Expert Review of XOLO Q2000 Black
With the phablet war raging in the Indian smartphone markets, Xolo has also thrown its hat in the ring with Xolo Q2000 and thereby, going up against the likes of Samsung, Micromax and Karbonn. This dual SIM Xolo Q2000 comes with a 5.5 inches IPS LCD display and runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS. It is run by a 1.2GHz quad core processor and possesses 1GB of RAM. It also comes with a 13MP BSI 2 primary camera with autofocus and LED flash along with a 2MP front-facing camera for video-calling facility. Xolo Q2000 is powered by a 2600mAh Li-ion battery that gives up to 12 hours of talk time and 577 hours of standby time, on 3G network and 17 hours of talk time and 520 hours of standby time, on 2G network respectively.
User Interface and UI functionality
Xolo Q2000 sports an enormous 5.5 inches IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 267ppi. The display supports 5-point multi touch, offers good viewing angles, and packs enough brightness. However, the enormous size of the display sometimes makes its contents appear pixilated. The visibility of images under direct sunlight is just about average. The device runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS that is destined to become obsolete once Android 4.4 KitKat enters the mainstream market. It is not known if an update will be released in the foreseeable future. Xolo has not tinkered around much with the stock UI besides offering some preloaded themes including Mocha, Raspberry, Mint and of course, the default theme. However, the themes themselves bring about minor changes.
Some of the setting toggles added include toggles for data usage, brightness, audio profiles, auto rotation and screen-backlight timeout. The three capacitive buttons, namely Home, Menu and Back are found below the display as always. One major drawback with these buttons is that in the dark, they do not light up until you press them.
With its huge 5.5 inches display, watching videos and movies is an absolute pleasure on Xolo Q2000. The stock video player supports MPEG4, Div X, H263, H.264, MP4, MPG formats. It is capable of playing full HD videos up to 1080p HD resolution.
The Q2000 comes with stock music player that lets you play several audio formats like MP3, WAV, MIDI, AAC, 3GP and AMR. It also comes with various audio features like equalizer, 3D effect and Bass boost. The FM Radio is also supported with auto scan and FM recording. The loudspeaker performs very well but placing the device on a flat surface, reduces the audio output. Xolo has provided in-ear earphones along with the device that perform pretty well.
Pictures and Video quality
Xolo Q2000 sports a 13MP primary camera (with BSI 2 Sensor) with autofocus and LED flash, which is capable of shooting pictures at 4128 x 3096 pixels resolution. It is also capable of shooting 1080p HD video at the rate of 30fps. Some of the features offered by the camera app include Scene detection & tuning, Image Stabilization, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Facial recognition (for focus and in Gallery), Low Light enhancement, Vertical & Horizontal Panorama capture. The 13MP shooter manages to take good pictures even in low-light conditions although with some noise and graininess involved. The photos are of decent quality with good detail and natural colors.
Xolo Q2000 provides a customized camera app that allows you to click pictures in several modes including HDR, Panorama, face beauty, auto-scene detection, and best shot modes. The EV bracket mode lets you to take photos with multiple exposures. The full HD video recording works smoothly and delivers high quality videos and the Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) minimizes distortions caused due to an unsteady hand while recording video. One of the major drawbacks is that the videos are saved in the dated 3GP format.
Xolo Q2000 lets you choose among several ways to get connected to the internet. These include GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Hotspot. However, as of now, there is no support for LTE 4G.
Internal and External Memory
Xolo Q2000 offers 8GB of internal memory. While this is about adequate for most users, you can also use the external memory up to 32GB using a microSD card. The device is equipped with 1GB of RAM, which is little bit of a downer considering the other high-end features of the device but is certainly not a deal breaker.
Applications and Gaming
Some of the preloaded apps in Xolo Q2000 include Notebook- for making task lists and color-coded notes, PlayApp - for app recommendations, File Manager, Xolo Secure and Xolo Power apps for device security and power management respectively. The Xolo Secure app is basically a lost-phone utility which lets you to locate your phone and protect/wipe data, should your phone is lost or stolen. The Xolo Power utility lets you track power consumption by taking note of your usage pattern and also lets you alter your settings in order to optimize battery life.
Common games like Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers run smoothly without any lag problems. However, resource-heavy games like Asphalt 7 did not enjoy smooth performance and dropped frames.
A 2600mAh Li-ion battery powers Xolo Q2000 wherein, a full charge takes around 4 hours. According to Xolo, this should give you around 17 hours of talk time on 2G and 12 hours on 3G, 520 hours of standby time on 2G and 577 hours on 3G. With regard to the Internet usage, you can browse the Net for 7.5 hours on 3G and 9 hours on Wi-Fi. Xolo also claims that Xolo Q2000 offers 4.5 hours of continuous video playback time on internal speakers and 6 hours on wired headset. With regard to audio playback time, Xolo claims that you get 32 hours on internal speakers and 38 hours on wired headset.
Xolo Q2000 comes with all the standard connectivity features you can expect from a 2013 smartphone, including GPRS/EDGE, 3G (HSDPA 42.2Mbps, HSUPA 11.5Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot facility, WLAN support, Bluetooth 2.0, high-speed microUSB v2.0 with USB On-the-Go (OTG) support and A-GPS. However, there is no support for 4G LTE or NFC. HDMI port is missing as well.
Xolo has found a rapidly expanding customer base in India and Xolo Q2000 looks to satisfy the needs of the phablet-hungry Indian consumer at an affordable price. From the following comparison, we see that Xolo Q2000 easily trounces its rivals in the price-category by offering more for the same price.
Pitting Xolo Q2000 against Sony Xperia L and Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, we can see that Xolo Q2000 offers the fastest 3G speeds, atleast on download (HSDPA 42.2Mbps). It also has the biggest display at 5.5 inches while the other two have 4.3 inches and 3.8 inches screens respectively. Xolo Q2000’s 1.2GHz quad-core processor easily surpasses the other two in terms of processing power, with both of them sporting dual-core processors. Xolo Q2000 comes with a 13MP primary camera, which is a far cry from its rivals which sport 8MP and 5MP cameras respectively. Last but not the least, the battery life offered by Xolo on its Q2000 device is also far greater than those claimed by its rivals, by a huge margin.