LG Optimus 3D

The Optimus series of smartphones has to be LG’s crowning glory. The LG Optimus One provided some brilliant performance for a good price while when it came to the dual-core category, the LG Optimus 2X did a fantastic job too. Then there was the LG Optimus Black that came with style and power to go with it. Now we have LG Optimus 3D, will it be another smashing hit?


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The LG Optimus 3D isn’t going to win any awards for being thin. Measuring 11.9mm thick, it really dwarfs the Samsung Galaxy S2 which is only 8.5mm thick. Being fat means more weight and true to that, the phone weighs a whopping 168g which is really heavy when it’s compared to the Samsung Galaxy S2 which tips the scales at only 116g. The phone gives you a bulky feeling when held in your palms too. It’s 4.3 inch 480 x 800 resolution screen comes with a large plastic bezel around it that may at times make you feel like you are holding a rubbery brick. Under the screen are the usual four capacitive buttons just in a weird order as the back button is not on the left, but in the middle. On the bottom right is a button specifically meant for toggling the camera between 2D and 3D modes. Flip it and you will see the two camera sensors housed onto one stylish metallic strip. On the top you will find the usual power button and 3.5mm standard audio jack. The right side is where the volume rocker is while the USB and HDMI connectors are on the left.


These days, if there is a smartphone without a dual core processor, it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. To avoid that and at the same time providing all the processing speed the LG Optimus 3D is going to need, LG has opted for the dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor. The phone also comes with 512MB of RAM which should do the job just fine.

LG’s decision to run the LG Optimus 3D on Android v.2.2 Froyo might be such welcome news for many. However, LG expects to provide an upgrade sometime in the future, so let’s hope that happens. Running on the standard Android v.2.2 means you get the seven Home screens which can be filled with your own selection of widgets and apps. Pressing on a widget for long enables you to remove it and on the LG Optimus 3D you can also resize your widgets with the preset sizes. Speaking of customization options, the phone lets you decide what four icons you want on your floating deck too. With the phone comes the ever so cool LG widget, the Social+ aggregator. It’s actually better than the FriendStream tool found on HTC Sensation. You can just click on a tab to switch network feed, or hit some other tabs that provide specific functions for each social stream.

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The LG Optimus 3D comes with a 4.3 inch touchscreen which we would say is the standard size these days. The screen comes with a resolution of 480 x 800 thus producing excellent images that are both bright and crisp. Although no smartphone has been able to solve the fading effect under sunlight, this phone doesn’t do too badly under sunlight.

When talking about a 3D phone, the camera performance obviously plays a big role. Since there are two 5MP camera sensors on the back (to provide the 3D images and videos), that is probably the main reason why this phone is thicker and bulkier than the likes of Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4. Using the Android picture setting is pretty straightforward plus the button on the right helps to switch between 2D and 3D easily. On the screen you will find the zoom options plus the numerous modes that LG has made an effort to include with this phone. The 3D pictures taken on this phone were pretty good. The camera is speedy too as you can take shot after shot in quick succession with minimum wait time. Shooting videos in 2D gives you a Full HD 1080p format while in 3D you only get 720p. However we must say the 3D effect when the video is viewed on the LG Optimus 3D was truly excellent as you can really feel that there is depth in the image.

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The LG Optimus 3D’s internet functionalities were amazing. For instance, the addition of a tab on the bottom of the browser which is home to the back and forward shortcuts, and a Tabs button to show all the open windows was one of the interface tweak LG has done to make the browsing experience better. The phone comes with wi-fi 802.11g and data connection support for UMTS, HSDPA and HSUPA signals. There were no issues with the Wi-Fi connectivity as we were logged on for as long as we like without being disconnected.

The LG Optimus 3D didn’t do so well with battery life. The 1540mAh unit, although slightly larger than the a520mAh on the HTC Sensation was a sheer disappointment as it didn’t even make it through a day of 3D use. Even with normal use like updating your Facebook status now and then drained the battery rather quickly. When it came to call quality however, the LG Optimus 3D did well even without a noise cancellation mic on board. The earpiece was louder than normal which is in no way a bad thing plus those on the other end didn’t complain about anything either.

Pros and Cons

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The two real highlights on the LG Optimus 3D were the 3D camera functionality plus the new browser that’s a real breeze to use.

However, battery life was a real downer plus the

bulky phone wasn’t exactly a plus point. The price of the phone might keep the average Joe away from this phone.


