Expert Review of Spice Flo Mettle 4X
Last season had provided plenty of opportunities for the tier2 Indian brands to make their stay lucrative in the Indian market. Some of the brands were able to make that happen and had gone on to do well that included Micromax, Lava, and to some extent, even Karbonn. But, there were other brands to have missed out and did not actually spice up the scene as much they would have desired. Yes, we are talking about Spice, an Indian brand that has had a longer tenure than Lava, Micromax or Karbonn but still could not overtake them when it came to sales. One of its current lines of smartphones includes the Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X, which features a 4 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen that runs on a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels. The screen portion of the gadget does not cover the whole device, as a significant portion lies below it as well.
The lower portion includes keys for navigation that includes activating the main menu and going back to the previous screen. Available in the color of White, Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X has a 3.2 megapixels primary camera and a 1.3 megapixels secondary camera wherein, the resolution for the former is of 2048 by 1536 pixels and of 1280 by 1024 pixels for the latter. Features like digital zoom, auto focus and LED flash allow the user to enhance the image quality, and the videos captured by the camera are played in the MP4 format. The 2GB spice cloud storage is a value addition to the otherwise average internal memory of 512MB that the device carries. The external memory can go as high as up to 32GB, which if exploited to its fullest, can keep a humongous amount of data including songs, games, images and videos.
The dual SIM gadget Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X is able to keep multiple SIMs in it for making use of two tariff plans simultaneously. Under the hood, there is a 1GHz dual core processor, which is fine, but the cause of concern lays with the 256MB RAM that may not be enough to handle the more demanding games and applications or even multiple tasks with appropriate efficiency. The kind of games and the scale on which it is available is certainly appropriate with the presence of Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system. The Internet lacks the presence of Wi-Fi hot spot or any other tethering feature but the regular ones stay intact with Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. Bluetooth and USB port are also part of the data connectivity feature. The 1450mAh standard lithium-ion battery for Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X is expected to do well and deliver longer usage time although no data on the official talk time and standby time is available for now. With a music player, FM radio and a video player, the entertainment side of the device is rounded up to provide access to the desired set of songs and movies.
User Interface and UI functionality
The 4 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen of Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X is backed by a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels. The pixel density is not that high but a few sensors like gyro and accelerometer do back the screen.
The multimedia department of Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X includes a music player and a video player that are compatible with plenty of formats. The sound quality for music is better with the earphones while loudspeakers fall short in the same department. FM radio is another source of music that plays songs through radio stations but does not allow creation of a desired playlist like the music player.
Pictures and Video quality
Considering the mid scale theme of Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X, 3.2 megapixels seems to be a fair deal for snapping images at a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. The secondary camera of 1.3 megapixels is an important tool for clicking self-images and for making video calls. The resolution offered by the secondary camera is of 1280 by 1024 pixels. LED flash is an important feature for the user to work with while digital zoom and auto focus work well too.
GPRS and EDGE do a good job in collaboration with HTML browser to provide reasonable Internet facilities for Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X. There is also the Opera Mini browser that comes along with Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X while Wi-Fi lets the user access web wirelessly.
Internal and External Memory
The internal memory of 512MB will always fall short in the longer run but another 2GB is provided as the Spice cloud storage space for the gadget. Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X comes with a 32GB microSD card slot as well that ensures that a vast data collection can be kept in the device.
Applications and Gaming
The user would not miss much when it comes to the games and applications as the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system is pretty close to the most updated Android version. Temple Run, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja are some of the games that the user gets to enjoy apart from applications like WhatsApp, Photolocker and many more.
The 1450mAh standard lithium-ion battery is a fair amount of power backup provided to Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X to keep it up and running for a longer duration. The talk time and standby time can be expected to be substantial as well.
When it comes to data connectivity, Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X is not exactly heavily loaded but it does cover the basic aspects of it including Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE, USB port and Bluetooth. Therefore, activities like surfing the web and transmission of data from one gadget to another are executed through the mentioned facilities. The dual band frequencies of 900 and 1800MHz are supported by Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X.
Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X when compared to Karbonn A99 does not have much of a difference when it comes to the display size with 4 inches for the former and 3.9 inches for the latter. Both smartphones run on dual core processors but the one offered by Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X works at 1GHz whereas Karbonn A99 works with 1.3GHz. The primary camera is stronger with Karbonn A99 offering 5 megapixels as opposed to the 3.2 megapixels offered by Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X. The secondary camera is however stronger with Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X featuring a 1.3 megapixels front shutter as compared to VGA secondary camera of Karbonn A99.
Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X does not have Wi-Fi hot spot which Karbonn A99 provides. Both the devices run on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system and are dual SIM in nature. The 1400mAh standard lithium-ion battery of Karbonn A99 is just short of the 1450mAh standard lithium-ion battery of Spice Smart Flo Mettle 4X.