3's specs, for that amount of money, seemed ridiculous. I've had the phone for a few weeks now and am completely amazed at how good it is. The battery life is great and the camera is more than adequate for my needs. I had a bit of a tussle setting up the fingerprint reader but my fingers are old and almost worn smooth, I guess; however, I finally succeed and it reads the programmed f/print with no problem. I use my phone as my book reader and having the larger screen saves a lot of page turning. So, save your money, if you're happy to stay with 4G for a while longer, and buy the 5.3 with confidence.
Been using a moto g8 plus, disappointed, bought this after reading reviews, very impressed with it so far,works well does what i want to do, i don't do games or use camera very often so can't comment on those but everything else does well