The LG Optimus 3D has definitely taken the 3D without glasses effect to a new level however there are some issues like the battery life that could use some work. Nevertheless, this is a solid phone that you can have if you have some cash lying around.

Motorola DROID X2

Following the great released DROID X from Motorola last year, now a new and upgraded version and it’s called the Motorola DROID X. Doubles the processor speed plus brighter display compared to its predecessor and competing with latest high-end Android phones in the current market.



From the first sight you would know that this phone is look almost like the Motorola DROID X phone with the same phone built except they have now excluded a dedicated camera shutter button for the phone. Somewhat heavy for this device but still decent at 155g, dimension of the phone is 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9 mm with 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display. The coating for the metal exterior has a matt finish to repel dust or debris much like the Motorola DROID X. There is no front facing camera and four solid (Menu, Home, Return, Search) at the bottom of the screen. A volume rocker placed at right side of the phone while there is a microUSB charger port and a HDMI port at left side of the phone. There is a hump at the back with the 8 MP autofocus camera with two LED flash on the hump. The microSD memory card can only be accessed when the battery is being taken out only. On the top there is a power/lock button and also the 3.5 mm audio jack.



Much better than the previous version, Motorola now have upgraded their hardware from the previous Motorola DROID X. The new Motorola DROID X2 now comes with dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor which is faster than DROID X. ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset built in for more graphic rendering so gaming with this device is a good experience as well. This phone is equipped with Android v2.2 (Froyo) OS but can be upgraded to Android v2.3 in the future.

The Motorola DROID X2 is equipped with MOTOBLUR. Customizing 7 available home pages, viewing social network updates, synchronizing contacts, messaging, and calendar has been upgraded as well to improve further the experience while use this phone. Doing backup of phone is available too in case your phone is lost or any accidents. The standard widgets from MOTOBLUR can be customized by the size. For example, if you want the calendar widget to be bigger then you could do so by resizing it.

The 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen is now been upgraded to qHD (540 X 960) resolution which is much more clarity compared to previous Motorola Droid X but it still loses to Samsungs’ Super AMOLED Plus and iPhone’s Retina Display.

For camera performance, the Motorola DROID X2 has the same 8 MP camera with the previous DROID X. The difference is that the new DROID X2 does not have a camera shutter button. Picture quality is good however there is some shutter lag noticed when taking pictures in well-lit rooms or outdoors. There is some delay also when taking pictures at night time. Video capture is disappointing as it would appear to be muddy or choppy. Although videos can be captured at 30 frames per second but it does

not support 1080p recording. Browsing through the gallery is separated into groups like camera roll, friends’ album or general album. Tilting the phone to landscape mode then the gallery would appear like a 3D carousel and can be scrolled to browse.

Internet connection is definitely a weak point from the Motorola DROID X2 because this phone only supports up to 3G but not 4G. Overall download speed is around 2 Mbps and download speed is about 1 Mbps. The pinch to zoom feature seems to have some lag or delay when zooming but still with the powerful processor supporting plus the great Tegra 2 chipset it can render Flash with the latest version 10.2.

Using the Motorola DROID X2 for messaging is no problem. Speedy typing on the virtual keyboard is great and response from the phone is fast. Calling quality using the Motorola DROID X2 is excellent with dedicated noise cancellation mic installed. Clean sound with no background noises and very less distortion makes phone calls a great experience. Battery life is almost the same as DROID X. Continuous talk time can be up to 9 plus hours. Standby time can be up to 220 hours. Same like the DROID X it uses Li-Ion 1540 mAh battery also.

Pros and Cons


Motorola has bumped up the resolution for the screen for this new phone and also a significant upgrade at the hardware category. Using dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor really speeds up the phone. Calling quality is impressive as well with natural, distinctive and clear tone from both ends of the line.

Design is still the same like the DROID X except the camera shutter button. The phone only supports 3G only so it’s a big disappointment because almost all high-end phones nowadays are already running on 4G. Capturing pictures is good from the phone but video camera is completely devastating.


There are definitely some better upgrades and improvements but comparing to latest phones from Samsung or HTC, the Motorola DROID X2 can be said the most speedy high-end phone currently but not on 4G so you should consider those if you prefer excellent connectivity plus pricing is about the same as well for the rest of high-end phones.

Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia has been on the right path with what has been dubbed as their revival and Windows Mobile has been the core of their revival with their new phones running the Windows OS. Another reason why their phones are making it big out there is T-Mobile as they have been one of the manufacturers who have actively released Nokia phones like the Nokia Nuron and Nokia Astound. Now, at $49.99 on-contract, you can get yourselves the brand new Nokia Lumia 710 thanks to T-Mobile too. Nokia has shown some promise of late and we hope this phone will be able to win over the crowd. Read on to find out more about this phone.



All of Nokia’s recent products have had a lot of pressure heaped on to them as they are all considered to be the phones to bring Nokia out of the rut. However, if you look at the Nokia Lumia 710, you will not think it’s a smartphone that has been designed to make us go ‘wow’. If you are familiar with some of the Nokia phones of late, then you would probably think it looks pretty much the same as the others. We thought the same too. Moving on, the Nokia Lumia 710 measures in at 4.69 x 2.46 x 0.49 inches, thus making it slightly bigger than the likes of Nokia Lumia 800 and Samsung Focus Flash. Capacitive buttons under the screen, a common thing if you are using an Android phone are nowhere to be found on this Windows phone. Instead, you get physical Windows buttons for a change. This was probably a good move as it helped bring the accidental presses to a minimum.

Staying on the front of the phone, the display is a Clear Black 3.7 inch one that has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It’s a decent screen, but more on that later on. There are more physical buttons around the phone of course and on the right of the phone you will find two of them in the form of a camera shutter and a volume rocker. Meanwhile you will find another physical button on the top as there’s a power key up there. However, these physical buttons are almost flush to the body of the phone that you will have to look at the phone to know if you are pressing the button. Apart from that, on the top is also where you will find the microUSB port as well as the standard audio jack. On the back is a 5MP camera that we will soon look at.



The Nokia Lumia 710 is powered by a single core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU that does provide the phone with decent processing power. Add the 512MB RAM to that and you get a pretty smooth ride with the phone. This has been a trademark feature with Windows Phone of late and we hope they stay as smooth as ever. In terms of internal storage however, you only get 6.8GB which means you will need to decide what to keep on the phone and what not to.

So this is another phone out of the Windows Phone OS stable and well the Nokia Lumia 710 does remind you of all the previous Windows Phones as there’s nothing revolutionarily new on the phone. The user interface has been kept as straightforward as ever and we love how Windows have kept things the same on that one as it makes life so easy. The dynamic live tiles and Metro UI is also there on the phone. However, those who love their phones just how they like it will be a bit disappointed as the phone allows for minimal customization like rearranging the home tiles and other minor things like changing colors here and there. Sending texts on the phone can be a hassle as the screen size does make the keyboard rather cramped. However, things are super responsive so you will be able to correct your errors as quickly as you make them.

Thanks to having the Windows OS, using email has been a great experience as it is more refined and you also get threaded conversations now. There is a good offering of pre-installed apps on the Nokia Lumia 710 like ESPN, Netflix and Nokia Drive. We might have mentioned Nokia Drive before, but it’s so good we would like to talk about it again as it gives you the option of saving the map on the phone before your travels or whenever you get internet. Oh did we mention the maps are in 3D too?

The screen onboard the phone is a 3.7 inch WVGA Clear Black display which is an average screen to be honest. We did get some decent amount of details but it lacked brightness and also had some poor viewing angles. However, there was a lot to like about the screen’s rich color production.

On the back of the phone is a 5Mp camera which does an ok job too. The camera had a fair amount of detail but when you take pictures in low lighting, there is quite a lot of digital noise evident. However, just like the screen, we were impressed with the naturally represented colors. Turning on the flash did help improve pictures taken in low lighting and at the same time kept the color reproduction as good as ever. Video recording is done at 720p but it’s not up to our standards. It had some issues with exposure and there was quite a lot of artifacting in the videos. Nevertheless, we were happy with the 29fps recording speed and the good audio recording for the videos.


Web browsing has been great on Windows Phone powered smartphones and the Nokia Lumia 710 is the same. Pages are loaded very quickly thanks in part to the HSPA+ connection. We are also happy to announce that we had no lag issues to deal with when navigating through websites as the phone was responsive to our touch. Sadly, there is still no support for Flash on the Nokia Lumia 710 but the whole experience makes up for it. In terms of connectivity options, this is a GSM phone which means you are free to use it anywhere around the world. Other than that, you also get the usual connection options like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 as well as Wi-Fi.

