TECNO PHANTOM A2 REVIEW:What You Must Know Before Buying The Tecno Phone
Ladies and gentlemen, present to you the Tecno Phantom A2, it is no doubt that Tecno is now a popular brand in the smartphone market because it perfectly fits the budget of low to average income earners. Tecno has so far humbled the Android market (previously dominated by the likes of Samsung, HTC etc) to a great extent. Now with a moderate price you can get an Android powered phone with amazing features.
Previously, I was part of the Tecno hate army, but the day I received my N7 from KONGA delivery, everything changed. I may not be a die hard fan of Tecno, products but what can be better than having a smartphone usually sold at around 90k given to you for less than 40k?
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Apart from the price advantage Tecno Phantom A2 has over its counterpart, it is very similar in function, structure, design and so on. It is as if Samsung galaxy S4 is a prototype of Tecno Phantom A2. I have reviewed the features of both phones (if interested, you should too) and I came to a conclusion that it is a waste of money buying a Samsung galaxy S4 when a Tecno Phantom A2 is available with almost 95% the same features at a far cheaper price; and it seems Samsung is taking us for granted by hyping the price of their products so much.
You get to save over 60,000 Naira worth of cash if you purchase the Tecno device instead. The reason behind the demand of a particular good is best known to the buyer; your reason should be realistic though. With a Tecno Phantom A2 on the shelf, Samsung galaxy S4 is not worth that much even if it was made in space.
TECNO PHANTOM A2 DISPLAY
At the display front, there’s also a huge spec bump from Tecno. The white background of the Phantom A2 looks like it has some orange colouration. You won’t notice it much until you handle the Tecno Phantom A 2 side by side with other phones—GALAXY Note 2, GALAXY S4 or Nexus 4
TECNO PHANTOM A2 BATTERY LIFE
The phone has removable battery. The battery life of the Phantom A2 is pretty impressive. I maxed a full day on it even with my excessive
use of the web and how I usually push smartphones. To further increase the already impressive battery life of the Tecno Phantom A2, Tecno also added a Power Bank that can be used to recharge the phone if the battery is running out while you are out and about. The power bank is small and portable; it can easily fit into your jeans pocket.
TECNO PHANTOM A2 DUAL SIM
The dual Mini SIMs are the original SIMs, the type that works on the classic Nokia 3310. There’s no need to cut your SIM if you haven’t and if you have cut your SIM to micro SIM already, you’ll need a SIM adapter or may be required to do a welcome back/SIM swap to upgrade your SIM to the original size that works with the phone.
I know there are those who never bothered to port from one network to the other due to poor network. All they need was hunt for a cheap DUAL SIM phone in the market. The Tecno Phantom A2 is a DUAL SIM phone
TECNO PHANTOM A2 CAMERA
Pictures taken with the 13MP of the phone is pretty decent. You get the best shots during daylight time. You cannot depend on the Camera of the Phantom A+ in low light conditions. The Nokia Lumia 920 is still the undisputed king here, then again why should I be comparing an N80,000 smartphone with a N45,000 smartphone?
TECNO PHANTOM A2 Music and storage
The phone has a removable microSD. You can easily move music from your computer to the phone. There doesn’t seem to be a desktop manager for the Phantom A2 like the Samsung Kies for the Samsung.
TECNO PHANTOM A2 Keyboard
One of the reasons some people stay away from touchscreen phones is the difficulty in typing on it. I know I complained bitterly about the keyboard on the low range Tecno Android phones – P3, N3 and D3. But I’ll score the implementation of Android Virtual Keyboard on the A2 an 8/10. You can install SwiftKey also give a superb typing experience.
The only annoying thing I found with the virtual keyboard was how the keys were making some funny sounds even when I thought I had disabled them. I eventually found how to disable the touch tome on its keyboards and I was fine.
To disable the clicking sound, simply go to Go to Setting, select Language, Click the setting icon by the right and click Sound on Click Press to un-select it and you are good to go
If you got issues with touchscreen keyboards, you can get apps that will work pretty easy. Below are screen shots of My Tecno Phantom A2 on Go and the SwiftKey keyboard app. As you see below, it is smooth and run on predictive text, phrases and even dates… 25, years etc. You can swipe through to get predictions.
TECNO PHANTOM A2 FM Radio
Almost any smartphone that has Internet access can give you access to FM Radio.
Only that with some smartphones, you’ll need an app and Internet access. On the Tecno Phantom A2, you have the FM radio pre-installed. All you have to do is add the antennae [the earphones] and you’re good to go. No need for Internet access. There are still a lot of people that love a phone that comes with the good old FM Radio.
Geeks and hackers are going to miss something about this phone. Unlike the other popular Android phones that are supported by developers who create custom tweaks and custom ROMs to be flashed unto the phone, a search on XDA-developers for custom ROMS for the Techno Phantom A2 is going to yield very few results.
In the past, you won’t see any results. Things are changing and more people are interested in Tecno phones. I searched and Google returned some results of people who already have tutorials on how to root the phone.
