A500S box pack:
This handset is available in different colors, blue, red, white and black. Only the black version is currently available in the market.
Inside the box you will find the A500S, charger, battery of 1400 mAh capacity, earphone, data cable, screen guard on the phone pre-applied & one extra, warranty card and user guide.
Design and Display:
The build quality is very good, handset is light weight at 122 grams and slim too with 9.31 mm thickness. The breadth is 63.37 mm and length is 125.16 mm. The XOLO A500S has got a unique premium look. Though it is all plastic, yet it look very premium & far better than Samsung Galaxy series, except Galaxy S2.
The IPS LCD touchscreen is with 800×480 pixels resolution (16M colors). The touch is good but not that smooth. Pinch to zoom struggles a lot. The viewing angle is okay. There are accelerometer, light and proximity sensors.
It’s a dual SIM handset powered by 1.3GHz dual core processor coupled with Mali 400 MP GPU. The GPU seems powerful. Please note its the same GPU used in Sony Xperia P. So gaming is good. I recommend to use Clean Master to free up some RAM for better performance.
Camera and Entertainment:
Just like its predecessor the A500S IPS also comes with 5MP camera. The LED flash is also not that powerful. Just don’t expect miracles from this camera. It is okay. You get good pictures in descent amount of light its worth sharing on Social Networking sites.
You can record HD (720p) videos. The output is good enough considering the price tag. You can play full HD videos (1080p) using the MX player. The video playback quality is quite good (no pixilation). You can play full HD in H/W (Hardware mode only) and really no good in S/W (software mode).
Rooting , Custom Roms, Tweaks, Hacks:
I recommend you to Root your phone, so that you can have full advantage of RAM management. I do not recommend you to install any custom roms, as you get Android JellyBean 4.2 out of box and custom roms are of same version. Wait until someone develops Android Kitkat 4.4.x
Secondly, purchase a class 10 SD card & 1GB or more as Virtual Memory, this will work as RAM and boost up the performance & you may hardly have any performance issues.
To do so follow simple steps:
1. Download & Install BUSYBOX
2. Download & Install Simple Root Swap
3. Give Root access to both
4. Choose the size of the virtual memory you want. 1024MB is more than enough. You will have 1GB virtual memory or swap memory & 512MB physical memory.
What this does is transfers your apps that you are not using but are running in the background into virtual memory. Then you will have free actual RAM (Physical Memory) which is use for apps you are currently using. A Class 10 memory is a must. If you try it on less then Class 10 it won’t help.
The main advantage of rooting is that you can Hack In-App Purchases.
I personally haven’t tried any heavy games on it. Popular games like: Temple Run 2, Candy Crush Saga, Clash Of Clans, Subway Suffers, etc. Runs smoothly if you free up enough RAM.
The battery is of 1400 mAh capacity with over 7 hours of talktime. The handset comes pre-loaded with XOLO Power app for optimal battery performance. With moderate usage the handset should last for over a day on a full battery charge.
It has A-GPS which is really good, you can lock & remotely track & erase your phone if lost.
Loud-Speaker sound is not that load, so the audio on any Music & Videos in a public area is not load, so ultimately you can’t hear.
On call sound quality is pretty good & mic is also equivalent. When you are calling somebody you don’t need to hold the phone to your ear, once the person at the other end pick ups you call, it will vibrate. Which is an awesome feature.
Wifi frequently disconnect. May be its my phone only, I am not aware of anybody else complaining the same.
It comes with few pre-installed apps, the most useful are Xolo Power which is good of power management & Xolo Secure its an Anti-Theft app.
It is definitely a better option than the XOLO A500 and A500S. The price is too good, I bought for Rs. 6052 from Snapdeal. The performance is great when compared to it price. The design it ultimate. Camera is good when used outdoor. It can record HD videos and play full HD videos. Cannot really recommend this for gaming users but some heavy games are playable which is good enough for the price.
If you have a tight budget and looking for a handset with premium look, light weight, with decent performance, then… this is it.
For video reviews you can browse on Youtube. Recommended channel iGyaan.