The call quality on the Nokia Lumia 700 was not bad although we had weak volume levels from the earpiece. However, voices were still clear and there was no background noise either so things were great there. Switching to the speakerphone, it was pretty good but not the loudest out there. The Nokia Lumia 710 however impressed with its battery life as you can just squeeze through two days if you use it right. That’s good news for a smartphone.

Pros and Cons

Nokia Lumia 710 is very affordable at just $49.99 on a T-Mobile contract. Infinix phone was fun to have and we liked its good battery life too.

The phone could have definitely have had a much better design. We also feel the camera itself could be better.



The Nokia Lumia 710 didn’t do enough in our opinion to bring Nokia out of its so called dark age, but it definitely is a good phone. It’s offered at an affordable price too, so it’s a no brainer if you are looking for a good phone at the cheap.

Sony Xperia S

A Sony standalone smartphone is unheard of. But things are about to change as Sony has taken a big step by releasing a phone without the Ericsson name to follow. This is definitely a big moment for Sony and it’s going to be interesting to see how the smartphone performs. Being the first phone in the Sony line, Sony Xperia S has quite a lot of burden on its shoulders as it has to impress to keep the crowd excited. For starters, there is a 12MP Exmor R sensor on the back, so let’s see if it has the perfect combination of specs to woo the smartphone fans out there.



Pick up this phone and you will feel like you were holding the iPhone 4S mainly because of the similarities in their weights. Look a little closer and it gives you the impression that it’s just a slab of boxy material. The back is still given a slight curve like the Sony Ericsson Xperia phones and that feature together with the sharp edges gives good grip. It measures in at 5.04 x 2.52 x 0.42 inches, so it’s not so thick to hold, which is great. The dimensions show that the phone is now narrower. Therefore, albeit being a little longer, we can still manage to get around the screen with our thumb even with its 4.3 inch screen. This is not common for other large phones out there, so users with smaller hands will no doubt love this phone.

In line with the list of firsts, the Sony Xperia S sports the largest screen a Sony phone has ever seen with its 4.3 inch that has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Under the screen of the Sony Xperia S phone are the three capacitive Android buttons. Using these keys on the transparent strip that is placed above the icons was no mean feat as the keys are three small dots that are easier to miss than to get spot on the first time. Around the phone are the ports and buttons like the USB port on the left and the standard audio jack on top. Also on the top side sits the power button. On the back of the phone, Sony has placed another new feature that’s unheard of with phones, a 12MP Exmor R sensor. Staying on the back section of the phone, Sony claims it has a dirt-repellent nanocoating. However, from our tests, the back seems to get dirty rather quickly and at the same time it’s hard to get rid of them.



This beast is powered by a dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor which also comes with an Adreno 220 GPU chipset to take care of all the graphics needs. Add 1GB of RAM to that and you get yourself a very speedy response from the phone all around.


The Sony Xperia S ships with the UXP NXT interface running atop the Android v2.3 Gingerbread. In line with the attempt to make it the next user experience, this interface comes with quite a few changes both in the visual and functionality side of things. With this interface, all your homescreens have what Sony calls a colorful flow background. Essentially what it means is that you get live wallpaper that stands out even more with this HD screen. There are also no hiccups using the live wallpapers as the processor is up for the challenge. Sony has also given the coloring scheme a change with the Sony Xperia S coming with a nice grey canvass background when you access the settings or notification bar. Even the widgets now have a transparent grey background. Sadly though, there are no new widgets added to this phone although the Recommender app now has a default widget. So now you can see what your friends on Facebook are listening to, watching or downloading. Another widget that sees a change is the connectivity switch widget. Now the widget can rotate and enlarge when you tap on it, meaning it’s easier to pick on the radio that you would like to turn on or off. Sony Xperia S does throw in a new widget in the form of the Power Saver. It gives you the option of setting when it should come on and also when it should exit power saver mode.


So how does the largest ever screen on a Sony phone perform? This screen has a HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Sony Xperia S is truly blessed to have this screen as the LCD screen is bright and also does a great job in color reproduction. The viewing angles are also really wide, which brings for a very nice and complete experience. With Sony’s very own Mobile BRAVIA technology onboard, colors and contrast get an even bigger boost. With a pixel density of 342 ppi, you will face no problems making out small text.

