Remember the verykool S505 “Spark” Android Smartphone we featured in one of our posts a couple of month ago? InfoSonics Corporation, a San Diego based company, has just released this model in the market and I got a unit which I was able to take for a spin. This device is sold unlocked for $199 and can be purchased at the company’s online store.
My first impression of this device is that it is slim, light, and has a pretty solid construction. For those unfamiliar with this model it has a 5-inch display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution (294 ppi), uses a 1.3 GHz quad core processor, has 1GB of RAM, and comes with a 12MP rear plus a 2MP front camera.
What’s Inside The Box
- verykool S505 “Spark” Android Smartphone
- USB cord
- Travel Charger (AC 100-240V)
- Screen protector
Setting up the device is pretty easy. Just insert your regular sized SIM on the first SIM slot. If you have a second SIM which you would like to use you can place it in the second SIM slot. The second SIM slot however will only accept a micro SIM. An sd card slot is also available that can accommodate a microSD of up to 32GB. If you’re planning to store some music, videos, and photos on your device then I suggest inserting a microSD card as the internal storage available on this device is only 2GB.
Once everything is in place you can then turn on your phone. Since this is an unlocked device it can be used in any GSM network. I’m actually using this device in Asia right now and when I inserted my SIM it was able to detect the local carrier. I didn’t even have to setup the Internet or MMS settings as it immediately detected them.
- OS: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) with planned KitKat upgrade
- Technology: 3G HSPA+ 21 Mbps DL, 5.76 Mbps UL
- Display: 5.0” HD IPS-LCD Capacitive Touch, 720 x 1280 Pixels, 293 ppi with full lamination
- CPU: 1.3 GHz Quadcore – Powered by MediaTek
- RAM: 1GB
- ROM: 4GB, 2GB internal storage
- Rear Camera: 12 Megapixel
- Front Camera: 2 Megapixel
- Data: WAP, JAVA, SMS, MMS, e-mail (POP3, IMAP), and push e-mail
- Multimedia: MP3, FM Radio, Video recording, Video Conferencing
- Battery: 2,000 mAh Li-ion, Talk time up to 7 hours / Standby time up to 240 hours
Turning on the device you will need to do the necessary setup first which you can see on the screen. If you have a Google account then use it and connect it with your device. Once you have connected your account you will need to update the pre-installed apps. Make sure to connect to a Wi-Fi network when doing this so that your mobile data won’t be affected.
Because this device uses a quad core processor combined with 1GB of RAM everything operates smoothly. There’s no lag when accessing the menus and apps open up quickly. I was able to install the AnTuTu benchmarking app on this device and it had a score of 16803. This is slightly lower than the Samsung Galaxy S3 which is already good.
As far as the interface goes it’s pretty much your standard pure Android 4.2 interface which is fine since a custom interface uses up resources which may slow down the device.
One thing you will notice that is unique to this phone is the pre-installed MobileTREC app which is a personal safety app. Owners of this device will be able to enjoy a limited time free subscription to this service.
What’s probably the only disappointment is the camera performance. The 12MP rear camera takes above average photos which looks good when uploaded to social networks but can’t compete with the photos taken using the current flagship models of popular brands.
Overall the verykool s505 Spark is a great smartphone priced under $200. It already comes unlocked, has a dual-SIM feature, and comes from a company that is known for releasing quality products. If you are looking for an Android smartphone that has great features but doesn’t cost much then you might want to consider getting this model.