After using this for 3-4 days, this phone still feels great in the hand in every way possible. Though I am not a huge fan of big phones (screen size above 5” inch), this particular phone is still okay. Thanks to the brushed aluminium metal back finish, it’s not very slippery. In fact, whenever I take it out of my pocket it never slipped out of my hands by accident. The chamfered edges on the back looks neat and beautiful. The camera bump is just there. It didn’t really bother. One thing which gave me a really hard time was the location of the power button. As a left handed user, I tend to have troubles to reach all the way to the top to press the power button. I accidentally ended up pressing the volume down button many times. Because most of the devices I’ve owned previously had the power button placed exactly at the middle. Right handed user, you guys might not have any trouble as the button is still in reach.
Ratings, 4.0 / 5.
Only if the power button was located at a convenient position, it would have got a solid 5.
I don’t believe in benchmark or even Geekbench test, as it differs in our day to day usage. But what I can tell you is that this particular variant with 2GB RAM runs good thanks to the fantastic memory optimization in the Android OS that’s running the Device.
Gaming in this device is good. As I have tested games like Riptide GP, Leo’s Fortune, Need for Speed and other simple games such as Flappy birds. It did stutter when I played Need for Speed but the other two was okay. I did test pokemon Go which I will be talking about it soon. The graphics held up pretty good, though there were some frame rate dropping once in awhile. But still it didn’t bother me.
When it comes to performance, It was impressive. It did get hot once when I was setting up the device for the first time. Normally every device gets heated up for the first time when you setup your account and all for the first time and the processing power is high. After a point, it goes back to normal.
After that, I barely encountered the phone getting hot in hands. Performance was Snappy and Quick. Even playing Pokemon Go for like an hour or so, still made the phone maintain the normal temperature and there was minimal to no lag. This shows how good it is at handling process. I am impressed with Mediatek. But when throwing the phone into VR, and as the phone uses every single part of it… The sensors and all, made the phone warm and not hot. There’s a difference.
Performance, on point! 4.5 / 5.
Pokemon Go on Flash Plus 2
The frame rate dropped a bit, the game was slightly rough especially when you go into your pokedex and your pokemon collection due to the animation. But it didn’t affect my gameplay. In fact, I caught a pokemon without using berries and just throwing pokeballs. 8 times to be precise. Because it kept breaking my Pokeballs. But sadly, I couldn’t catch Gastly. T_T Haha. At least, I was able to encounter one. I was happy bout that.
Here’s a recording of myself playing Pokemon Go on the Flash Plus 2
Flash Plus 2 sports a 5.5” FHD 1080p Display. It’s huge and watching contents on it, is kinda nice. With the ppi of 400 / 401, it provides accurate color tones. It’s sharp and vibrant. The brightness under a bright sunlight is okay-ish. Not the best, but you can still view it. On top of that, this phone screen as a technology called MiraVision v2.0 where you could change the tone of the screen according to your liking, whether you like a warmer tone or a colder tone. And there’s the Blue Filter option located in the settings.
The rear camera has a 13MP f/2.0 Shooter with PDAF support at 0.3 seconds. The sensor in this device was
manufactured by a company called OmniVision. Another smartphone company used a different sensor from the same company. They do make really great sensors. So, I tested the camera and I have to say, a part of myself was happy but a part of me was disappointed. Here’s why.
Here’s the problem. Shot’s taken at night ends up grainy and sometimes unusable. But I hope they have a software fix for this. And another thing with the camera is, it takes really long to process a HDR shot. Let’s say if I want to take a picture of a flower under that light with HDR, it’s quite hard. And sometimes the picture looks washed out, but after you close and open the app, it gets fine. As I can tweak the color to my liking when I shoot, I guess it wouldn’t be a problem.
My score for this at the moment is 3.0 / 5.
The front camera has a 5MP with LED flash and has a 84 degree. Selfies are wider, so you can fit in more friends in just one click. I am not a huge selfie lover, but here’s one taken with the device.
So, under Moderate usage. I unplugged the phone from the charger around 11 a.m. and I started to use the normal stuff like all my Social Networks, and watch some series. And snap some pictures. It lasted till 12:38 a.m. the next day. So, It was pretty impressive. I was able to use the phone until 3%.
On this particular day, I unplugged the phone from the charger around 11:45 a.m. and it was one busy day. I was heading on my way to the city. Used the GPS for navigation, WiFi was on the whole time forgot to turn off. And the data was on 4G. As I was using the public transport, I took the advantage to play Pokemon Go all the way. It was good and around in the afternoon, I had around 60% juice.
This particular day, I used my phone on and off because as I was busy with my work the whole day, and I even forgot to connect to the charger at night. When I left for bed, the phone had 40% percent, and I woke up the next day morning… It has 30%. And around 2:37 p.m., the phone had 2% left, so I connected to the charger.
This varies according to the service provider you have. But my experience with the device when it comes to call quality, is pretty good. There’s no interference and the sound on the earpiece is pretty clear, it can also get loud enough. On the other side, people were able to listen to what I say thanks to the dual mic Noise cancellation.
Ahh yes. The fingerprint sensor that’s located at the front of the device. The performance is pretty impressive. The recognition is on point, no matter if you keep in any angle. You can register upto 5 fingerprints and interestingly, there’s some software tweak that could take use of the fingerprint sensor. Like registering certain apps when you unlock with certain finger, so that they open right away. There’s other features.
Let’s start off with the speaker. It’s rear facing and has that small looking bump, which gives a small lift. So that it doesn’t give that muffled sound when it is placed on a table. The sound that comes from the speaker, it is loud. You won’t have any trouble noticing someone is calling you, when the phone is in your pocket.
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VR is getting popular time to time. And I myself am a huge fan of Virtual Reality. Although things like the Vive and Oculus is on the pricey side, I enjoy VR by using a Google Cardboard version of VR.
Hope to see you guys coming out with a successor in the near future.