Sony has wowed us with a 12MP Exmor R sensor, so let’s now find out if the camera performs as well as what’s stated on paper. Firstly, starting the camera took very little of our time, which was very lovely. You get various modes including 3D Sweep Panorama mode. If you want to immediately see the results of your 3D shots, use the 3D Sweep Multi Angle panorama mode and you can view the product on the Sony Xperia S itself. Moving on to the camera itself, the photos are very sharp and also produced a great amount of detail. We also loved the white balance on the shots that blended well with the true colors the pictures came with. Taking photos in the dark proved to be cumbersome, so we won’t suggest using it too much in the dark. Video recording is done at 1080p with a rate of 30fps. In layman’s terms, that’s pretty good. Not only that, the videos also came with plenty of detail and produced accurate colors and good sound reproduction as well.

The internet browsing experience was great thanks to the browser found on the Sony Xperia S. The dual core processing speed helped for sure but the high pixel density of the screen made it all the more better. You don’t have to use the zoom functionality too often as things are always so clear and rea

dable even if it’s pretty small. It’s also good to note that the Sony Xperia S has support for Flash. In terms of connectivity, it has all the usual suspects like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, FM Radio, NFC and DLNA. You can also connect it to a TV with the HDMI-out port.

Moving on to how the Sony Xperia S performs, it did a great job with call quality. Voices on both ends were loud and clear. The loudspeaker was outstanding too. The phone comes with the improved lithium-polymer technology that means the phone charges in half the time. The phone comes with a giant 1750mAh battery that will last you a day if you are smart with the way you use the screen. Don’t leave it on if it’s not needed is all we can say.

Pros and Cons

Let’s start off with the basics; Sony Xperia S has great calling quality. The screen is big and it produces high quality HD pictures with very high pixel density. We love the camera as well, it’s great.

The design for the Android capacitive buttons could have been better. We would have loved to see a memory expansion slot as well.


The Sony Xperia S has many firsts on board, and being the first Sony smartphone, it’s definitely one to get.

HTC ChaCha

Gone are the days when Facebook was just another website you visited online. It’s now the page you are on all the time. HTC understanding this has come out with the HTC ChaCha which is also dubbed as the Facebook phone thanks to the dedicated Facebook key. So is it a must have social network phone?



Those who are familiar with the first HTC Facebook phone, the HTC Salsa might have instantly noticed that the HTC ChaCha is priced lower. The phone comes with a small 2.6 inch landscape screen but the HVGA resolution it provides makes up for the size. Sandwiched between the full sized QWERTY keyboard and the screen is the Android’s trademark function buttons. Not to forget is the dedicated Facebook key on the bottom. On the left is the where the microUSB port and volume rocker are. However, there is no camera shortcut key like the one on HTC Salsa. At the top are the usual power button and audio jack. This phone sports HTC’s “chin” design which is the odd bend that you will find in the centre of the phone. The “chin” not only helps keep the phone scratch-free when placed face-down but HTC also explains that it helps to keep the screen in the proper angle when you are typing away on the QWERTY keyboard. After taking the bend into account, the phone measures 4.5 x 2.54 x 0.42 inches. As almost all phones do these days, the HTC ChaCha also has two cameras, one for each side. There’s a VGA camera on the front while on the back is the 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash. The phone is well made with no creaks or squeaks in sight making it feel solid in the hand.



The hardware of the HTC ChaCha is somewhat similar to HTC Salsa. Both phones use a single core 800MHz Snapdragon processor. The 512MB of RAM is also the same as the HTC Salsa. We must admit, with array of phones we have these days, 800MHz isn’t going to win any races but when it comes to performance, the HTC ChaCha doesn’t let you down.

Android v2.3.3 Gingerbread is what this phone runs on together with a Sense UI tailor made to run smoothly on the landscape screen. Although it’s called HTC Sense 2.1 for Messenger, it’s not so different from the Sense 2.1 on the HTC Salsa or the Sense 3.0 on the HTC Sensation. The famous lock screen trick with the HTC Sense 3.0 can also be seen here whereby you can set four shortcuts to access immediately from it. However, the notifications tab has no pull down quick setting functionality but instead only has the standard Android notifications. Although there are7 home screens, but the apps drawer is only usable on screen one. Now, to what the phone was made for, Facebook. The Facebook button is very nifty. When you are on the homescreen, short press allows you to update your wall while holding it longer brings you to Facebook places. Other cool stuffs include being able to put up pictures on your wall straight from the gallery app with just one click of the Facebook button. The chat app is definitely one of the highlights as it’s on the homescreen showing who’s online so you can use the QWERTY keyboard and gossip away with total ease.

