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Call quality


The quality of calls is strictly average, with the earpiece making a better showing, though voices on the other end were, strangely, both muffled and rumbling. On the other side, people reported a sufficiently loud output from the microphone on the Simba SX1, but the tonality of our voices were slightly distorted.

In all, the phone passed our call quality test, though we still found ourselves wishing that manufacturers would invest more effort into this particular aspect, specifically when we're talking about dual-SIM models.

Battery


A 1900mAh user-replaceable cell is what you'll find under the plastic back of the GSmart Simba SX1. Its relatively small capacity offers disappointing endurance, and the phone ended up at the bottom portion of our battery test chart, managing to squeeze out a little over 4 hours when put through our custom script.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
GIGABYTE GSmart Simba SX1
4h 14 min (Poor)
OPPO R819
6h 9 min (Poor)
Sony Xperia C
8h 44 min (Good)
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X
5h 16 min (Poor)

Conclusion


Despite the disappointing juicer and average call quality, the Simba SX1 shines with its 13-megapixel rear shooter, which sure surpassed our expectations. The dual-core Snapdragon 400 system-on-chip offers a smooth experience for the most part, though it may prove a tad underpowered if you're planning on running the heaviest crop of 3D games. All said, the Simba SX1 is a decent mid-ranger, but the relatively high price of about $350 that we came across, allows for its numerous rivals to launch a serious competition.

The Sony Xperia C, for one, offers slightly less impressive specs on paper, but our recent spin of the phone showed that it has a great battery life, along with a decent camera and two SIM slots, all for the lowly price of about $230. Looking at the higher-priced segment, the 4.7-inch dual-SIM Oppo R819 comes to mind, touting similar specs. Even better, in the more premium department is the Alcatel One Touch Idol X, with its crisp 1080p screen and spacious 2GB RAM and 16GB of on-board memory. Both of these can be had for under $350.

So, ultimately, should you pick up the Simba SX1? Unfortunately, the answer is no, unless you can find a better deal for it than we did, or you simply don't have access to its above-mentioned rivals.


Pros

  • Decent camera
  • Unpretentious, but tested design

Cons

  • Battery life is just not to standard

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0

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