It's been few weeks since Spice Mobility launched its new phone sub-brand Nexian NV-45 in India.
We received the handset for review, and have been using it for more than two weeks now. We were impressed by the Nexian NV-45's long battery life, its camera's image-taking ability and other features.
Here's our take on Spice Nexian NV-45.
Design and display:
Spice Nexian NV-45 has a small compact rectangular body with plain edges on the right and left sides. It features a bulge in the middle on both the top and bottom edges that make for an arc-like design.
On the rear, it features what appears to be a sandstone finish cover, like OnePlus phones. The build quality of the shell is not on a par with the OnePlus phones, though, but it's got sturdy body that can withstand small accidental drops.
It sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA Twisted Nematic Display having 854x480p, and comes protected with a Dragontrail Glass shield. Under a closed environment like home, we were able to view the images, videos and read messages with great detail with no hint of distortion, but sadly the screen does not do well in sunlight. It was really tiresome to read messages outside.
Spice Nexian NV-45 comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, powered by a 1.2 GHz Spreadtrum SPRD7731 quad-core processor backed by 1GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt memory, with the option to expand it up to 32GB.
For the sake of statistics, we tested the phone on Geekbench 3 performance benchmarking app and it scored 326 and 999 points in single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. We urge readers to ignore these results as this device is an entry-level phone. What really counts is real-life use and it was able to perform tasks like browsing, calling, messaging and also play low graphic content-based games with hardly any lag.
Some may find it disappointing as to why Spice has used the two-generation-old KitKat OS in Nexian NV-45. Truth be told, this phone is targeted mainly at smartphone beginners, so it will hardly make any difference to them as they are new to the Android platform. They can always upgrade to mid-range or higher-category phones once they get the hang of it.
In this aspect, we were pleasantly surprised by the Nexian NV-45's camera ability. It features a 5MP camera with Autofocus and dual-LED flash. The main camera was able to snap really good pictures in both sunlight and closed environments. It's 3.2MP front camera also captured fine-quality selfies. Check out the Spice Nexian NV-45 camera shots here:
The phone comes with a 1,650mAh battery. This may seem too little, but don't get misled just by the number. We were surprised to see the Nexian NV-45 last more than a day with mixed usage of calling, browsing Internet (via Wi-Fi), messaging and a little bit of gaming. When idle, the phone lasted more than a week.
Spice Nexian NV-45 may not have the best hardware in it, but it excels in delivering a good user experience. We recommend this phone for people who are planning to migrate from feature phones to smartphones. It is currently available for just Rs 3,799 on Flipkart.