As stated earlier, the HTC ChaCha has a small 2.6 inch HVGA screen. However, don’t let the size fool you as the screen is capable of producing bright and clear pictures. Its level of detail easily trounces its closest rival, the Samsung Galaxy Pro. The screen also gives you good viewing angles but the small screen may sometimes be a bit annoying when you really want to do some reading online.

The 5MP camera on this phone is actually a highlight. It’s the same as the one on HTC Salsa in fact. Photos taken on the camera turn out great. The images are very detailed with the added fact that the color and contrast being good. It can also take good macro shots and in low light situations the LED flash comes to the rescue. However, taking videos were not as smooth a ride as taking photos. With only a maximum resolution of 780 x 480, the videos obviously didn’t turn out great. Playing back recorded video on larger screens is not an experience to remember.

Using this phone, you are naturally expected to be on Facebook all the time. Thanks to the quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G together with the Wi-Fi capability, you can be. Checking in on Facebook is also easier with the built in GPS. However as mentioned earlier, going through websites may be a little harder due to the small screen. If you are not so into browsing the page with the touchscreen due to its size, there are handy arrow keys on the keyboard to help get the job done. Although the GPS works just fine, once again the small screen isn’t ideal for GPS purposes.

We had no complains on the signal strength on the HTC ChaCha. The voice calls made were also loud and clear. The 1250mAh battery that powers the phone is 300mAh less than what powers the Infinix phones. However, the smaller screen means less juice is needed. Normal use of all the stuff the phone is known for like the camera, Facebook and some internet browsing kept the phone running for a day and a half which is not bad at all.

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The HTC ChaCha definitely deserves the tag as a Facebook phone as its integration with Facebook is smart. The battery life is something very desirable with this phone. The QWERTY keyboard helped by the bend was a dream to use.

The one major drawback would be the screen size, it just could have been bigger due to all the social networking that is expected to be done on the phone.


Frankly, the HTC ChaCha is one the more user friendly phones around today although the screen size is bound to be an issue. But apart from that, the QWERTY keyboard just makes it one super social networking phone.

Infinix Phones Checklist: the 2016 Infinix smartphones that are making headlines in Kenya

If you are not buying a second-hand smartphone, I am certain that you will go for one of the latest brands. Most of us buy new smartphones when we need upgrades, we will rarely buy without the need. Something else that most of us will agree with is that we go for smartphones that are much better than what we had. We also consider smartphones that are not as old in terms of their release date. Once a phone has been released in the market, you expect that anything in the next few weeks can happen including another smartphone being released in the market.

Infinix phones

Maybe this is the reason as to why the Infinix smartphone has been able to get the hearts of so many Kenyans. This is due to the fact that is it is somewhat easy to get an upgrade of an Infinix smartphone than getting an upgrade from another brand in Kenya. To begin with, you will need a low budget and thus, your budget will not be affected by buying an Infinix smartphone. I will take you through some of the Infinix smartphones in Kenya that have been on the market for less than a year. This will help you make a good decision if you are considering doing an upgrade of your smartphone. We will take a look at Infinix Hot 3, Infinix Zero 3, Infinix Note 2 and Infinix Hot 2 and take a closer look at the price, specs and where you may get one in Kenya.

Infinix Hot 2

Infinix Hot2 was launched in August last year and thus, it has been on the market for quite some time but that does not discredit its performance. Some of the specs that it comes with are: it has 5.0-inch screen making it quite comfortable in your hands and does not give you a hard time with its mobility. It runs on the Android platform of 5.1.1 lollipop which gives you the access of some of the latest apps on your phone. Infinix Hot2 gives Kenyans the ultimate speed that they need with their phone as it has a RAM of 1GB or 2 GB this will work well with the Android version that is on this phone. The internal memory will not disappoint you as it has an internal memory of 16BG which has the capacity and ability to store most of your documents and saves you the hustle of having to buy an external memory card. Infinix Hot2 has an 8MP back camera and a 2MP front camera which will give you the images that you have wanted to have on your phone. You can get this phone with a budget of around KSh 8, 000 anywhere that you are in Kenya. I would say that it is quite accessible to most people.

