Obi’s first phone SF1 review

Obi’s SF1 first phone called the Worldpone SF1 :

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Obi’s first phone called the Worldphone SF1 just went on sale on Amazon India for Rs. 11,999 for the 16 GB version and Rs. 13,999 for the 32 GB version. Can it hold its own on a crowded market

Phone Look :

The Obi Worldphone S1 is impeccably designed. The back is smooth and matte-finished with an Obi logo emblazoned in the bottom-left corner, and the display sits ever so slightly above its sleek, metallic body

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Performance :

Powering the SF1is an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset clocked at 1.5Ghz bundled with Adreno 405 graphics and 3GB of RAM. That just means that the guts are solidly mid-range — and it shows. Everyday tasks such as web-browsing and email are silky smooth, and playing games like Fruit Ninja and Subway Surfer works well, but fire up a high-end game like Asphalt, or try to juggle multiple apps, and watch the SF1 stutter noticeably. The phone runs Android 5.0.2 with Lollipop and Obi’s Lightspeed UI, which is pretty, but lags like hell and really affects your overall experience.

Camera Quality :

The SF1’s camera is impressive. It features a 13 megapixel sensor at f/2.0. But that’s on paper. In real life, the SF1 took pictures that were…OK. They weren’t horrible, but other phones in this price range like Xiaomi’s Mi 41 and the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser are much better. Colours in the pictures taken from the SF1 were dull with a yellowish tinge. Images taken in low-light aren’t great either. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with support for flash, which does a good job at clicking selfies.

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Price Comparison :

Priced at Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 13,999 depending on the version you buy, the Obi Worldphone SF1 is…not really the best bang for your buck. Sure, it looks fabulous, the display is great, and the audio quality is really good. But the camera and the performance aren’t really up to the mark with other phones in the same price bracket.

If you want to spend between Rs. 10-15,000 on a smartphone, I’d recommend the recently launched LeEco Le1S or the Moto G Turbo. Good try, Obi. But not good enough.

 

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