Rooting a phone isn’t for the faint of hearts and we are not encouraging anyone to do that here. If you want to give it a trial, feel free. Take responsibility, we won’t be responsible for a damaged phone.
One downside is that those that got the Phantom A are getting a lower spec than those who have the Phantom A2. Also, there is no upgrade path for the Phantom A—no OTA or any other means of upgrading the Android version has been stipulated.
TECNO PHANTOM A2 Music sharing and transferring of media
The phone supports Bluetooth and WiFi means of transferring and sharing files. You also have an 8 GB memory card thrown into the bag for extra music and photos.
Pinging With Tecno Phantom A2
I’ve never taking the BBM on Android and iPhone serious until a couple of days back when i tried it again on my Tecno Phantom A2 Device and its an amazing experience. I never liked Blackberry, let alone like BBM or any of them pinging stuff, but after giving it a try, I partially fell in love with Blackberry. All you need to o is visit Google Playstore on your Tecno Phantom A2 device, search BBM and install the app.be sure you re installing the real thing. Create an account using your email, wait for confirmation email to be sent to you, click on he link and thats all. You account will be activated and your pin will be issued. You are ready to start pinging on your Tecno Phantom A2 Androd device.
BlackBerry has revealed than in the first 24 hours since it launched BBM for Andorid and iPhone it has been downloaded more than 10 million times, in what the company describes as “one of the best single-day openings for a mobile app to date.
TECNO PHANTOM A2 Applications
There are a couple of apps that are pre-installed and ready for use. All the Google Apps are pre-installed plus some apps to get users started. Tecno went a step further to pre-install some apps in the microSD card. Feel free to knock yourself out.
This is especially nice as many of the people who are going to find the Tecno phone an interesting phone won’t frequent Application Stores like the Google Play Store. So, they have a collection of apps to get started with.
You’ll like to know if you can make video chat with it. Sure. You can use WhatsApp, Viber and Skype a few other VOiP apps. The Phantom A2 has a front facing camera that makes the video chat possible. The resolution of the front facing camera is 1.2 MP.
In a conversation with a friend, I was informed of a chat application that enables Tecno users to chat with one another. Further investigation proves that the chat service by Tecno isn’t just for Techo phones, but can be downloaded from the Play Store. I downloaded the app for my Samsung GALAXY Note 2 and it is working perfectly on it. The chat service by a Tecno Mobile company is called PalmChat. Have you heard of PalmChat before?
Two ways you can get more applications into the phone; you either go through Google Play Store or the Installing Assistant manager added by Tecno as mentioned above—where the apps are pre-loaded on the 8 GB microSD card installed.
TECNO PHANTOM A2 Sound
The sound of the Phantom A2 was compared with the Samsung GALAXY Note 2 I’ve had with me. I found that the sound, though coming from a single speaker placed at the back of the phone, was sufficient when you’re playing song on the phone aloud. You can play your music without using your earphones while doing you laundry.
Tecno Phantom A2 Screen
The screen at 5”7 is also large enough and perfect to watch movies in transit or while waiting to see the doctor without looking to conspicuous to the people around.
Downsides of TECNO PHANTOM A2
I don’t like the fact that I can’t update the OS Over The Air—OTA—and in Tecno’s office. I am hoping that in the future, Tecno is going to make it possible that one can easily get an updated version of Android without having to move from one phone to the other, as it is in the case of the Phantom A and the Phantom A2.
Tecno Phantom A2 Price and Our Conclusion
The Tecno Phantom A2 is in a class of its own and if you want a pretty decent phone and do not want to spend more than N45, 000, I’ll recommend you go for it. The things you’ll get in the pack certainly feels much more than the price you are paying for—more like a case of too good to be true.
|2G Network||GSM 900 / 1800|
|3G Network||HSDPA 2100|
|SIM||Dual mini SIM|
|Status||Available September 2013|
|Dimensions||160 x 82 x 8.9mm|
|Colors||White, Black, Yellow|
|Type||CPT capacitive touchscreen with 16,000,000 colors|
|Size||720 x 1280 pixels, 5.7 inches, 257 pixels per inch (PPI)|
Memory And OS
|Card slot||MicroSD, up to 32 GB|
|OS||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean|
|Processors||1.2 GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6589 CPU|
|Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|Audio port||3.5mm jack|
|2G||GPRS – up to 85.6 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps|
|3G||Up to 7.2 mbps downlink; Up to 5.76 mbps uplink|
|WIFI||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WIFI hotspot, WIFI direct, dual-band|
|Primary||13MP, up to 4128×3096-pixel pictures, Geo-tagging, auto focus, face detection camera with LED flash|
|Secondary||8MP up to 3264×2448 pixel pictures|
|Capacity||2630mAh Li-Ion battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 420 hours|
|Talk time||Up to 17 hours|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light sensor|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|- SNS integration
- MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player
- Document viewer
- FM radio
- Image viewer
- Voice memo/dial/command
- Predictive text input
- Google Search, Whatsapp, Google Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
|Price level||About USD 280 ~ NGN 44,800|