Infinix Note 2

Infinix Note 2 was launched in November 2015; it has a screen size of 6.0 inches making it a phablet. This works very well with people who love having smartphones with large screens. It runs on the 5.1 android version which is great and has not been bypassed by time. The one thing that makes this phone quite usable is the fact that it has a 1GB RAM which will give most Kenyans what they need to multi-task using their Infinix smartphones. Infinix Note 2 comes with an internal memory of 16GB if you are thinking of buying a smartphone that has an internal memory of less than 16GB then you should rethink that decision. Kenyans have a habit of buying external memory cards that are quite expensive because of the low storage that their phones have. The Infinix smartphone saves you all this trouble. It comes with a 13MP back camera and a 2MP front camera. With the craze that most Kenyans have with cameras on their smartphone, this Infinix smartphone will give you one of the best experiences that you will ever get with a camera. The battery capacity is really good. Imagine having a battery capacity that will not require that you charge your phone every day. Infinix Note 2 gives you that kind of battery that will keep you smiling for the whole day. With a price range of between Ksh 11, 000 and KSh 13, 000 you will get this phone and if you order it online, it may be delivered directly to your place.

Infinix Zero 3

Infinix Zero 3 was launched in December 2015, that tells you that is one of the Infinix babies that we have in Kenya and this makes it a phone that you would want to have. Infinix Zero 3 has a screen size of 5.5 inches, making it portable and it is the perfect screen for viewing videos that you may have on your phone. The screen employs the Corning Gorilla technology and this is something that makes this Infinix smartphone accepted by most Kenyans. You don’t have to worry so much about your screen being damaged and having so many scratches. Infinix Zero 3 runs on the 5.1 Android version and this coupled with the fact that it has a 3GB RAM gives this phone a speed that you may not get in other smartphones. With it, you get the freedom to multitask with the apps that you have on your phone.  The Infinix Zero 3 gives Kenya the freedom to choose between a 16GB / 32 GB internal memory. Of which I know that most people will settle on the higher side. The 20.7MP rear camera and the 5MP front camera will make your images look as professional as they have never been.  This Infinix smartphone gives you one of the best cameras that you can ever get in most smartphones in Kenya. A battery capacity of 3030mAh will not limit how you use your smartphone as it can go for almost a day without you having to recharge your battery. The price is quite great as with KSh 20,000 you may get your hands on this phone.

Infinix Hot 3

Infinix Hot 3 is the newest baby Infinix smartphone in Kenya. It was launched in March 2016. This makes it one of the must-have smartphones in 2016. It has a 5.5-inch display that makes it the ultimate phone that most people would want to have. It runs on the 5.1 Android version and this coupled with the 1GB /2GB RAM that it has makes speed a reality when you are operating apps on your phone. I don’t think that there is anyone who would settle for a smartphone that gives them a hard time when it comes to operating the apps on their phones. As a matter of fact, a smartphone that has a RAM of anything less that 1GB should not even be considered.  It has a 16GB internal memory that is ideal for the storage of most of your documents. What I love with a large storage is that you don’t have to delete some documents in order to save new ones. Infinix Hot 3 gives Kenyans a quality camera with an 8MP and a 5MP front camera for the perfect selfies.  I think this camera will give most people a great camera experience given that this Infinix smartphone is not as expensive. A 3000mAh battery capacity makes it the perfect smartphone for people who love traveling because they will not have any more trouble of carrying their power banks along. Most Kenyans want smartphones that will give them a high performance in terms of the battery capacity combined with great specs that they can boast about and Infinix smartphones have been able to do just that. With a price of around Ksh 10, 000 you will be an owner of the Infinix Hot 3.

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One thing with the Infinix smartphone in Kenya is that it gives people exactly what they have asked for. The prices are quite fair and thus, not so many people can complain to that effect. In case you lose your smartphone you need a plan that will give you a phone as soon as possible. Most of the smartphones that we have in Kenya are quite expensive and at times you may be forced to stay with a substandard phone for some time before you can buy a new one or even upgrade.

Infinix smartphones have come to change this story. This is because you can easily get an Infinix smartphone with less than KSh7, 000, something that was very difficult some time back. Most of the Infinix smartphones in Kenya are actually paid on delivery because they are sold on online platforms.  I think there is much to choose from this year from the Infinix brand in Kenya and it goes without saying that it is a win-win situation for both parties. Most people who use the Infinix smartphone will always have something to smile about as they wait for the next brand to be released.

ZTE Warp

ZTE is not sitting on its laurels, but is ready to make the most of the booming prepaid market with the launch of the ZTE Warp. Before the list of smartphones made for the prepaid industry starts to grow exponentially, ZTE has taken the bold step of coming out with a phone under the Boost Mobile service. It may have a good grip on the low end segment of the market, but now it wants to go on and achieve bigger things. The ZTE Warp is one step higher than its previous phone and tries to offer better specs for those who would prefer the pay as you go method. Let’s see if it has what it takes to be a forerunner in this segment of the business.



If you are looking for beauty from a ZTE made phone, most would say you are crazy. Well, they are almost right given the kind of phones that have been churned out from their stables. Even the ZTE Warp isn’t going to be allowed to enter any beauty pageants. However, ZTE Warp offers something better, which is the priceless feeling of holding a phone that feels well built. This is a lot better when compared to the

ZTE phones of late. Nothing else that’s impressive in its design, but it’s great to note that it is a lightweight phone that will fit in your hands comfortably regardless of your hand’s size.

The front of the ZTE Warp is home to a 4.3 inch WVGA screen, a pretty big offering in terms of size for this phone. Thanks to the relatively big screen, the smartphone measures in at 5.1 x 2.7 x 0.45 inches. Under the screen of course sit the four capacitive Android buttons. Around the phone, the buttons are all well made such that they are not flush with the chassis. Adding to that, you get a very assuring clicky response when you press them. Speaking of the buttons, the volume rocker resides on the left side of the phone while on the right you have the dedicated camera button as well as the microUSB port. Meanwhile on the top of the phone are the power button and the standard audio jack. Last but not least, on the back of the phone is a 5MP auto-focus camera that sports LED flash as well.


Pop the hood – not literally, just figuratively as we don’t want to see you breaking your phone – and you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 CPU that’s clocked at 1GHz. Yes it’s only a single core processor, but it still does what we want with relative ease. It didn’t just get the simple stuff done, but when put to the test with intensive power sucking tasks, it still did not falter. Maybe it was partly down to the support given by the 512MB of RAM onboard as well.


ZTE Warp

The ZTE Warp is running the Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread, and we are very certain you can stop looking forward to an OS upgrade. That’s fine really since this phone is aimed at prepaid use only. What you get on this phone in terms of the interface is basically what you ask for from Sprint’s ID pack enhancements. The enhancement packs come with lots of different personalization options that will let the phone reflect yourself rather than just being plain. Nevertheless, if you are just looking for a phone that treats you well, then just sticking to the Android stock offerings is definitely not a bad idea.

These days, smartphone makers are racing to put bigger and better screens on their smartphones to the point that we sometimes wonder how far they can go before making it look like a tab. Well, staying out of this war, the ZTE Warp offers a 4.3 inch display which in my opinion is about the right size for any phone. However the screen doesn’t impress us. The 4.3 inch TFT screen offers a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels but lacks contrast and also gives some very poor viewing angles. The colors are also very plain and nothing impressive again. To exacerbate things, the screen oozes with plastic feel and attracts scratches way too easily. The final nail in the coffin comes when you find the screen rendered useless under bright outdoor lighting.

Having a 5MP camera with auto-focus and flash can’t be bad for a prepaid phone you say? Well that turns out fairly true. The camera on the ZTE Warp actually comes up with some decent shots when taking photos outdoors or when taking macro shots. Sadly though, things take a turn for the worse when brought indoors as the LED flash does almost nothing to improve the quality of the photo taken. VGA recording for video means we are left totally unimpressed.

The internet browsing experience on the ZTE Warp wasn’t too shabby either. We liked the fact that there weren’t much lag issues to complain about when navigating through websites. It even takes on Flash without losing too much speed. Pages did take a while to load when compared to smartphones of the higher end, but well this one uses 3G, so we are ok with that. In terms of connectivity options, the usual suspects like aGPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are all onboard. Sadly though, you do not get mobile hotspot functionality. Another thing to note is that the ZTE Warp is tied down to Sprint, so it cannot be used elsewhere.

The call quality on the ZTE Warp wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t the best out there but we didn’t have a tough time dealing with it. One small complain would be how callers sounded muffled on our end. The 1600mAh battery is pretty good if you ask us. You can get past a day and maybe even make it through a day and a half if you an average user.

Pros and Cons


The build quality of the ZTE Warp was refreshing. The smartphone’s responsive performance was also lovable. The battery life was also a pleasant surprise.

The screen on the ZTE Warp is really poor and video recording is really not up to any standards.


If you are looking for a prepaid phone, then the ZTE Warp seems like the one that could tempt you as it goes at $200 with no contract restrictions. It’s the best you can with Boost Mobile right now. With the reasonable specs it has, it will be worth your money if you ask us.